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2002 Dodge Dakota

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Given up on Dodge
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By Chuck
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Vehicle

2002 Dodge Dakota 4dr Quad Cab SLT 2WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


Review

Thought I would "buy American" and get the Dodge Dakota 4 dr crew. Love its style, comforts, more power than I need (4.7L V8) 2WD has no traction in snow or ice. Very easy to drive and comfortable 6ft.2 220lbs.(2 trips NJ to Calif.) Gas mileage stinks...13-18mpg, no loads. Brake rotors replaced 28K, Left top ball joint worn (no recall yet)A/C needed charging, Right front hub and bearings replaced 49K, rear leaf spring noisy, transmission hesitation occasionally. Great truck to drive and haul but reliability really in question with only 49K. Probably back to Nissan or Toyota.


Favorite Features

Styling, Stance, Interior, Comfort, Power V8


Suggested Improvements

Quality of overall vehicle especially suspension & brakes...transmission Improve gas mileage Extend warranty for entire vehicle


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Nice truck
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By joe
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2002 Dodge Dakota 4dr Quad Cab Sport 2WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


Review

This truck is fun to drive. The V8 is a must. Back seat is roomy for kids, but a little tight for large adults. The rear seat belts are the easiest I've used for installing car seats. I replaced a poor fitting vacuum hose and need to take it in to take care of recall issues. Gas milege isn't the best. A lot of vibration when driving with the windows down.


Favorite Features

Plenty of power. Great family truck. Nice stereo too.


Suggested Improvements

Better fuel economy


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look for something else!
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By luca66
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2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab SLT 2WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


Review

I was so hoping this would be a great truck to keep for always...in a word...not! Electrical, air, engine problems. should of bought a toyota. No resale value, not dependable, and the service dept too lax ( at least here in L.A.). It quickly runs through a tank of gas and can be as expensive as a luxury SUV...on premium fuel. In conclusion...sadly disappointed with this vehicle and can't wait to get rid of it. Like the other reviewer stated...good for the first 20k miles after that...good luck. Sorry dodge, but work a little harder on your product...looks cool, but that ain't enough kid.


Favorite Features

exterior look.


Suggested Improvements

Make a better turning radius, better built parts and design(interior). parts, and monitor your dealership service departments...they want to get by doing the least amount of work...and the vehicle is under warranty. Bad reflexion for the dodge company.


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should have bought the ford
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By grani
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2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab Sport 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


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Nothing but probs from day one. First week, stalled in wet weather on the highway. Next the seal on back window leaked. Brakes shot by 25k. Truck is babied while driven, no hot shots. Now one month after new brakes, rotors, the left wheel is smoking. Then the service engine lite repeatedly comes on. Said the gas cap needed replacement. New vehicle, what a lemon.Customer service stinks since day one.Service dept stinks from day one.The grill is cheap plastic, just broke trying to open the hood.My brother has same truck and had brakes go bad at early mileage.


Suggested Improvements

buy a ford


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'02 R/T
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By Dougzilla04
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2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab Sport 2WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Overall, a decent truck. When it stays out of the shop i love it. but it has spent a lot of time there. My truck has about 32,000 miles on it now and i have to take it back for its second set of ball joints. In 2003 its spent about 3 months in the shop for mechanical and engine malfunctions. Dodge's customer service was terrible. At four different dealerships i was not allowed to get a rental car paid for which i think was wrong considering how little i got to drive the vehicle. I know a lot of people that have Dodges and dont have the number of issues that i had, but after this truck i will be going back to toyotas and/or nissans for dependablity reasons.


Favorite Features

I really like the styling on this truck. of course, its an R/T, whats not to like? it handles very well.


Suggested Improvements

First, fix Dodges customer support at the dealership. They leave you high and dry. Second, its a 5.9...give us some of the horsepower that this engine is capable of producing. i get 12mpg for only 250 HP. There are 6 cylinder Accords that get more horsepower than this.


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