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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,097 miles

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2005 Dodge Dakota brakes problems

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2005 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Dec 122011

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


My brakes locked up completely and my truck slid like it was on ice for 200ft before colliding with the car stopped at the intersection ahead. I have had numerous problems with the braking system and now it has caused an accident which the California law considers me at fault because I rear ended the car ahead of me. I think Chrysler is at fault because their anti lock breaks did not stop the brakes from locking at all now my truck is totaled and another persons car is damaged.

- Laguan Niguel, CA, USA

problem #32

Oct 212011


  • miles
On 21st brakes started making a loud noise without any warning. On Monday before getting it to the shop I had no brakes. Brake calipers locked up and over extended L rear hardware fallen into drum and damaged shoes & contaminated brake fluid. Just had the rotors and pads done less than 6 months ago.

- Charlotte , NC, USA

problem #31

Apr 292011


  • 58,759 miles
I was having a pulsing sensation with my brakes. When I brought it in to the garage and they test drove the truck the rear tires completely seized.

- Barre, VT, USA

problem #30

Jan 182007


  • miles


At speeds between 55 - 75 intermitantly the truck will begin to vibrate. If you take your foot off the gas it gets worse. If you then apply the brakes the steering wheel begins to shake almost violently, and the brake pedal pulses. If I slow down to about 30 mph it stops and may happen again quickly or may not happen again for a while. I have had the truck to the dealership 3 or 4 times and they state they can not duplicate problem. I have replaced the front ball joints, front wheel bearings 3 times and recently put on the 3 set of brakes and rotors all on advise from Dodge dealership. Problem still exists. Very unsafe. Hard to control the truck. I no longer drive the truck on the highway. Have called Dodge chryslar and they state to take the truck to the dealership. I get the run around and sent on my way. As for at date of incident, this happens frequently. I just picked a date.

- Seven Hills, OH, USA

problem #29

May 232011

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 31,100 miles
Severe shaking of truck when applying the brakes and brake pedal going to the floor at times when applying the brakes. When taken to the dealer, because of an extended warranty, I was informed I would have to pay for the repair. They knew of an ongoing concern regarding this problem and never notified owners about it. I consider it a safety hazard because the vehicle shakes so badly you have to stop braking in order to get it to quit. There are times on the highway you have to use the brake. I thought the truck was going to roll over one time. When the brake pedal went to the floor I almost rearended somebody infront of me.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #28

Aug 202005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 300 miles
2005 and early 2006 Dodge Dakota's equipped with the 8.25 inch rear axle have a defective brake design. They utilize a single spring between the rear brake shoes which creates varying degrees of brake shuddering upon application. In addition many of these trucks are equipped with defective axles which contribute to the shuddering problem. In late 2005, Dodge issued a tsb to their dealers on how to correct these problems. This was soon superseded by tsb 05-002-006. I purchased a truck with both the defective brakes and defective axles in August of 2005. I was never notified of either tsb by Chrysler corporation. I now understand that since my vehicle is over one year old that I am responsible for much of the cost of repairing these factory defects to an important safety system. Dodge issued two tsb's and began installing a properly designed rear brake assembly on all new Dakotas built after January 2006. I believe that Dodge should issue an immediate safety recall for all affected 2005 and early 2006 Dakota trucks and repair them for little or no cost to the owner. This problem has undoubtedly increased the risk for serious accidents due to diminished braking power and driver reaction to the pulsating pedal on hard braking. In addition, numerous owners have probably paid for unnecessary and ineffective repairs since the symptoms of this design defect mimic those of out-of-round brake drums.

- Hereford, AZ, USA

problem #27

Oct 192010


  • 105,636 miles


2005 Dodge Dakota club cab 4X2 S 105,636 miles have just replaced front sway bars, front upper and lower ball joints, right-front brake caliper.

- Highland Heights, KY, USA

problem #26

Mar 152006


  • 9,000 miles
2005 Dodge Dakota shakes when brakes are applied above 50mph. Dealer turned rotors at 9000 miles, stopped problem for a couple thousand miles. Started again at about 12,000miles, had rotors turned again. Still had issue at 21,000 miles, front rotors replaced. The new rotors were fine for a few thousand miles, but started shaking again at about 26,000 miles. This has been an ongoing issue, truck now has 60,000 miles (and 3rd set of rotors) and still shakes.

- New Milford, CT, USA

problem #25

Jun 122010


  • 36,000 miles
There's an existing tsb (Chrysler/Dodge 05-002-06 supersedes 05-004-05) that covers the repair of the rear axle shafts and braking system. There was a defect in the design of the parts that can cause the rear wheels not to brake and can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle at highway speeds. Dodge issued the two aforementioned tsbs to correct the issue, but it wasn't widely performed. Lots of 05 and 06 Dakotas with the defect are still on the road.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #24

Sep 102008


  • 29,300 miles
2005 Dodge Dakota with brake shuddering at highway speeds. This is a problem reported by numerous owners, as is evidenced by searching the internet. The dealerships do not take ownership of the problem even though Dodge first issued a technical bulletin on this problem in November of 2005 (bulletin 05-004-05) and updated it in May 2006 (bulletin 05-002-06). In some instances, the issued bulletin requires the vehicle rear axles to to be replaced.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #23

