1st Gen (1987 – 1996) Dodge Dakota Problems

The 1st generation of the Dakota has a cumulative PainRank™ of 1.89. That can be compared against other Dodge generations. Shopping for a Dodge? This generation is generally a good bet.

Owners of the 1987–1996 Dakota model years have sent in 72 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (43%) followed by the body (11%) and the interior (8%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
1996 9
1.42
1995 11
3.27
1994 23
8.59
1993 8
1.12
1992 10
2.15
1991 1
0.36
1990 0
0.0
1989 2
0.43
1988 2
0.31
1987 6
1.22

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