10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
833 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

The NHTSA is the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints can be spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem. See the Back button — blue bar at the very top of the page — to explore more.

Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2000 Dodge Dakota:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

problem #48

Jan 012005

Dakota

  • miles
2000 Dodge Dakota developed a brake problem.** answer required***. the brake would pulsate when braking and cause severe problems with the ABS which almost took the vehicle off of the road. The brakes were replaced a year prior.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #47

May 212004

Dakota

  • miles
While driving ABS braking light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. Consumer took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic replaced a sensor inside of the ABS unit.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #46

Dec 212003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
I have been having brake problems with my Dodge Dakota 4X4 club cab truck since the first 6,000 miles. Warped rotors have been replaced at least 5 times and I have also complained about poor stopping power of back brakes. Dodge dealership "checked" them and found nothing wrong. Also having lots of problems with noises from front suspension and am suspecting ball joint problems now because of all the news coming out regarding this problem recently on cbs news.

- Volant, PA, USA

problem #45

Nov 142003

Dakota

  • 35,000 miles
While driving at 25 mph consumer was following another vehicle, and upon stepping on the brakes consumer's vehicle did not slow down and collided with the other vehicle. Consumer was wearing seat belts, but the air bags did not deploy. When driving at any speed the brakes usually locked up, causing the vehicle to slide to the right through intersections.

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

problem #44

Jul 152003

Dakota

  • miles
While driving home from work I needed to slow down to make a turn. I pressed the brake and it went completely to the floor. Luckily I do not have an automatic because I had to power shift down and I barely made the turn not to mention almost hitting a telephone pole. I was just about home so I proceeded driving slowly because I knew I had no brakes, and I then I saw smoke coming out of the hood. I quickly then got to the house and sprayed it down with the hose. I am in the process of figuring out what happened and the last that I heard was the main switch went out, which should have never happened. I am just thankful that nobody got hurt. (luckily it did not happen where there were people).

- Cokato, MN, USA

problem #43

May 122002

Dakota

  • miles
After about 13000 miles, application of brakes caused increasingly severe shuddering of front of truck accompanied by significant extension of braking distance (at least 30%). narrowly avoided what could have been a major collision. Suspected failure of ABS, took car to dealer who diagnosed it as warped rotors in the front. Dealer turned rotors and reported essentially zero wear on the brakepads. Dealer also replaced brake pads. Dealer surmised that there was a chronic material problem with the Dakota disk brake system. This problem appears to manifest itself again now, some 8000 miles later. When I recently contacted Chrysler by E-mail and explained the problem, their response was merely that there was currently no open problem (hence no action). What is hard to fathom is that NHTSA with some 100 user complaints about the very same safety-related problem does not appear to be pursuing this issue. Corrective action by Dodge in the form of a recall and replacement of the failure-prone disk system is clearly warranted in this situation. Please advise what, if any, action NHTSA is taking, or plans to take, to address this problem. This truly is a matter of "people saving people."

- Spicewood, TX, USA

problem #42

Jul 012002

Dakota

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Front brake rotors pulsate. Brake effectiveness is failing. Stopping distances has increased. Rotors are starting to go every 14,000 miles. Dealer is aware. Please add more details.

- Corbin, KY, USA

problem #41

Jul 022002

Dakota

  • miles
Brakes are making loud noises/pulsate when consumer applies them. Also, there is extended stopping distance. Contacted dealer, and dealer is not willing to do anything.

- West Iceland, NY, USA

problem #40

Jun 242002

Dakota

  • miles
While driving and with no warning brakes went out, causing and accident. Cause unknown. Dealer notified.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #39

May 312002

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
Of couse they said it wasn't covered under my extended policy and if my brakes completly fail at only 23,000 miles it's normal wear.

- South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA

problem #38

Mar 222002

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
Truck was in for several things wrongat 1542 miles, brakes and powertrain was a couple of then they said it was okay, they must not have checked anything because now they are failling in a short time while I'm tring to get all this straightened out my truck is getting worse please help

- South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA

problem #37

May 312002

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
$400 cost to me $50 my cost?extended coverage should be covered, right. No safety defect mentioned.

- South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA

problem #36

Aug 172000

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
Loss of control when braking at moderate speeds, see your consumer complaint database.

- Dover, NH, USA

problem #35

Jan 282002

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
While driving and when attempting to make a sudden stop by depressing brake pedal, brakes locked up and failed to respond, causing extended stopping distance. Also, there was sudden vibration. Consumer has contacted dealer.

- Alphartta, GA, USA

problem #34

Jan 282002

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
While driving at normal speed and when depressing brake pedal to make a gradual stop brakes failed to respond, causing extended stopping distance. Also, vehicle vibrated upon braking.

- Alphartta, GA, USA

problem #33

Jul 252001

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle accelerates to 3800 RPM in first gear going down hill. Vehicle does not slow with compression until this point. Must ride brakes to slow. Brakes get hot rotor warps. Brake failure. Manufacturer will not address; not warranted even with maxicare warranty.

- Mckinleyville, CA, USA

problem #32

Mar 192001

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle pulses while braking, and stoping distance has increased. Dealer has turned the front discs once, at app. 11000 miles, but the problem has since returned at app. 17000 miles. Something must be done to fix this annoying problem. There are too many complaints, of the same problem, by so many owners.

- Englewood, CO, USA

problem #31

Nov 012000

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front rotors are warping on a regular basis. Rotors were replaced at 18000/40000/47000/57000. Currently at 59000 miles, rotors need replacement again. Consumer states the front and rear brakes were replaced this time, vehicle has 68000 miles and it feels as if the front brakes are hanging up, there is a lot of brake dust on the rims and rotors, in the winter time the brakes would lock up and cause the vehicle to skid.

- Petersburg, NY, USA

problem #30

Oct 152000

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
ABS system only works when pedal is applied very hard. When applied on ice front will lock up and rear will keep going. Vehicle taken to 2 dealerships, both stated this was normal for vehicle.

- Champlain, MN, USA

problem #29

Nov 012000

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
My Dodge Dakota sport 4X4 4.7ltr V-8's brakes started sputtering and hopping at about 13000 miles. Since that time the problem has only gotten worse. I am currently at about 24000 miles. I have talked to several people where I work that have owned Dodge vehicles (99 and newer) and all of them have had the same problem. I researched this on the internet and found hundeds upon hundreds of people have this same problem. Using brakes that are defective on a vehicle is a major safety issue. How come Dodge has not yet recalled these brakes" how can so many people buy a brand new truck and have to replace the brake system within a year" this is very frustrating and dangerous for all the Dodge vehicle drivers throughout the world. Thank you, todd stack, federal law enforcement.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »