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5.7

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,226 miles

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2001 Dodge Dakota brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #14

May 152003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles

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

Brake rotors warped and were resurfaced at 15400 miles. During braking the truck bounced and the steering gyrated left and right severely. Truck now has 29000 (appx) miles and the rotors have warped again. Same vibration and steering wheel gyrations. Dangerous to stop quickly.

- Pacifica, CA, USA

problem #13

Apr 082003

Dakota 6-cyl

  • miles
The front rotors were worn which caused the vehicle to experience extended stopping distance......

- Pulaski, NY, USA

problem #12

Oct 162002

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,800 miles
Front brakes have severe vibration after only 8000 mile, probably defective rotor. Saw numerous complaint of the same listed. Recall should be done.

- Oak Grove, KY, USA

problem #11

Mar 032003

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles

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

The rotors were replaced because of heavy rust and deterioration.

- Wolfeboro, NH, USA

problem #10

Apr 152001

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
Front rotors are warped, I brought the vehicle in and Dodge said everything was okay then they charged me for their time. The vehicle shakes when applying the brakes and the problem has gotten worse.

- Poulsbo, WA, USA

problem #9

May 292002

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
When consumer applied brakes with some force, the front of the truck suddenly veered sharply to the right. When consumer attempted to correct, the truck then veered dangerously in the other direction. The driving conditions were dry pavement and consumer was able to bring the truck under control. The rotors had to be replaced due to rust and deterioration.

- Wolfeboro, NH, USA

problem #8

May 152002

Dakota

  • miles

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

Around 16,000 miles, I noticed the pulling and pulsating of the brakes when I applied pressure to them even at low speeds. Took the truck into the dealer and they found the front rotors were warped and the rear brake drums were cracked. They charged us for machining the front rotors but replaced the rear drums under warranty. After receiving the vehicle back, noticed that they still acted warped. Returned the vehicle to the dealer within a week and they replaced the drums again because they found they were also warped. Returned the vehicle to the dealer again because of same symptoms within a week and they turned the drums again because the 2nd replacement ones were also warped. At that time the front brakes were also squeaking, so they attempted to clean and lube calipers. Did not fix the noise in the front rotors and the rear drums are still feeling warped. Will attempt to return to the dealer again for further repairs but fear will be charged as we were the first time for a problem that is obviously defective braking systems in the Dodge Dakota's.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #7

Oct 012001

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front rotors have been replaced twice due to vibration in steering wheel and shaking of ehicle. Rotors were warped, at this time rotors need replacement again.

- Chelsea, MI, USA

problem #6

Dec 202001

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
Front rotors started warping under normal driving conditions but was not apparent until after the warranty expired. From other complaints on the www it is apparent that Dodge will not admit the default in heat dissipation and I will purchase after market rotors and brake pads. The braking with such a rapid degradation in the rotors is a hazard and should be looked into before someone does get hurt.

- Draper, UT, USA

problem #5

Apr 072002

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
Front brake rotors are not designed properly to meet the normal demands of everyday driving. Rotors require turning every 5,000 miles. No factory improvement available. Only choice is to replace with after-market parts. Dealers only offer excuses, blame driving style. (I am very easy on brakes. Many others with same problem).

- Kelso, WA, USA

problem #4

Nov 112001

Dakota 4WD

  • miles

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

Please visit web site: www.dodgedakotas.com and go to "forums" and search under "brake problems" for supporting cases of rotor failure. I noticed my front brakes pulsating at approximately 16,000 miles. I drive 90% hiway with very little city traffic. I drive very conservatively. (no hard braking) recently while exiting the hiway I applied my brakes at 45mph and had tremendous pulsating instantly which caused my vehicle to lose it's braking ability. I was able to keep control of the vehicle but it prompted me to get the problem resolved. I brought it to the dealer expecting them to find a reason as to why the rotors are warped after very little use. They told me that "they don't make brakes the way they used to". after viewing the web site noted above; it's obvious that there is a underdesigned rotor used on Dodge Dakotas as they are not able to disipate the heat generated during normal driving. This has almost caused me an accident. I do not want to be driving a vehicle that has inferior brake design or materials. The dealer told me that I can get better rotors and pads from after market manufacturer's. why doesn't Dodge use those? as a volunteer fireman I go to many accident scenes. I just don't want to be on the other side because of a choice by the manufacturer, Dodge, to use less expensive braking components. By the way the Dodge durango is almost identicle to the Dakota yet hardly has any brake issues. Sounds like that vehicle is equiped with the proper components. I have my warped rotors and break pads taken off my Dakota if you'd like to use in your investigation. I am sure that the rotor is not properly designed for the normal stopping requirements of the doage Dakota. Thank you for your attention to this matter. James buckley.

- Madison, NH, USA

problem #3

Dec 272001

(reported on)

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
This truck was showing symptoms of brake rotor warpage. This was confirmed by independent garage.

- Litchfield, NH, USA

problem #2

Sep 292001

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
At 10,500 miles, trucks began jittering and shaking really bad. Upon inspecting front rotors, major scarring had occurred. Brought to dealership, replaced under warranty at 11,106 miles. Warranty likely will not cover replacements when these fail, as all research has shown they will. Dodge needs to replace these faulty rotors, as they are a hazard to not only myself, but also whoever may be near me while I'm driving. Dealer stated that they knew of no other Dakota's with this problem. (tiresize: 16)

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #1

Apr 232001

Dakota

  • miles
Vehicle experiencing severe front rotors warping every 2,500 miles or less. Dealer was notified, and had rotors turned on two occasions and replaced rotors on one occasion, along with replacing pads and hardwear. Still unable to locate the problem. Feel free to provide us with any further details concerning this matter.

- Clayton, NC, USA

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