really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,908 miles

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problem #40

Nov 142010


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that when the temperature reached the freezing mark, the vehicle would not shift out of park. The contact had to start leaving the vehicle in neutral because it allowed the vehicle to be driven when it was cold overnight. The dealer stated that the transmission fluid and filter needed to be replaced because they were contaminated. The repair did not correct the problem. An independent mechanic referenced recall 07V5550000 (power train: Automatic transmission: Lever and linkage: Column shift). The contact was informed by the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000 and the current mileage was 110,700.

- Balffpon, SC, USA

problem #39

Apr 222002


  • 300 miles
My 2002 Dodge Dakota has low power and doesn't shift properly doesn't always down shift when I come to a full stop & down shift out of fourth gear to third on its own. Seems to be more often with age of vehicle.

- Cabot, AR, USA

problem #38

May 162010

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 50,970 miles
The park shift interlock system has become inoperative.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #37

Jun 152008


  • 105,000 miles
Went to the store and put the vehicle in park it did not hold had to apply parking brake. Got home and truck locked in park. Three days later the truck would not lock in park and has not locked in park since. Checked the shifting mechanisms and there was no problem with any parts. Tried to adjust shift cable and there was no room to adjust.

- Lumberton, NC, USA

problem #36

Jun 282006


  • 39,199 miles
June of 2006, my fifteen year old son was sitting in my 2002 Dodge Dakota listening to the radio. My wife heard a crash and when we ran out to investigate, the truck was down an embankment. What kept the truck from flipping over was that it slammed into a tree from the rear and was pinned. Police, ems and an ambluance was called to the scene to rescue him the truck. My son was unconscious and only slightly responsive to voice commands. He was taken to william beaumont hospital in royal oak, Michigan where he was admitted for tests and X-rays. He has a closed head injury and suffers from headaches and has to examined and treated periodically. I did not think anything more about the accident until a television news report confirmed that there was a recall for Chrysler (trucks) jumping out of gear. I was not getting any cooperationfrom the local dealership or from Chrysler. I have the Chrysler recall number of G28 that I retrieved from your website. I called chrylser today and they still deny that there is a recall on the "lever and linkage-column shift for automatic transmissions".

- Franklin, MI, USA

problem #35

Mar 292008

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,094 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. The vehicle was parked in the driveway with the key removed from the ignition. Moments later, the contact found the vehicle parked in the middle of the road. The rear bumper was damaged. The insurance company is investigating the failure. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 07V555000 (G28) (power train:automatic transmission:lever and linkage:column shift) in March of 2008. The manufacturer stated that they will only repair the recalled component. They will need dates and insurance information from the contact to consider repairing the rear bumper. The current and failure mileages were 64,094.

- Kenai City, AK, USA

problem #34

Dec 192007

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the vehicle would jump out of park and roll backwards. The contact did not take the vehicle to the dealer and waited for a recall notice; however, they stated that no recall was issued. The contact was given the number to the manufacturer to verify if a recall was available. The failure mileage was 29,000 and current mileage was 30,474. Updated 03-04-08 the consumer also stated the vehicle would not go into park at times. The consumer was informed there was a recall, however his vehicle identification number was not included in the recall. Updated.

- Halfax, MA, USA

problem #33

Jun 052005

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. While applying pressure to the brakes, the vehicle attempted to stop and then drastically jerked forward. The contact placed the vehicle into neutral. In addition, while approaching a traffic sign, the vehicle jerked forward and crashed into another vehicle. A police report was filed. The vehicle must be shifted into neutral in order for it to completely stop. The dealer stated that he needed to rebuild the transmission, even though the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign id number 07V555000 (power train:automatic transmission:lever and linkage:column shift). However, repairing that component alone would not correct the failure. The failure mileage was 51,000 and current mileage was 90,000.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #32

Jul 062007

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,561 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota quad cab. While driving 25 mph, the check engine light illuminated. The contact was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer the following day. The dealer stated that the transmission and valves failed and that the clutch and valves needed to be replaced. The current and failure mileages were 36,561. Updated 09/05/07

- Villa Ridge, MO, USA

problem #31

Oct 012006

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
I have had several alarming failures with my Dodge Dakota quad cab. It is a 2002 V6 auto transmission pw pl. I have had the ball joints replaced because of the recall, my transmission has failed (twice), my front hubs & spindles completely disintegrated and could have killed my family, my water pump has failed and had to be replaced, the driver side taillight seems to fail often, the vacuum hoses have all had to be replaced because of the cheap rubber used by the manufacturer fail by cracking and causing all sorts of leaks causing engine lights, loud noises under the hood, and horrible gas mileage. I have done everything possible to be proactive in my maintenance of the vehicle. I have had the major repairs done professionally. I do not understand how a 2002 vehicle can have so many potentially fatal problems and be ignored. I have searched high and low for quality bulletins but cannot find anything. My gas mileage is now down to 14 mpg and the truck is falling apart.

- Hydro, OK, USA

problem #30

Sep 022005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
While applying the brakes at no particular speed there was abnormal operation of the windshield wipers, horn, and lighting system. All of them came on and off all by themselves. The consumer has not taken vehicle to a dealer but planned to do so. The consumer was referred to an independent mechanic, and he could not determine the cause of the problem. No corrections or repairs have been made. No explanation as to why this occurred. This only happened when brake pressure was applied. NHTSA recall 03V389000 was issued but it was for the manual transmission vehicles only-the consumer has an automatic transmission.

