2002 Dodge Dakota User Reviews

2002 Dodge Dakota Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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PROS
"power" 17 reviews
"ride" 15 reviews
"reliable car" 5 reviews
"body" 4 reviews
"handling" 4 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 18 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"expressway" 2 reviews
"bumper" 2 reviews

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2002 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Plus 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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I have owned Dodge Dakotas and Durangos since 1993 when I got my first Dakota.  Overall, it has been a great experience with very few problems.

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The '93 Dakota 5 speed transmission seized up twice, was rebuilt the first time by Dodge and then replaced when it went out again.  My present 2002 Dakota is maintained on a regular basis and has had zero problems.

mpw5
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My Impressions Of The Dakota — All in all, I believe that the Dakota has filled a niche between the small wimpy lightweight pickups and the full-sized ones. I was sorry to see Dodge discontinue the series as it is just the right size and power for what I do at my home. The truck rides and handles well, stays with traffic on the freeway, the gas mileage is so-so at about 16-18 mpg depending on my right foot and the overall repair costs are comparable to any other vehicles that I have owned. Acceleration is decent, but not head-turning, braking is good and I do enjoy driving this truck both on and off road. Just remember that 4WD is no better on ice than any other vehicle.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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2002 Dodge Dakota 4 Dr Sport 4WD Quad Cab SB Review
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has nice power 4wd works great

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Really bad on fuel

farley55
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Sweet — Gets up and goes love the 4wd. can get a family in it and still haul stuff but not much with the short bed. fuel economy blows but overall i like the truck. sounds great with an afetrmarket exhast package.

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2002 Dodge Dakota 4 Dr SLT Quad Cab SB Review
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Very handy with four doors and a bed to haul in.

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Decent but not great fuel mileage

GarDjr
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Very Handy To Own — My Dodge Dakota has been to New Jersey and back and to Texas and back with no problems at all. Both trips we hauled stuff there and back , and the truck handled well on the interstate; and also preformed well in town.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2002 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SXT Standard Cab SB Review
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Very comfortable ride

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single cab only allows one passenger

johnjac
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Great Truck! — I have owned this car for 2 years and love it. Powerful engine and fully functional 4wd makes this a great work truck. I would definitely recommend this truck to those in a profession that requires a dependable truck. Maintenance costs are low and gas mileage is good for the engine size. Overall great truck1

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2002 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Plus Extended Cab SB Review
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Very dependable very comfortabe truck on long trips. Very good visability, bullet proof engine

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the only thing I dislike about this truck is the gas milage. around town 12-14 mpg, hiway up to 20 mpg, maybe 21 if you play with it.

daytonavette
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2002 Dodge Dakota — I have owned the truck since 2004 and 15,000 miles. I have never regreated the purchase . It is and has been a great truck. Unlike other smaller trucks it has enough room to seat 3 adults across the seat. The factory towing package , lets you tow up to 7,000 lb. trailer. with heavy duty Alternator, and oil cooler.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2002 Dodge Dakota 4 Dr Sport Quad Cab SB Review
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This is a great,affordable truck. It handles excellent,maintenance cost is low and its a great family truck.

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Exterior was not perfect.

GambardellaRacing
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The Dodge Dakota Is A Great Vehicle! — I like this vehicle because its rough enough for work, but great to lug the family around on the weekend. Great truck to own. Compared to other V-8 tucks the gas mileage was still really good. Smooth and quiet ride.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2002 Dodge Dakota 4 Dr Sport Plus 4WD Quad Cab SB Review
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good towing capacity

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bad on gas

purplebush
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Good Starter Truck — i liked the towing capacity that the truck came with updated the welds and electrical connections in my tow package jsut for fun bed was a little bi tsmall but not detrimental to the carge capacity overall a good truck

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2002 Dodge Dakota 4 Dr SLT 4WD Quad Cab SB Review
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Power, 4x4, Reliability, Looks.

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MPG.

curtiswsmith
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Dodge Dakota Quad Cab Good Compromise For Families. — I would highly recommend the Dakota Quad Cab for those who need a pickup and room for passengers. Sometimes you need both, and the Dakota Quad Cab does the job. It rides like a truck but there is plenty of room for you and the kids, or you and some friends. The dog or camping gear can ride in the back.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2002 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SXT 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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its hot

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its needs regular maintenance

4x4barbie
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Its Ok — Not a bad truck...wouldnt buy another one though. Ive had it 4 years and only once did she cause trouble. Rotors seem to warp easily, ball joints needed every couple years, and makes weird noises but keeps on going!!!!

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2002 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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EVERYTHING!

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Gas milage-I've added just over 200 horsepower to it and its increased to about 22 mpg highway, so its not so bad anymore if you're willing to put some time and money into it

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Buy It And Don't Look Back! — This truck has never let me down. It has the "Mighty" Magnum v6 that is bored out, have a whole slew of performance items done and audio options, and only gets better and better. Its so reliable, has the balls to get up out of its own way with 1000 pounds in the bed no problem! Built awesome, fun little truck to own and drive!

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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2008 Dodge Dakota Reviews

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2007 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Great Clean, Dependable, Flame Read,pick-up. By Grandpa7

I like the ability to be able to run in 2 wheel drive most of the time and have the ability to get into 4 wheel when the snow blows. Great looking truck with the SXT strips and decal on the side. ... Read More

Best Truck Ever! By eells

We love this truck! We had no trouble hauling our children around, even in heavy snow. It has done everything we expected. The gas mileage wasn't pleasant, but it's a truck... what else would you e... Read More

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2006 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Work And Family Truck. By hombretto

I am overall satisfied with this truck. It was great for family outings as well for carrying and hauling materials to work. The sporty dodge look will catch the eye. Paint and shine is still strong. T... Read More

Nice Truck Wish It Didn't Have The Transmission Problems By Megan

great performance, build could be better been in the shop twice for the transmission love the appearance of both the exterior and interior gas guzzles like no ones business. It is fun to drive th... Read More

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2005 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Great Midsize Truck Overall For The Price By Danielo00

One thing that I liked about this truck is that it looks great. Another thing that I like is that this midtruck feels like I was driving a much larger truck. The truck has a strong engine and is rel... Read More

I'm trying to get spare off and it won't be lowered to the ground as the manual says. Otherwise it is OK Just 69,000 miles. Front wheel drive went last year. Replaced this year under warranty. Lo... Read More

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