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2003 Dodge Dakota Complaint - Never Again Will I buy a Dodge Dakota

Review by crazymary on 2010-07-19
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!!!
Comments:3 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-07-20
Posted by Critical_level2 on 2010-07-20:
how many miles are on it? Wear and tear is dependent on how it is driven. AS for tires, if buy cheap ones, they won't last. The Ball Joints are a known issue with all 97-04 Dakotas/Durangos. I have had mine done twice on my Dakota. Comparing a Hyundai to a Dakota is apples to oranges. One is a car and the other is a heavy truck. Like I mentioned earlier, wear is dependent on driving style. My Dakota goes through tires every 1-2 years, but smoky burnouts and driving like I stole it tend to do that.
Posted by Starlord on 2010-07-20:
Our 2006 Dodge Dakota SLT has been a joy to us. we keep it properly maintained, and the only problem we ahve had is when the check engine light came on. Turned out it was the aftermarket locking gas cap we had put on when we bought the truck. Putting an OEM gas cap on returned everything to balance. We get very good gas mileage with a V-6 engine, and expenses have been fairly low. You can't help it if you got a lemon, no one can. Come on, comparing a Dodge truck to a Korean passenger car? NOt even in the same category. Let's see your econobox haul a load of firewood or furniture, or go off the road in search of a fishing spot in the wilds of a state like Washington.
Posted by Starlord on 2010-07-20:
Our 2006 Dodge Dakota SLT has been a joy to us. we keep it properly maintained, and the only problem we have had is when the check engine light came on. Turned out it was the aftermarket locking gas cap we had put on when we bought the truck. Putting an OEM gas cap on returned everything to balance. We get very good gas mileage with a V-6 engine, and expenses have been fairly low. You can't help it if you got a lemon, no one can. Come on, comparing a Dodge truck to a Korean passenger car? NOt even in the same category. Let's see your econobox haul a load of firewood or furniture, or go off the road in search of a fishing spot in the wilds of a state like Washington.

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