really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,733 miles

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problem #3

Jan 202005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying left turn signal the four way flashers come on.

- Old Monroe, MO, USA

problem #2

Dec 022004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,600 miles
The lights on my 2002 Dodge Dakota started flashing and a few days later my lights, dash lights and power door locks stopped working. I have had 3 different auto mechanics look at it and no one can figure out what the problem is. My truck has 40,900 miles on it and no wrecks of any kind. I read about a recall with this problem on Dakota's and the factory states that they are recalling Dakotas with manual transmissions only for this problem. My truck is an automatic.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 182004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,600 miles
A power port inside of a center console had a device plugged into it and the vehicle started on fire. The start of the fire was traced to the plug in inside of the center console. The fusible link/fuse never blew and so the vehicle sustained $4000 worth of damage before the fire was put out.

- Des Moines, IA, USA