really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,860 miles

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problem #5

Feb 012005

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The tilt feature on the steering wheel of the consumer's 2000 Dodge Dakota shorted out a wire which caused the headlights to go out. The problem occurred when the vehicle was 16 months old and recurred 12 months later.

- Kuna, ID, USA

problem #4

Mar 012004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,500 miles
Consumer complained about steering column/headlights. When the steering column was in the tilt upright position, the low beam lights operated. When the tilt steering wheel was in the straight position the low beam lights went out automatically. The consumer found out the low beam wire at the multi-function switch had broken at the connection and shorted out.

- Moline, IL, USA

problem #3

Dec 092003

(reported on)


  • miles
Gsa fleet vehicle defect report. The defect report concerns the 2000 Dodge Dakota which had a fire caused by a short in the vehicle's dash.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #2

Aug 072002

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,800 miles
Several incidents of electrical failure (date below first incident) speedometer does not work; ABS light stays on; computer shorted out; dealer found computer bolted on top of wires; fan stayed on; dates vary over last 1 1/2 years number of failures is a best guess.

- Camano Island, WA, USA

problem #1

Feb 152001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Was driving vehicle and came upon a stop light. Started to smell burning wires. Then, vehicle caught on fire. Insurance totaled vehicle.

- Marble Falls, TX, USA