really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,667 miles

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2001 Dodge Dakota transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 022009


  • 100,000 miles


1. the 4-wheel drive on my vehicle will only occasionally engage when the selector is set to 4-wheel drive. If engaged it always disengages suddenly and/or re-engages at random times. In other words, it goes in and out of 4-wheel drive randomly and on its own when the selector is set to 4-wheel drive. 2. the problem began during the winter of 2008-2009 and has continued to the present. This has caused unsafe driving conditions and sliding on ice and snow covered streets when the 4-wheel drive suddenly goes off and then on again causing the vehicle to lurch. I have not yet had an accident as a result but have had a couple of very scary incidents and near misses. 3. on July 7, 2009 I took my vehicle to my local mechanic for diagnosis and repair. After 2 days of diagnosis he replaced the control module but still could not resolve the problem even though his diagnostic computer found the components working correctly independently of each other. He researched the issue on line and found it should be related to a safety recall for daimler Chrysler. He printed out the recall information for me, which I have in my possession. 9/19/09 I took it to bellevue Dodge, 120 116th ave ne, bellevue, wa 98005 with the recall paperwork. They told me that my vehicle is not related to the previous recall item. Since this is such a dangerous problem I felt a report is in order.

- Issaquah, WA, USA

problem #7

Jan 202006


  • miles
Just bought a Dakota truck 2 wks ago, second day engine light went on and car kept stalling when driving, it completely turned off while driving. It also does not change gear; it takes a while to get going. This happened 1/18/06. On 2/10/06 I noticed an idling sound right after breaking and it didn't want to stop. Very unsafe driving with children. Uncertain of its brakes and the complete shut off of truck & or stalling while driving. I took it to Chrysler and wanted to charge $170. For diagnostic work 2 weeks after I bought it. Why haven't they recalled these type of unsafe vehicles?

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #6

May 152003

Dakota 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
When stop and in neutral. It's very hard to put it in first gear and the car gets stuck in the middle of the road. It just wont shift into first gear you can be there for about 5 minutes trying to put it in first gear, and this causes a traffic jam behind me. I'm not sure if its the gear box or the clutch, but its very frustrating. This is a 2001 truck and I don't think it should be having a problem yet. Maybe there's another 2001 Dodge Dakota with the same problem like this.

- Colton, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 252003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,336 miles


Shifts into netural while driving will not upshift from lower gear vechicle still at dealer still has not dianosoned problem has had since 2/6/03 while I pay for a rental car.

- Hillsborough, NJ, USA

problem #4

Apr 022002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Truck stalls when put into reverse, same problem occurs at times in drive as well

- Chas., SC, USA

problem #3

Jan 152001

Dakota 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated the vehicle stopped moving while driving, the problem was due to the third gear separating in the transmission, the was problem repaired, however consumer sold the vehicle.

- Scott Depot, WV, USA

problem #2

Aug 162001

Dakota 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
This is second notice. Now there was a minor accident. What next?no safety defect.

- Beech Bluff, TN, USA

problem #1

Feb 232001

Dakota 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving slowly in first gear vehicle surges back and forth violently.when this happens, consumer has to stop vehicle and start it up again. Consumer states the problem is becoming more frequent.

- Beech Bluff, TN, USA

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