really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,950 miles

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2006 Dodge Dakota brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #8

May 012009


  • 92,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the driver side brakes were exhibiting a loud noise and smoke was seen coming out of the wheel well. The contact also mentioned that she had to replaced the calipers several time. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who stated to the contact that the calipers were defective. As a result, the calipers, rotors, brake pads and the entire brake line would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 92,000 and the current mileage was 146,000.

- Yanceyville, NC, USA

problem #7

Jun 242010


  • 34,000 miles
Loss of braking but mechanic could find no visible leaks in brake system. Sometimes have full brake pedal and sometimes no brake pedal.

- Leechburg, PA, USA

problem #6

Sep 172009


  • miles
When brakes are applied at 40-60 mph hard braking or soft it vibrates and shakes replaced shocks turned drums. Still there the dealer said it was the shocks it's not.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #5

Dec 232009


  • 79,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Dakota. While driving 20 mph the brakes failed which caused the contact to crash into a fence. Shortly after exiting the vehicle it caught fire. Dodge stated that the her VIN was not a part of the brake recall. The current and failure mileages were 79000.

- Corsicana, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 232009


  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Dakota truck. While driving in normal weather conditions, she depressed the brake pedal and the brakes failed. She heard a fizzing noise and the vehicle began to spin out of control until the vehicle crashed and went beyond a small steel fence. The air bags did not deploy. Someone nearby noticed an unknown fluid leaking from the vehicle and she was advised to get out of the vehicle. She was able to climb out of her driver's side window and the vehicle caught on fire. A police/fire report was filed and the fire was extinguished. The vehicle was destroyed. She was not aware if there was a recall for the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were under 79,000.

- Corsicana, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 232008


  • miles
Vehicle vibrates severely when od (lock-up) comes in at 40 mph, if brakes are applied after this the vehicle shakes and jumps all aver the road. 4 tires replaced twice, front rotors replaced, rear drums turned. Upon further inspection I checked all the sway bar items and front end; the sway bar struts were broken, I replaced and problem solved.

- Faxon, OK, USA

problem #2

May 052009


  • 25,000 miles
I have a 2006 Dodge Dakota and when I called Chrysler they told me my vehicle was not included in the recall (06V038000) I am having the exact brake problems described in the recall and don't know what I can do about it. Any help from your organization would be great!!!

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jun 082007

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,600 miles
We purchased a 2006 Dodge Dakota club 4X4 truck intended for our business use and personal use, in September 2006 with 15 miles on it from Nebraska, we live in Iowa. The first incident occurred shortly after purchase and repaired January 2007, (exact dates unavailable at this writing due to the fact the vehicle is in the shop). The brakes would grab intermittently when descending a hill causing the vehicle to shimmer and shake viciously. The vehicle was taken in and replacement parts were free. Total days lost 2. the second incident occurred on May 30, 2007. We were on vacation in wi and the vehicle wouldn'tstart. We were made to wait for a tow truck that had to drive an hour away to be able to tow us less than 15 miles. We had to rent a vehicle (car) that I was unable to use for business purposes, to return home for my spouse to be able to get to work. This meant we had to drive back with the rental to pick up the vehicle. It was 4 days with the rental. The diagnosis could not be made with the tool until the master computer system was replaced. After this was done, nothing wrong. The first time it was used after our return home, I drove less than 15 miles and it did the same thing, wouldn't start. The engine would crank but not turn over. Again, no warning lights. I called the towing service provided by daimler, I waited an hour and 45 minutes. I decided to try it again just seconds before the tow guy arrived and it started. I decided to not have it taken in for repair, the manager of the tow service reassured me, I panicked and it was a vapor lock. Oh yeah this was on June 8, 2007 just 4 days after receiving our vehicle back. I believed him. I went maybe 5 blocks, crossed over a busy highway when the whole truck shook (felt like the engine was going to fall out) and stalled, coasted over the hill to safety. We were notified the next day and he said, after driving it 5 miles, nothing happened, tried it again still being serviced.

- Ridgeway, IA, USA

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