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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,644 miles

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2005 Dodge Dakota brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 022007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles


Purchased 2005 Dakota quad cab on 9/30/05. Immediately noticed pulsating or shuddering of the brakes when applied at higher rates of speed & when braking on an incline. Visited dealership on 10/13/05 & rear drums were turned. Visited dealership again on 10/21/05 with the same problem. They found no problem. Brakes progressively worsened & returned again to dealership on 11/15/05. Dealership ordered parts & we returned to dealership on 12/14/05 & rear brake shoes were replaced. Several months passed & brake shuddering returned again. Visited dealership again with same complaint on 9/19/06 & the dealer replaced rear brake shoes, brake drums, & rotors. Not two months later, the same braking problem returned. After taking the truck in to the dealership on 5 separate occassions without a resolve, we filed for our rights under the Florida lemon law. Daimler Chrysler set up an appt with dealership to have technician look at our truck. They found nothing wrong with our truck other than a bad tire. The technician did not drive the truck under the conditions that I described to them. We took the truck to sears to have the tires looked at & there indeed was a flat spot on the right front tire. I questioned why there would be a flat spot on a tire that had only 24K on it without any explanation. We had the tire replaced & also had the front end aligned. In the meantime the brake pulsation only continues to get worse. I have called daimler Chrysler again to request another review of our case & we now have to take the truck back to the dealership & this time stay with the tech and drive with them to identify the pulsating brakes. We are trying to be patient with the process but it is getting very trying. There is definitely something defective with the engineering of this make and model of truck & it is time that Chrysler take responsiblity for it. I only hope that they correct the situation before someone gets killed because of it.

- Wimauma, FL, USA

problem #3

Apr 202006

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
: the contact stated while applying brake pressure at high speeds, there was a pronounced vibration through the front end and the steering wheel. The vehicle was seen by a dealer for inspection. The dealer determined the brake drums, disc, and shoes needed to be replaced.

- Galax, VA, USA

problem #2

Jan 042006

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,475 miles
While depressing the brakes the truck started to shimmy badly. I took it to the dealership, and they had to resurface the rotors. This truck has 6,524 miles on it. I asked the dealership about the rotors and drums because my 2001 Dodge had the same problem at 14,000 miles, the dealership said, "these are new and improved rotors and drums". they only lasted 6,500 miles. This is not a good thing and should be looked at before someone gets hurt.

- Kane, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
I have only had this truck for 2 and half months, only 3800 miles on it. I noticed it was shaking real bad when applying the brakes. I took it into the shop and they had it for 4 days and they told me that they had a tsb that the rear axles and drums needed to be replaced. So they did that and gave it back to me and I had to take it back the same day, because they did not fix it. So.. then they had it for 9 days and I had told them that I was getting real upset about this and the manager look me in my face and asked me what was I going to do about it. You have real good people selling your trucks. But any way. When I was finally called 9 days later, they told me that Dodge had to re design the rear plate. There has been a lot of things done to these trucks and nothing is fixing them. Look at how many people are having trouble. I also call chrsyler and they never returned my call...I called twice. They refused a loaner or a rental. Told me I had to drive it the way it is...maybe until sometime in November...who knows...I don't feel safe driving this truck...I will not put my kids in this truck. I will never deal with waldorf Dodge again and I will never buy a Dodge again. So much for the consumer there..we have to deal with there mistakes....someone help.........oh yeah I asked for them to buy the truck back and they told me that first they have to may sure it can be fixed so that would beable to resell what kind of service is that....have had it in the shop 2 times now

- Lothian, MD, USA

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