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Posted by Sjpalumbo on 06/01/2013
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?

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Posted by clutzycook on 2013-06-01:
Unless you were planning on trading it in within the next year, I say go for it.
Posted by FoDaddy19 on 2013-06-01:
With 124k miles on it, it wouldn't be totally unexpected to have to drop a grand or so on a major repair. $1200 for two new cylinder heads on a SOHC engine is a very good deal frankly, particularly if labor and install kit are included.
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Dakota Front Ends
Posted by Easyridermi on 02/20/2010
I have 2001 Dodge Dakota 2 wheel drive. At 40,000 miles I had to replace the wheel bearings, upper and lower ball joints and tie rod ends. I had after market ones put in and at 130,000 there still going.
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Posted by Starlord on 2010-02-20:
BKK, the suspension parts (tie rod ends and ball joints) should last more than 40,000 miles, really, with the proviso that they are kept properly aligned. Wheel bearings are not covered under most warranties, as they are in the same class as tires, electrical, belts and hoses. If the OP has the owner's manual, it usually gives maintenance schedules for items such as repacking wheel bearings and inspecting them. Most vehicles on the road in the US are woefully out of maintenance periods. For instance, how many people have their transmissions serviced every 10,000 miles? Then they complain when the tranny quits working.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-20:
Thank you, Starlord.
Posted by Starlord on 2010-02-20:
My pleasure, Kitten. Go, Mopar!
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1992 Dodge Dakota extended cab
Posted by Tlcorn on 12/13/2009
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.
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Posted by Slimjim on 2009-12-13:
I have a 97 that I use for work and getting around and also have had a good track record. A/C problems beyond normal is my only complaint.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-13:
Does your Little Giant ladder fit in the bed Slim?
Posted by Slimjim on 2009-12-13:
Yes it does super and the gate even shuts. About the only thing that ladder excels at is it's compact size when retracted. Of course it still weighs a ton.
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2006 Dodge Dakota Power!
Posted by Tbro on 09/22/2009
I like my truck and all, but I really hate the fact that my 4.7 V8 Dakota has less horsepower than its 3+ litre 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.

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Posted by ChuhBaca on 2009-09-22:
I agree with you completely. But you still bought one. What's the incentive for Chrysler to change?
Posted by tbro on 2009-09-24:
The incentive for chrysler to change? They have changed! The new V8 Dakotas make about 302 horses and are more refined with more available options. The v6 also has best in class horsepower so they claim.
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Lack of Customer Service
Posted by Hate Dodge on 10/03/2007
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 thats 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 knows not to buy a Chrysler product. Now I know why M_B dumped them and ran. But American? Not anymore, Hello Toyota.
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Posted by Slimjim on 2007-10-03:
Love it! They tried to screw you and you called their bluff. I doubt they will even chase you for the pads, which I agree were ridiculously overpriced, labor or not. The only thing I would debate is being unhappy with Dodge. They did offer warranty service and it seems the dealer really is the one screwing around on their own here.
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Safety critical failure
Posted by Dakotahell on 10/02/2007
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 gages. 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!!!
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Posted by jenjenn on 2007-10-02:
Wow! That is dangerous! I hope you are able to get this worked out right away!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-10-02:
This is very dangerous. Stop driving at night until the problem is corrected. You can injur or kill somebody !!!
Posted by Timboss on 2007-10-03:
If it is under warranty make the dealer fix it. If it isn't go to an independent shop and get it fixed. But do something now!
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Posted by Freebird70 on 03/25/2007
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 been 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 this truck in for service more than eight times for the same problem.Last time it was so bad they had to replace the rearend.The tranny still does the same thing and is ruining a new rearend.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 did'nt 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 everytime 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 thak you Dodge for a wonderfull product,which drains my bank account to keep it running.
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