really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,087 miles

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1998 Dodge Durango brakes problems

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1998 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #12

May 242009


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 35 mph on normal road conditions, the brake pedal required greater force in order for the vehicle to slow down. Suddenly, the brake pedal extended to the floor. The ABS and brake warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel and remained lit until the engine was turned off. The stopping distance increased when braking. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection and they discovered NHTSA campaign id number 99V341000 (service brakes, hydraulic:foundation components:hoses). The vehicle was previously repaired under a recall; however, it was insufficient in remedying the failures. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 130,000 and current mileage was 139,000.

- Redmond, OR, USA

problem #11

Feb 202009


  • 134,000 miles
I bought this car used in the last week of November '08. I had my brakes done by an individual maybe two weeks later. A couple of day later driving home from work I started hearing a real loud iron grinding noise. The next day I had the car towed to aamco, who told me my caliper pins had came out, and I would need a new steering knuckle and a set of caliper pins.the truck was fixed costing me $525 (noting: Mechanic used a used steering knuckle.) now 2 months after those repairs I need a wheel spindle, and caliper bolts because the threading have stripped away and something totally unrelated a neutral safety switch. Costing me $580. I was told that by Firestone who told me I needed new tie rods and then corrected themselves by telling me I needed a new steering knuckle - who wouldn't even work on my car because of liability told me that it was unsafe to drive because the right front tire could literally fall off due to lack of support and cause a major or serious accident, and that I needed to take it back to aamco. I didn't want to because I felt aamco should have fixed this the first time. But after fighting with them and reading the other complaints maybe they're not in the wrong.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #10

Jun 102008


  • 93,322 miles
Dodge Durango 1998 brake line rusted through. I checked your web site and found recall id NHTSA:99V341000 which is exactly what happened. I contacted two Dodge dealers, and they said there was never any recall for that problem.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #9

Feb 062006

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,718 miles


I took vehicle to my mechanic, complaint regarding left front brake. Already had new brakes, rotors replaced one year ago. Mechanic found that the ball joints need replaced. Vehicle has 59,000 miles on it, and has already had ball joints replaced, during a tsb repair bulletin, several years ago, on my 1998 Dodge Durango, 4X4. Mechanic says that spindles need replaced, along with ball joints. Premature failure, vehicle should drive for 100,000 miles before a failure such as this on the ball joints. Currently waiting on parts from dealer, to replace worn parts, had extended warranty, but already ran out in May 2005. Am also having bushings replaced, due to extreme temps in phoenix area. Will cost over $3000 to do the repairs, which should either be recalled by DC, or covered under warranty. Will also call and complain to dealer.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #8

Feb 222005

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Contact stated both lower ball joints were replaced twice on vehicle. Also, both front tires had to be replaced twice. The service dealer stated the tires needed replacement due to the failure of the ball joints. The first replacement occurred when the vehicle's mileage was at 27,280. The second replacement occurred at 43,908 miles. Consumer stated front end was making a squeaking noise and was driving differently. Consumer contacted manufacturer, and was sending the service receipts. There was a recall on different model year for this specific component, but consumer's vehicle was not included in the recall campaign due to VIN. Consumer did not have the complete address for the dealership where the vehicle was purchased. Repair receipts attached for ball joints. Windshield sprayer sprays one side. Connector repalced. Front brake pads and rotors machined.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #7

May 042005

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,000 miles
Brakes failed at 50mph. Slammed into the back of semi truck at 40mph and totaled vechile. The seatbelt restrant and airbag system failed to engage. I slammed into the steering wheel to break 2 ribs and crack my sternum. If the airbags would have went off I wouldnt be having back and neck problems either. I wish Dodge would help us instead of hurting us.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #6

Jan 062004

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


The front wheels do not lock when applying the brakes. The rear brakes seem to be defective. The dealer can find no defects.

- Loganton, PA, USA

problem #5

May 212004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased my Durango in 1998, I have had it in to the dealer because of steering column noise, was told nothing was wrong with it. My front right brake squeals and I get grease on my wheels, had replaced, still makes the noise. My fuel strap was replaced in a previous recall. Now I am going to have to have the ball joints redone, they are separating. Was told vehicle is unsafe to drive, wheel will fall off. I would like to know why there has been no recalls on this problem. We also have a friend that has a 2000 that needs to replace his because of the same situation. Will there be a recall?

- Twin Falls, ID, USA

problem #4

Jun 152000


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Front brakes (replaced 3X's in one year) keep failing on Dodge Durango causing uneven tire wear and alignment to shift. I've had to replace the front tires 4 times and the rear tires twice since I bought this vehicle January 2,2000. All tires wear at an angle with several bald spots in different places. I also replaced the water pump and radiator February 2003. Now the air conditioner is not working. The transmission went out a couple of months after I purchased the vehicle. It was still under warranty, but I still had to pay $300 out of pocket for whatever reason.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 092003

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle failed state inspection. Needed to replace the upper and lower ball joints. Both upper and lower ball joints were replaced and vehicle passed inspection. The front brakes and rotors were also replaced.

- Amesbury, MA, USA

problem #2

Nov 011998


  • miles
Rear brakes squeak.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 041998

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes malfunction in rain, causing vehicle to skid.

- Simi Valle, CA, USA

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