Notes: The first year of the new Dodge Dart had a rough start, with owners reporting a disproportionate number of engine and transmission problems.

For transmission, the main complaints are transmission failure & rough shifting. So far, average mileage for transmission failure is 25,000 miles. Not good.

For engine problems, it usually starts with the engine light coming on for any number of reasons: bad sensors, ignition coil replacement, bad wiring, faulty gas cap ... dealers are replacing various components with varying degrees of success, or telling owners they can't duplicate the issue.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
24 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,021 miles

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2013 Dodge Dart brakes problems

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2013 Dodge Dart Owner Comments (Page 7 of 11)

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problem #82

Jan 152016


  • 30,000 miles


About 1 year ago, the brakes went out while going down a hill on the way to work. They said it was the brake booster and some other part related to that. The brakes have not been working correctly since it was fixed, but the dealership insists that they are fine. I left the car with them for 2 weeks and they could not get the brakes to fail. On 1/15/16 when I pulled into my driveway, the brakes gave way again. I backed up and drove in again, and they did it repeatedly. It was like they couldn't catch or something, you could feel the jerk of the brakes as I tried to apply them. We have been given the run-around for almost a year, and were told that the brakes were fixed and fine. We received a recall notice from Chrysler saying there is no permanent fix for the problem, yet they refuse to let us past the entry level people operating the phone. I am in danger every time I have to drive my car. We have gotten no where in the past year with Chrysler, and have been repeatedly lied to about the safety of the brakes. The proof of those lies is in the recall which clearly says there is no fix for this problem at the present time. That means that my brakes could fail at any time and I cannot go about my normal life in a panic about driving to and from work, or the grocery store, or have anyone in the car with me, because I am always preparing for an inevitable crash. I should not have to live this way, and they have known all along that there was a problem, and have done nothing to make it right, but have done everything to pretend it did not exist. I should not be forced to continue paying for a car that will one day result in my death or injury. This car should be bought back from me if there is any fairness at all, otherwise I have paid on time for two years on a car that is faulty and dangerous. This puts me at a disadvantage when going to buy a new car with no trade in.

- Pleasant View, TN, USA

problem #81

Jan 052016


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but failed to completely stop the vehicle. The failure was persistent. The contact also stated that the engine oil in the vehicle seemed to have absorbed quickly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V800000 (service brakes, hydraulic). However, the parts to repair the vehicle were not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 10,000.

- Red Jacket, WV, USA

problem #80

Dec 212015


  • 40,000 miles
Vehicle had sudden and total brake failure. The power brake booster and master cylinder failed suddenly without warning while driving on a residential street

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #79

Aug 132015


  • 50,600 miles


The water pump went out in my car at 50,615 miles. I was told by the dealer that the water pump was not part of my power train warranty. I took the car to a differant shop to have a new water pump put on my car it had 8,000 more miles on the car it started over heating took the Dodge to larson in puyallup wa. They are telling me that the antifreeze has been mixed in the car and that they will not honor the power train warranty!

- Mineral, WA, USA

problem #78

Dec 062015


  • miles
Husband was about to leave the store, applied the brake to reverse was a loud pop and hissing noise, brakes barely worked at 10 mph. I've had this car 2 years brand new, no issues what so ever, now this. Apprears to be the same issue as everyone else. Will need it towed to the dealer, earlist appointment is 12/14/2015. I have not hit 20,000 miles on this car yet. This is a very serious safety issue!

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #77

Sep 152015


  • 36,000 miles
While driving and attempting to come to a stop by pressing the break, the break out of nowhere became very difficult to press down and the car was difficult to stop. I was coming off the highway approaching a light. After I was able to press it down it let off a hissing noise. I took it in and was told it was the break booster that needed to be replaced. No one was able to inform me what caused it. I have never had any trouble prior to, no accidents and I am consistent with service. It is clear this is a manufacturing problem and a recall is in order. I do understand this is not the first or only complaint for the very same issue. This could result in death. Also their seems to be a problem with my airbag system and tire light as they have been triggered on their own and will not go off.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #76

Dec 072015


  • 62,000 miles


Arrived home on 12/5/2015, we live on an incline so we have to use the parking brake to park. I noticed that when I applied the parking brake it was a little weak feeling. We did not drive the car again until the morning of 12/7/2015. We were leaving for work, applied the brake, put in reverse and released the parking brake. When I released it, it just fell like there was nothing there... like the parking brake was just a handle not attached to anything. So, I started to back up and with the parking brake completely off, the rear brakes were still locked up. I pulled forward and backward to try and help free the brakes. Applied the parking brake again and it had nothing there. Since this is the only vehicle we have, we continued to drive it and it eventually freed up, but still not working properly. When applying the regular brakes to stop, the rear end felt like it had to much brakes. I could also let off the gas and feel the car coming to a stop like a slight amount of braking was being applied. I drove it to the dealership immediately to have the problem looked at. They told me there were no safety recalls on the car, however there have been multiple issues/reports and recalls about the brakes for this model.

