2nd Gen (1997 – 2004) Dodge Dakota Problems

The 2nd generation of the Dakota has a cumulative PainRank™ of 18.22. That can be compared against other Dodge generations. Shopping for a Dodge? You could do worse (but you could also do better).

Owners of the 1997–2004 Dakota model years have sent in 601 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the brakes (19%) followed by the engine (17%) and the hvac (9%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 2004 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2004 64
2003 53
2002 165
2001 70
2000 102
1999 72
1998 44
1997 31

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