- Iroquois, 00, USA

problem #29

Nov 252004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,422 miles
Headlights not functioning. All interior lights not functioning, the wipers worked intermittently. The high, low selection for wipers does work. Keyless entry does not work. Contact has taken the vehicle to courtesy tire twice, then to bbc Dodge three times for all of these problems. This started around 11/26/04. Was told they thought it was a loose ground wire, second time they thought it was timer module part no#ti-8035033 and this module was replaced three times, probably four times as consumer is taking care again tomorrow. When the module is first put in everything works well for awhile or until it rains. Consumer states he notices that after it rains everything listed above stops working again. Consumer has contacted his attorney general to report this situation. The transmission made a harsh sound when it was placed into gear.

- Seatle, WA, USA

problem #28

Feb 142005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,800 miles
My 2002 Dodge Dakota SXT club cab has been in for service on 2/14/05, 2/23/05, 3/12/05, 3/26/05 and 4/9/05 for misfiring. It has had 3 fuel injectors 2, 3, and 4 replaced because they were leaking, and all the spark plugs replaced every time it has gone into service. To date, 4/18/05, the vehicle was still misfiring. On each occasion, the engine light came on, and each time, the dealership stated it was the same problem. I have had the dealership at my expense to flush the fuel injector system, and have had service automatic transmission. I have also had the dealership, under warranty, to replace a failing master cylinder on 1/26/05. I anticipate I will be back at the dealership sometime this weekend, as I am sure the engine light will come on again.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #27

Dec 012004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
Upon putting the vehicle into park it automatically shifted by itself into reverse, which caused an accident. Consumer sustained injuries. The consumer sustained injuries as he was exiting the vehicle. The door knocked him down and the vehicle continued to roll until it hit a snow bank. Consumer called manufacturer. They told consumer to see the dealer. They checked it out and put some new components in computer.

- Zion, IL, USA

problem #26

Sep 292004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,182 miles
While driving home after having transmission rebuilt my brakes started to sound as if there was dirt on the pads. As the vehicle only had 19000 miles at the time that's what I believed. The noise over the next week got louder and the truck harder to stop saftly. Contacted dealer brought in and discovered that the rotors were scared and the pads were gone on the passenger side. The rotor was pitted on the driver side. Dealer refuses to fix except as a maintence issue. They did however replace upper ball joints. I believe the loose front end caused the vibration in wheels which led to brake failure. I have read many compaints of brakes on the web. Dodge needs to recal this veicle -- someone is going to get hurt.

- Port Byron, NY, USA

problem #25

Nov 152003

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,040 miles
02 Dakota SXT/3.9L/auto purchased 10-2003 from dealer at 23K miles. Vibration from drive train started at 24040 miles between 45-50 steady mph. 1st dealer balanced the tires stating they could not duplicate problem. 2nd dealer replaced driveshaft stating out of balance from factory - no change in symptoms. Back to 2nd dealer for trans flash program - no change. Was told it was normal. Back to 1st dealer - could not dup. Took to trans shop. Vibration goes away when out of overdrive - thrust bearing or torque converter bad in trans. No help from dealers or 800 customer service.

- Lowell, AR, USA

problem #24

Jan 112003

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91 miles
There are so many problems that it is hard to really point one out that I am most concerned with. First of all it started with the transmission problem. Then it lead into what the manufacturer says is an electrical problem. Then the replacement of the entire fuel delivery system. Now we are at a standstill since they say that it is working as designed. They also say that it is expected to see the erratic behavior from the motor. I am confused since they say that the computer adjusts and then it won't allow the car to run at optimal effectiveness. Does this mean that it is designed to run at less than optimal effectiveness? I have had a smell come out of the air as though the vehicle was completely flooded. The front suspension makes threatening sounds and the back wobbles like a serpent. The brakes jitter and I have had to pay for rentals at times when the manufacturer approved the reimbursement. The statement for denial of reimbursement was "the after market alarm caused it". they were the sponsors and initiators of this company since I bought it at the dealership included in my price.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #23

May 252004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,500 miles
On 12, 27, 2001 I purchased from nemer Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge in queensbury, New York,12804 a 2002 Dodge Dakota, slt pick-up truck. Thus far the valve body of the transmission was replaced on 12,19, 2002. On 5,25,2004 with 26thousand +,miles, the front brake rotors had to be replaced becasue of suspected poor workmanship and materials in the metal. (the pads with 26 thousand miles were in like new condition)

- Wells, VT, USA

problem #22

Mar 182004


  • 27,000 miles
While driving on the highway at 40 mph transmission shifted into a low gear, and vehicle's speed decelerated to 8 mph. This occurred while consumer switched lanes to avoid hitting another motorist. Dealership performed a diagnostic test and the failure code read a catastrophic internal failure.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #21

Apr 202004

(reported on)

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
When driving and/or while turning in either direction, the driver heard a popping noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice and was not able to determine the cause of the noise. After watching a tv report about the ball joints, the consumer suspected the problem may have been the ball joints. The consumer stated when the vehicle was placed in reverse, it did not engage. The air condition was inoperative.

- Mount Vernon, WA, USA

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