- Denison, KS, USA

problem #75

Sep 132013


  • 8,839 miles
When braking the car does not seem to stop. On September 13,2013, my son actually had an accident. When he applied the brakes the car continued to run into the back of another car. It actually took over 6 weeks to repair the car, as parts were not available. His car also shows that it is not in the system when I input the VIN number. I'm hoping I didn't miss any recalls because of this. Originally when he bought the car, the VIN number was wrong on his registration. He was in the process of stopping the vehicle when I ran into the back of it. He was on a highway at the time. It caused $8,847.31 damage to his car.

- Orchard Park, NY, USA

problem #74

Nov 252015


  • 88,000 miles
Parked veh to enter store. When I returned to the veh and applied the brake to put the veh in reverse, it popped out, and was very difficult to press. This was in a private parking lot. Braking power was significantly reduced to almost nonexistent, and I was forced to use my emergency brake to limp the car back to my residence.

- St James, MO, USA

problem #73

Nov 212015


  • 26,700 miles
While pulling out of a parking space, I had my foot depressing the brake. All of a sudden the break popped back out and pushed my foot backward. I moved slowly. I put my car in park, turned the engine off, and then turned it back on again and pressed on the brake only to hear a sound of air being released. I had to drive 10 mph so that I could ensure proper stopping time because the brake was literally useless.

- Rosemount, MN, USA

problem #72

Nov 012015


  • 60,000 miles


While driving the brakes failed, the pedal was hard to push and we heard an air noise from around the pedal. We nearly crashed into someone in the walmart parking lot. Dodge said that the master cylinder, and brake booster needed replaced. They would not cover any of the $1200 cost.

- Edinburg, PA, USA

problem #71

Nov 132015


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. When the brake pedal was engaged, an abnormal air noise emitted and the brake pedal became stiff. The contact was able to shift the gear into park and turn the engine off. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Pleasant City, OH, USA

problem #70

Nov 142015


  • 63,000 miles
The first time my breaks went out I was sitting in a drive thru and we heard a loud popping noise and the breaks became hard to push down. It took longer to stop driving home to be towed. The second time the same thing happened but we were driving this time and with this one the traction control also went out. This is the second time in 9 months that I have had my break system replaced. This is a major safety hazard as I could have killed someone seeing as though I had no breaks to stop. I drive long distances for work on major freeways that are very busy in the morning and at night and had this happened while I was on one of those freeways, someone would likely have died or at the very least been severely injured. This is uncalled for.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #69

Oct 262015


  • 25,531 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While driving 30 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and there was an abnormal noise. The brakes failed to respond and the service brake warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 25,531.

- Arden, NC, USA

problem #68

Sep 032015


  • 29,289 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that the brakes failed to function without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 29,289.

- Bradner, OH, USA

problem #67

Oct 162015


  • 35,550 miles
My pregnant wife was driving home with our other daughter, when coming to a stop light the brakes made a loud popping sound and the sound of air hissed as she could not press the brake down. She flew through the red light and couldn't stop for atleast another fifty feet holding both feet to the brake and pulling the E-brake. I am very thankful that she was not injured or smashed by a vehicle at the red light and you should be too. After looking online and seeing thousands of people with the same problem and no recall for that part being sent is ludicrous. I am outraged that your company after all these complaints has not sent a recall. For as expensive as the car is, you expect for the safety of our family to be a priority for your company. It is now getting fixed at a dealership and all I got from them was an I'm sorry that happened. After doing more research there are another thousand people saying after it was fixed it happened again. I am very angry I am stuck with this death trap because I am just a gym coach and can't afford to be stuck behind this payment and another to be able to have a safe ride for my family. I would like a reply to this and for you to tell me how you are going to fix this issue. My lawyer said that yall are lucky that my pregnant wife and daughter were not injured or else a lawsuit would have insued, but a lawsuit would not have brought my family back from an accident that your car clearly has a known issue for. Please care more and take action on the thousands of people who like me thought that the Dodge name meant we where buying a nice car that would protect my family and be something I could pass on to my children.....updated 06/15/16

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #66

Aug 012015


  • 12,540 miles
I am having the same issue that a lot are having as I researched the internet. As I depress the brakes a hissing air noise happens and the braking systems fails. The warning light and message appears on the dash, and I have to brake extremely hard to get the car to stop and it appears the hydraulics are failing. It's dangerous and I don't have the extra money to get this fixed. This is clearly a defect and it needs to be recalled and repaired by the manufacturer.

- Edmonds, WA, USA

problem #65

Oct 022015


  • 20,100 miles
I was backing out of parking spot and depressed the brakes to shift into reverse. As soon as I hit the brake there was a pop and a hiss. The brake pedal then became extremely difficult to depress and couldn't safely stop the car unless going 10 mph or slower. Sounds like a common occurrence as far as problems go...probably the master cylinder and brake booster.

- West Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #64

Sep 262015


  • 23,000 miles
Was backing up the car and needed to slow down and suddenly had no brakes. I had to press extremely hard on them to get the car to slow down and it barely worked. Scared me to death because I was backing up into a busy street. The car is at the dealer now so I have not been informed on what the problem is but it sounds like I am having the same issue as others

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #63

Sep 242015


  • 14,900 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While stopped at a red light, there was an abnormal noise coming from the vehicle and the brake pedal traveled upwards independently after the service electric braking system warning light illuminated. The contact stated that the brake pedal became difficult to depress and there was a hissing sound. The vehicle was restarted; however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 14,900.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

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