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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,250 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 052014


  • 200,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the rear end differential fractured causing the vehicle to spin 90 degrees into the right lane and crash. The specifics of the crash were not available. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Fredricksburg, VA, USA

problem #3

Feb 272004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
My 2002 Dodge Dakota quad cab 4X4 has 21,000 miles and now all four upper ball joints are bad.

- Marshfield, MA, USA

problem #2

Jul 022002


  • miles
While driving theirs a noise from the rear end of the vehicle. The dealership that the rear end went out. Cause unknown.

- Newton, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 072002


  • miles
While traveling on highway rear back window vibrates. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Cochran, GA, USA

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