Here is some info from my previous post about these trucks:Hello from Utah. I recently picked up a 01 Dakota quad cab 4wd. 4.7 V8 , 165,000 miles.
Tell me all about em. Any things to look out for, sensors I should be replacing soon ?
I'll be towing a 6x10 V-nose cargo trailer with it on our longer vaca trips.
Here is what I know.
I have two Dakota’s.
2000 manual 4 wd and 2001 4wd electric shift.
Unless something has changed the transmissions are flawed. The planetary gears are weak causing a failure.
I had the 2001 rebuild by my
transmission shop at 70000 miles.
The transmission has been great with 170000 on the truck now.
Another problem that may have been corrected is the loss of TCCM when disconnecting the battery.
This has happened to me 3 times costing about $175 each time because only Dodge can do it.
Many dealers no longer have the liscence for the tool so you are SOL if you can’t find a dealer who has it.
Now for the brakes.
Both of my Dakotas are quad cab and both have had failures to the front disc.
They are substandard and will easily warp when towing and or driving in the mountains.
I fixed the problem by going to grooved and drilled rotors.
Now for the brake system.
Check to see if the proportioning valve is still available for that truck.
There are most likely two and one is under the M. Cylinder near fire wall. It is connected electronically and needs to be activated when bleeding the brakes.
The dealer and myself worked for days trying to get the brakes to bleed and give a good pedal.
Come to find out the valve was bad and wasn’t opening.
I could only find a used one on EBay that took care of the problem.
Other than those items and maybe a few minor problems thus has been a good truck.
Plenty of power. 4.7 , rides great and performs well in snow and towing.
If it’s 2 wd pass. Price is too high.
If 4 wd and condition is good check everything out real good and buy it.
Take a real good look at transmission fluid taking multiple sticks and look at the condition of the fluid.
Ask when the fluid was changed and what brand. If not Mopar then pass. I hate paying dealer prices but that stuff is key to maintaining that tranny.
Retired mechanic USPS.