Notes: A prime example of why you should never buy the first model year of a new vehicle.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
30,844 miles
Total Complaints:
343 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace pads & rotors (164 reports)
  2. all brakes and rotors had to be replaced (39 reports)
  3. not sure (33 reports)
  4. replaced pads & machined rotors (31 reports)
  5. replaced brakes (21 reports)
  6. replace rotors (16 reports)
2009 Dodge Journey brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Dodge Journey Owner Comments (Page 1 of 18)

problem #343

Nov 162016

Journey SXT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


I have had this car for two years and have had to replace the brakes AND rotors twice already. I don't brake hard or ride the brakes. I am very gentle on my vehicles. Not only do the brakes and rotors wear waaaay too quickly, but the stopping power isn't sufficient for the size of the vehicle. I have almost rear-ended people at LEAST 10 times now because my brakes do not grab as they should in the event of needing to stop quickly. This car is a death trap. I don't feel safe driving my children around in this car, but unfortunately, i don't have any other options as i can't afford a new car right now. When i can, however, i will NOT be buying a dodge.

- , Dallas, TX, USA

problem #342

Feb 152012

Journey STX 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,850 miles

i'm having the same problems as everyone else and when i call the recall center my car is never listed how do they determined what vehicle has been recalled, problems with brake and rotors, problems with my power train automatictransmission control module pcm, problems driver side door wire harness windows wont go down,problem with wiper blades going by themselves lights flashing,this is the worst vehicle i have every purchased problem after problem

- , Detroit, MI, USA

problem #341

Aug 012016

Journey ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Brakes went bad 2012 had them replaced . Lithuania wanted over $500 those brakes would have been for life of car. Told the lady you put cheap brakes on them and then ask $500 for the better brakes. She said yes. I took the car back to place put them and he said rotors $500 so I come home and for family to do do. Turns out it wasn't rotors, one of the front brakes was broken in half. Went back there again and it was brake dust causing them to squeak. Now squeak Muskie pedal, asked family to please look at rotors before I go back again.

- , Portland, TX, USA

problem #340

Nov 122008

Journey SXT 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles


We are on the 7th set of brake pads on the front and 5th set for the rear...replaced the front pads the 7th time on July 27, 2016 at 148,600 miles. We are on the 4th set of front rotors and 3rd set of rear rotors. We have needed to turn the front rotors in between pad changes three times to correct warp issues. We turn rotors each time the pads are changed to correct warp issues (only taking off what is absolutely necessary.) I do my own brakes, but, this is a great annoyance and should be addressed by Chrysler by providing a permanent fix to the problem (install re-designed rotors and pads/calipers.) If I were to make a mistake in designing something I sell to the public, I would fix the problem!

- , Sibley, MO, USA

problem #339

Apr 082010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,049 miles

The brakes failed after only 21000 KMs, and I had them fixed at an independent garage, at lower cost than the dealer was quoting me.

I have since returned the vehicle, (it was leased) and taken a second Dodge Journey, only to have the same problem exist on the 2010 model.

So I am pretty upset to hear that that I have paid out a total of $2000.00 CDN on both cares to have the brakes fixed, and Chrysler knew about this all along.

- , Pincourt, QC, Canada

problem #338

Feb 252016

Journey SE 2.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,333 miles

This is the second time I've had to have the rear pads and rotors replaced in two years and I had only driven 14,333 miles. The front pads and rotors were replaced on 04/23/2015 when the total mileage on this vehicle was 39, 800 miles. This is my third complaint regarding premature pad and rotor wear on this 2009 Dodge Journey

- , Algonac, MI, USA

problem #337

Apr 232014

Journey SE 2.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,800 miles


Front pads and rotors replaced with the mileage of 39,800 total miles on this vehicle.

- , Algonac, MI, USA

problem #336

Jul 092014

Journey SE 2.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles

I purchased the Dodge Journey in 2011. There was only 28,000 miles on the vehicle when I had to have the rear brakes and rotors replaced. I have three complaints including this one about the premature wear on pads and rotors for this vehicle. Service dates are 07/09/2014 (rear pads and rotors); 04/23/2015 (front pads and rotors); 02/25/2016 (rear pads and rotors).

- , Algonac, MI, USA

problem #335

Jan 122015

Journey SXT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Steering wheel shook so much when braking. My fault that I didn't initially fix it causing my steering box (or whatever it's called) to need to be replaced ($1800). Steering wheel still shook so I replaced that I paid to replaced both the front brake pads and front rotors ($300). All was good until about 7 months down the road the steering wheel started to shake again while braking. It's not super severe like the first time but is very noticeable and annoying. I'm afraid it'll end up with me fixing the whole steering mechanism again so I really don't have a choice but to replace the rotors and brakes again. I'm done with dodge. Only reason I keep it is because it's the first car I ever paid off.

- , Mililani, HI, USA

problem #334

Aug 012015

Journey SXT 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

This is the most terrible vehicle I have ever bought. I will never own another Dodge. Week 2 of having it the car would not drive, transfer case went out. Brakes and rotors wear out too soon and tires lose air all the time. Vehicle shakes so badly it feels like the wheels are going to fall off going down the road. I hate Dodge and I hate this vehicle.

- , Westover, WV, USA

problem #333

Jul 202015

Journey LX 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,769 miles


After a month driving and feeling scare because when braking the car start shaking really bad, I decide to drop it at my mechanic's garage. Problem was the rotors. (again) Twice I have had to pay to change it. First time when the car had approx 100000 KM on it and now again that had 175000 KM. After CA $413 Canadian dollars bill car is working well again. Thanks to my mechanic.

- , Mississauga, ON, Canada

problem #332

Oct 012014

Journey RS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles

I replaced the pads & had the rotors machined less than a year ago (October 2014) & now (August 2015) they sound like it is metal to metal again.

- , Wichita, KS, USA

problem #331

Nov 242010

Journey R/T V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles

Had to replace all 4 rotors and brakes due to premature wear. Replaced with lifetime pads and better rotors, and haven't had much of an issue since. Still a big pain in the ass with 2 very young kids. significant safety issues.

- , Somers, CT, USA

problem #330

Apr 152015

Journey SXT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

I bought this car from a dealership in Feb. 2013. I have had to replace the pads and rotors THREE times now! We just had them completely replaced again, about a month ago, and the rotors are already so warped that my steering wheel about shakes my arms off when I apply my brakes.

I love all of the options this car has, but it eats thru tires and brakes/rotors way too often. And for this car having 19" tires...that's no cheap replacement. It is NOT my driving, I assure you.

- , Carlisle, OH, USA

problem #329

Feb 142014

Journey EX 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

The recall on the ignition problems last year has never been fixed. Afraid to drive it any distance.

- , Wright City, MO, USA

problem #328

Mar 012015

Journey RT 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Here we go again... brakes and rotors had to be replaced again....

- , Lees Summit, MO, USA

problem #327

Oct 012013

Journey RT 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

This is just the beginning of the problems with this car.....

- , Lees Summit, MO, USA

problem #326

Jun 142014

Journey SXT 3.5

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

This is the third time I've had brake work done. First time was when the vehicle had 19,367 miles on it.

- , Virginia Beach, VA, US

problem #325

Sep 152013

Journey RT 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

I should buy stock in Journey brake parts company. Dodge leaders should be held responsible for this engineering FU!!!

- , Hopkinton, USA

problem #324

Jul 122011

Journey RT 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,500 miles

Sh*tty design, sh*tty company puts this crap on vehicle.

- , Hopkinton, USA

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