Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,642 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

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2002 Dodge Dakota:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2002 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #18

Feb 122016

Dakota

  • 99,999 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. On several occasions, the vehicle failed to disengage from the park position. The contact also stated that, when placed in park position, the vehicle would roll forwards or backwards on several occasions. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 07V555000 (power train). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 99,999.

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #17

Dec 192015

Dakota

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. While attempting to shift the gear from park to drive, the shifter jammed. The failure recurred intermittenly. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

- Garden City, MI, USA

problem #16

Nov 212015

Dakota

  • 148,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to shift into park. The contact had to engage the emergency brake in order to prevent the vehicle from rolling away. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 148,000.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #15

Sep 112015

Dakota

  • 49,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that on several occasions the vehicle was unable to be shifted out of park. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was repaired in 2008 under NHTSA campaign number: 07V555000 (power train), but the failure reoccurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 49,000.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #14

Jan 052015

Dakota

  • 65,500 miles
The shifter will not move from park position. I contacted Chrysler due to the recall for that specific problem with that year model. They informed me that it is VIN # related problem (it is a specific VIN numbers that it is related to). I informed them that I'm experiencing the same exact same problem that all sites, reports and blogs are talking about. The final answer is to take my car to be diagnose, depending on the report they may or may not pay for the repairs. How it is different this problem from the problem that I'm having?!

- North Augusta, SC, USA

problem #13

Jan 032008

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Ignition/park interlocksystem. Automatic transmission. Shifting lever sticks in park. Cannot shift gear out of park.

- Pearl, MS, USA

problem #12

Sep 022012

Dakota

  • 89,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. While parked, the contact was unable to move the gear shifter out of park while the ignition key was removed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The technicians advise the contact that the gear shift blocker and bracket assembly needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and advised that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 07V555000 (power train:automatic transmission:lever and linkage:column shift). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000 and the current mileage was 90,000.

- Lincoln , NE, USA

problem #11

Jul 082009

Dakota

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. The contact started the ignition and was unable to shift out of park and into drive until after several attempts. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the steering column shift interlock would need to be replaced. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 07V555000 9power train: Automatic transmission: Lever and linkage: Column shift); however the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- West Orange, NJ, USA

problem #10

Apr 222002

Dakota

  • 300 miles
My 2002 Dodge Dakota has low power and doesn't shift properly doesn't always down shift when I come to a full stop & down shift out of fourth gear to third on its own. Seems to be more often with age of vehicle.

- Cabot, AR, USA

problem #9

Sep 242008

Dakota

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. While the vehicle was parked on the street with the engine turned off, the gear shifter automatically moved out of the park position into reverse. The vehicle rolled without warning. The contact was stationed behind the moving vehicle, but was able to move out of the way. He attempted to open the driver's side door to change the gear shifter and was struck by the door. The vehicle rolled over his right leg, struck a curb, and crashed into the trees. The police and ambulance were not called to the scene. The contact sustained severe injuries. There were no damages to the vehicle. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence and has not been repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Altamont , NY, USA

problem #8

May 252005

Dakota 8-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

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 #7

Dec 072004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • miles
The consumer believes that the scope of the ball joint recall should be expanded. The ball joints on the consumer's vehicle failed yet the vehicle was not covered under the consumers 100K miles limited warranty. The vehicle's transmission also failed. The consumer stated that the vehicle transmission stalls and gets stuck in low gear when the engine is cold.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #6

Apr 152003

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
Truck had problems of switicng into 2nd while driving at 70mph plus. Had it looked at three times. In April the transnission went. The reverse gear blew up and blew into the case and aslo runined the radiator. Thanks Dodge !!

- Webster, MA, USA

problem #5

Feb 152003

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
The truck has had sever problems with acceleration and stalling. It also makes a clunking noise when turning the vehicle. There have been numerous amounts of problems with at leat 15 days total in the shop.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #4

Feb 152003

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
The truck has had sever problems with acceleration and stalling. It also makes a clunking noise when turning the vehicle. There have been numerous amounts of problems with at leat 15 days total in the shop.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #3

May 082003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 19,712 miles
Consumer wanted transmission replaced. Nothing happened when the vehicle was placed in park and back into drive, the vehicle went from reverse to drive and the vehicle stalled, placed in park, then restarted.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 072003

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,042 miles
Pickup truck drive train binds up during 2 wheel driving. The front axle (4X4) does not allow the front wheels to disengage. Truck has been to the dealer 3 times and Dodge says this is the way they all are. At 4272 miles the front tires show significant feathering, and is stalling out when driving around corners in low gear mode (@ intersections and parking spaces). Dodge says that the front and rear axles are not limited slip but positive traction and recommends that I push in the clutch to keep from stalling. They want me to double-clutch to get through an intersection when I make left hand turns? I feel that this is a design error with safety implications.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 162002

Dakota

  • miles
Consumer states that the odometer reads lower than the vehicle is moving, causing the driver to go faster.

- South Euclide, OH, USA

Not what you are looking for?