10th Aug 2004, 21:06

I too own a 1999 Dodge Dakota "sport" extra cab V6. I only have 68,000 on her. I have replaced 3 water pumps, and 3 fan clutches so far. My headlights also flicker off sometimes when I switch from high to low, or low to high beams. As for the water pumps the dealer tells me they can't find anything wrong that would cause this to happen. Just a fluke, they say. If anyone has ideas about what my be causing this, email me randy.bergen@yahoo.com.

28th May 2005, 15:13

My boyfriend owns a 1999 Dodge Dakota, extended cab 5.2L V8, 5spd. He just recently purchased it with 89,000 miles, a lot, yes I know. he's been having problems such as a ticking/knocking in the engine (very slight) and it bucks. if you're going downhill, with your foot off the gas, its bucks like crazy, until you put your foot into it. anyone know what this could be? he's replaced the intake manifold, new oil change and both O2 sensors. Any ideas?

14th Jul 2005, 11:04

I have a 99 Dakota X-cab SLT 5.2L auto. I purchased the extended warranty at 36,000 miles. For what my truck has been through it has done very well, never replaced ball joints (they need it now) at 68,000 miles and I need rear wheel bearings. But the truck has 33" mud terrains and has seen the mud. On the other hand the motor was replaced at 58,000 miles, but the warranty covered it, motor spark knocked bad enough to blow a piston. Gas mileage is HORRIBLE, but it's a truck.

8th Aug 2005, 19:49

Also own 1999 dakota sport 5.2 5 speed, slight knocking from time to time at an idle, seems to me there is a little to much noise transfer from engine compartment to the inside of cab. or am I crazy?

30th Aug 2008, 20:54

Thanks for your comment. I've heard that sound in my Durango for 9 years, been annoyed for 9 years--and now I can fix it.

27th Oct 2008, 23:00

I have a 1999 with the V-8. It has 93000 miles on it with no problems whatsoever.

10th Sep 2009, 20:27

A torque converter costs $150 at the most.

I have a 99 Dakota with a 318 with almost 153,000 and it still runs like a brand new truck.

6th Oct 2009, 09:25

I too have a '99 Dakota with the 318 and I love it. It has PLENTY of power even at highway speeds. If I need more power, it's got plenty left to use.

I don't know what you consider always at the shop? I have the usual problems with mine like brakes and stuff, but never anything major and it has 126,xxx miles on it.

Only thing is when I accelerate, I hear a ticking coming from what seems to be inside the dash or right inside the engine compartment.

The Dakota is a very tough little truck, and is bigger than other compact trucks.

I definitely recommend people to buy American cars with how bad our economy is right now instead of giving more money to Japan and China.

6th Oct 2009, 17:32

No cars sold in the US are made in China... Maybe other products. But no cars.

22nd Dec 2009, 20:59

I have a 1999 Dakota extended cab and it has 175,000 miles on it.

I just replaced the heater core due to slight leak and poor heat; it took about 12 hours. It was really easy just time consuming, and I had to evacuate the A/C too as it's in the same box.

I back flushed the heater core a year ago; it helped but it still sucked.

A bearing in the transmission makes a noise at idle and in first gear, but then gets quiet past that.

I have a bunch of front end problems, but for that many miles it's been a great truck. I also replaced the power steering pump at about 130000 miles, and the driver side window track (power window). It's been a really good truck; bottom line.

30th Jan 2010, 01:59

I have a '99 Dakota Sport 5.2. I bought it with 100,000 kms. By 160,000 I'd replaced transmission, power steering, water pump, running lights, plug caught on fire, ball joints and heater core 4 times once a year. Now just wired in electric heater, driver side clears enough to drive.