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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,000 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.

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

Oct 012007

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. While cleaning out the vehicle, the contact was able to move the drive gear shift without the key in the ignition. The contact owns three other Dodge Dakota's and none of them have experienced this type of failure. The failure and current mileages were 40,000. Updated 01-11-08. The consumer was told there parts broken in the steering column. Updated 12//12/07

- North Liberty, IN, USA

problem #1

Oct 212006

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
I have a 2002 Dodge Dakota quad cab. Problem: The key, once inserted into the ignition it will not rotate and thus not start the truck. It is as if the ignition is locked up. After removing, reinserting, and trying to start the truck numerous times, it finally will start. It does not do this everytime, but in the past month it has happened close to a dozen times. Has this been reported before, and what needs to be done to fix this frustrating problem?

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

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