really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,353 miles

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2001 Dodge Dakota AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2001 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 152003

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,500 miles


Flooded floor boards, found out after inquire about new carpet(approximately $600) that the air conditioning (A/C) unit on my 2001 Dakota, that "on many of these vehicles the A/C drain hoses we either installed wrong or just not put on at the factory". at least they acknowledged this fact, even though I had to drive my "brand new truck" around for 2 1/2 weeks with no carpet in it. It was replaced for free.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #5

Sep 022003

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 24,620 miles
2001 Dodge Dakota slipped out of park into reverse gear and was circling out of control. The vehicle eventually struck a concrete median and stopped. The driveshaft and other parts under the vehicle were damaged. This wasn't the first time the gear selector jumped out of gear. This vehicle was previously taken to maroone/Dodge service center to have the transmission checked where it sat to this day. Consumer stated it was a mechanical problem since they complained about this. They haven't obtained no information on their vehicle since it was towed to the repair shop. The A/C only worked on high due to a faulty blower motor resistor. The power steering made noise intermittently. The gas cap was loose which caused the check engine light to illuminate. The driver seat handle came apart

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 042002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer notice while traveling ac/heater would not blow heat out vent or lower duck heat would redirect not responding to controls. Dealer and manufacture has been contacted. Please provider further information.

- Riverside, IA, USA

problem #3

Jul 102002

(reported on)


  • miles


The air conditioner is at times inoperative, there is also a foul smell in the air conditioning system, the dealer can not remedy the problem.

- Livingston, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 012002


  • miles
While traveling on highway consumer turns on air conditioner and it was blowing hot air. Also, vehicle was leaking coolant. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 112002

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
1-11-2002 oil pressure problems. I had the vehicle towed to the nearest dealer..donalson motor company in silsbee, Texas. After 2 days they phoned me to tell me the engine had suffered a "catastrophic engine failure". the cause was "dirty oil". I run royal purple-a high dollar synthetic oil. The price tag for all of this was $5600. I took a oil sample to the maufacturer to have tested. Both chemists that tested the oil reported the viscosity of the oil was intact. The oil was not the cause of the engine failure. I took this back to donalson and was told the oil was the cause. I found an mechanic who gave me an estimate of $3300 for the same engine. When I went to pick up my truck donalson informed me that they would do the work for $3000. They have had my truck for 1 month and 19 days, I went to pick it up and the airconditioner was no longer blowing cold air(I did not have this problem before). I took the truck back to them and was told that the ac had been contaminated while rebuilding the motor and it would cost several hundred dollars to fix!!!.

- Vidor, TX, USA

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