3rd Generation (2005—2011) Dakota Problems

Dakota owners with a 2005—2011 model year have the most problems with the engine (14%), transmission (14%), and the brakes (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Rods Thrown Through Oil Pan 3 complaints at an average of 54,333 miles in the 2005 Dodge Dakota.
  2. Engine Failure 3 complaints at an average of 71,333 miles in the 2006 Dodge Dakota.
  3. Shakes on the Highway 6 complaints at an average of 57,667 miles in the 2005 Dodge Dakota.

What Dakota Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Dodge model years.

Watch out for the 2005 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2011 8 5 20 3.41
2010 2 6 19 1.23
2009 3 5 20 1.26
2008 10 2 21 3.58
2007 32 4 24 13.34
2006 47 6 27 19.05
2005 115 7 36 29.35

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