2002 Dodge Dakota Reviews - Page 4 of 5

2002 Dodge Dakota P/U Quad Cab-Sport 4x4 4.7L V8 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.7L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance34000 miles
Previous carIsuzu Rodeo

Summary:

We love it anyways because we like the body style

Faults:

The right front brake was staying on causing it to smoke as we drove down the road.

The starter neede to be replaced at 34000 miles.

General Comments:

The front brake rotors and calipers were replaced. We have not had any other problems. It was covered under warranty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2004

2002 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab Sport 4x2 3.9L from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.9L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carMazda B4000

Summary:

Looks better than it is, not quite worth the price and trouble

Faults:

So far it was some kind of low idle motor or something. It would go lower than idle after inching up at toll booths and such. Brought it to the dealer and it was fixed. Heater blower motor resistor board under dash went, but I replaced it myself for ten bucks and its fine now. I complained about road wander, but they told me everything was fine, I didn't complain about warped rotors at the time and now its too late. That trip to the dealer was at 35.000 miles before warranty was up. It still wanders and the front end is tight after many mechanics looked at it, so I'm thinking of changing tires. Surprisingly, no other problems yet after reading so many horror stories. This one is not as good as the other four that I had in the past.

General Comments:

Here is my unbiased opinion. I have had four other Dakotas in the past, and enjoyed all of them, but this one comes from a company that lacks quality control, and has many recalls on many of their vehicles. I don't feel as strong about this one as the others, and only time will tell if I keep it that long. It's a base model, with the only option being limited slip rear, so there is not as much to go wrong with it. I can improve all the things that are weak in the inherent design, but I feel that for what I paid, (this being the first new one I've bought) that I shouldn't have to do that. Why should I have to upgrade the braking system, and the fuel system, for better performance, etc.? I know I won't buy another Dodge again, the only question is how long I hold on to this one. My past Dakotas were an '87, '94, '96, and a '99. I loved all of them, but Dodge is now skimping on quality, and service.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th August, 2004

2002 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab SLT Plus 4X4 4.7L V8 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.7L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired886 miles
Most recent distance15640 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

A big fat Lemon

Faults:

The truck stalled out a lot when I first got it.

Rear view mirror came loose.

Leather seats ripped on seem.

Wiper blades hit the hood.

The truck is showing signs of paint defects.

Door panel came loose.

The front end squeaks when going over bumps. This has been to the dealer twice for this already. They changed out the front sway bar bushings both times. The truck is going back again for the same problem.

General Comments:

This truck has very good acceleration and lots of power.

The seats are uncomfortable for long trips and the truck has some bad blind spots with the pillars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th July, 2004

2002 Dodge Dakota 5.9 R/T 5.9 Magnum from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.9 Magnum Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance30300 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Faults:

The truck has never let me down yet.

General Comments:

The truck performs great, and handles good.

It is the hardest on fuel than anything I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th February, 2004

27th Jan 2011, 02:36

Oh damn! I was looking at buying one of these 5.9L RTs but the fact that it burns so much gas is really discouraging me from buying one... Seems like a shame.

2002 Dodge Dakota Sport 4.7 Magnum V8 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.7 Magnum V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 miles
Most recent distance19000 miles

Summary:

The best truck in the compact truck division

Faults:

Besides the obvious cost of fuel for a V-8, this truck has had no faults that I have encountered.

General Comments:

I enjoy driving this truck both for pleasure and for work. I am in construction and this truck can handle the load that I put on it.

I would definitely buy another Dakota, hopefully with the new HEMI.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2004

2002 Dodge Dakota SXT from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

A piece of Junk

Faults:

We have had many problems with our Dakota since buying it a year and a half ago.

Water leak when it rains. The truck has been into the dealer four times for this problem and has yet to be fixed. There is a puddle on the passenger side floor- the manager at the dealer told us to use a shop vac and vacuum it up!!!

Calipers locked up. We had to get the truck towed when the calipers locked up on the highway. This was after we had the truck in the shop three times complaining about a squeaky noise from the front end as well as the steering wheel and front tire jerking. They had told us that nothing was wrong- that this was common for Dakotas.

The service at the dealership is lousy and we are now dealing with someone from the Dodge headquarters.

General Comments:

I will never own another Dodge and advise others not to as well!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th September, 2003

7th Jan 2004, 17:09

I do so enjoy a story of toil and pain such as this. Hark, I hear the raven. For whom does it toll?

9th Feb 2004, 17:00

Water was coming thru a vent hole. 'Should've checked the gasket. Dealership should NEVER tell a customer to clean it up with a shop vac.

Calipers locking up? That's a new one. Warped rotors I've heard about. This is my first Mopar vehicle (2000 R/T).

It has a top end of 150 mph and will run 13.60's (so far) in a 1/4 mile with current modifications. I won't have to buy another one. This hotrod is a keeper.

3rd Aug 2005, 17:13

Wow I thought I was the only one with a leaking dakota, mine has been in the shop 4 times for leaking, every time different excuse of where the water is coming from. if anyone has some advice of what I should do please let me know.

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