Used 2002 Dodge Dakota

2002 Dodge Dakota
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2002 Dodge Dakota


  • Available V8 power, commodious cabin, commendable performance on road and off.


  • Poor fuel consumption with V8, upper trim levels can get pricey if loaded up with options.
Dodge Dakota years

Used 2002 Dodge Dakota for Sale

Dodge Dakota 2002 4dr Quad Cab Sport 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)
109,701 miles
Used 2002
Dodge Dakota
KB Auto Emporium
47.7 mi away
Est.Loan: $133/mo
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$179 Below Market
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Dodge Dakota 2002 2dr Club Cab SLT 2WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)
182,395 miles
Used 2002
Dodge Dakota
JBA Mitsubishi
47.4 mi away
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Edmunds' Expert Review

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.

vehicle overview

The Dodge Dakota offers more room, power and capability than the other trucks it ostensibly competes against. We say ostensibly because the Dakota is unique; it is not as small as the true compacts, such as the Toyota Tacoma, nor is it as big as full-size pickups like the Ford F-150. With a ruggedly handsome presence and a roomy, comfortable interior, the Dakota is available in three body styles: regular cab, extended ("Club") cab and crew ("Quad") cab.

A multiplicity of engines assures that there's a powertrain geared for any purpose. We're not sure the 2.5-liter inline four deserves the "Magnum" moniker considering its lightweight output of 120 horsepower, but on a base regular cab with a five-speed manual, it earns 20 city/25 highway EPA fuel economy estimates. The more popular choice is the 3.9-liter V6 that pumps out a more respectable 175 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque. Next up the power ladder is the 235 horsepower 4.7-liter V8 that churns out 295 pound-feet of twist. Still not enough for ya? Then how about a 5.9-liter V8 with 245 or 250 horses (depending on application) and 295 pound-feet of twist.

OK, now what about trim levels? Along with the new entry-level SXT, there are base, Sport, SLT and R/T to choose from. The base model has antilock brakes and a stereo with cassette player, but other than that, it's pretty bare-bones. The Sport adds alloy wheels and cloth seating. The 3.9-liter V6, cruise control, air conditioning and chrome bumpers and grille come on the SLT. And the fired-up R/T has the 250-horse 5.9-liter V8, a sport-tuned suspension with 17-inch alloy wheels, an anti-spin rear axle and color-keyed bumpers and grille.

You'll likely have to keep reminding yourself that this is indeed a compact pickup -- everything from its towing capacity and stance to its power and interior seems bigger than the norm. A 40/20/40 split seat is standard (but you can opt for high-back buckets), and rear passengers travel on a 60/40 split-folding bench seat, creating seating for six in Quad Cabs. Optional audio equipment, featuring two- and three-band equalizers and steering wheel-mounted controls, give the Dakota a more upscale feel, but those wanting the ultimate luxury-hauler should look into a Quad Cab with the optional leather interior.

Both two- and four-wheel-drive versions are available, and the independent front suspension works effectively with the Dakota's rack-and-pinion steering for a confident yet comfortable ride. Underneath, you'll find front disc brakes with optional ABS and rear drums with standard ABS (you can upgrade to slightly larger rear brakes when opting for ABS).

Thanks to its wide selection of engines and body configurations, the Dakota is one of the best pickups currently sold. If you're in the market for a compact pickup, a test drive is certainly in order.

2002 Highlights

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.

Consumer reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

Misfiring when moisture in air
Every time I start my Dakota in the morning and there is moisture in the air, it will misfire and shake and go away when I drive for 5 minutes. Today, it's been raining all day and I went to go start it and it won't start. It will crank over but that's it. fuel pump turns on, coils have a shock to plugs, jump start didn't work. I don't know what to look at. Can anyone help?
Dakota Quad Cab 2002 (oldie but goodie)
Rick T,11/19/2015
I bought my truck brand new back in 2002. I looked at other trucks including the F150, but it would not fit in the garage. The Dakota is smaller but has the V-8 (4.7) that can handle most anything. Its a great truck and I have had very little problems.
Annoying vehicle
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.
R/T Test Drive
I dont own one, but i was able to drive an R/T model around my town for a week to see if i wanted one. This is perhaps the greatest vehicle on earth.
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Features & Specs

14 city / 20 hwy
Seats 6
5-speed manual
175 hp @ 4800 rpm
14 city / 18 hwy
Seats 6
5-speed manual
175 hp @ 4800 rpm
14 city / 18 hwy
Seats 6
5-speed manual
175 hp @ 4800 rpm
14 city / 18 hwy
Seats 6
5-speed manual
175 hp @ 4800 rpm
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IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Used 2002 Dodge Dakota Overview

The Used 2002 Dodge Dakota is offered in the following submodels: Dakota Club Cab, Dakota Regular Cab, Dakota Quad Cab. Available styles include 4dr Quad Cab SLT 2WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M), 4dr Quad Cab SLT 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M), 2dr Club Cab SLT 2WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M), 2dr Club Cab SLT 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M), 4dr Quad Cab Sport 2WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M), 4dr Quad Cab Sport 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M), 2dr Club Cab Sport 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M), 2dr Club Cab 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M), 2dr Club Cab Sport 2WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M), 2dr Club Cab 2WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M), 2dr Regular Cab Sport 2WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2dr Club Cab 2WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2dr Regular Cab SLT 2WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M), 2dr Regular Cab Sport 2WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M), 2dr Regular Cab SLT 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M), 2dr Club Cab Sport 2WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M), 2dr Regular Cab 2WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2dr Regular Cab 2WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M), and 2dr Regular Cab Sport 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M).

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Price comparisons for Used 2002 Dodge Dakota trim styles:

  • The Used 2002 Dodge Dakota Sport is priced between $6,500 and$6,500 with odometer readings between 109701 and109701 miles.

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