definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,117 miles

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problem #9

Oct 252004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,817 miles
1-grabbing & squeaky brakes; 2-front rotors & disc pads; 3-replaced front rotors & disc pads. Dealership kept old parts.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 042004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,809 miles
Vehicle vibrated severely when braking from 5-65 mph. Vehicle was driven to the dealer for inspection, and dealer determined that front pads broke, and both front rotors were warped.

- Laconia, NH, USA

problem #7

Oct 012003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving it feels like vehicle has a mind of its own. Driver will attempt to drive straight, yet it feels like vehicle is alternately pulling towards left and right. Dealer replaced front brake pads and rotors three times. This did not remedy the problem. Vehicle had been examined by dealer five times, and stated no problem could be found with the way vehicle performed.

- Coos Bay, OR, USA

problem #6

Dec 022003

(reported on)

Dakota 4WD

  • 30,000 miles
2000 Dodge Dakota front disc brake rotors are rusting from the inside out. This failure caused severe shuttering when brakes were applied. Dealer stated rotors and pads had to be replaced. Consumer was informed that Dodge was aware of the failure but would replace the rotors/pads up to 12K miles or 1 year. Consumer has possession of the defective rotors.

- Stephentown , NY, USA

problem #5

Nov 052003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,426 miles
Shuddering and vibration in brakes when stopping at all speeds. Have replaced pads, and rotors twice. Had rotors turned once in between changes. Have seen many other complaints and service bulletins issued on this. Why is no one doing a defect investigation?

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #4

Jul 052003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Truck shakes when braking at slow or moderate speed. Replaced front rotors and pads three months ago at 38,000 miles. Now with 43,000 miles the shaking has returned.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 052003

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Brake rotor on my 2000 Dodge Dakota have been turned down twice and replace once in 30,000 miles. The was due to excessive pulsating and degradation of stopping ability. I am concerned that this problem is a safety issue due to the occurrence of reduced braking power. This problem is occuring once again and needs to be remedied. I have been told by Dodge that is is normal wear and will happen. A warped brake rotor is not considered normal wear. The pulsation of the brakes can easily cause someone to lose control on a slippery surface. It is also concievable that the ABS system may not work properly when the rotor is warped. Please look further into this, thank you.

- Lutherville, MD, USA

problem #2

Aug 042003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2000 Dodge Dakota has has front rotor problems continually. Dealer temporarly cured the problem by changing front pads, turning down front rotors and rear drums. Warranty ran out and I had same problem. Warped front rotors. I had heavy duty rotors installed and ceramic pads installed at different times. Nothing has helped the problem. When I step on the breaks the front end shimmys until I take it to a repair facility to have more work done. Okay for about 5,000 or less miles. What are my options besides setting the thing on fire and getting a new one?

- Mt. Vernon, WA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012000

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Brake rotors warp on 2000 Dodge Dakota. I had to have the front brake rotors turned twice, followed by replacement of the rotors, all before 50,000 miles. The new rotors have already started to warp, less than 2 months after installation. Note: Brake pads show no unusual wear and haven't been replaced; the pads are supposed to be the sacrificial part, not the rotors!!! all work has been performed by clear lake Dodge and allen samuels Chrysler, both in houston; at no time has either place mentioned any systemic problem with Dakota brake rotors.

- Friendswood, TX, USA