really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,909 miles

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1998 Dodge Dakota brakes problems

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #12

May 092011

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


1998 Dakota brake line (steel) rusted through and ruptured resulting in catastrophic brake failure (right front). The dealer blames the failure on road conditions in western Virginia (salt). The truck has only 80000 miles.

- Wytheville , VA, USA

problem #11

Jul 012010


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the driver was traveling 32 mph when he attempted to stop but the brakes failed; as a result, the vehicle rear ended the vehicle in front. The contact experienced the brake failure several times. The local repair shop replaced the calipers and brake pads five times. The vehicle was taken back to the repair shop and the mechanic stated that the ABS could be the cause of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired again. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 58,000 and the current mileage was 58,882.

- Hudson , NC, USA

problem #10

Jul 072010


  • 135,000 miles
The master cylinder brake line on my 1998 Dodge Dakota truck failed completely and suddenly under normal driving conditions (light braking). Upon inspection, all front brake lines from the master cylinder to the distribution junction and from the distribution junction to the front brakes (left and right) were heavily corroded. Last winter, the brake line leading from the distribution junction to the rear brakes failed under similar circumstances, however; some braking ability remained. These two failures over a relatively short time-frame lead me to believe it may be a manufacturing defect with all metal brake lines.

- Rexford, NY, USA

problem #9

Mar 052010

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 58,000 miles


Service brake hydraulic lines ruptured twice. Once at 55,622 miles on August 13, 2007. This occurred in my driveway, when the brakes were applied, about mid way between the front and rear of the truck on the drivers side. The dealer replaced 7 brake lines and the 2 rear wheel cylinders because the bleeder screws would not open. Today, March 5, 2010 at still less than 60,000 miles the front brake lines ruptured near the radiator where they cross between the drivers and passengers side of the truck. This occurred on a main highway while braking for a red light. Both times the tubing (metal piping) catastrophically failed with no previous warning signs such as slow leakage, low fluid level in the master cylinder reservoir, etc.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #8

Aug 102009


  • 92,357 miles
Brake line rusted through.

- Homewood, IL, USA

problem #7

Jul 092008

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,249 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Dakota. The contact started the vehicle and the brake pedal extended to the floor. The vehicle coasted across the parking lot before the contact could apply the emergency brake. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic and they stated that the brake lines were corroded and needed to be replaced. The mechanic replaced at least three lines and informed the contact that others may need to be replaced at a later date. The failure and current mileages were 89,249. Updated 09/15/08 update 09/24/08.

- Lucasville , OH, USA

problem #6

Dec 232007

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Dakota. While decelerating from 40 mph in the rain, the vehicle skidded approximately 50-60 feet. The contact removed his foot from the brake pedal and after reapplying it, the brakes worked correctly without skidding. His wife also stated that the same failure occurred while she was driving the vehicle in rainy weather. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 74,858 and failure mileage was approximately 73,000. Updated 01/17/08 updated 01/17/08

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #5

Dec 192006

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,000 miles
- the contact stated that while driving his 1998 Dodge Dakota, at a speed of 25 mph in dry road conditions, when applying the brakes, the pedal gave no resistance, causing the vehicle to take longer than usual to come to a stop. In order to avoid a collision contact had to steer the vehicle onto the grass median. The contact can provide pictures if needed.

- Folston, MD, USA

problem #4

Jun 032005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Dakota. The front end upper and lower ball joints needed to be replaced. Chrysler said that there was no recall. Also front end was aligned and the brake front rotors had to be turned.

- Falls Of Rough, KY, USA

problem #3

Apr 012005

Dakota Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
Recall 00V193000 for the power steering pressure hose has been issued and repaired, however the problem recurred. The brakes failed resulting in an accident.

- Hoschton, GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 101998

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 300 miles
I have had numerous problems with my 1998 Dodge Dakota. I purchased it brand new. 2 months after 8/98 purchase date, the transmission went out. The brakes have had to be replaced several times, the map sensor went out while driving down the highway causing the vehicle to shut down. I recently had to replace the lower ball joints. The seat belts come off entirely too easy. All of this and the vehicle only has 39,000 miles on it. I sent arbitration papers to Chrysler twice with no response.

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #1

Aug 171998

(reported on)


  • miles
Vehicle would shut off, total electrical shutdown, at any given speed. Multiple brake failures. No cause determined for either problem.

- Clinton Twp, MI, USA

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