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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,651 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2003 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 252008

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,700 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Dakota. While driving between 5-10 mph, the contact heard a loud thud coming from the axle area. The four wheel drive indicator light illuminated and the headlights, interior lights, and windshield wipers failed completely. Eventually, the horn began to sound intermittently, the windshield wipers began wiping automatically, and the low fuel indicator light illuminated and continued to chime. The contact believes that all the failures were related to the central timer module. NHTSA campaign id number 02V322000 (exterior lighting:headlights switch) was referenced. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 66,000 and failure mileage was 65,700.

- Los Vegas, NV, USA

problem #6

Dec 122007

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,250 miles
25jan06 tell Dodge dealer that pass window inop from pass side switch works from drivers side switch. Dodge replace switch. 20apr06 tell Dodge dealer pass window inop from pass side but works from drivers side. Dodge couldn't find anything wrong. Persists up to 7dec07, hopefully my mechanic found the trouble. 1dec07 "service 4WD" light came on 3dec07 called to get apptmt for truck 4dec07 remote door entry wouldn't work or door lock for all doors on driver arm rest, windshield washer and wiper pulse wouldn't work 5dec07 headlights did not come on during evening traffic commute, turn signals worked 7dec07 take truck to shop finds short to ground in circuit to into lights (fuse#1) pnk wire near parking brake petal, replace central timer module (P/N 56049072al).

- Sparks, NV, USA

problem #5

Nov 012004


  • miles
The consumer received a recall notice in reference to the windshield wiper motor. Recall# 04V216000. The part was not available.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #4

Aug 192004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


04 V 216 000/windshield wiper module motor: The consumer was unable to get this recall repaired because the dealer was unable to get the parts.

- Sheboygan, WI, USA

problem #3

Mar 112004

(reported on)

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The windshield wipers lifted off the windshield when traveling over 60 mph. The wipers could not be adjusted to keep the blades from hitting the windshield frame. The defroster air flow does not keep the windshield clear of frozen ice or snow. The consumer has seven Dodge Dakota's ranging from 1994-2003 and they all have this problem.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When making a left turn at 30 mph consumer heard a popping sound. When the vehicle was serviced, the consumer was informed that a tie rod needed replacement. Consumer was still having the same problem, even after the repair was made. The consumer stated the dealer refused replace the wiper motor even though there was a recall.

- Rancho Cordova, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 152003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,605 miles
2003 Dakota quad cab. In cold temperatures below 15F the fluid sprayers will freeze. Causing low to zero visibility in winter weather driving. When truck is parked and warmed up for 10-15 mins fluid will spray for as long as you want, after you stop it pools up in the tips of the sprayers, and will freeze once you move again. The hose's are also not insulated to protect from the cold so they don't freeze as well. This can and will cause zero visibility, causing the drive to not be able to see and possibly getting into an accident.

- Rootstown, OH, USA

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