I must agree with the 200lbs comment. I thought the same thing upon reading it. It does appear to be at a minimum, a miscalculation.
But really my point in this comment is to say that I understand the wiper issue. All auto OEM's look for ways to save money, all of them. I have a buddy that has a family that works for Dodge. (The friend also owns a Dakota.) He told me one of the engineers at Dodge thought that if they bought wiper bearings without water seals they could save maybe 50 cents a vehicle. I don't know the real number, but any cent number by 1 million vehicles adds up to a lot of money. Dodge quickly figured out the liability was a lot more money than the bearing seals and changed it back to the original (correct) design. You should be good with the replacement set you have now.
There have been reports of ABS problems on Chrysler products throwing people into other lanes/oncoming traffic. It is not necessarily a result of driving error.
I have owned my 99 Dakota sport (4 cyl) for 9 years and 250,000 miles. it will throw you left in a panic stop. And the paint is horrendous. and I am on my 6th catalytic converter. And the air conditioner is out again. The dealership pronounced the engine to be terminal @ 75,000 due to a HARMONIC BALANCER failure. I took it home and am still driving on it. And the head light switch goes out every 100,000 miles.
Oil it every 3,000 miles & keep it tuned & you can gripe about it @ 250,000 + miles & still get 20+mpg on the highway.
And the paint job is h-o-r-r-i-b-l-e, and dodge does not care.
Did I mention the paint job is/was h-o-r-r-i-b-l-e?
I have a question about these 2003 Dakota's --- Does anybody have issues with the engine "cutting out" while driving? (has happened going uphill and on level ground --- and the truck is driven and serviced regularly, never abused or used off road; currently has about 20,000 miles)
It was brought in for service for this issue a few weeks ago--- and now having the same problem today so again going for service BUT wondered if this happens to anyone else & how it's been resolved. ANY help would be appreciated.