If one word could best describe the 2002 Dodge Dakota, comfortable would be it. Whether carrying five adults, cruising the interstate, transporting cargo or tackling off-road terrain, the Dakota is at ease no matter where it is or what it's asked to do.
by Bill Sohonage on Nov 7, 2009 Vehicle: 2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Regular Cab Sport 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)
This is an update. Bought for 9k with 27k on it, Dec."07". 51k motor goes PING, bearings and crank need replaced. Despite meticulous attention and mobi1 1. One k over 50k warranty and dealer laughs at me. I replace crank and bearings myself, lasts another 8k and motor goes again. Replace with 30k junkyard motor and two weeks later tranny goes! In 30k miles, I've also replaced, AC Compressor, full exhaust, front hubs, power steering hoses, starter (twice!), brakes, rotors and needed to replace with over sized brake pins as the originals were worn and too loose! 4 Oxygen sensors... Oh,lets not forget the fan control module under glove box which caught fire. AHHHH
by Bill on Dec 3, 2008 Vehicle: 2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Regular Cab Sport 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)
I bought this vehicle at a Dodge Dealership used for $9k with 27k on it. Changed my oil to Mobil 1 upon purchase, and regularly at 3k intervals. Worst truck I have ever owned. The 3.9L engine knocks/taps when put under load. At 32k engine light came on, code said that 2 of 4 oxy-sensors needed replaced, $96 each, did myself, 3k later the other 2 go out. Put 10k on a year, only light hauling, never towed a trailer. At 51k motor blows, with "extended" 50k warranty . Dealer gave me nothing, they wanted $3,200 for new motor (replace crap with crap!). Rebuilt myself, case full of sludge,lower bearings trashed. No space to recline seats. Can't wait to dump this 10 to 12 MPG nightmare.
by PatulDakota on Jun 17, 2002 Vehicle: 2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Regular Cab Sport 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)
Absolutley the best vehicle I've owned
to date. It's my first truck, normally
I drive small vehicles and dream about
Firebirds and Camaros. But when you
live in Central NY, the pony cars are
useless. In 1999, I test drove my
Dakota Sport 4x4 and owned it within 30
minutes. My first trip was from Utica
to Buffalo for a Jets/Bills game (Jets
won!!). I traveled in a blizzard with
the 4x4 passing everyone on the NYS
Thruway. I have 50,000 on it and it
runs like it did on the first day!
A new value-priced 2002 Dodge Dakota SXT debuts and includes 16-inch alloys, automatic tranny, air conditioning, bucket seats and CD player. An appearance group consisting of graphite-colored bumpers, grille and fender flares is also fitted to the SXT.