1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.8L V6 from North America
A great buy for anyone wishing to learn vehicle maintenance
The brake rotors required replacement shortly after purchase.
The ball joints, tie rod ends, and all rubber front suspension components required replacement at 40000 miles; all replacement parts were dealer supplied.
The front passenger seat belt will not lock when pulled rapidly as would be expected during a accident to stop the occupant from hitting the windshield.
The front brake calipers had to be replaced at 46000 miles along with another set of rotors.
The rear drum backing plates rusted through, this was discovered during a state safety inspection.
The valve seats had to be replaced at 52000 miles to remedy a major oil consumption problem.
The total exhaust system had to be replaced at 54000 miles.
The forward pick-up bed retaining bolts rusted off and were replaced.
Three of the exhaust manifold bolt heads were found to have rusted off.
The fuel injector on the number 3 cylinder failed at 59000 miles. Additionally, a brake fluid leak was discovered at the rear of the vehicle caused by severely rusted brake lines.
The truck is no longer safe to operate on the street. I have since welded the exhaust manifolds directly onto the heads and disabled the rear brakes. The vehicle is now only used for work on my property.
The quality of this vehicle is substandard to any thing I have ever seen before.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th March, 2004
8th May 2006, 21:43
I guess if you have the 3.8L engine you gonna have problems.
Funny dodge never put a 3.8L in a truck! it's a 3.9L!
22nd May 2006, 14:12
Did you beat on that truck or something? Mine is still working great. Its one of my more favorite trucks I've had. I don't know what your talking about.