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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,875 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.

2002 Dodge Dakota drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 202007

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 84,000 miles


Rear diff in my 2002 Dodge Dakota failed and almost caused me to get in a head on collision.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 152007

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,500 miles
The 9.25? limited-slip differential in our 2002 Dodge Dakota crew cab failed after components of the differential disintegrated at 75,000 miles. Pictures available. This failure could have resulted in a catastrophic failure if a very slight noise had not developed during parking lot turns. A quick google of this problem resulted in numerous reports of this problem including catastrophic failures at highway speeds.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #2

Mar 252004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Took Dakota to dealer for front and rear differential service (fluid change). Dealer called and said rear differential (limited slpi) failed and had to be repaired. A pin slipped out of position and the rear differential was slowly destructing itself. I asked why this happened and was told it was paobably due to abuse. Since I don't tow, take it off road or overload it this explanation does not make any sense. Almost all of the milage is highway.

- Montrose, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 272002

(reported on)


  • miles
The consumer states that the rear end howls. The dealer checked the differential, and there were no abnormal noises, consumer hears slight noises from rear repairs needed. On another invoice the consumer stated that the rear end still whines, replaced the ring gear/pinion, carrier and pinion bearings test drove still noisy ordered rear differential assembly.

- Greenbrier, AR, USA

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