really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,555 miles

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2001 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #8

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 #7

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 #6

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 #5

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 #4

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 failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The diagnostic test located the failure at the cmt module and the clock spring module.the vehicle will be repaired. The manufacturer will be contacted. The vehicle failure mileage was 72,990 and the current mileage was 73,000.

- Lynden , WA, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Jan 102008

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,800 miles
The fuse for my dimmer switch kept blowing. And I kept replacing. Because with out it in I can not see gauges. And my outside marker light fuse kept doing same. I replaced fuses again today they immediately blew. I rotated the dimmer switch to the lowest position. Again I replaced fuses. Then I turned on lights and slowly rotated dimmer switch up and I saw smoke coming from corner of instrument panel near where switch sets in dash.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #1

Nov 132003

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was taken to the dealer for recall 03V389000 repairs concerning dashboard wiring harness. The repairs were done, but vehicle was still having problems with windshield wipers/ horn/ interior and exterior lighting systems. The dealer was asking consumer to pay $500 to diagnoses and resolution of the problem. Consumer was requesting a call back.

- England, AR, USA

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