2002 Dodge Dakota Reviews

2002 Dodge Dakota SLT 3.9 V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 3.9 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

It's OK

Faults:

Ball joints and sway bars.

General Comments:

Dodge Dakotas are good trucks, but stick with the V8. I have the 3.9 V6 4x4 quad cab auto, and the performance is terrible. 0-60 time is about 15 seconds. The transmission bounces through gears extremely hard and never knows what gear it wants to be in. This is because of the lack of power from the 3.9. The truck can't hold speed on inclines or in headwind. It's only returning about 10 MPG, even though it's a dog.

Other than that, the truck is the best midsize you can get; just stick with the 5.2 or 4.7 V8s.

The truck handles decent and has a very nice ride on the highway.

The quality is not the greatest, as the interior is wearing out and the clear coat is coming off on the hood and roof.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2014

2002 Dodge Dakota R/T 5.9 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 5.9 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carFord F350

Summary:

Fun to drive

Faults:

One thing about these trucks is the clear coat peels. Maybe it was only certain years, but mine is peeling on the roof and fenders.

Seems like everybody has replaced the ball joints on these trucks.

The oil pressure can seem low at idle, at least on mine.

Replaced the AC compressor, only because it had a squeaky compressor clutch at start up.

The stock engine is great from the factory, but the transmission could have been setup a little more aggressive. Adding a shift kit fixes that problem.

General Comments:

Everyone says these trucks are hard on fuel? I'm roughly 12.5 city / 18 highway. My opinion is that's not bad for a hot rod.

These 5.9 Magnum engines are tough, make great power and are reliable. I haven't had to touch this motor as of yet.

One thing I'll mention is that this truck has been adult owned and never abused, unlike many others. It's so much fun to drive, young people can't resist beating it.

These trucks are as close to sports car as possible. They are fast, handle well, and are low to the ground. They look bad ass... Dodge did a great job here

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2014

2002 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab Sport 4.7 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4.7 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles

Summary:

The best truck I've driven

Faults:

There is no defrost for the back window.

When the tread on the tires get thin, the truck hydroplanes easily. I changed my tires at 40000.

General Comments:

Amazing truck, it has good acceleration and a lot of room so you're not crowded.

The stock audio system isn't the best, but if you get a system in there, it sounds nice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2010

2002 Dodge Dakota Sport Quad Cab 4.7 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.7 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired14 miles
Most recent distance104000 miles
Previous carDodge Ram Pickup

Summary:

I wouldn't want any other truck

Faults:

Front brake rotors had to be turned every 15000-20000 miles.

AC relay failed immediately, but never again.

Had to have it aligned 4 times in 104,000 miles.

All 4 ball joints had to be replaced at 104,000 miles.

Both studs on the back of the passenger side exhaust manifold broke at 104,000 miles, but I easily replaced them myself.

The original mileage was horrible, as low as 13.5 mpg, at about 80,000 miles it wore in and averages about 17mpg, which I still think is too low given the superior mileage of most full size trucks.

General Comments:

2 weeks after I bought it, I loaded 4 friends, 5 mountain bikes and all our stuff in it and drove from So Cal to Moab Utah, Durango Co. Sedona Az and back home. The Dakota became the duty shuttle and vacation bus there after.

The truck is the perfect size, delivers great performance, comfort and reliability, and it has never left me stranded. I've had nothing but positive comments from passengers riding front or back. I wish it had a 6 speed or at least a real 5 speed auto to improve the mileage, but I have had a great 6 year experience with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2009

2002 Dodge Dakota Sport 5.9 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 5.9 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance101500 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Nice blend of size, power and function

Faults:

Serpentine belt tensioner.

Transmission belt.

General Comments:

Have loved the truck for a while.

Drove the 4.7 version, and not enough power for the gas mileage.

Drove mine many miles over a span of years, and the 2 issues I had were nothing more than you'd expect for 71k of miles in 4+ years.

Nice size for handling, and great power to weight ratio with this engine!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2009

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 26 reviews