2003 Dodge Dakota Complaint - Never Again Will I buy a Dodge Dakota
My husband purchased our 2003 Dodge Dakota in 2004 and it had 13,000 miles on it. First, all the ball joints needed to be replaced (only some were recalled). Then, 2 years later, the ball joints needed to be replaced again. They have never been right since. List of things that have been replaced in the last 6 years: ball joints, wheel bearings, serpentine belt (twice), all the brakes (four times), tires wear out very quickly, electrical wiring systems, heater switch, a/c components, radiator, back gate. Now the A/C still doesn't keep a charge and the transmission is grinding. This vehicle is a piece of junk and a gas guzzler to top it off.
I have owned an Elantra for 7 years and it now has 190,000 miles on it. I've replaced the tires once, brakes once, one tune up, and some wheel bearings for a total of $1,000. No other major repairs. I know that it is a cheap foriegn car and you get what you pay for, but at least I don't have to put $15,000 into a vehicle, $100 in gas a week, only to spend thousands more to repair it. Ridiculous!!!