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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,645 miles

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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1998 Dodge Durango brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Jun 282000

(reported on)

Durango 4WD

  • 24,000 miles

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

When applying brakes on wet pavement ABS system activated, but failed to stop vehicle, causing extended stopping distance, and resulting in a collision.

- Los Vegas, NV, USA

problem #16

May 162000

Durango 4WD

  • miles
2 accidents, in last year where hitting brakes fast & hard failed at 30mph to stop vehicle.

- Milwaukie, OR, USA

problem #15

May 011999

Durango

  • miles
Brake rotors wear unevenly due to the brake pad being rusted. This causes extended stopping distance.

- New Boston, MI, USA

problem #14

Feb 082000

Durango

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Front brakes lock up on ice. Also, there's a bad howling noise when the brakes are applied in cold weather. Dealer found nothing wrong.

- Pioneer, CA, USA

problem #13

Jan 011999

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling in damp weather and when depressing the brakes, one of the rear wheels would lock up, causing consumer to skid. Dealer has been contacted.

- Plant City, FL, USA

problem #12

Jun 011999

Durango 4WD

  • miles
On wet pavement, approaching stop sign or stop light, when applying the brakes normally, the brakes lock up, causing the vehicle to skid. Accidents have narrowly been avoided. The problem seems similar to the one that led to the recent recall of GM SUV's and other vehicles. The vehicle has been taken back to a Dodge dealer to be checked out, but they found nothing wrong.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #11

Feb 221999

Durango 4WD

  • miles

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

Electrical system suddenly went out all gauges radio etc front area. Checked all fuses and nothing was burnt out. Restarted engine four times before reset and then was ok. Have had recurring locking of brakes and grinding lose of control at low speeds and on wet roads. Disc brakes have no wear indicators on pads and it resulted in being worn down and ate into the front rotors before I was aware that the pads were shot. I had to buy new rotors and pads and the replacement pads also did not have indicators. The dealer stated that was the way that they were manufatured and I then stated that this was a severe and potentially dangerous and deadly oversight and that it should be corrected. I contacted Chrysler and they stated that they had no recall on this and that they had no technical problems or bulletins on this. My battery also suddenly went out without any warning and it caused the engine to die. I could not restart the engine and a new battery had to be installed. Power windows went out and could not be opened or closed by drivers switch.

- Waller, TX, USA

problem #10

Oct 261999

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
While driving in one lane and approaching a stop light on a 35mph road. On weet streets, and while trying to slow down, front brakes locked up and vehicle slid into another vehicle.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #9

Aug 251998

Durango

  • miles
While driving in neighborhood another vehicle pulled out in front. Consumer slammed on brakes and front wheels locked up, vehicle skidded and slammed into the vehiclein front. Contacted dealer who said that brake pads never touched the drums. Also, rear arm actuator power windows will not go up or down.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #8

Sep 141999

Durango 4WD

  • miles
Anti-lock brake system is not working. When applying brakes, wheels locked up causing vehicle to drive straight through an intersection.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #7

Aug 301999

(reported on)

Durango

  • 60,000 miles

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

Upon traveling on dry or wet pavement and when making any stop consumer had difficulty in stopping. Brake faded away, resulting in extended stopping distance. Consumer has contacted the dealer.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #6

May 111999

Durango

  • miles
ABS brakes fail to operate properly, and air bags failed to deploy during a crash at approx. 28 mph impact. Manufacturer notified.

- Aberdeen, WA, USA

problem #5

Mar 251999

Durango 4WD

  • miles
No summary listed for this vehicle.

- Va. Beach, VA, USA

problem #4

May 171998

Durango

  • miles
When pressing the brake pedal hears a knocking noise, and the pedal goes to the floor. Provide further details.

- Mattapan, MA, USA

problem #3

Oct 181998

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On two different occasions the vehicle was invoved in two accidents. In both cases vehicle was coming down a hill when brake failed to operate on wet road conditions. Reason unknown. Vehicle have been inspected by dealer and informed that nothing could be found.

- Rutherford, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 021998

Durango 4WD

  • miles
Brakes lock up on wet surfaces, resulting in a loss of control.

- Chattanoog, TN, USA

problem #1

Apr 101998

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer experiencing brake failure. Whenever vehicle is used in reverse on an incline the vehicle would only slow down, but will not stop properly. Dealer/mfr. Notified; dealer informed consumer that they cannot duplicate or resolve the problem.

- Crestline, CA, USA

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