definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,988 miles

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2007 Dodge Nitro brakes problems

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2007 Dodge Nitro Owner Comments

problem #9

May 192014


  • 56,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that the vehicle rolled away causing the contact to apply excessive force to the brake pedal and the parking brake for the vehicle to stop. The contact mentioned that the emergency brake failed intermittently. In addition, the contact mentioned that the transmission lock out featured had to be bypassed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the brake drums and the parking brake handle needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA recall campaign id number: 13V121000 (power train). The vehicle was repaired and the failure recurred. The approximate failure mileage was 56,000. Updated 08/19/14

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #8

Jan 152012

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that while stopped on a slight incline with the vehicle in neutral and the parking brake engaged, the vehicle rolled away. The contact was able to enter the vehicle and place the vehicle in park. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the parking brake assembly would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V525000 (parking brake). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 69,000.

- Channelview, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 062011

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,400 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that after parking on an incline and engaging the parking brake, the vehicle began to roll backward. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that the parking lever needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified and informed the contact that the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 08V525000 (parking brake) addressed the failure for manual transmission, not automatic transmissions. The failure mileage was approximately 39,400. Updated 02/27/12

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #6

Nov 242010

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,982 miles


Emergency brake fails to stop my 2007 Dodge Nitro with an automatic transmission. It also can not hold the weight of the vehicle when parked at a 25degree incline with the E-brake handle raised fully. Apparently there's a recall (H28) on this, but notes for manual transmissions only, what the hell does the transmission type have to do with the emergency brake working? I have numerous times to have the dealership correct this problem and they will not touch it even though my vehicle is still under warranty!

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #5

Aug 132008


  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Nitro. Whenever the contact would apply the emergency brake, the vehicle would continue to move. Prior to the failure, the contact noticed that the emergency lever would have to pushed farther than the last each time it was utilized. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 4,000 and the current mileage was 14,000.

- San Lorenzo, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 082009


  • miles
2007 Dodge Nitro will not pass inspection because emergency brake will not work. My vehicle warranty will be up on 12-15-09. Took it to the dealer -all he wanted was to sell a brake job. I refused and took it to a mechanic. He said I could get a brake job in a few month, but that it has nothing to with the emergency brake not working. There is no adjust for it. The light comes on in the dash when it is pulled. I had no reason to know it doesn't work, except for the inspection declined. I live in houston, Texas and there are no hills to park on. The mac hiak service man said they would not get it working. Please help me, I already put out $39.75 for an inspection sticker I can not get for faulty manufacture default part. I have read online there were recalls for the same problem year and make with manual transmission. I will also notify the dealer, bb, and attorney generals office of this report that I have sent to you.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 152008

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 10 miles


Emergency brake does not hold, on hills difficult to get out of parking. Vehicle rolls. Dealer cannot fix it, checked 4 other models, the same problem.

- Rancho Mirage, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 172007

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,234 miles
Emergency brake does not hold automobile. Shortly after purchase I noticed that the emergency brake failed to keep the car from rolling. I returned the vehicle to the dealer three times before the problem was solved temporarily but the brake again stopped working properly. I again complained to the dealer who claims to have ordered the parts. Three months have passed since the last complaint and the problem still has not been resolved. Since I have a standard transmission, and often have to park on slopes, the brake is an essential safety feature. On many occasions I have gotten in the car and pushed in the clutch to start the car and had the car immediately begin to roll, even though the brake lever was fully engaged.

- Port Gibson, MS, USA

problem #1

Dec 052007

Nitro 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 267 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Nitro. The vehicle has a manual transmission and was sold with a non-functioning parking brake. The contact noticed the defect while driving off the dealer lot. The vehicle is currently at the dealer and they are unsure of when the replacement will become available. The current mileage is 537 and the failure mileage was 267. Updated 01-29-08. The throttle did not retard properly when it was released

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

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