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6.1

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,567 miles

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2003 Dodge Dakota brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #15

Aug 122007

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

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

Brake vibration at 40,000 miles brake rotors rusted through to friction surface causing large pits and raised areas. Rotors replaced.

- Warsaw, IN, USA

problem #14

Dec 272004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
I purchased a new 2003 Dodge Dakota 4.7L V-8 quad cub. At approximately 6,000 miles, I noticed a shudder in the truck when the brakes were applied. It became worse with mileage, and at 15,000 miles, the vehicle felt unsafe when stopping due to horrible shaking and shuddering. It also felt I had less stopping power and distance. I took it to the dealership, and they advised I had warped brake rotors. They replaced the rotors at my expense. Approximately 3,000 miles later, the vehicle showed the same symptoms again. I took it back, same diagnosis. I asked the service representative why this continued to happen. She told me "Dodge is using junk parts". I asked why they didn't put better parts on if they knew this and she said that was up to Chrysler, not the service dealer. Approximately 3,000 miles later I had to take my truck back again, for the same problem. Again, when I asked why this continued to happen, I was advised "junk parts". I contacted Dodge via their website explaining my problem and they advised me to use a different service dealership. Even with the new rotors, my truck feels it has inadequate stopping power. After reviewing Dodge Dakota owners website, I saw that there are many other owners experiencing the same problem. Please help Dodge owners with this problem. Dodge is clearly using inadequate brakes for their trucks, sacrificing on stopping ability and quality. Dodge does not seem to care about the owners safety. Please help Dodge take accountability for their inadequate equipment. I would be happy to provide any other information or documentation to assist with resolving this issue.

- Manassas Park, VA, USA

problem #13

Jun 152004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I've had problems for about 6 months with my brakes. I don't think that they work as well as they should. And then about 6 months ago I assumed that something was wrong with my rotors because when I applied the brakes there was a shimming in the front end. I took the truck to the Dodge dealer where I bought it and was told that it was okay because it was a new truck. I took it back again with the same problem with the rotors and this time the dealer told me that he knew what was wrong with it before they even checked the rotors. This time they turned the rotors and this fixed the problem but now it is doing the same shimming again. The truck now has a little over 15,000 miles on it and I feel that there sould not be any problems with the braking system this soon.

- Mountain City, TN, USA

problem #12

Dec 132004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

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

Repeatedly and frequently warping brake rotors, which cause poor stopping.

- Drums, PA, USA

problem #11

Nov 222004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No events leading to failure just regular driving.unusual rotor warpping on my 2003 Dodge Dakota so far has cost me over $800 dollars in repairs my complaint is on the poor engineering of the brake system.worst vehicle I ever owned should of stayed with Toyota!

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #10

Sep 102004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
My truck has less than 25000 miles and the front brake rotors have warped and cause terrible vibration of the steering wheel when applying the brakes.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 142003

Dakota

  • miles

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

After 10,000 miles on my 2003 Dakota, I had to have the rotors (all 4) turned because they were warped. Dealer did it for free. At 20,000 miles they are warped and needed turning again. Dealer not paying I have to pay them. I am not the only one with rotor problems, it appears the brakes aren't made for a truck this size but for a smaller version of it. This needs to be fixed by Dodge

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #8

Sep 102004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Front/rear brakes wore out, causing vibration in the steering wheel when braking. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem......consumer has had four replacements of brakes. Vehicle unsafe to drive.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #7

Sep 082004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Brake rotors warped after 6000 miles, brake pads squeal after less than 100 miles. Waited until 22,000 miles to have inspected, and told the warranty on product is only 12,000 miles 12 months. Refused to replace warped rotors with less than 25,000 miles on vehicle, and pads still in good condition despite squeaking.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #6

May 152004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles
Bought 2003 Dodge Dakota with 4-wheel disc brakes. Vehicle had only 3 miles on it at time of purchase. Disc brake warpage starting at only 3000 miles. It slowly became worse and finally all four rotors were turned at 13000 miles. Now at 15000 the brakes are beginning to pulse again.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #5

May 012004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles

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

Normal wear and tear on vehicle, operated under optimal driving conditions. Front rotors warped beyond repair after 18000 miles on the vehicle. Dealer refuses to replace due to warranty expiration. Rotors should not have warped after only 18000 miles.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 042003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
After 6,000 miles on my 2003 Dakota, I had to have the rotors (all 4) turned because they were warped. Now dealer did it for free. Again 13,000 miles they are warped need turned again. Dealer not paying I have to pay them. It is close to another 6000 miles and they are starting to behave in the way they did with pedal pulsating and vibrating and the truck rear end feeling like it is bouncing up and down and I know the same problem is there, and this time it is going to be replace all 4. I am not the only one with rotor problems, it appears the brakes aren't made for a truck this size but for a smaller version of it. This needs to be fixed my Dodge.

- Rootstown, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 042003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Front rotors on my 2002 Dodge cc 4X4 Dakota warped at 18,000 miles. Had them turned and the rear brakes adjusted. Warping again after 8000 miles. Dodge dealer (sam leman Dodge in morton Illinois)will not acknowledge a problem. They offered to cut rotor at my expense.

- Morton, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 232003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
At 6,000 miles the upper ball joints failed. When riding over any size bump in the road the front end collapsed. The vehicle pulled to the right when driving and when braking, the flapper door for the fuel filler neck was missing and or fell inside the tank, the transmission did not shift properly, the front and rear rotors were grooved, worn uneven and pitted.

- Castleton, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 242003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2000 Dakota -- rotors warped @11,000 dealer replaced -- rotors warped again 8 mounths later @24,000 dealer wouldnt replace, over 12K since they installed them, so I turned and new pads -- @38,000 warped again replaced roters and pads --@53,000 warped again turned and new pads --warrped again @71,000 but havent replced rotors till this weekend @76,000.

- West Springfield, MA, USA

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