8.5

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$2,248.00
Average Mileage:
137,500 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. pull the engine, boil the block, and rebuild (1 reports)
  3. use synthetic oil (1 reports)
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problem #4

Jan 152010

Dakota SLT 3.9L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Same as the other complaints. Engine pressure suddenly dropped but did not hear any valve chatter. Took it to a garage and the mechanic thought it might be electrical. They didn't charge me for checking. I let my son use the truck when I was out of the country in January 2010. He was driving it in a rural area when the oil pressure dropped. He thought the problem was electrical as that's what the mechanic told him. Unfortunately, he kept driving. After about 10 miles, he heard engine chatter from the valves but it was too late and the engine spun a bearing. He had the vehicle towed back to the shop. The ace mechanic then decided to check the oil pressure with a meter and found it was only putting out 5 lbs. of oil pressure.

This is clearly an engineering flaw by Dodge. This engine was well-maintained, not burning oil and was never abused. I have never had a vehicle that failed so prematurely as this Dakota. I have purchased Dodge and Chrysler dating back 40 years. This will be my last Dodge or Chrysler vehicle. I don't consider them a reliable product anymore.

Needless to say, I don't use Ace the mechanic or his employer anymore either. I'm pulling the engine this summer and rebuilding it myself. I estimate the cost will be about $800 to $1000 for the new parts, new oil pump, machine shop work, and my neighbor's time to help. A ten year old truck even in excellent condition, isn't worth putting in any more money than that on an engine overhaul. If I weren't able to do the work myself, the truck would have been sold for the best price this past spring or hauled off to the bone yard.

- , Joplin, MO, USA

problem #3

Aug 012007

Dakota SLT 3.9L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles

lost oil pressure driving down road hauled truck home and changed oil it was full of sludge new oil was ok for 3day then lost oil pressure again dragged it back home again and drained oil again and it didn't look to bad but my oil pickup screen was obviously plugged so I went and got 5 gal of diesel fuel "MY STEP DAD SHOWED MY THIS TRICK YEARS AGO"poured all 5 gal in oil fill and immediately drained diesel fuel it flushes the engine and screen very well. it comes out "FAST" do not put in- until oil is drained- and do not let it set in motor drain right away- i made that mistake before"MAKES ENGINE SMOKE TERRIBLY FOR APPROX.FOR 30MIN."once i drained diesel fuel out i put fully synthetic oil in and mobil1 oil filter been ok so far. have 233,000 miles now and have changed oil SYNTHETIC" every 15,000 miles since my sludge problem 97,000 miles ago.synthetic oil is better in my opinion. it doesn't seem to sludge up and cheaper because you only need to change every 15,000 instead of every 3,000 miles. I also like the mobil1 oil filter there about $14 but they do not have traditional paper in them which can break down within 15,000 mi oil change and you could end up with paper floating around "FROM A CHEAP PAPER OIL FILTER" in your oil"THAT'S NOT GOOD" tha'ts worse than sludge. also they hold 30% more contaminants before they would have the possibility of plugging up and blocking off oil pressure.I only had to do the diesel trick once on my dodge but the last truck I done that to years ago I did it once and it was ok for a while then lost oil pressure again. so i flushed it 1 more time and it was ok the rest of its days.

- , Bedrock, Indiana, USA

problem #2

Dec 042009

Dakota Sport 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 167,000 miles

Lost oil pressure...checked the oil, had plenty of oil, not dirty, had the oil changed with a new filter, worked for 1 day, oil pressure dropped again, took it to a mechanic, mechanic could not find anything wrong, so he replaced the sensor, worked for two weeks...oil pressure dropped again, now engine is just about dead, don't know what we're going to do next. We've had multiple problems with this Truck after the warranty expired too many to list here.

- , Sanford, MI, USA

problem #1

Nov 092007

(reported on)

Dakota 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

I took the truck in because the oil pressure had dropped, due to check valve sticking gauge was acting up. The mechanic did a pressure test and replaced the gauge. A week later the engine starting acting up and I shut down immediately but it did no good. It is now tapping and the mechanic says it need a new engine or I need to trade it in. An engine for this model and year is at premium price because this problem seems to be common with this year and engines are in short supply. My mechanic found a few at approx $5500.00. I can almost get a new truck for that amount.

- , Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA