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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 3
Average Mileage:
8,368 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Dodge Dakota brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #19

Aug 182007

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Dakota. While decelerating at 3 mph the brakes failed. The brake line was completely covered with rust and corroded. The dealer stated that the rust was a natural phenomenon and they are not responsible for the repairs. The current and failure mileages were 107,000. Updated 12/12/2007 updated 12/12/07

- Bellefontaine, OH, USA

problem #18

Oct 072003

Dakota

  • 52,000 miles
While driving anti lock brakes failed. Brake pedal was hard to depress, resulting in extended stopping distance.

- Mattapan, MA, USA

problem #17

Aug 232000

Dakota

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #16

Mar 012001

Dakota

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have had a master cylinder go bad and upon replacement I have discovered that I am not getting brake fluid to the rear brakes. Both rear sides are not recieving fluid. Problem seems to be occuring at the front near the master cylinder. The is a metal block that recieves fluid from the master cylinder and the distributes it to the ABS system then to the wheels. Fluid is leaving the master cylinder and going to this block but is not leaving it to go to the rear brakes.

- Fairburn, GA, USA

problem #15

Feb 232001

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A few months ago consumer was having problems with brakes. Consumer took vehicle into dealership, and dealer serviced brakes on 23rd of February, 2001. Consumer had an accident, and brakes did not work as good as they should have worked. Consumer states there were 3 fatalaties and 1 injury.

- San George, UT, USA

problem #14

Jan 142001

Dakota

  • miles
While driving stepped on brakes pedal but brakes would not activate. Would have to step harder to make brakes work. But, at times could not stop, and once rear ended another vehicle that stopped. Currently, there was manufacturer's recall 891.

- Milford, OH, USA

problem #13

Sep 011998

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

No summary listed for abov evehicle.

- Terrebonne, OR, USA

problem #12

Sep 202000

Dakota

  • miles
Loose clunking eminating from the steering wheel and brake pedal. This occurs when turning, accelerating and applying the breaks. Appears to be a loose fitting in the steering wheel colom or the mid shaft. Getting worse all the time. Only 21K on this truck. Also, truck slides all over the road when surface is damp or wet. This happens even at low speeds. Antilock system does not appear to work. Truck also burns up tires after 15K miles. Engine miss-fires and utilizes way to much fuel. Aprox. 12 mpg. Overall, my two main concerns are the steering and brakes. Problem. This is most certainly an unsafe vehicle which should be looked into before someone looses their life. The time is now, not later. I have been in contact with several owners of this year and model. They too report the same sittuation with respect to the steering and brake system.

- Ventnor City, NJ, USA

problem #11

Aug 282000

Dakota

  • miles
While driving at 35 mph and coming to a stop sign, consumer tried to stop and there were no brakes, almost hit a dump truck, consumer stopped with emergency brake.

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #10

Nov 011999

Dakota

  • miles
Vehicle has experienced continued grinding and brake fading, brake fading has resulting in three separate accident incidents, severl repair attempts however, vehicle continues to experience problems with system.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #9

Feb 152000

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Recall 97V170 000/ABS brakes: ABS brakes would not operate when applied. Dealer notified, and informed consumer that vehicle was not covered under recall due to VIN. Owner repaired vehicle himself by manually adjusting the brakes. Neither Chrysler nor dealer provided help.

- Cranberry Township, PA, USA

problem #8

Apr 101999

Dakota

  • miles
Nothing but problems poor customer service should replace vehicle. No safety defect listed within summary.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 131999

Dakota

  • miles
On the interstate while driving 70mph another vehicle just pulled out in front of consumer's vehicle. Consumer slammed on the brakes and front end shook violently. Also, steering wheel oscilated the brake pedal which had a severe pulse. Contacted the dealer and manufacturer.

- Smyrna, TN, USA

problem #6

Aug 141998

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experiencing ongoing / intermittent problem with ABS failure and ABS light coming on at the same time; would like to know if this will be a safety problem, causing a danger to driver or passenger whenever this occurs. Vehicle was inspected by dealer shop, and nothing could be found; can NHTSA provide addtional information on this matter.

- Vinton, VA, USA

problem #5

Sep 011998

Dakota

  • miles
Ongoing problem with vehicle having following defective3 parts parts: 1. engine accelerates at high rmp when vehicle is started. 2. rear end makes unnecessary noise when driving. 3. when consumer applied brake, could hear air leaking. 4. front tire wearing uneven. And 5. replaced catalyic converter system.

- Tewksbury, MI, USA

problem #4

Mar 271998

Dakota

  • miles
No summary provided by consumer

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 111998

Dakota

  • miles
Recall 97V170000, the ABS braking system recall which was not modified to this vehicle. Problem with ABS system, such as pedal goes to to floor and feels spongy. Dealer had to bleed out the air in the lines of the ABS system. No parts have been replaced.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #2

Jul 061998

Dakota

  • miles
Driving on bumpy road conditions, the car in front made a sudden stop, consumer applied foot to the brake pedal, but had no braking power and the pedal went to the floor. Consumer avoided hitting the vehicle and hit a pole.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #1

Mar 011998

Dakota

  • miles
Going 50mph, hit brakes to avoid hitting deer & vehicle swerved. Brakes locked up & went down embankment. Front end hit ditch & then flipped over, front to rear. Air bags did not deploy upon impact. Vehicle totaled.

- Culver, IN, USA

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