definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,800 miles

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problem #1

Dec 312002

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,800 miles
Defective brakes and rotors. There are many, many others just like myself going through the same problem. Either it is a portioning problem which the causes the majority of the braking weight to be absorbed by the front brakes which causes rotors to warp due to the self adjusting back brakes, which do not function properly. Or the fact that the front rotors are not sufficient to carry the weight of the V8 quads. Either way, there are too many postings to list from other Dodge truck owners at www.dodgetalk.com and www.dodgedakotas.com forums that list the same problem. The fix is unfortunate for owners as it can range anywhere from $600 - $1500. When you purchase a truck that costs $25,000 - $35,000 you are putting your money into something that should be durable beyond the standard 12,000 warranties on this particular item. I've read postings whereas people have had this problem start at the low mileage of 5,000 up to 25,000 miles. This is unacceptable!! I've contacted Chrysler and received an "oh well, it's your problem not ours" attitude. This problem started at approx 20,800 miles for me under normal highway driving conditions. This is my 2nd complaint on your website!! please help us!!!! everyone who has contacted Chrysler has gotten the same response. I've read where some of the owners received warranty repair within the 12,000 mileage range only to have it happen again after the warranty limitations without help from Chrysler beyond the 12,000 even though it was an issue that was on going prior to the expiration. With the cost of vehicles these days and the outrageous monthly payments, this should not be happening. Chrysler is not responding to any of us. Help!!! to say that brakes are not a safety issue is ludicrous!!!

- Macomb, MO, USA