Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
POWER TRAIN
01/01/19011
 2001 dodge dakota had many problems with the drive train and brakes.*mr the consumer heard a clunking noise when shifting from park to drive, reverse, etc. the rear tire on the right side stuck out from the vehicle. the driveshaft seemed to have alot o slack in it. there was a popping noise in the front end when making sharp slow turns. there was a whining noise in the steering and rear end when turning. the vehicle was taken tot he dealer but they were unable to duplicate the problems. the brake, rotors, calipers had to be replaced between 55-8000 miles. *nm
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
12/08/2010175000
 No crash, no injuries. 2001 dodge dakota crew cab, column shifer shifts out of park with out pressing break while the key is in the on position.
12/08/2010175000
 No crash, no injuries. 2001 dodge dakota crew cab, column shifer shifts out of park with out pressing break while the key is in the on position.
12/08/2010175000
 No crash, no injuries. 2001 dodge dakota crew cab, column shifer shifts out of park with out pressing break while the key is in the on position.
12/08/2010175000
 No crash, no injuries. 2001 dodge dakota crew cab, column shifer shifts out of park with out pressing break while the key is in the on position.
08/30/200583250105/25/2002
 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!*jb
07/25/200543155206/15/2001
 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 $1,600.00. 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?
09/09/2002209/05/2001
 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!*ak
09/11/2001110005
 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. *jb
09/03/200324000209/09/2001
 Transmission shifting,slipping,poor accelaration. previously complained about noise in front end when turning. bad idle and poor fuel economy.*ak
11/21/20011254104/01/2001
 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. *ak
01/21/200344095002/23/2001
 Auto transmission would not shift properly on acceleartion. required transducer and solenoid governor valve replacement twice within one year. first time it ws covered under warranty, one year and 17,901 miles later, replacement was required and not covered under dodge warranty.
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION - CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
01/13/2004686111
 Vehicle shut completely down while driving. (nar) *ph
05/24/20032998011/01/2000
 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 29980.00 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
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION - LEVER AND LINKAGE - FLOOR SHIFT
12/19/2005500005001/31/2002
 Tl*the contact owns a 2001 dodge dakota quad cab. the contact started the vehicle and shifted it into drive, without applying his foot to the brake pedal. the current mileage was 94,000 and failure mileage was 50,000.
POWER TRAIN - AXLE ASSEMBLY
06/03/2004420002
 At 42,000 miles the front wheel hub assembly failed. as a result, while driving driver's side tire bounced up and down. also, a grinding noise was produced at slow speeds. the dealer stated tire loosened on the axle. *ak
06/16/2003102/21/2001
 I was driving to work and my front axle broke. i also had two previous problems with the truck were it would accelerate on it's own to 80 miles a hour and the only way to stop was to shift into neutral, emergency brake and press on the brakes and pray. i was out of a car over thirty days between the two times trying to repair the acceleration. *jb
POWER TRAIN - DRIVELINE - CONSTANT VELOCITY JOINT
12/17/200457987804/04/2001
 I have a problem with my fwd. i had replaced module/contrlo, anti-lock brake,trasfer case gear and the modulefor the transfer case.and the shift motor (vacuum). and also the propeller shaft, with universal joints replaced also. and to top it off my fwd service light is on again,also i have no low gear in fwd light is blinking.and front end still makes noise. i have a 2001 dodge dakota quad cab. *ak
POWER TRAIN - DRIVELINE - DIFFERENTIAL UNIT
12/06/200764000211/14/2000
 I have a 2001 dakota quad cab 4x4 purchased new and the inside of the front rotors wear out extremely fast. they become damaged on the inside of the rotor appearing extremely rusted and as if maybe they overheated on the inside. 64,000 and this has happened 2 times. dealers deny this is common , my brother has a 2002 (purchased new) and has had the same problem. ball joints failed on both trucks , steering rack and rear differential leaks on both . *tr
07/25/200543155206/15/2001
 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 $1,600.00. 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?
05/01/200556982104/17/2001
 Consumer states: that abs light, engine light, and brake lights came on at the same time. the clutch packed in the rear differential is half inch long , and its job is to hold the clutches and lemon slipped differential, and it failed. it came out and shredded speed sensor in rear differential. *ak
07/06/200466110108/07/2000
 1.rear end making alot of noise. 2.rear end locked up, truck went off the road. .rear end rebuilt.*ak
04/23/200456000101/11/2001
 While driving at a slow speed the pinon gear shaft broke causing the drive shaft to fall out in the middle of a busy roadway. the rear differential locked shortly after the driveshaft fell into street. the truck had 56,000 miles on it and chrysler/dodge refused to cover any part of the repair. *ak
POWER TRAIN - MANUAL TRANSMISSION
906/19/2001
 Truck stalls when put into reverse, same problem occurs at times in drive as well
POWER TRAIN - TRANSFER CASE (4-WHEEL DRIVE)
01/01/2005111/21/2000
 Reference 2001 dodge dakota 4wd: there has already been a safety recall on the 4wd module. it needed reprogramming to assure that it wouldn't slip out of gear causing the truck to roll. this recall has been performed on my truck. however, the module, after only a few thousand miles has gone out again. the service 4wd light comes on, but dodge tells me that they cannot even retrieve diagnostic codes from the module... and that it needs replacing. this failure of the 4wd module and the dealers inability to even diagnose the problem, after having recall work done on it, makes me wonder if the original safety recall service was even effective. *nm
12/17/200457987804/04/2001
 I have a problem with my fwd. i had replaced module/contrlo, anti-lock brake,trasfer case gear and the modulefor the transfer case.and the shift motor (vacuum). and also the propeller shaft, with universal joints replaced also. and to top it off my fwd service light is on again,also i have no low gear in fwd light is blinking.and front end still makes noise. i have a 2001 dodge dakota quad cab. *ak