hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,600 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Dodge Dakota fuel system problems

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2003 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 152011

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


Engine warning light came on for emission warning. Dealer replaced $400 of emission control components. 2 weeks later same emu warning. Read this blog site regarding gasoline fuel caps. Dealer quoted $30 for replacement. Bought plastic fuel cap @ can tire for $8. installed on vehicle, emu warning disappeared and has not returned.

- Trail, Bc Canada, WA, USA

problem #2

Mar 252008

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,700 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Dakota. While driving between 5-10 mph, the contact heard a loud thud coming from the axle area. The four wheel drive indicator light illuminated and the headlights, interior lights, and windshield wipers failed completely. Eventually, the horn began to sound intermittently, the windshield wipers began wiping automatically, and the low fuel indicator light illuminated and continued to chime. The contact believes that all the failures were related to the central timer module. NHTSA campaign id number 02V322000 (exterior lighting:headlights switch) was referenced. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 66,000 and failure mileage was 65,700.

- Los Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Jun 012004


  • 100 miles
Vehicle will either go into neutral when put in reverse or while reversing pop out of reverse into neutral. This mostly occurred when the vehicle was in 4-wheel drive. The dealership serviced the vehicle several times for this issue, but since they were unable to duplicate or resolve the problem. The consumer had two transmission problems. The transmission module shorted out on four separate occasions. This problem caused the consumer to be nearly rear ended three times. The transmission shift indicator showed that the vehicle was in reverse but acted as if it were in neutral. The vehicle pulled to the left, the brakes would squeak and the vehicle had poor gas mileage. The battery was replaced because the vehicle did not start at times.

- Racine, WI, USA

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