hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,845 miles

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2003 Dodge Dakota brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 092015


  • 125,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Dakota. While depressing the brake pedal, the brakes malfunctioned and made the vehicle difficult to stop. While inspecting the vehicle, the contact discovered that the brake fluid leaked from the vehicle due to rusting and corrosion of the metal brake lines. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 125,000.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #3

Jan 022014

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 74,380 miles
I was going to move the truck out of the garage when my brake pedal went to the floor. Having recently replacing all of the brakes, I was surprised and upon further inspection saw fluid squirting out onto engine firewall. Had the truck towed to a garage where they have informed me that the steel brake lines have completely rusted through and need to replace all of them, to the tune of $800. As the truck has rather low mileage and is lightly used I am shocked with this type of failure.

- Catonsville, MD, USA

problem #2

Oct 102013


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Dakota. The contact was driving 30 mph and attempted to stop at an intersection when the brakes failed. The contact pumped the brakes continuously until the vehicle came to a stop. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection and repair. The contact was advised that the brake lines were corroded and all of the brake lines that were connected to the master cylinder had to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Ashley, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 232012

Dakota 8-cyl

  • miles
I have purchased several tires for this vehicle, and the problem is mainly in the front. I have had it aligned as required and it continued to eat the tires in a very few months. I recently (within the last 6 - 8 months) had the brakes, rotors, idler arm, bushings and other items replaced that dealt with the steering and the braking of this vehicle and it is doing the same thing again. When turning left or right, it will pop, and when pressing on the brakes it will grab, release then grab again. The brakes are not making a noise and I know when new brakes are installed that they have to allowed to maintain their fit, however, once they maintain their fit, they shouldn't start grabbing. When I have to press the brakes in a hurry the ABS light comes on and it concerns me the vehicle will not stop in time. This has been a problem for the last 4 or 5 years.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

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