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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,050 miles

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2002 Dodge Dakota brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #1

May 282004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,050 miles


At just 24000 miles my brakes were replaced because the front end would shimmy when stopping. Upon inspection, the rotors were gouged but there was plenty of wear left on the pads. Because of these faulty/poorly designed brakes I was involved in a mva when my brakes failed to stop me when attempting to slow down when approaching an intersection. I applied the brakes while only going 20mph (in the rain) but my anti-lock brakes locked up. When I first pressed on them there was no effect, when I pushed a little harder they locked. I released them and tried to stop again but they locked again and I slid into the car in front of me as there was no where to turn. My dealership was notified of brake problems prior to this but told me the brakes and rotors only last 25000miles. These brakes didn't work and this isn't the first time.

- Marshfield, MA, USA

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