WILMINGTON, DELAWARE -- I have had this truck since new. I drive this truck daily to and from work about 40 miles round trip. Developed a slight coolant leak from cracked reservoir bottle. Replaced bottle with new one. It has 124,000 miles and started running poorly & check engine light came on. I had scan test performed and found engine misfire code on cylinder #4. Replaced the plugs. Ran great for about a month (800 miles). Then during a trip to work the truck started running bad then horrible and had loud banging sound. It was so bad I had to shut it down.
I had it towed to my repairman and after checking he said it appeared to have a head gasket or cylinder head problem as well as a valve seat(s) may have dropped to explain the banging sound. He said this was fairly common on these engines. He quoted me a worse case scenario to replace two cylinder heads at $1200.00. What should I do?
CONNECTICUT -- My 06 Dakota has 9000 babied miles on it. It is spotless and looks better than new. I recently had the left front brake caliper freeze up. I was on the way home and the motor felt like it was down on power. I pulled into my driveway and smoke poured from the left front wheel. The rotor was glowing red and this was in bright sunshine.
After it cooled a bit I jacked up the truck to take a look at what the problem was. I am a car nut and have been working on and restoring cars for years. The wheel was so tight that I could break the lug nuts loose with the tire off the ground. Long story short I have my truck towed into the dealer. They take it apart and find the caliper seals have melted because of the heat and the rotor is destroyed also.
Of course the brake pads are shot as well. They repair it under warranty and then proceed to tell me that I owe them $225 for new brake pads. I said if the caliper had not been defective there would have been no need to replace them. So if your defective part caused all the damage why do I pay? They said because brake pads are a "wear item" not covered. Again I asked "if the rt side rotor and pads are in perfect condition with no wear why am I paying for pads your defective part broke?" Same answer.
So I said "$225 for freaking brake pads that I can buy at Napa for $34?" "Oh that's parts and labor." I said "the brakes are already apart because of the defect and you want to charge me for it?" Now they have an attitude about it. So I said bill Chrysler and grabbed my keys and walked out the door.
They came after me saying they will not release my truck until I pay. So I said “What are you going to do? Call the cops and tell them I took my own truck? Good luck.” I fired up the truck and left. Now I get it home and my spotless truck has grime all over the seats door and steering wheel. Plus all over the hood chrome bumper and wheels.
The sad thing is I had to re-bleed the brakes to fix a soft pedal and re-machine the rt rotor they machined for some reason (it was perfect when brought in). Because the dealer wanted to make a couple hundred bucks they lost a customer, and Dodge lost a customer. And I'll make sure no anyone and everyone I can know not to buy a Chrysler product. Now I know why M_B dumped them and ran. But American? Not anymore. Hello Toyota.
I have owned many cars/trucks in my lifetime but none as bad as my 2004 Dodge Dakota. Since 2004 when I purchased this truck it as being nothing but trouble. Good luck getting anything fixed on these trucks. It's worse than pulling teeth.
It started with a bolt falling out of my seat belt which held it to the truck. After that it was the tranny. It just shifted into what ever gear it wanted to go in. Well after a long fight with Dodge they replaced the tranny with a so-called new one. It was worse than the first one. It has a big slip between gears and on wet pavement it breaks traction when it goes into the next gear. It has become unsafe to drive but I still have to pay for it thanks to the Lemon Laws, which by the way only protects the company not the consumer.
I have had this truck in for service more than eight times for the same problem. Last time it was so bad they had to replace the rear end. The tranny still does the same thing and is ruining a new rear end. They told me at the dealership where I take it that it is supposed to have a slip between gears. The first tranny I had didn't slip this bad. I even contacted Dodge and there is nothing they can do (so they say).
I don't want the truck anymore it sits in my driveway because it's unsafe to transport me or my children in, but I still have to pay for it to keep my credit from getting hit. Go figure. The consumer has no voice now and I think it's about time that corporate America treat people with the respect that they earn when they buy their product. Thank you Dodge for the most expensive mistake that I have ever made. This truck has less than 51000 miles on it and just last week the gas gauge decided it didn't want to work. It would cost me $128.00 to fix that problem if I put it in myself. It costs me $100 every time I take it to the dealership because of a deductible.
So not only am I paying insurance on it to set in my driveway and a monthly payment but also if I want it fixed so I can drive it I have to pay $100 for them to tell me it's OK when it's not. Again thank you Dodge for a wonderful product, which drains my bank account to keep it running.
MASON CITY, ILLINOIS -- Lights fail without warning. Sometimes it is the switch and they won't turn off even when switched off. Other times the fuse will blow leaving you without console lights so you can't see speed or gauges. Other times the tail lights will fail but still the headlights work. I have been stopped by the local police because of no tail lights and thinking I was driving without lights only for him to see headlights but no tail lights with the switch on after getting me stopped.
Dealer is no help. They blame all problems on my trailer wiring but they installed it for me when I bought the truck. Why isn't this a recall? I am sure this can cause a deadly accident and there will be no trace because the back end will be hit, the lights destroyed, and no evidence. Wake up American consumer!!!
We bought our Dodge Dakota extended cab truck over 15 years ago. We have only had three major problems with the truck - the first when we bought it and it was covered by the warranty, the second and third were due to wear and tear on the vehicle. Dodge makes great trucks and whenever they need to recall something they take care of the problem.
I like my truck and all, but I really hate the fact that my 4.7 V8 Dakota has less horsepower than its 3+ liter v6 competitors. Granted, it does have more torque, but not much more. I know that there are plenty of upgrades that I could do, but I feel that Chrysler/Dodge should have stepped up to the plate a long time ago to be more competitive with other companies. I/WE should not have to spend extra money to get the same power from our V8's that V6's do these days. I'm just saying. That's all.