Aug 172005


  • 1,000 miles


Shutter and pulsating when applying the brakes. Has been back to the dealers several times. They turned rotors and problem was not corrected. They said there was no fix at that time. Truck was returned again and they replaced a rear axle, rear brakes, and re-surfaced the front rotors this corrected the problem for a short time, the truck now has less than 15000 miles on it, and is unsafe to drive at speeds over 35 mph, so it is seldom used.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #22

Feb 282009


  • 36,000 miles
Rear brake juddering (shaking) causes the truck to "bounce" in the rear which, if happening suddenly, can cause the operator to lose control of the vehicle. The rear drums on the '05 Dodge Dakota are too small and heat up and "warp", which causes the rear brakes to be much less effective at helping to slow the vehicle. Chrysler motors released a tsb related to the rear braking system, but only owners within the first 12,000 miles of their vehicle's life are eligible for the free repair.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #21

Feb 232009


  • miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Dakota slt. I purchased it in 10/2005. I have had problems with this truck since I first bought it. Recently I had to replaced the tire rods, sway bar and linkage, brakes, calipers, and rotors. Two days after I had all of these things fixed I noticed that the truck was still shaking and making a lot of noise. When I brought the truck to Dodge I was informed that the rear axle in the truck needed to be replaced. I was told that when the truck was manufactured the wrong size axle was put in the truck. This caused all kinds of problems. I was told that other parts are damaged and need to be replaced and repaired.(rear brake shoes, front disc rotors) I was told that the axle part is covered under warranty but I have to pay the $100 deductible. I was told that everything else that is damaged (due to the axle) and requires repair and replacement is not covered because it is considered "normal wear and tear". I was given a quote of somewhere around $400. (depending on labor) my complaint is simple, I am being forced to pay for damaged parts on my truck that are directly caused by the manufactures error. A problem that can be proved to be the manufacturers fault. I was sold a vehicle that had the wrong axle installed. Which then caused additional problems. When I bought this truck I was under the impression that the manufactures made the vehicle properly. They did not. They sold me a truck with the wrong part installed. Not only is this wrong but there should be some kind of an investigation into this. If the wrong size axle is in my truck, there are other trucks that also have the wrong size axle installed. It is dangerous and suspicious. I think it is even safe to say that it is fraud too! selling trucks that have the wrong parts installed and then making profit from the repairs and replacements. Sounds like fraud to me.

- Coventry, RI, USA

problem #20

Jul 142008


  • 23,000 miles
Brake failure on a 2005 Dodge Dakota.

- Trenton, MI, USA

problem #19

Jun 152008


  • 10,600 miles
When applying brakes going down hill or when carrying a light load brakes vibrate violently.

- Fernley , NV, USA

problem #18

Apr 212008


  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact attempted to safely pull off the road. Due to brake failure, she crashed backwards into another vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but the cause of the failure could not be diagnosed. The manufacturer sent out an investigator to inspect the vehicle, but the results were inconclusive. The contact has pictures of the damaged vehicle and a copy of the police report. The failure and current mileages were 22,000.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #17

Jan 012008

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. While driving at any speed, but particularly at speeds between 50-70 mph, the steering wheel vibrates out of the contact's hand when the brake pedal is depressed. The dealer replaced the front rotors and brakes. Two weeks later, the failure recurred. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 32,000 and failure mileage was 20,000.

- Obridge, NJ, USA

problem #16

May 012006

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. While driving approximately 15 mph downhill with the brake pedal depressed, the vehicle shook violently. She pumped the brakes to relieve some of the shaking. The dealer repaired the vehicle the following day per the technical service bulletin. The repair consisted of resurfacing the brakes and drums, and the brake and brake pads were replaced. After a few months, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the failure was not related to a recall; however, it was a safety concern. They were unable to assist. The current mileage was 66,000 and failure mileage was 10,000.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #15

Sep 282006

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. While applying pressure to the brakes, the contact felt a vibration in the front passenger wheel. There were no warning lights or noises present at the time. The dealer changed the brake pads on the vehicle, however, the failure recurred a week later. He returned to the dealer and they replaced the front rotors. The failure recurred once more and the dealer replaced the rear brakes. The contact stated that he still feels a vibration when applying pressure to the brakes. While washing his vehicle with all of the doors and windows closed, water entered the vehicle and dampened the floor. The dealer was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The speed was unknown. The failure mileage was 32,000 and current mileage was 47,000.

- New Florence, PA, USA

problem #14

Oct 012005

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
2005 Dodge Dakota 4X4 V-6 purchased new. Recurrent brake issues starting immediately after purchase, five visits to the dealer, each more involved then the last, culminating in having all brakes replaced (supposedly) with rear axles included (bent from factory we were informed). The violent pulsating is back again exactly the same as before and getting progressively worse. This cannot be an isolated incident as we were informed by a "tech" that the rear brake replacements were shipped in a vacuum sealed clamshell with carboard backing! this truck is literally getting to the point where I will not let my wife drive it for fear that she will be hurt in a panic stop situation. It is scheduled for another visit but is now past warranty... my interest is in whether there are other complaints such as this and if there is a recall pending...

- Juliaetta, ID, USA

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