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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,217 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Dodge Dakota suspension problems

suspension problem

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2001 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 052004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 41,000 miles


Found out that my front wheel bearings are both going out. This vehicle only has 42,000 miles.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #5

Feb 252004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 52,045 miles
Front wheel bearings failed at 50,000 miles. There was a whining noise while driving at low speeds. The vehicle was taken on a test drive and the noise could be heard from the left front bearing. The technician determined that there was play in the left front wheel bearing. The hub and bearing were replaced. Four months later there was a humming noise when turning left. The technician found play in the right front wheel bearing. The technician replaced the right front wheel bearing.

- Pleasant Gap, PA, USA

problem #4

Jan 072004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,256 miles
Squeaking noises heard eminating from front suspension at 35000 miles, unable to lubricate suspension because components lack service/grease fittings. During follow-up inspection and tire rotation, identified premature wear to right side upper ball joint causing misalignment, unusual wear to front tires and wear to left wheel bearing. Dealer replaced left wheel bearing and right side upper ball joint at 37336 miles. Dealer also recommended the replacement of most of the other suspension components before they failed. Dodge was helpful in picking up the cost of failed parts, not recommended repairs. My cost $100, for going over the warrantee milage and not being able to maintain a maintenance free system. Plus, I get to pay for a re-alignment after the current repairs and most likely the cost of any other premature failure of these maintenance free parts in the near future.

- Ingleside, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 122003

(reported on)


  • 36,000 miles


Problems with vehicle's engine. When using the defrost or A/C, the engine pump did not function properly. The seat belt was installed improperly and also the wheel bearing was not functioning properly, the consumer was told a hose would be placed on the retaining bolt.

- Oneida, IL, USA

problem #2

May 212003

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
While driving on a side road through a neighborhood, the front driver-side tire, wheel, brake, and rotor arm fell off my car. I believe the bearing failed and disconnected itself from the axel.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #1

Dec 022002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer called complaining about having problems with the front driver side tire. Also stated that while driving the vehicle the whole tire came off. Dealer was contacted and stated that the wheel bearing was broken.

- Redmond, WA, USA

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