hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,742 miles

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2001 Dodge Dakota electrical problems

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2001 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Apr 222005

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles


My truck has 31000 miles and has been having mysterious intermittent electrical problems since I bought it in Aug 2001. Originally it was limited to the door locks locking and unlocking by themselves at all times - when the vehicle is running, and when it is not. Also had problems with the tail lights working erratically. I took the vehicle in at least two times, and both times the dealer said they could not "duplicate" the problem, and they could find nothing wrong. The problem continued intermittently over the next two years until this month the electrical system went completely haywire - the lights, locks, wipers, dash lights all quit working, and the 4WD service light came on and it would not go into 4WD (all of this conveniently after the warranty period expired 4 months ago). I took the truck in and they said the "control module" was bad and that it would cost $500 to fix. When I explained that this is just another in a series of electrical problems that have been occurring throughout the warranty period, and that I thought it should be covered under the warranty, I was told there was no way to determine if it was the same problem, and that I had to pay for the repair. My problems seem to be very similar to some of the probelms in defect investigation #S 10072859, 10018654, and 10106547.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #7

Jul 122004

Dakota 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
My 2001 Dodge Dakota truck has experienced the failure of its power control module (PCM) not once but twice in 2004. The original unit failed 57,500 miles and the second unit failed at just 7,000 miles. PCM failure means that electric power is cut unexpectedly to the engine leading to engine failure. In my case this happened once on a narrow hilly roadway and the second time in the fast lane of a freeway. Such failure do not provide warnings and happen suddenly and unexpectedly. In both cases loosing power also meant loosing braking and power steering. While neither incident resulting in accidents for me, they could easily have (part luck & part skill). Yet I have seen little regarding this matter. What is so sinister about this is that the "bug" is difficult to trace because it re-appears only randomly (initially I thought that I needed a tune-up or had received bad batch of fuel). There is no maintenance required of this unit and it has a warranty of 8/80,000. I have written to Dodge regarding this matter requesting, among other things, an explanation of why these units failed and the hazards such failures place the driver and fellow motorists into. The manufacturer has responded but only in regard to the matter of reimbursement for car rental related to the second incident above where I was on a trip. Nothing has been responded to with regard to the "reliabilty" of the units. The incident date below is the initial situation.

- Lafayette, CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 042004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
Consumer stated the electrical systems malfunctioned. As a result, the power switches, air bags, and horn vbecame inoperable.

- Lake Forest, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 012004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,400 miles


I have a 2001 Dodge Dakota club cab 4.7L V8 4X4 with an electrical issue. After the vehicle is running for about 20 minutes, all lights begin to flash. It starts out a few times a minute, then they proceed to flash continuously. After about 30 minutes of driving at night, they are flashing to a point that makes it extremely difficult to drive. This includes the headlights, interior lights, and dash lights. Once the vehicle is turned off, the lights continue to flash. If the vehicle is off for an extended period of time, the problem will go away, then return after driving for another 20 minutes. I have researched the issue and found that there are others with this type of issue.

- Brownsville, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 132003

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 55,000 miles
While driving, the consumer pulled the headlight switch, and discovered the did not work. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, and it was diagnosed the central timer module had to be replaced.

- Scio, OR, USA

problem #3

May 132003

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,566 miles
Currently my Dodge Dakota is being serviced at town and country Dodge for the 12th time for the blower motor going out since I purchased it in September 2000. I have had other possibly related issues-HVAC control lights going out, headlight accessory panel going out, door alarm malfunctioning, and cigarette lighter inoperable. The truck has been in the shop for approximately 56 cumulative days for the above listed issues. Cannot defrost / defog windows without blower motor. No heat in the winter. No air-conditioning in the summer - not even the fan works to circulate air. At times the problem is intermittent - leaving me stranded when its raining/snowing. Vehicle is completely unpredictable even though the dealership has "fixed" it (for sure this time) 11 times prior to me dropping it off today.

- Columbia Heights, MN, USA

problem #2

Jun 092001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated while driving, the vehicle caught on fire, consumer stated that the vehicle had a bodyguard system installed.(claim#51-0491-004)

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #1

Dec 102000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Service 4WD light became illuminated, however vehicle is not equipped with 4WD, after the light became illuminated, the vehicle started to stall at idle, Chrysler is supposed to be releasing a flash for the problem, vehicle has been in the shop since 1-5-01 to try and repair problem, possible engine or electrical problem.

- Union City, CA, USA

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