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4.9

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,000 miles

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2002 Dodge Dakota suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 102004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

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

1. preparing to drive from California to North Carolina ib 2002 Dodge Dakota quad cab 2wd. Having tires replaced and front end alignment. Front end ball joint and assy needed to be replaced due to extreme wear. Mechanic stated I was lucky the wheels didn't fall off. Had front end ball assy replaced.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #3

Mar 242004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 65 mph, a rattling noise was heard coming from the front of the vehicle. The driver was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic replaced both upper and lower ball joints due to corrosion. Control arms were replaced as well. Consumer also stated that problem is similar to Dodge durango sport utility vehicle.

- Meridianville, AL, USA

problem #2

Jan 082004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Control arms and ball joints made clunking and popping sounds. Bushings made loud squeaking sounds. All mentioned parts needed to be replaced. Sounds started as early as 10,000 miles logged on vehicle. After searching internet found ball joints could separate and finally took vehicle to dealer. Dealer is replacing parts under warranty but my concern is they are replacing them with the same defective parts.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 252003

Dakota

  • miles
Dealer replaced both upper and lower ball joints and control arms. Consumer stated this vehicle was the version of durango, therefore, they used the same parts.

- Chardon, OH, USA

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