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    Search Results Report Date :     July 10, 2005 at 03:20 PM SEARCH TYPE :     VEHICLE YEAR :     1999 Make :     DODGE Model :     DAKOTA Type :     TRUCK
Results : 196 | 1 - 15 Displayed     First | Prev | Next | Last Make : DODGE     Model : DAKOTA     Year : 1999 Manufacturer : DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION Crash : No     Fire : No     Number of Injuries: 0 ODI ID Number : 746978     Date of Failure: June 18, 2001 VIN : 1B7GL22X9S1... Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:UPPER BALL JOINT Summary: UPPER BALL JOINT WORE OUT ON A 2 YEAR OLD VEHICLE ,REPLACEMENT PARTS NOT AVEILABLE. *AK Check to Request Research. Submit below. Make : DODGE     Model : DAKOTA     Year : 1999 Manufacturer : DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION Crash : No     Fire : No     Number of Injuries: 0 ODI ID Number : 877351     Date of Failure: November 15, 2000 VIN : 1B7GG22Y8XS... Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:UPPER BALL JOINT Summary: FRONT BALL JOINTS BROKE WHICH MAY HAVE CAUSED A CRASH AT 50,000 MILES. DEALER CANNOT DETERMINE THE CAUSE. PLEASE PROVIDE FURTHER INFORMATION.*AK Check to Request Research. Submit below. Make : DODGE     Model : DAKOTA     Year : 1999 Manufacturer : DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION Crash : No     Fire : No     Number of Injuries: 0 ODI ID Number : 893484     Date of Failure: June 1, 2001 VIN : 1B7GG22Y7X5... Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:UPPER BALL JOINT Summary: UPPER BALL JOINTS ARE PREMATURELY WEARING WHICH HAS CAUSED A PROBLEM WITH STEERING CONTROL. ALSO, VEHICLE HAS DEVELOPED A VERY LOUD NOISE, CAUSE UNKNOWN. *AK Check to Request Research. Submit below. Make : DODGE     Model : DAKOTA     Year : 1999 Manufacturer : DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION Crash : No     Fire : No     Number of Injuries: 0 ODI ID Number : 10022557     Date of Failure: VIN : 1B7GG22X4XS... Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:UPPER BALL JOINT Summary: WHILE DRIVING UPPER BALL JOINTS FAILED. THEY WERE REPLACED ALONG WITH THE STEERING KNUCKLE. PROBLEM RECURRED.*AK Check to Request Research. Submit below. Make : DODGE     Model : DAKOTA     Year : 1999 Manufacturer : DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION Crash : No     Fire : No     Number of Injuries: 0 ODI ID Number : 10028810     Date of Failure: November 22, 2002 VIN : 1B7GL22X0XS... Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:UPPER BALL JOINT Summary: 1999 DODGE DAKOTA P/U LEFT UPPER BALL JOINT FAILED AT 34000 MILES. ON REMOVAL AND INSPECTION THE PART CONTAINED LUBE WHICH HAD BROKEN DOWN AND SOLIDIFIED.THE BALL AND SOCKET WERE BADLY WORN ALMOST TO THE POINT OF SEPARATION. THIS IS A SEALED AND LIFETIME LUBED PART WITH NO PROVISIONS FOR RELUBE. Check to Request Research. Submit below. Make : DODGE     Model : DAKOTA     Year : 1999 Manufacturer : DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION Crash : No     Fire : No     Number of Injuries: 0 ODI ID Number : 10028894     Date of Failure: January 15, 2003 VIN : 1B7GG22YXXS... Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:UPPER BALL JOINT Summary: HAD TO REPLACE DEFECTIVE BALL JOINTS AT APPROXIMATELY 48,000 MILES Check to Request Research. Submit below. Make : DODGE     Model : DAKOTA     Year : 1999 Manufacturer : DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION Crash : No     Fire : No     Number of Injuries: 0 ODI ID Number : 10028936     Date of Failure: July 16, 2003 VIN : 1B7FL26X9XS... Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:UPPER BALL JOINT Summary: 1999 DOGE DAKOTA. ONLY 44,000 MILES. NEEDS BOTH FRONT UPPER BALL JOINTS REPLACED WITH ALIGNMENT. BEEN TOLD NUMEROUS DAKOTAS HAVE THIS "PROBLEM" Check to Request Research. Submit below. Make : DODGE     Model : DAKOTA     Year : 1999 Manufacturer : DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION Crash : No     Fire : No     Number of Injuries: 0 ODI ID Number : 10029801     Date of Failure: VIN : 1B7GL22Y4XS... Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:UPPER BALL JOINT Summary: VEHICLE FRONT UPPER BALL JOINT HAS A FAILURE, THAT CAUSE THE" VEHICLE TO BOUNCE" WHILE DRIVING PER CONSUMER. Check to Request Research. Submit below. Make : DODGE     Model : DAKOTA     Year : 1999 Manufacturer : DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION Crash : No     Fire : No     Number of Injuries: 0 ODI ID Number : 10031795     Date of Failure: May 25, 2003 VIN : 1B7GG2YXS27... Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:UPPER BALL JOINT Summary: THE CONSUMER STATED THE UPPER AND LOWER BALL JOINTS EXPERIENCED PREMATURE FAILURE. *AK *TS *JB Check to Request Research. Submit below. Make : DODGE     Model : DAKOTA     Year : 1999 Manufacturer : DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION Crash : No     Fire : No     Number of Injuries: 0 ODI ID Number : 10032061     Date of Failure: August 3, 2003 VIN : 1B7GL22X6XS... Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:UPPER BALL JOINT Summary: THE UPPER AND LOWER BALL JOINTS LOOSENED AND NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. *AK Check to Request Research. Submit below. Make : DODGE     Model : DAKOTA     Year : 1999 Manufacturer : DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION Crash : No     Fire : No     Number of Injuries: 0 ODI ID Number : 10032640     Date of Failure: June 4, 2002 VIN : Not Available Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:UPPER BALL JOINT Summary: UPPER BALL JOINTS FAILED AT 28,000,FRONT BEARINGS AND HUB ASSEMBLY FAILED 47,000.NOW SURGING IN CRUISE CONTROL. *AK Check to Request Research. Submit below. Make : DODGE     Model : DAKOTA     Year : 1999 Manufacturer : DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION Crash : No     Fire : No     Number of Injuries: 0 ODI ID Number : 10033676     Date of Failure: VIN : Not Available Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:UPPER BALL JOINT Summary: CONUMEER HEARD A NOISE WHILE TRAVELING. VEHICLE WAS SERVICED, TECHNICIAN NOTICED BALL JOINTS NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. *AK Check to Request Research. Submit below. Make : DODGE     Model : DAKOTA     Year : 1999 Manufacturer : DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION Crash : No     Fire : No     Number of Injuries: 0 ODI ID Number : 10043725     Date of Failure: July 1, 2003 VIN : Not Available Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:UPPER BALL JOINT Summary: '99 DODGE DAKOTA, CLUB CAB, 4WD, JUST TURNED 100,000 MILES, HAD TO HAVE THE BALL JOINTS REPLACED TWICE SINCE I HAVE OWNED IT. BALL JOINTS WERE FIRST REPLACED AT 60,000 MILES WITH OEM PARTS, BALL JOINTS WERE REPLACED A SECOND TIME AT 90,000 WITH AFTERMARKET PARTS. VEHICLE IS USED ONLY ON PAVED ROADS AND NOT SUBJECT TO ABUSE...PREMATURELY FAILING BALL JOINTS ARE A SAFETY CONCERN AND CAUSING PREMATURE TIRE WEAR.*AK Check to Request Research. Submit below. Make : DODGE     Model : DAKOTA     Year : 1999 Manufacturer : DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION Crash : No     Fire : No     Number of Injuries: 0 ODI ID Number : 10043861     Date of Failure: September 1, 2003 VIN : 1B7GG22YXXS... Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:UPPER BALL JOINT Summary: 1999 DODGE DAKOTA 4WD 71500 MILES. NOTIFIED BY MECHANIC THAT I NEED BOTH UPPER BALL JOINTS, BOTH LOWER BALL JOINTS AND BOTH TIE ROD ENDS REPLACED. TOOK IT IN FOR UNUSUAL TIRE WEAR THAT HAS OCCURRED SINCE 40,000 MILES. MECHANIC WAS VERY FAMILIAR WITH THIS PROBLEM WITH DAKOTAS. SAID HE HAS SEEN MANY LIKE IT.*AK Check to Request Research. Submit below. Make : DODGE     Model : DAKOTA     Year : 1999 Manufacturer : DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION Crash : No     Fire : No     Number of Injuries: 0 ODI ID Number : 10043878     Date of Failure: September 11, 2002 VIN : 1B7GL22Y1XS... Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:UPPER BALL JOINT Summary: UPPER RIGHT BALL JOINT FAILED. VEHICLE HAD 65684 MILES.*AK Check to Request Research. Submit below.
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gee, 15 bad balljoints from a poor batch from the outsourced suspension supplier. out of 600,000 or more sold............ which is a .000025 % failure rate.......

