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Instrument Panel Problems of Dodge Dakota



Dodge Dakota owners have reported 6 problems related to instrument panel (under the electrical system category).

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2001 Dodge Dakota 1
Failure Date: 12/21/2011

The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Dakota. The contact was driving approximately 3 mph when all of the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact then noticed smoke coming from the dashboard area which then ignited into a fire. The driver was not injured and was abel to exit the vehicle safely. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised the contact that the sensor timer module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and the vehicle failure was pending an investigation. The failure and the current mileages were approximately 104,300.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2000 Dodge Dakota 2
Failure Date: 07/17/2011

Tl- the contact owns a 2000 Dodge Dakota quad cab. The contact stated the vehicle stalls without warning. The vehicle has no power steering or brakes when the failure occurs. The contact stated the vehicle does not sputter or hesitate prior to stalling. The contact also stated that when the security warning light is flashing, they are unable to start the vehicle. The contact has to play with the remote to get the light to turn off. The contact stated that all of the gauges on the instrument panel stopped working when the failures occurred. The vehicle had not been inspected. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 78,000 and the current mileage was 78,900. Rl.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2003 Dodge Dakota 3
Failure Date: 09/01/2007

The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the emergency brake light fails intermittently and the door ajar indicator displays sporadically on the instrument panel. The dealer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 02v322000 (exterior lighting:headlights:switch) and daimler Chrysler recall number b32. The vehicle has not been repaired, which would cost $500. The manufacturer stated that nothing could be done because the vehicle was not under warranty. They also informed the contact that NHTSA was the agency that issues recalls. The failure mileage was 30,000 and current mileage was 33,000. Updated 01/29/08.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2004 Dodge Dakota 4
Failure Date: 05/03/2007

The recall issue on my vehicle was not corrected and now as a result of teh service dept erro my car is now over-heatinga nd tehy refuse to take responsiblity and repair the issue, they stated it has nothing to do with teh recall even the it clearly stated that teh cluster of my vehicle could over heat and result in an instrument panel fire.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2002 Dodge Dakota 5
Failure Date: 02/17/2007

I experienced the same failure as many other 2002 Dodge Dakota owners in which the lights stop working or begin to flash without warning. In this instance, the parking lamps, instrument panel, and courtesy lamps flicker on and off. The headlights only seem to participate in the flashing part of the time. It appears likely the problem will be the central timer module, however due to cost I have not yet replaced it. I have determined the problem is neither the switch, relay, or lights. The symptoms are identical to those posting the central timer module defect.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 1996 Dodge Dakota 6
Failure Date: 10/27/2006

October 27, 2006 I took 2 friends to town and when the person in the middle seat could not get the seat belt to release after several tries I cut the seat belt to get him out. November 2, 2006 I was picking up my husband from the doctors office and my seat belt would not release and again I had to cut the seat belt, so I could get out. On a recent trip of 2400 miles the oil gauge was passed the middle of the gauge which near the (h) when this started happening the dash lights went out and I had to stop and let the motor completely cool down before the lights would work again in the dash. On the way home from michigan the accelorator pedel fell off in the mountains in georgia and I had to put the plastic holders on very carefully so I could get to the next town and there a auto parts store employee put a (c) clamp on the holder to secure the pedal enough for me to make it home. I still had 400 miles to go and was very apprehensive all the way home and now with the seat belt failures I am very uncomfortable driving the truck . We are retired and can not afford to buy another vehicle or we would put this in the junk yard. This has been a very good truck up until now and we have never abused it in any way and never had an accident.

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