2nd Generation (1997—2004) Dakota Problems

Dakota owners with a 1997—2004 model year have the most problems with the brakes (19%), engine (17%), and the hvac (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Loss of Oil Pressure Due to Oil Sludge 9 complaints at an average of 89,559 miles in the 2000 Dodge Dakota.
  2. Oil Sludge Resulting in Engine Failure 7 complaints at an average of 78,432 miles in the 2004 Dodge Dakota.
  3. Oil Sludge 6 complaints at an average of 95,068 miles in the 2003 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 2004 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2004 66 5 26 31.27
2003 53 11 30 15.6
2002 165 12 39 23.18
2001 70 14 58 21.87
2000 102 12 90 25.04
1999 72 10 86 14.98
1998 44 12 95 5.72
1997 31 12 97 7.81

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