What's Wrong with the Dodge Dakota?

Dakota owners have made 890 complaints to CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most active below. Most are about the engine (19%), followed by the brakes (16%) and the transmission (10%).

Want more information about these problems? Clicking on the link will bring you over to CarComplaints.com for additional details. While you're there, add your own complaints about the Dakota.

Comparing Dakota Generations

You should avoid the 2nd generation (1997–2004) Dakota because of its overall PainRank™ of 18.22. Looking for a year-to-year comparison? We've got that too.

Generation Model Years Reliability Complaints PainRank (?)
3rd Gen Dakota 2005–2011
217 10.17
2nd Gen Dakota 1997–2004
601 18.22
1st Gen Dakota 1987–1996
72 1.89

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    The Worst Dakota Years

    This bar chart shows the seven years with the highest complaint volume. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on CarComplaints.com.

    But wait, there's more ... outside of the top seven, there's the 2006 (47), 1998 (44), 2007 (32), 1997 (31), 1994 (23), 1995 (11), 2008 (10), 1992 (10), 1996 (9), 2011 (8), 1993 (8), 1987 (6), 2009 (3), 2010 (2), 1989 (2), 1988 (2), 1991 (1), and 1990 (0).