hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,864 miles

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2001 Dodge Dakota transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 012001

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles


I bought my truck with 5,000 miles on it. The transmission hits the rev limiter from 1st to 2nd gear when passing or going around vehicles under the speed of 30 mph. From my research there are thousands of Dakota owners experiencing this same problem. I've taken mine to the dealer 3 times and each time they were unable to fix it. My warranty ran out and I got tired of taking it to them. I now have 55,000 miles on my Dakota and it still hits the rev limiter each time I press the gas pedal down to the floor from a stop or at 30mph. The only time it shifts from 1st to 2nd gear is when the engine is cold. After that, it hits the rev limiter everytime. Why isn't there a recall for this problem?? there's been numerous times I have almost had a wreck due to the tranny not shifting to move out of the way of traffic. One day I may not be so lucky.

- Spanaway, WA, USA

problem #2

Jan 132004


  • 68,611 miles
Vehicle shut completely down while driving. (nar)

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #1

May 242003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,980 miles
2001 Dodge Dakota quad cab 4X4 driving along the hwy around curve at 55 miles and hour power steering failed almost had a head on collision. The truck has been in the shop for a week being fixed under warranty. Odometer $29980 miles. I have had multiple problems with this truck ever since it was bought new, they had to replace the power steering pump, malfunction indicator light (mil) on the dash. Transmission slipping. Received the truck back from the dealer drove 22 miles transmission slipping again mil light on again. Had to replace the radio malfunction, I could go on and on. I feel that the power steering failing, could have cost my wifes life not to mention the occupents of the on comming truck. The truck is driven by her 99 percent of the time. I just happened to be driving it on the long weekend. I was able to fight with it and managed to drive to the side of the road. I feel that this should not have accured with the kind of mileage precent on the truck as well as the age. Any help you can profide in addressing these issues, would be appreciated

- Boerne, TX, USA

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