27th Apr 2001, 09:00

1998 Mercury Mystique, purchased February 1998.

February 1998, won't go in reverse.

April 1998, water pump fails.

May 1998, alternator bad.

June 1998, A/C pulley fails.

Jan 1999, engine quits, VCT solenoid fails, 800.00 to repair.

May 2000, A/C blower goes out.

May 2000, on the way home the dashboard catches on fire because the dealership wired it wrong.

June 2000, a brake hose gives out and nearly causes a wreck.

July 2000, airbag deploys even though there was no collision or even a possibility of a collision.

And they wonder why Toyota Camrys are the most popular cars in the world?

31st May 2001, 15:40

I would think that if you spent that much on all of those repairs, much less, had to find parts for it, you would know what kind of engine is in it. My 91 Dakota, 318/Automatic is a very reliable tank.

10th Aug 2001, 14:10

I had a 93 Dakota that also had rear problems. The fit and finish were awful and the paint peeled. I'll never even look at another Chrysler product. Maybe the Germans will straighten that company out.

4th Feb 2002, 22:48

Mine is the '93 Dakota 5.2, ext cab 2wd. Bought it in '96, paint started peeling off the hood later on that year, then roof, now it's going down the sides. It's been a great truck all around but not much to look at these days. Took the dealer to court; waste of good time. Hard to stomach when I see the original paint on the old '49 Dodge farm truck, faded, but at least it's sticking to the metal. Chrysler offered 20% of costs to repair, not good enough. 50% and up is more what I had in mind. Not sure if I will ever own another Chrylser product. Major complaint- Dealer, Dealer, Dealer.

23rd Apr 2003, 17:08

1991 Dodge Dakota with the 318. I was just told by The chrysler's corp 1-800-992-1997 to try selling our truck out for parts because they no longer make the tensioner for it nor can you buy it after market because Dodge would not release the patent. I have tried to locate one used in this entire nation and Canada with no luck. Chrysler response was it's an old truck what do you expect. I wonder if they ever really made any replacements.

28th Sep 2004, 18:28

If you are replacing your exhaust every 15,000 miles you either need to find a new exhaust shop or drive the truck long enough (for example, take it out on the highway for a bit now and then) to dry the condensation which is causing your problem. Also short trips are terrible for your engine as well. Don't blame Chrysler for your driving habits. I've got a Dakota, a '92, and love it to death.

29th Sep 2008, 20:25

I have a 1991 Ext. Cab Dakota. It's 2-wheel drive, 180,000 miles.

The problem I have is with a timing light. The timing marks look like they are moving, but they are not showing up where they should.

I put a new timing chain and gears in it, and it still does it. Anybody have any ideas???


23rd Nov 2009, 23:30

My Dakota, a 1991 318 behemoth is a very reliable truck. Sure it eats gas and gets loud, because that's the way it is. It's a truck buddy, not a car, and BTW my truck has 270,000 miles on it and it still does 0-60 in 8 seconds rear wheel drive :)