really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
31,020 miles

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2001 Dodge Dakota electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 142010

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


Recall id # 03V389000: On 2001 Dodge Dakota wiring harness rerouting/repair recall id#09eo12000 exterior lighting recall id#09eo25000 exterior lighting headlights the 2001 Dodge Dakota with automatic transmission has the same problem with turn signals, tail light, dash lighting, & radio failure I have talked to 20 or 30 Dakota owners with automatic transmission &same problems.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #6

Mar 052008

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,450 miles
My wife drove my 2001 Dodge Dakota sport during the snow days and complained that the headlights would flicker. Over a few weeks, I started to notice that they would flicker, along with the dash lights, taillights, dome light, and brake lights. Then, as I had not been driving at night much, I had my 4 year old daughter with me coming from richmond to connersville, in, and this became severe while it was raining with fog. All lights would go off and come back on, they would also go off everything the delayed wipers would go work. Then the delayed wipers would go everytime the lights would flicker. As the Dodge dealer could not narrow the problem down without spending much money, I tried to troubleshoot myself since I did not believe the problem was what they instructed it may be. To make a long story short, it ended up being what I thought it was, the body control module (BCM) or central timing module (ctm) or time and alarm module which are all the same thing but the name has changed at times. This module controls the lights, wipers, keyless entry, etc. This was a very dangerous situation for me and my daughter due to this module that almost caused accidents by people pulling out in front of me because of headlights or not seeing my taillights at times. I have seen many complaints about this in Dodge forums and have seen where Dodge knows this is a major problem (maybe that's why they keep renaming the device). I just today had the module that I ordered programmed in my truck which was over $300. A used module will not work due to the VIN being "burned in memory" in rom. I know this because I spent money on labor for the dealer to find that out. This should be a recall because it is a potentially dangerous situation! I could not drive at night until they could program it due to the risks!

- Connersville, IN, USA

problem #5

Aug 172007

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
I have a 2001 Dodge Dakota 4.7L quadcab and my horn, cruise and airbag all stopped working at the same time. I have seen a recall for this matter on 2000 vehicles, but not 2001. I am now operating without an airbag. Updated 02-01-08 updated 02/01/08 the consumer stated he is also without a horn and has not replaced it due to cost. Updated 02/01/08

- La Fayette, IL, USA

problem #4

Aug 272004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


In August 2004. A 2001 Dodge dakaota pickup ran a stop sign and I hit him. The truck rolled and continued to run and caught the vehical on fire and burned the driver critically, and he ultimately died. Why didn't the vehicle inertia switch cut the vehical off. I have a file claimed against the insurance company and an investigation may be launch on the truck.

- Lancaster, SC, USA

problem #3

Jul 012004


  • miles
Problems with windshield wipers and headlights would not shut off. Each time the engine was on, the wipers would come on and the lights would come on but not go off. The consumer had to disconnect the battery. The consumer requested that Chrysler corporation should provide a fix for the electrical problem. The consumer received a recall, regarding the electrical problem, however the dealer told the consumer that his problem was not apart of the recall. The consumer told the dealer he purchased a warranty, but the dealer told him the warranty did not cover electrical problems only power train issues.

- Denison, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 102004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,687 miles
I own a 2001 Dodge Dakota quad cab 4X4 sle that we purchased new. In the last 6 months, and with only 49000 miles on the truck currently, the following failures have occurred: (1) (from February 2004 to present) the factory-installed external wiring harness (for towing a trailer) melted from the inside out, shorting out the electrical system. (2) brakes would pulsate anytime brakes were applied. Dealer attributed this to warping of rotors and replaced pads and turned the rotors. Dealer noted a spring on driver-side caliper was missing and replaced it as well. (3) the heater/ac controls failed. (4) went for state inspection and inspector failed truck due to failure of upper ball joints and brakes. The same brakes I just had fixed in February. Premature failure of ball joints attributed to "typical problem for Dakotas/durangos". well if it's typical, why isn't there a recall?? the dealer had no answers. Failure was a result of calipers not releasing properly causing the rotors and brake pads to "glaze". dealer opted to pick up the tab for the new rotors and the new pads, only at my request. The new calipers and brake lines still cost me $800. Again I'm wondering why I'm paying for so much on a truck that is only 3 years old with only 49000 miles. (5) unknown problem at startup when engine is cold. Pressing the accelerator causes the engine to sputter. Problem exists until engine is warm then goes away. Two Dodge dealerships and neither can figure out the problem as there is no computer error code coming up. All items mentioned were paid for by me unless otherwise specified. Had any of these issues been a result of negligence, or lots of mileage, or had the Dodge dealership(s) opted to pay for items that were the obvious result of poor craftsmanship, I wouldn't complain. But, the failures relating to the brakes could quite possibly have resulted in an accident which risks my life and that of my wife, and Dodge doesn't seem to care.

- Glenn Dale, MD, USA

problem #1

Jul 102002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer states that the radio will not stay on or will lose power, the dash lights went off and on since purchase, the technicians replaced some wiring in the steering column to remedy the problem.

- Livingston, TX, USA

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