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Dodge Dakota Auto Tranny Problems

hd_lowriderhd_lowrider Posts: 1
edited March 5 in Dodge
I have a 1997 Dodge Dakota Sport 4x4 Extended Cab
with the small V8 and auto transmission with only
14k miles on it. In the last 2,000 miles the local
Dodge dealer has overhauled the tranny once and
then replaced it. Unfortunatly the new tranny is
having the same problem (Slipping between 1st and
2nd when warmed up). Two colleagues at work with
the same truck are going through the same
experience. Does anybody know what Dodge's problem
with transmissions are? I understand Neons and
Mini-vans like to eat trannies also.
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  • ggosselinggosselin Posts: 22
    They don't eat the trannies, they are just pieces of [non-permissible content removed] to start with. I went through the same problem with my ram that I finally lemon lawed after its third transmission. And by the way, that was the same trans. you have in your Dak.
    Called the A-727, it is put in all chrysler and dodge trucks, including the ones with the monster cummins engine. Makes sense, doesn't it?
  • ggosselinggosselin Posts: 22
    They don't eat the trannies, they are just pieces of [non-permissible content removed] to start with. I went through the same problem with my ram that I finally lemon lawed after its third transmission. And by the way, that was the same trans. you have in your Dak.
    Called the A-727, it is put in all chrysler and dodge trucks, including the ones with the monster cummins engine. Makes sense, doesn't it?
  • richram123richram123 Posts: 35
    GGosslein

    You are wrong about the trannies. My 98 Ram1500 has a 46RE auto tranny The 98 and 99 have this tranny. I agree that the older tranny (A-727) did have some problems. My tranny is fine at 15,000 miles. I also tow a boat once a week.


