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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,800 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2002 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 132006

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving various speeds on the highway in rainy weather, the windshield wiper/washers failed to operate without warning. The vehicle was inspected by an independent repair shop, who determined the windshield wiper/washer motor needed to be replaced. There was a NHTSA recall, # 04V216000, regarding the windshield wiper/washers. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Somerset, MA, USA

problem #4

Sep 022005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
While applying the brakes at no particular speed there was abnormal operation of the windshield wipers, horn, and lighting system. All of them came on and off all by themselves. The consumer has not taken vehicle to a dealer but planned to do so. The consumer was referred to an independent mechanic, and he could not determine the cause of the problem. No corrections or repairs have been made. No explanation as to why this occurred. This only happened when brake pressure was applied. NHTSA recall 03V389000 was issued but it was for the manual transmission vehicles only-the consumer has an automatic transmission.

- Iroquois, 00, USA

problem #3

Mar 012005


  • miles
'recall campaign' Dodge Dakota 2002, windshield wiper motor. The consumer made an appointment for 10:00 am he arrived at 9:30 am and at 11:20 am the dealer still had not performed the recall. After waiting for almost 2/12 hours the consumer requested his vehicle back without the recall being performed.

- Gaston, SC, USA

problem #2

Jan 172003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
When the weather gets cold windshield washer does not operate. This resulted in poor visibility, and affected the consumer's view while driving. Dealer inspected the vehicle, and informed the consumer that they could not locate or duplicate the problem.

- Medway, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 302004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer received NHTSA a recall 04V21600 on the windshield wipers two months ago. Two months later, dealership still does not have the parts to conduct the recall. This dealership is the only one in town. The next dealership is about 350 miles away.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

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