really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,053 miles

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2001 Dodge Dakota transmission problems

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2001 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Dec 082010

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • 175,000 miles


No crash, no injuries. 2001 Dodge Dakota crew cab, column shifter shifts out of park with out pressing brake while the key is in the on position.

- Bethlehem, GA, USA

problem #32

Mar 082009


  • 85,000 miles
My vehicle was recalled but the day I was going to bring it in the transmission stopped working and the motor is no more good. The truck would not shift gears good and it was going on for a while. My father changed the head gaskets but it did not help.

- Montegut, LA, USA

problem #31

Dec 122004


  • 75,000 miles
I also have a 2001 Dodge Dakota I bought it used in 2004 and sometimes the gear shift does not go where the indicator say it is. I took it in to the dealer and they said they could not find a problem, but it has happened several times.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #30

Jul 122008

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,289 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Dakota. After driving the vehicle from the sales lot, the contact noticed that the check engine light was illuminated. She took the vehicle back to the dealer; however, they filed bankruptcy and were closed down. The contact discovered NHTSA campaign id number 07V555000 (power train:automatic transmission:lever and linkage:column shift) and took the vehicle to another dealer. The dealer stated that they would repair one issue under the recall, but another issue had to be repaired for $700 at the contact's expense. The manufacturer stated that because she was the second owner, she would have to pay out of pocket. The current and failure mileages were 85,289. Updated 09/10/08. The consumer stated even after the recall was performed, he is still having problems with the gear shift. Updated 09/11/08

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #29

Nov 232007

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,366 miles
Power train, many times when the gear selector is shifted into a gear, it is not actually in the gear selected. This has been happening for a long time.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #28

Feb 082007

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
I bought a 2001 Dodge Dakota 4WD a month ago. I have had to replace the lower ball joints, catalytic converter, timing chain, water pump and now the transfer case has gone bad. The truck only has 55000 miles on it. I have only made one payment on the truck and have paid the repair shop over $1500 in repair costs. They only time that I have got to drive the truck is to the repair shop except when I bought it. This is ridiculous, a truck with low miles like this should not have this many problems. The dealer said that they would look at it this time put they couldn't make any promises. We paid for everything else to get fixed and I refuse to pay for anything else. I paid $10,000 for a truck that I can't even drive, I'm actually scared to drive it because who knows what will happen next. Apparently Dodge are pieces of crap to put it politely.

- Leitchfield, KY, USA

problem #27

Mar 242006

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2001 Dodge Dakota pick up, loss of steering, resulting in a off the road crash and rollover with injuries. (one moment later could have resulted in deaths.)

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #26

Aug 302005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,250 miles
On my 2001 Dodge Dakota quad cab, the vehicle had a long stutter or pause once the gas pedal was pressed, from a stop. This almost caused an accident in rush hour traffic because I expected the vehicle to accelerate, which it did not. After coming to a complete stop the vehicle would jump forward, making me feel like someone rear ended me. I took it to a local Dodge dealership for a diagnostic check. I was told my whole internal transmission was bad! I find this to be ridiculous for a 2001 vehicle, and dangerous!

- Lusby, MD, USA

problem #25

Jul 252005

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,155 miles
ABS & brake light and check engine light came on on our 2001 Dodge Dakota quad cab with 43,000 miles. Took to norwin Dodge for service. They found that the differential (rear end) was completely ruined. Since vehicle was out of warrently our out of pocket expense was in excess of $1,600. Also said that engine light was due to a moderate evaporation leak and replaced gas cap. The transmission of this vehicle also had to be replaced after only 4000 miles!(fortunately this was covered under warrenty), but a complete transmission replaced after only 4000 miles" also had vehicle back to be checked after transmission replacement because it would hesitate and then shift hard. We were told that that is normal and how Dodge trnamissions shift? we take very good care of this vehicle and had it serviced regularly. Want to register formal complaint and make others aware of poor quality of Dodge vehicles and potentially defective products used"

- Jeannette, PA, USA

problem #24

May 132005

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 58,000 miles
While driving he noticed he had a hard down shift from 2nd gear to 3rd gear. The next day it would not shift from 2nd to 3rd. Gear.

