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8.3

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,000 miles

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2001 Dodge Dakota brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 212001

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The brakes began pulsating and shaking truck when stoping around 10000 miles. I took the truck to the dealer and they replaced the rotors and drums while under warranty. At 22000 miles the brakes again began pulsating when stopping. The brakes were not under warrenty and had after market rotors and pads placed on the front. Now at 32000 miles the same problem is occuring again and a front passenger side caliper siezed and had to be replaced under warranty.

- Ringgold, GA, USA

problem #2

May 092002

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
Front brake grinding when hot and continual rear brake drum warpage. Dealer has turned the drums once and I have had it done independantly twice. Warpage continues within 5-7000 miles.

- Frederick, CO, USA

problem #1

Sep 012004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Main concern is brakes. The front calipers are sticking and the rotors are warping which is causing the truck to pull one way or the other when stopping. On slick roads the truck will turn sideways on a fast stop and now they have to be pushed almost to the floor board to get them to work. I told them something was wrong the day I bought it after about 20 miles of ownership it took many phone calls and 8 months to get them to fix it and the day I picked it up we drove it and still was not right so they kept it 2 more days and late it is not working again. Windshield wiper on right side at very end does not touch window on all of the Dakota trucks which when in use it skips across the window. It makes a loud noise when using and can not see out that side of front window because of the skipping. There are many other things wrong with this truck but the brakes, wiper and drivetrain ( more so on the brakes ) is a lot of peoples problems. With the brakes like they are it makes for a very unsafe truck. I could get rid of it but could not live with myself knowing how unsafe the brakes are on this truck. I think I got a lemon and wish they would just take this truck back. If I knew how to do it I would. I am disable and can't trust this truck. I can show you on the web where many people are having brake and other problems. The fix they came up with is quality aftermarket brake parts. I did not buy a 20K truck to fix myself. It should at least last a year. I have another Dodge truck with none of this kind of problem and its a 1994 with over 100000. Also the back brakes don't even feel like they are working. I have anti lock on the back but not the front and when they tried to fix the front I was told they put anti lock pads on it and that's not what I have.

- Marshall, TX, USA

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