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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
389 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.

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2003 Dodge Dakota transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 102003

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 778 miles


Vehicle (1)shifts harshly, (2)does not upshift smoothly/upshifts at excessive RPM, (3)stalls when making low-speed left-hand turns, (4)idles roughly, (5)fails to maintain speed in cruise control, (6)downshifts harshly after losing speed in cruise control, (7)transmission gear indicator did not indicate actual gear vehicle was in, (8)vehicle failed to shift from reverse to park, and from park to reverse, and (9)vehicle emergency brake failed to release, then failed to hold.

- Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 312002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Location of gear shift lever is positioned, where if reaching over to ajust radio or air conditioning unit and putting hands back on steering wheel, can knock shift lever out of gear into neutral/ park while driving. This can result in an accident.

- Bristol, CT, USA

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