2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab Sport 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)
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.
2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab Sport 2WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
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
I really like the styling on this truck.
of course, its an R/T, whats not to
like? it handles very well.
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.
This is my third Dakota, 5.9 still
can hold it's own across intersections
but fades quickly off idle, needs
slightly more cam in mid range but that
might take away some of it's
dependability and gas economy would
suffer. Thinking of a supercharger.
Going to Mobile 1 for remaining years
of service. Thought of a Colorado but
lacked the solid fun.
Right size, fits in the garage, Carrys
all the company I care to have. Makes
the dump run fun. Have to keep a lite
foot around cops. Never checked the top
speed but imagine it would be warp speed
Some sleeping accomodiations in cab or
front seats more "nappable" Permanent
antifreeze. 100,000 mile warranty and
service. Don't change.
No problems after 55k miles. Plenty of
room for 4 adults, plus bikes and
luggage in the bed. Works all day then
is stylish for a night on the town.
Leaves all other compact and some full-
size pickups in the dust.
V8, ac and cruise control
improve the gas milage, should be
better than the 318 was.
One thing I haven't seen anyone
mention anything about is the optional
AWD. I'm not sure if maybe it's not
offered in all regions, but it's
another great feature that puts this
vehicle one notch above the rest. One
flaw of the Dakota is it seems to have
a light rearend. No problems with
AWD. We've hauled 6000lbs of hay on a
16 foot trailer with the 4.7L 5 speed
combo, and never had a problem pulling
it uphill or anywhere. Comfortable
and an attractive design. Especially
for being 8 years old. The back seat
of the club cab is not for adults but
is good for children or storage.
AWD, Powertrain, exterior design,
Fuel economy. I understand it takes
more gas to create more power, but
another mile or two to the gallon
would be nice. (current 14-15 mpg
average) Some things have to be
sacrificed I guess.