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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,000 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Dodge Durango brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 072005

Durango 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,000 miles


Had to make a sudden stop and ABS system was dangerously slow to engage, release and re-engage. Brake pedal went all the way down to the floor and barely stopped before hitting vehicle in front of me. Took it to 2 dealers and both said there was nothing wrong according to specifications. Major safety hazard!

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #5

May 022004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
I have a 2002 Dodge Durango with 4WD and it has 37,000 miles on it. I have to change both front wheel brake rotors. When I took the brake pads out, I found that on both wheels the inside brake pad has been completely worn out and pitted into the rotor while both outside brake pads has only less than 1/3 wear out of the material. It looks like the disk brake system in the front wheel has some kind of design flaw. I am a very good mechanical engineer, I think the clip located on the outside of the disk brake prevented the outside pad from effectively engaging with the rotor when the brake was applied.

- East Amherst, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 122004

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
Returned vehicle to dealer complaining of poor antilock brake performance and excessive pedal travel. Dealer resurfaced front rotors/replaced pads. Vibration from run out is gone but poor antilock performance and excessive pedal travel still exits. Dealer states all is fine. Excessive stopping distance contributed to first accident.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 192003


  • miles


Vehicle took longer to stop. As result, consumer's vehicle was involved in an accident. Dealer stated there was a marginal problem with the brakes.

- Penngrove, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 032002

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
Anti-lock brakes on my 2002 Dodge durrango have put me into the middle of an intersection durring a red light, at stops on dirt roads the rear wheels lock like the front brakes aren't working and it looks like a cracked weld on the control arm bracket on the left front. Dodge say's nothing is wrong and they won't fix it, I have a pregnant wife and 4 kids who ride in this SUV and I can't get Dodge to fix it, oh and the steering feels loose on it to, road walks.

- Van Buren, AR, USA

problem #1

Aug 112003

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Had a car length & 1/2 in front of me, I do this because I have had problems before with the car not stopping. Applied brakes normally, car slowed & pulled to the right but would not stop. Applied brakes with both feet - literally lifted myself up on the seat during applying of brakes & still would not stop. Rear ended car in front.

- Boerne, TX, USA

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