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Asked by Oct 21, 2009 at 09:27 PM about the 2003 Dodge Dakota

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I owned a 2003 dodge Dakota 3.6L V6 SLT
Worst vehicle I have Ever owned!
@50k miles:
*Rear view mirror fell down
*Anti lock brake error
*Transmission began to skip 2nd, and 3rd gears
*Intake Manifold Gasket blew
*2nd and 4th cylinders quit firing (this was a recurring problem)
*Computer Fried (along with half the fuse box)
*Gear indicator light began to scroll through settings as I drove down the highway
*Had to have to the transmission rebuilt
*O2 sensors fried
*front left brake caliper froze (it warped the disk)
*Rear brake drums warped (I still haven't figured out this one)

@60k miles:
*13mgp avg
*had to have the transmission rebuilt (...again)
*Often died for no apparent reason while going up hill
*Had to change transmission fluid (...again)
*Brakes were almost unusable (2 settings: lightly slow down or Lock All Wheel)
*Check Engine Light would sporadically flicker and then turn off
*contents of left catalytic converter blew out the exhaust

I drove that thing like a granny and rarely towed anything!  I Never crashed it, had the oil changed every 3000miles, and routinely took it to a mechanic (the best one in town)!

My 1999 Dodge Durango had similar problems with the transmission.
I Hate Dodge!     

5 Answers

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The day I sold that vehicle was one of the happiest days of my life.

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hey maybe you shouldn;t get a stupid 6 cylinder and get the magnum v8 like everyone else cheap ass

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i have a 91 with a 3.9 V6. it has 384,000 miles on it. i put a timing chain in it at 300,000. still get around 21mpg no tranny prblems or anything

i have a 95 dakota with the v6 and it's the best truck i owned. it blows the doors off of my old truck, a chevy s-10. the only problem i have is a bad floet in the tank. try not beating the crap out of it next time.

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I had a '93 Dakota with a V6, 5spd and with the exception of a transmission problem that was repaired at no cost to me, I put 200k on it. I moved to DC area and trade it off for a Durango which I put 189k on it with no major problems at all. I appears that you either have bad luck or expect your vehicles to run forever with little maintenance. OBTW, my present truck is a '02 Dakota.

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