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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,600 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Dodge Dakota body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 012010


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the paint on the entire vehicle had begun to peel abnormally. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic and they advised her that there was not enough clear coat on the paint. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 20,000. The VIN was not available.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #4

Sep 212009


  • 78,000 miles
Paint on the hood, roof and fenders is peeling.

- Commerce City, CO, USA

problem #3

Jul 272003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
The vehicle stalled while driving. The vehicle experienced the following: Knocking in the suspension(4 attempts to fix), the vehicle pulled to the right, the driver door had a wind noise and water leaked, the tailgate handle was loose on the right side, the lower steering column coupled, and the upper control arm bolts were found loose.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 162002


  • miles
Speedodometer reads lower than actual speed, causing driver to go faster. Ts.

- South Euclid, OH, USA

problem #1

May 162002

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
Discovered water under carpet in driver's and passenger's side floorboard. Leak was found to be a faulty/uninstalled body seam/seal.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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