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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,665 miles

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2002 Dodge Dakota brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #8

Jun 062002

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles


Front rotors warp after only 20,000 miles. Dealer could not turn them due to the severe rust pitting.after extensive research I find this problem very common. All of the repair shops and dealers and a majority of Dakota owners have had warped rotors. This is a severe safty issue due to the dimished brake capacity of defective rotors.

- Derry, NH, USA

problem #7

Dec 302002

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
Vibration when applying brakes. Warped rotors at only 27,000 miles when used only for commuting to and from work, mainly highway miles. Was told that many things could cause premature wearing and or warping of the rotors such as heavy towing and high temp's. none of which the truck has endured. I do not/have not towed anything and furthermore the warping happened in the middle of winter so, high heat couldn't have been the cause either. I've done extensive research online and realize now that many other people are experiencing the same problems with this model and year. Dodge will not assist with resolving the issue as they will only warranty rotors up to 12,000 miles. The other cases I've read about seem to happen at or within 10,000 miles. This is a serious issue that Dodge needs to address and take responsibility of. Not only the brake issue but I am also experiencing similar problems as others with the upper ball joints. Mine have already had to be replaced because they were so loose that you could move them with your hand. Dodge should be help accountable for these issues!!!!

- Macomb, MO, USA

problem #6

Dec 312002

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,526 miles
Brakes, vibration when applying brakes, warped rotor.

- Macomb, MO, USA

problem #5

May 122003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


Warped rotors.

- Saunderstown, RI, USA

problem #4

Jan 012003

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Braking for 4 months has become progressively worse. The dealer states that it was warped rotors. The Dakota truck is only 1.5 years old with 23,000 at first start of problem. The dealer states they can't be turned due to severe rust pitting when I brake the truck hops into the next lane. The dealer states that it is not under warranty. I suspect that there are more trucks with this problem out there. I believe this is a manufacture defect.

- Derry, NH, USA

problem #3

May 132003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
At just around 17,000 miles, the brakes started to vibrate when applied. Dealer says rotors are already worn and need to be cut/replaced, although brake pads are still good. Rotors should last a lot longer, early wear is most likely due to improper design, venting, material and will recur once replaced. Dodge will do nothing, as they claim they cover only 12K miles on defects. I don't believe it's a defect, but rather a design issue, which the consumer cannot be responsible for, or avoid even with extra-easy driving. There is no alternate rotor available at this time through Dodge.

- Northport, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 252003

(reported on)


  • miles
The vehicle pulled from side to side. The vehicle was taken to the dealership who stated the front disc rotors were warped and needed to be turned.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #1

Feb 172003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Front brake rotors warped for second time. First occurence was at 10,000 miles, second was quite noticeable by 20,000 miles. I had a 2000 Dakota which Chrysler re-purchased for the same reason (had 5 repairs in 30,000 miles on my 2000). Chrysler offering a non-warrantied solution.

- Snohomish, WA, USA

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