    Rich
  • wolffwolff Posts: 2
    I have been a Dodge man for many years and with the exception of the 89/90 4 speeds, Chrysler auto trannys are the best in the business. Quite frankly, if I were you post #1 I would change dealers. Chyrsler's weak link, and they know it is the dealers and their piss poor quality in their service departments. Chrysler is trying to do something about the dealers but is having a fight.
    I also have a 97 Dak with the 318 and 4 speed, I beat the crap out of it and have had no problems with anything in it.
    One more thing, if you think a Ford or GM would be any better, check out their reps for automatic transmissions. They are always in the shop. Fords are notorious for "morning sickness" and GM, well, I have yet to see a GM that lasts period.
    Getting back to the original point, try a different dealer, find one that will actually try to fix things rather than just go through the motions.
  • As a owner of a 98 Dodge Dakota 3.9 V6 with 22,800 miles on it the tranny is crap. Slips in and out of 2nd gear at 15,000 miles, take it in (problem: bad seal?????sure) get service report hard part failures all around. Dealer tells me they re-seal the tranny and the mechanic tells me else wise. Same thing has happened 3 more times trying to get a hold of someone at Daimler-Chrysler before i bring my lawyer.
  • mayemsmayems Posts: 2
    Count me in. '98 with 5.2L @49,000 miles. Hunts like hound dog on 1-2 shift. Go fast in 1st to get right to 3rd. Just started month ago. Going to dealer shop on July 14th. Should I get ready for the big one???
  • ggosselinggosselin Posts: 22
    richram123- You are correct about the trans.
    The 46RE is now used in all Chrysler rwd vehicles.
    It is mechanically identical to the old A-727, the only difference is that it is electronically controlled by the VCM. You're also right about Chevy trannies- they are just as bad. I own a '97 S-10 SS with the 4L60E auto which, by the way is the same scneario as the dodge- trans used to be called the 700R4, but is now electronically conrolled and called the 4L60E; it literally exploded while I was driving. Pan fell off while doing 85 on I-75 in Tampa, Fl. The rest is history. Dealer fixed under warranty- cost Chevy $2800. I can't say anything about Fords, I've never owned one.
  • lunkerlunker Posts: 1
    Considering a remaining 99 or upcoming 2000 Dakota SLT 4x4. Rave design and comfort reviews from friends and dealers....duh.....but have heard ghost stories and rumors about likely tranny probs down the road...or around the next bend...any input or comparative suggestions as opposed to other compacts? Want to tow a tent trailer or small fishing boat...thanks GV
  • spkirkspkirk Posts: 10
    M father-in-law has a 1999 Dakota extended cab SLT with the v-6 and the automatic transmission is doing fine after 5500 miles! Not a problem at all.
  • tpeters1tpeters1 Posts: 11
    I love my Dakota '98 w/5.2L engine auto, not even back to the dealer in the 18 months I have owned it. I owned a Chevy 1500 before this one not only did it leak oil from every gasket in the engine , I had drive shaft problems and plastic parts from inside the cab would continuly crack from the heat. The Chevy dealer was terrible and so was GM. I switched to Dodge and so far I'm a happy Dakota owner.
  • stagehandstagehand Posts: 3
    looking to purchase a 99 dakota cc with v-6,auto trans. i seem to be reading some real horror stories about these tranny's. i want to get one before the current rebate expires.Can anyone out there ease my anxiety before i drop $19000? any responses good or bad will be appreciated.
  • ericgericg Posts: 38
    Stagehand,
    If I were you I would wait for the 2000 dakotas. they are putting the jeep's 4.7L V8 in it. The tranny was designed along with the engine, so there are no problems. It will get better gas mileage and has more hp and torque. I wanted to order one but now I think i am going to get the ram.
  • darlen1darlen1 Posts: 1
    Have a 99 Dodge Dakota, V8 Engine. THE THING IS A PIECE OF JUNK! I currently have 8,000 miles on it and the truck is starting to fall apart. Broke down twice within the month. SMoke coming out of the hood, all gauges on dash went to zero, suddenly had extreme heat on my gas pedal and on the floorboard, air conditioner shut completely down, and my transmission was howling. Was told it was the OIL SENDING UNIT. Sent back on the road with all these conditions still existing and was told that it runs like a champ again. NOT! 1 1/2 days later, all the same problems re-occured. This time, they replaced the fan clutch, re-routed the wire harness for my gauges,and couldn't explain the heat on the floorboard although they witnessed it and were as suprised as I was that that amount of heat was there. So, instead of finding a factory authorized repair or contacting the engineers at Chrsyler, they decided to be creative (their words exactly) and wrap my exhaust manifold that sits directly against the firewall of the engine and my floorboard, with insullation. When asked if the factory approved this, they said NO! So, basically..... who knows what is wrong with the truck. All the problems still exist after having it in their service dept for 13 days. Makes you wonder huh? It is not to say that the trucks aren't great, others may disagree, but I certainly have got a LEMON and am finding out that these problems exist with a lot of the Dodge products. Just some info if interested.
  • ppoulinppoulin Posts: 7
    I've read on other posts that B&M makes a shift kit that corrects the problems with this transmission. I don't know how you can take this approach through a dealer, though.
  • chumbuschumbus Posts: 1
    I was looking to buy a yr 2000 Dakota Club Cab. I am not too sure about the transmission now that I have read these postings. I originally was concerned about the 4 cyl engine since Mitsubishi no longer made this one. So, I thought the 6 cyl would be great. Is the 4 cyl any good? or is the 6 cyl better? Now, should I just go with the manual 5spd transmission and save myself alot of heartache? Someone please respond, I need to make a decision fast.
  • sbreensbreen Posts: 14
    I test drove a 2K V6 5 speed and the Auto, the 5 speed has a good feel to it, decent acceleration. Do NOT get the 4 cyl, too big of a vehicle for that, IMO. I liked the dakota enough to consider getting one with a manual tranny and avoid the auto tranny blues, but in the end just didn't want to take the chance. I still like them, and talk to folks who own them and love their trucks.
  • I am considering purchasing a 1999 Dodge Dakota
    to use and pull a 5000 lb boat. After reading these reveiws and comments about the tranny, I wonder if it is worth the investment. I know the horror stories I read here but the reviews don't support these horror stories...what about the Dakotas that are still running fine...should i pass on the Dakota???
  • tbalontbalon Posts: 2
    I purchased a 1999 Dakota SLT, V8, Auto, 4x4 a few months ago. About 3,000 miles with no transmission problems. The trans does shift a little hard a part throttle. Had the vehicle into the dealer three times to fix the evaporative control solenoid. We finally got some rain this weekend, about 24 hours worth, and I came out to find about 1" of standing water in my drivers footwell. Pulled the interior trim and determined with a hose that the windshield is not installed correctly. Some of the sheetmetal under the dash is starting to rust. Not sure how this is going to work out but am forwarding this along as an FYI.
  • sprmansprman Posts: 1
    had the truck for only 3months and the trans has been replased twice i trade it in its junk.
  • fjb1fjb1 Posts: 2
    I have a 1998 slt club cab with 3.9l and AT. exactly two years old and 28.5K miles. only problems are light switch came off and had to be replaced and the gear shift knob came off and was reglued. transmission has been fine. hope it stays that way.
  • jag79jag79 Posts: 1
    Hmmm, it does seem difficult to call - given various postings I've seen. Drove one this evening (std. cab 2WD R/T)... really liked it.
    Power & torque could easily be a bad suprise in the hands of an amateur or unaware driver. But a hell of a lot of fun to drive in able hands!
    Because at the time - you could'nt get a Dodge CC Full size - I owned two Ford F350 Crew Cabs (used to tow my Dodge drag cars ), first was an 89 Diesel Dually Automatic, second was 94 Turbo diesel automatic...both had a dictionary of expensive problems not covered by warranty. Unless Volvo starts building 'em - I will NEVER own a Ford truck again.
    Every Dodge I have ever owned has been awesome - so I am having a hard time getting "turned-off" due to some folks less than favorable experiences. These days, cars are like houses or almost any thing you can think of - if you get one good to begin with, you'll have a good one, if it's a lemon to start with - that's what you have. Problem is, you don't know which you've got till after you buy. Any thoughts on the R/T Dakota will be much appreciated. Sincerest thanks! :)
  • pdcpdc Posts: 6
    I bought a 99 RT reg. cab last October fresh out of dealership. Have logged just over 12000 miles and, other than a cable adjustment on the trans to alleviate a 1st to 2nd shift that previously did not occur under low rev until 30 MPH, I have not had a drip of problem. The vehicle gets around 15 MPG around town and is a rocket. I'm nearing 50 and don't enjoy the true performance potential of the truck. I'm looking to unload it in the near future. If anyone's interested, I need $20,000--about 5 grand off sticker.
  • OK you guys, anyone who knows their way around the Dodge topics at Edmunds must have known I would offer my few cents worth eventually (hey they're Canadian cents so what the hell).