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #23

Mar 032005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Transmission failed while still under warranty. Contacted the dealer, and was told that it would cost consumer $2,000 to be repaired.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #22

Sep 092002

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2001 Dodge, Dakota, quad cab, 4X4. Shortly after the warrenty expired(36000mi.), I developed a poping noise in the front end when turning over bumps. Sense then it has progressively gotten worse. I had it inspected and was told it was ok, just typical truck noise due to bumps. After hearing about the problem with the balljoints, I had it re-inspected (many miles later) only to find that I am lucky that a wheel has not came off (bad joints). Also, if the truck sets overnight (or 1 or more days)when you first crank the truck and put in gear(reverse) the transmition will slip. Took to the dealer while still under warrenty they said it was typical that the torque converter would drain down and that you had to put it in neutral for a few seconds to let the converter fill before putting in gear. I still have the problem!

- Memphis, IN, USA

problem #21

Sep 112001

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
I own a Dodge Dakota quad cab 2001 5.9 V8 the brakes have always sucked. The front rotors warped over and over again I'm forced in buying a bigger kit that will cost me $3,000. The rear end leaks and the dealer says its natural. These two problems have been with me for 6 months after purchase. I will not buy another Dodge again. I think the transmission is going now and the steering pump is going too. The truck has 66,000 miles now. It looks nice but hp, brakes and over all performance sucks. If I was in the creative end working for Dodge I could improve their vehicles greatly.

- Wilton, CT, USA

problem #20

May 032004

(reported on)


  • 40,000 miles
While parked vehicle went out of gear, rolled backward, and hit a tree.

- Toone, TN, USA

problem #19

Sep 022003

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 24,620 miles
2001 Dodge Dakota slipped out of park into reverse gear and was circling out of control. The vehicle eventually struck a concrete median and stopped. The driveshaft and other parts under the vehicle were damaged. This wasn't the first time the gear selector jumped out of gear. This vehicle was previously taken to maroone/Dodge service center to have the transmission checked where it sat to this day. Consumer stated it was a mechanical problem since they complained about this. They haven't obtained no information on their vehicle since it was towed to the repair shop. The A/C only worked on high due to a faulty blower motor resistor. The power steering made noise intermittently. The gas cap was loose which caused the check engine light to illuminate. The driver seat handle came apart

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #18

Sep 222003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer called complaining about engine problems. Also stated that every time it overextends 4 rpms will not switch gears, transmission failed, and vehicle vibrated and died. Manufacturer was contacted, and stated that they would not do any thing because there was no recall on this vehicle.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #17

Sep 032003

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
Transmission shifting, slipping, poor accelaration. Previously complained about noise in front end when turning. Bad idle and poor fuel economy.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #16

Nov 212001

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,254 miles
Front brakes clunk when applied, dealer replaced rotors. Transmission won't shift properly, dealer ordered and replaced new valve body. Lower engine needed to be replaced, because of valve tapping. A/C has bad odor when on. Front end squeaked around boots front end has bad knocking sound. 2 Goodyear tires slow leak. Problems started at 1,254 miles, and keep going at 26,000 miles.

- Severn, MD, USA

problem #15

Apr 252002

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,200 miles
When the vehicle takes off from a dead stop the vehicle does not want to move. The transmission slips and right after that the "check engine light comes on. The vehicle does not shift properly and the vehicle runs at a high RPM until the vehicle is shut off. The problem then corrects itself temporarily. I have had this truck serviced at frederick Dodge 4 times. First it was diagnosed as being low on transmission fluid(claimed it was not topped off at delivery) and it was causing rear sensor on trans to shut down transmission. Second time brought in for same problem, told that rear sensor is bad, that was replaced, third time, same problem, told that software for tcm needed to be updated. Fourth time, tcm and transmission being replaced. Truck is still in shop. Totally fed up. Truck has less 9500 miles on it. ***dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12-12-02 cut over to artemis***763038

- Palmyra, PA, USA

problem #14

Apr 072003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 miles
Transmission will not shift to second gear under full throttle. This problem has occurred since purchase date and occurs every time.

- Temple, TX, USA

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