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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,250 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.

2003 Dodge Dakota body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 272005

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 34,000 miles


Water saturating floor on passenger side. Carpet smells moldy due to recurring problem. Taken to dealer 2 times previous and truck at dealer now for the 3rd time to attempt a possible repair. Sealed drain hole in firewall where evaporator housing drain hose goes through to outside of body and checked A/C lines for leaks. Truck leaks from inside the firewall, dealer is not sure where.

- Racine, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 052003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
Water leaking on passenger side. Dealer attempted repair 4 times. Dealer said first time air conditioning condensation leaked. Filled up with water after rain, ruined carpet and musty smell.

- Lusby, MD, USA

problem #2

Aug 142003

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Water leaking onto passenger's side floor, moldy carpeting, smells badly. Dealer attempted repairs, but defect continues.

- Tallmadge, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 252003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
Water pouring into passenger side floorboard that soaks and ruins carpeting. Unknown source, firewall area.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

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