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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,000 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.

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2002 Dodge Dakota body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 012010


  • 137,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph in reverse, the frame that held the front left tire fractured. The vehicle was towed to the contacts private mechanic and then to a local repair facility shop. The technician then diagnosed the vehicle and advised the contact that the frame was beyond repair and stated that the failure was a manufacturing defect. The dealer was contacted and they have not returned any of the messages that the contact has left for them. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 137,000.

- Crowley , TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 052008


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated the entire frame had began to show signs of rust and the entire rear bumper was rusted through. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 110,000.

- Connellville, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 052003


  • miles
Consumer states that she and husband have been everywhere to try to get help for 2002, Dodge, Dakota pick. Truck fills up with water, and no one can find out where the water is coming from. Consummer states that they had windows/seals/vents, and whole truck gutted out a number of times, but the problem was still there. Truck has been serviced 9 times, 6 of those times for water damage. This problem has baffled the mechanics that tried to fix the problem.

- Lake Peekskill, NY, USA

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