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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,286 miles

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2002 Dodge Dakota AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2002 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 102006


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the horn was inoperative. The dealer and the manufacturer stated that they were not liable for the damages because the vehicle was no longer under warranty. There were no recalls pertaining to the failure. In addition, the air bag on the driver's side was not working due to the horn failure. The failure mileage was 50,000 and current mileage was 74,000.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #6

May 252005

Dakota 8-cyl

  • miles
2002 Dodge Dakota right front wheel bearings and the hub needed to be replaced. The consumer experienced intermittent problems with the air conditioner. Hot spot on the front rotors caused pulsation when braking. The vehicle's transmission made noise and intermittent delayed shifting. The right front hub and bearing were replaced. The right front outer tie rod end was replaced. The left front upper ball joint was replaced.

- Manahawkin, NJ, USA

problem #5

Mar 012004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Passanger side floor floods when air conditioner is on. Everyday I need to suck out the water with a vaccume. Inside of truck smells as a result of the problem.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #4

Sep 042004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Hello, I have a 2002 Dodge Dakota SXT. I noticed water on the passenger floor board of the vehicle. I cleaned the water and assumed I had left the window down at some point and rain got into the vehicle, however this was not the case. Today I noticed the passenger floor board was soaked with water. I thought that my heater core was busted but the fluid wasn't antifreeze it was water. I pulled the carpet back and to my dismay there was 2 gallons of water on the floor board under the carpet. My vehicle only has 41000 miles and I thought this to be strange at such an early time of the vehicle. I decided to look on the internet and typed the words " Dodge Dakota passenger floor board wet" at my yahoo search engine. I was amazed when at least 50 message boards with people from all over the world asking the same question and people replying to this problem. There are a lot of upset Dodge Dakota owners that are having the same problem. It appears in the message boards that there is a serious defect with the air conditioning condensation vent tube causing this problem in many Dakotas. I have not contacted my local dealership yet but intend to. I believe there to also be a health concern associated with this apparent defect. I have noticed an odor in the vehicle in the past and it was apparent when I pulled the carpet up today what it is. There is mildew and mold all over the floorboard of the vehicle due to this condition/water defect. Please give this matter the attention it deserves. Thank you for your time. Below are links to some of the recent message boards I have found regarding this specific defect.

- Memphis , TN, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

Aug 272002

(reported on)


  • miles
A/C condensation drips onto exhaust manifold, causing steam and noise from engine compartment. I contacted dealer, the service manager stated his does the same thing, and is a design fault, nothing that they or Dodge can do. This will cause a premature rusting out of the exhaust pipe at the junction of the manifold and pipe.

- Md, MD, USA

problem #1

Feb 012002

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In shop (7) times in (5) months. Same complaint each time. Returned in same condition. Dealer says they "do not know about the lemon law". I am towing well under rated capacity, now told this is a "weak truck" by service manager. Stated my intentions before purchase and was assured this truck will tow "much more than I asked about. I tow about 1100 lbs about 2 days a week. The problems occured well before I started towing anything. I would appreciate any help or advice you can give me. Thank-you.

- Bowie, MD, USA

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