    In response to various issues raised here:

    Auto trannys - yes they have had problems, yes so does everyone elses. Dodge's problem is that their trannys seem to fail somewhat more quickly and / or dramatically. The new V8 from Jeep brings the new Jeep tranny and DaimlerChrysler has set up a specialist team to address the transmission issues - they are due to come up with their first report this month. The team is headed by the Senior VP in charge of powertrains - they are taking this seriously. The decision has already been taken to build a brand new auto box for the redesigned Ram - that is new from the ground up, not based on anything currently available.

    4 cylinder engines - forget it they aren't available in 2000.

    Dakota R/T. Great truck, but not if you want to tow. Dodge made a major error with tow capacities. They claimed 6,000 pounds for 98 & 99 R/Ts, true figure is 2,000 pounds.

    Just my thoughts for what its worth.
  • Does anyone have any information on the 5 speed manual transmissions for the 2000 models? I want to trade in my 99 Dakota for a 4WD version after seeing those little front wheel drive cars drive past me in the sand while I was spinning my wheels.
  • Sorry the 4 cyl is still available - but forget it anyway, just not up to the job.

    DoubleD, far as I understand it there are no major changes for the stick shift in 2000. I am sure some tweaks were necessary to strap it onto the new motor, but my understanding is it is essentially the same box - if mine ever turns up I'll let you know.
  • OK, just found out that for the crew cab (probably the same for others) the NV3500 standard box will be used with both the 3.9 liter V6 and the 4.7 liter V8. This is the same box that was used on the 99 5.2, but is not the same as was used for the 99 3.9.
  • Looking to buy a 2000 Dakota Club SLT 4x4, w4.7L V8 and 4-speed Auto Trans with all the extras. Wondering when the dealer's invoice prices will be public before I go shopping. Hope (doesn't sound like it) these tranny problems don't apply in 2000 models.
  • I have a 95 Dodge Dakota w/the 5.2
    When the overdrive kicks in it makes a loud clapping noise. Has anybody ever heard this before. It shifts into overdrive fine, just w/the noise attached.
  • Any Information on headers and exhaust upgrade (dual w/cross over) with correct oxygen sensor setup for '97 318 4x4 extended cab would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, Rich.
  • etagetag Posts: 14
    Hi Andy and everyone
    my opinion is that everyone elses auto transmissions DO NOT have problems.
    Try a toyota or a nissan

    RP
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