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Well, first of all there was 196 results and even though that is small, if it happened to you, you'd be a tad ticked :)
I can remember the time my mother had her steering column snap on her at 40 mph...1 year in the hospital...Had to take the same pos as a replacement car and then 5 years later had to junk it out...
Of course, that was a ford :)
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So, go buy a POS GM. They have the highest recall rate than ALL other manufacturers, COMBINED! In 1978, the Cadillac dealer I was working at, had a recall on 1962 Cadillacs! Plus, remember, they'll gladly rip you off, like they did when they put cheap Chebby engines in Oldsmopiles, and charged their "customers" for the higher priced engine.
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I loved the late 80s Chevy diesel engines......oh god........

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I don't know what they were like, but I know they had a lot of trouble with the ones put in the Olds back in '78. There was one that lived in our shop more than it did with it's owner.
Larry Behold Beware believe
| I loved the late 80s Chevy diesel engines......oh god........
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a 350 with injectors........what a nightmare

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rob wrote:

He's talking about a diesel. One big multi-output injector pump, driven off the camshaft, mounted near where the carburetor is on a gasoline V8. Keep it clean (change the fuel filter and don't let water or fungus get to it) and it lasted just fine. Ignore it and let crap get into it and you were into four figures' worth to replace it.
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Larry Crites wrote:

The owner should have been happy. That was the late 70s/early 80s Olds/Cadillac diesel based on the Oldsmobile 350 CID gas engine. The only time it didn't puke filthy black engine oil all over the owner's driveway or garage was when it was at SOMEONE ELSE'S shop. The oil spots in our driveway outlasted the 79 Cadillac Eldorado that caused them. Unfortunately ours never spent a lot of time at someone else's shop, because I was able to keep it running. A water separator ahead of the fuel filter helped, but mainly what it took was changing that big fuel filter at 5,000 mile intervals instead of the factory-recommended 24,000. When it started to run badly, I'd go and plunk down the cash for a new filter, and it would run just fine again (or as well as it ever did...that car was S-L-O-W!)
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On Sun, 10 Jul 2005 12:29:35 -0700, justme wrote:

Did your Mommy do drugs while she was pregnant, or was your Daddy just stupid?
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