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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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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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2001 Dodge Dakota brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 202004

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2001 Dodge Dakota quad cab - faulty front and rear brake design I am a mechanical engineer by training. The front rotors and rear disc brakes are of poor design and function. They overheat, warp and begin to pulse. This occurs as a result of small brakes coupled with the large diameter tires and heavy weight of the vehicle. I have had to replace all brakes twice within 3 years (60,000 miles) as a result. These breaks do not brake well and are extremely soft. I have had numerous close calls as a result of these brakes. I would also like to point out that when coupled with this ABS system most vehicles continue to "lock-up" and slide creating a potential for serious accidents.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 302002

(reported on)

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer experienced problems with (possibly)the ball joints. While he is driving there is a clunking sound that gets worse when turning on curves. The dealer has been contacted and stated that this is a common problem with this model and is unable to help. Ts other problems are as followed: The vehicle will slide/skate over any bump/uneven surface and corner, noise in front end/passenger side front wheel/passenger side window, the engine light was on-found evap leak, bad gas cap, rear brake drums are hopping, ABS light on, internal mail relay and valve plug shorted, and front inner brake pad spring clips bent out of shape. The consumer requests the following: Refund of the purchase of the vehicle, lessen the bank payments for the time of use, and apply a refund towards the purchase of a new Dodge Ram. Scc

- Dansville, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 262002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, consumer applied brakes and without warning was involved in a head on collision. When consumer applied the brakes, pedal went to the floor and truck crashed into the consumers house.

- Desplaines, IL, USA

problem #1

Jul 102002

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle will start to move to the right when the consumer applies the brakes while driving. Problem gets worse when driving at higher speeds. Vehicle has been to the dealer three times, but the repairs do not work. Contacted dealer. Consumer states the caiplers have been replaced on several occasions, also the vehicle was realigned, also there was an oil and transmissin leak.

- Pawpaw, MI, USA

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