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 1 of 2)

problem #28

Sep 072016


  • 125,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Dakota. While driving 55 mph, the passenger side low beam headlights failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the central timer module and keyless entry failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.

- St George, UT, USA

problem #27

May 272016


  • 147,000 miles
4WD selector switch blinking and unable to go into 4WD modes, door locks open and close randomly at any speed, 4WD drive light on at dash, no air blowing for ac or heat.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #26

Mar 192015


  • 175,600 miles
I was driving down the road and while my heat was on and I lost two fan speeds, after further inspection I found my resistor was melted, and so were two wires. Now I currently lost another speed and have only level 2 for heat and air conditioning.

- Melville, NY, USA

problem #25

Jun 212013

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 91,454 miles


Dash lights began to flash along with head lights, then went out. Time was 10:30 pm to dark to drive rural roads.

- Auburn, WA, USA

problem #24

Jun 192013

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 98,762 miles
Air bag light came on and stayed on. I was not moving, just started vehicle. Light has remained on for 5 days with my normal driving. Horn and cruise control work.

- Cedar Key, FL, USA

problem #23

Apr 242013

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 85,196 miles
The stereo system stop working, the interior lights are flickering and even when the doors are perfectly closed and I am wearing my seat bell the alarm ( bell sound) start sounding when I reach the 10 mph speed.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #22

Dec 212011


  • 104,300 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Dakota. The contact was driving approximately 3 mph when all of the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact then noticed smoke coming from the dashboard area which then ignited into a fire. The driver was not injured and was abel to exit the vehicle safely. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised the contact that the sensor timer module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and the vehicle failure was pending an investigation. The failure and the current mileages were approximately 104,300.

- Damascus, OR, USA

problem #21

Dec 012009


  • 100,000 miles
TL-the contact owns a 2001 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the cruise control, airbag and horn were defective. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the clock spring was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 111,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Village Of Oak Creek, AZ, USA

problem #20

Mar 242011


  • 10,000 miles
An existing NHTSA recall, 06V039000, exists for 2006 Dodge Dakotas. "static can disable headlamps, turn signals, & windshield wipers". I have a 2001 Dakota with the same issue. It happen 2-5 times per year. Everything works again if I cycle the ignition, but that 's small comfort if the headlights go out @ 75 mph. Dodge has refused to fix it for free, saying that it only applies to 2006. If it is a safety issue for a 2006, then it is a safety risk for 2001 too. The known fix is to "re-flash" the dash, which I assume means to reprogram the dash control processor.

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #19

Oct 012010


  • 236,000 miles
I bought my 2001 Dodge Dakota quad cab brand new and until this date, I have only had one issue. The power window motor quit and was replaced in 2008. On October 1st, 2010, my cruise control went out. Thinking it was wear and tear, I was not in a rush to fix it. Then the horn quit working. When the air bag light started flashing when I turned the steering wheel, I took it in to be serviced. My concern is that I have the same issues as a previous recall, but my VIN # is not included in that period. My mechanic says it is the clockspring assembly that needs to be replaced and the part is expensive. Looking online, it appears Dodge is not making good. My VIN # matches the other complaints. After contacting Dodge (11/10/10), I was offered a 50% refund on repair work. This says to me that they acknowledge there is something wrong with other models/year. This is unacceptable no matter how old the vehicle is. It is a safety issue with Dodge.

- Paisley, FL, USA

problem #18

Oct 162010


  • 75,000 miles


Movement of tilt steering wheel in lower half of range will cause short-circuit of turn signal operation. Left and right turn signal will be inoperative. Radio circuit also affected. Movement back into upper half of range will correct problem.

- Solon, IA, USA

problem #17

Feb 052010

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated the doors would lock independently. The windshield wipers would engage independently and the interior lights would sporadically flicker on and off. The contact found that the central timer module was burned and partially melted. In addition, the contact stated he has had to replace the blower motor resister board four times because it had burned. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 112,000 and the current mileage was 123,000. Updated 11/03/10. Updated 11/19/10

- Holland, MI, USA

problem #16

Feb 012010


  • 72,990 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated the door locks, air bag, head lights, and windshield wiper became inoperable. The dealer diagnosed the failure at the cmt and clock spring modules. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 72,990 and the current mileage was 73,000.

- Lynden , WA, USA

problem #15

May 152010


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Dakota. The contact had the vehicle repaired under NHTSA recall campaign id number: 03V389000 (electrical system: Wiring). Afterward, the windshield wipers, turn signals, horn, and lighting systems were not operating abnormally. The dealer advised having a diagnostic test performed on the vehicle at her expense. The manufacturer would not assist. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 83,000.

- Tavares, FL, USA

problem #14

Nov 172009


  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Dakota. The headlights flicker on and then back off. Also all gauges on the instrument control panel have failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. He was awaiting the conclusion of the testing. The failure mileage was 94,000.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #13

Aug 052008


  • 125,000 miles
My husband was driving his 2001 Dodge Dakota home at night, on a country road, around August 5, 2008 and the headlights flickered on and off. When he got home, the windshield wipers went haywire, the horn continued to honk, the door locks began locking and unlocking, and the air bag light came on. We found out the central timer module (cmt) and clock spring had failed and was told the truck was unsafe to drive. We had both repaired for $530. I was told that recalls existed on several Dodge vehicles but not one of them specified our truck. I contacted Dodge and they just said it was not my truck so I was out of luck. I then did some research on this on-line and found several forums with this same problem on this year of truck, plus several others, and they could not find any help from Dodge either. This is a really serious malfunction and could of cause a very bad accident. I just need Dodge to own up to the problem and reimburse us for the repairs we had. Also admit there is a problem on all Dodge vehicles, before someone get seriously injured or killed.

- Susanville, CA, USA

problem #12

Jul 012008


  • 40,000 miles
Lights flicker on and off, interior light go out, door alarm goes off at 70 mph, wipers go off by themselves, horn beeps, truck wont start. Quick fix, discount the battery at reset the system, permanent fix to replace the central timing module.

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #11

Mar 152008

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,500 miles
All lights start turning on and off in a random pattern. Must hold driver door open while driving to have a consistent headlight. Every light is affected. Dash lights, tail lights, head lights, 4 wheel drive transfer case lights, horn, windshield wipers, interior lights, brake lights, and several other lighting related issues. This issue is dangerous at night since there are no headlights unless the driver door is held open while traveling. I was informed about the prohibitive cost of correcting this problem by a Dodge service garage. Unable to locate source of problem due to the randomness of the various light systems turning on and off. Also, it is necessary to remove the ground lead on the battery when vehicle is left unattended.

- Mosinee, WI, USA

problem #10

Jun 062007

Dakota 8-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2001 durango that has a recall for a wiring connector under the front seat. I want to fix it myself do to my last exprience at a dealer. I called them and they said it had to go to the dealer and no repair kit could be provided to me. This is wrong! maybe the dealer could let me have his car for a day. I could do a lot that they would never know. Please help!

- Chino Valley, AZ, USA

problem #9

May 012006

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
Problem started with horn intermittently beeping while driving, then over a few weeks progressed to horn beeping almost continuously, driving lights flashing, and door locks actuating. Problem was the body control module or sometimes called the central timer module. It was replaced and all issues have ceased.

- Groton, NY, USA

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