really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,878 miles

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2001 Dodge Durango brakes problems

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2001 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #10

Feb 222008

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


We are able to switch into reverse without having your foot on the brake. We are careful to make sure it isn't accidentally changed into reverse while in forward motion.

- Livingston, CA, USA

problem #9

Sep 172007

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,100 miles
The ABS and parking brake lights on the control panel stay on after starting the vehicle. I have been told the ABS control module needs to be replaced and that if not the brakes hydraulics could brake and cause brake failure. This is not a common repair and should be looked into as a recall for brake failure.

- Cornelia, GA, USA

problem #8

Feb 272006

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
: the contact stated a recall letter was received for the upper ball joints, #04V596000. The contact performed the recall work prior to the recall and sent in the paperwork available. The manufacturer requested the original receipt. The contact did not have a receipt and was denied reimbursement. Also, since purchase, the ABS jerks and the vehicle swerves when stopping at any speed. The dealership determined this was how the vehicle was manufactured and no repair was available.

- Avon Park, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 152006

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles


Hello, I am the owner of a 2001 Dodge Durango slt 4X4 which I purchased new in February of 2001. It now has 63,000 miles on it and I have been very good about maintaining this vehicle. On 1-15-06 as I approached an intersection that is at the bottom of a slight downhill grade I was traveling about 30-35 mph. As I went to apply my brakes the brake pedal immediately went soft because of the anti-lock brakes activating. The pavement was dry and I did not initially hit the brakes any harder than normal. I kept firm pressure on the brake pedal thinking that the brakes would come back as they have in the past during similar situations. However this time the brakes never came back and I ended up rear-ending the vehicle stopped at the intersection. I had plenty of time to stop and the pavement was dry so. The closer I got to the stopped vehicle the more pressure I applied to the pedal but every time the anti-lock mechanism would compensate for the additional pressure and negate it. The incident took a very long time to happen. I think the last 3 seconds I was under 10 mph but still the brakes could not stop the vehicle. I have checked my brake fluid level and inspected my front brakes and could not find any problems. There is still one more thing that I do not understand. This Durango is supposed to be only rear anti-lock brakes yet I lost most of my braking ability to my front brakes. There was only minor damage to the vehicle I hit but because of what happened I have to think it could have been much worse. The most disturbing aspect of this whole situation is that as I got close to the stopped vehicle in front of me I was not going very fast yet the truck continued forward for several seconds until I hit the vehicle in front of me. Also very disturbing is why did I loose power to my front brakes"?" there is no question in my mind that this accident was caused by some kind of glitch in the ant-lock braking system of my Dodge Durango.

- Middlebury, IN, USA

problem #6

Dec 292005

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
ABS braking failure - the brakes slowed the car from 40 to about 15 mph. Then the car did not slow down anymore even with the brake pedal depressed all the way. ABS engaged once and then released and brakes would not engage again. No skid marks, just crashed into the car in front causing damage to both vehicles. This was a normal braking situation with plenty of distance to stop.

- Leander, TX, USA

problem #5

May 032004


  • miles
Consumer stated that transmission indicator light kept going off and on. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer, who told consumer that they had to insert a plate in order to make the light stay off. Also, after vehicle was worked on the cruise control light came on and stayed on. While driving on the freeway all the lights came on, consumer applied brakes, and they grabbed. When consumer finally was able to apply brakes they almost threw her passenger through the windshield. However, passenger did not go through the windshield because he was wearing a seat belt. Consumer indicated that dealer told her that this incident may have been caused by the transmission fluid that they put into vehicle.

- Reseda, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 152003


  • miles


Owner says the brake pedal has a delay, causing the vehicle to have extended stopping distance. Consumer has made contact with the dealership. Please provide any additional information.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 182003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28 miles
The brake system on my 2001 Durango consistently has given me problems even after two changes on the pads. My Durango only has 30,000 miles on it and I keep it up to date according to the manufacture. The paint job on the vehicle which was brand new has faded near the fender walls and the door jams. I love this vehicle but am disappointed with the quality of the most important things in a vehicle; overall appearance.

- New Haven, CT, USA

problem #2

May 032003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,642 miles
When the brakes are applied quickly and hard, pedal will only go half way as if something is blocking them and the brakes did not grab. They seemed to glide or slide as if glazed no matter how much pressure is applied. However when you take your foot off of the brakes and press them again, the brakes will grab hard causing the wheels to lock up. This has happened a couple of times with an accident resulting one time. No injuries but a lot of messed up nerves as my family was with me. After some research and the ability to repeat on command, I've decided to file a complaint in hopes that Dodge will issue some sort of recall for a thorough inspection and repair. This is very dangerous and makes the Durango a danger to drive knowing I may or may not lock up the brakes causing loss of control even though I have ABS and anti-skid differential. Please investigate and reply. My insurance company is supposedly investigating for me but I have not heard a word. Please advise me on the best course of action. Thank you.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #1

May 272003

(reported on)


  • 7 miles
When the brakes were depressed suddenly or hard they would not hold and the vehicle would skid. The ABS drums were warped but the pads were not worn per the dealership..

- Mahwah, NJ, USA

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