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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,800 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 182004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,600 miles


A power port inside of a center console had a device plugged into it and the vehicle started on fire. The start of the fire was traced to the plug in inside of the center console. The fusible link/fuse never blew and so the vehicle sustained $4000 worth of damage before the fire was put out.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #1

Jun 282003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
2002 Dodge Dakota R/T. issue in wiring harness/electrical causes the 5amp fuse regilating the instrument panel lighting to blow regularly, causing a lose of all instrument panel lighting.

- Kirkland, WA, USA

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