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2002 Dodge Dakota

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Annoying vehicle
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Magno
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2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab 2WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

1200 mi in 3 mo because of problems. Steering is stiff around center and very light elsewhere causes oversteer. Vehicle rolls excessively. Trans failed at 230 miles -no oil from factory. Backlash in the drivetrain and lurches at low speed. 2300 RPM power falls off then surges. RPM takes long time to drop- grinds syncros if shifted too fast. Clutch pedal has no feel-like a wet sponge. Shift light is annoying. Underpowered. Needs automatic to hide problems. Drivers mirror has big blind spot.


Favorite Features

CD player works.


Suggested Improvements

Fix the steering, drivetrain. Put in real shocks and anti-roll bars. Put in Mitsubishi's 3l V6. Loose some of the marketeers and hire some engineers.


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nothing like a dakota
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By sarge
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2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab 2WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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the dakota has the best looking design of any truck,mid-sized or smaller.the design is such that even when it is sitting still,it looks like it is in motion.the larger tires,the paint scheme,and the fender flairs really set it off.every day i thank god for that truck.there are just not enough good things to say about it.


Favorite Features

wheels,fender flairs,paint scheme,bucket seats,and console with it's cup and bottle holders.


Suggested Improvements

i have the 2002 model sxt,the 2003 looses the 2002 paint scheme,dodge should bring that back. the 2002 paint scheme on the sxt was a big selling point, i think 2003 sales will lag way behind the 2002 sales.


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Nice truck
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By victoria
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2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab 2WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

After driving a Dodge Caravan for years, it was a little difficult to get used to the truck-like ride. However, for a truck, I think the ride is pretty good. I'm concerned about the way it handles over bumps. Could use more head-room. Seat belts are hard to put on. Nice acceleration and fun to drive.


Favorite Features

Exterior styling


Suggested Improvements

Gas mileage, need more head room.


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Lemon
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By Darryl Knieff
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Vehicle

2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab 2WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I have had poor luck with my Dakota! It will shimmy, try to die, rattles, and has poor power on take off. I hav been told by (experts) that this is normal for this truck. Now you and I know this isn`t true. It also has major slack in the drive-train. My gas mileage is much worse than sticker showed. This is the second Dakota bought new that I have had problems with, a 93, and this 02,. Who would dream of getting 2 lemons in a row, or is this the standard for dodge. I will never own another chrysler product!


Favorite Features

I like the overall appearance of the vehicle. It is comfortable, and has nice interior features. The ride is smooth and road noise low.


Suggested Improvements

make a vehicle with good dependabl mechanics/drivetrain/electronics. increase the rpm to at least 800 at idle.


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