1st Generation (1987—1996) Dakota Problems

This generations ranks 22nd out of 60 Dodge generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (43%), body (11%), and the interior (8%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Paint Peeling 3 complaints at an average of 78,742 miles in the 1994 Dodge Dakota.
  2. Engine Stutters and Stalls 4 complaints at an average of 128,750 miles in the 1995 Dodge Dakota.
  3. Transmission Slips 2 complaints at an average of 157,000 miles in the 1994 Dodge Dakota.

What Dakota Year is Most Reliable?

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 1994 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1996 9 2 50 1.41
1995 11 1 43 3.26
1994 23 4 40 8.58
1993 8 2 27 1.12
1992 10 2 23 2.15
1991 1 5 20 0.36
1990 0 3 16 0.0
1989 2 3 15 0.43
1988 2 3 1 0.3
1987 6 2 1 1.22

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