really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,145 miles

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problem #13

Jun 252020


  • 171,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that while reversing into the driveway when the contact attempting to apply the brakes when the brake pedal floored failing to stop the vehicle. The contact applied the emergency brakes and looked under the hood of the vehicle where they noticed a burning odor. The contact shortly noticed that the vehicle had a fire near the engine of the vehicle. The contact stated they had their wife contact the fire department. The fire department put out fire. There were no injuries and no medical assistance needed. Vehicle towed. The contact contacted the manufacturer to inform them that the fire report reported that the vehicle's master cylinder brake fluid leak caused fire. The vehicle deemed totaled. The manufacturer opened a case regarding the matter. The approximate failure mileage was 171,000.

- Spring Grove, PA, USA

problem #12

Jul 192019


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. While driving 45 mph, the brakes failed when the brake pedal was engaged to stop the vehicle at a stop sign. The contact was able to coast the vehicle onto a curb to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the contact's home. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #11

Jan 302017

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • 89,800 miles
I am the original owner of a 2005 Dodge Dakota 4X4 4 door mid sized pick up. It has 89,000 miles on it. I experienced braking problems on 9/10/16 and brought it to the shops for complete break inspection where repairs were done. On 1/25/17 I took it to a Dodge dealer for an airbag sensor recall where the truck was looked at by Dodge mechanics. On 1/30/17 while driving, my truck lost all braking ability. The pedal when to the floor, despite rapidly pumping the breaks, I rear ended the car in front of me. Fortunately no one was hurt but this could have been a catastrophe had it happened in another location. The truck was towed to my local station where an inspection revealed the break lines had rotted out causing a catastrophic brake failure. I am not reading on line that GM has known about this issue with no recall or recommended special maintenance to be performed for these vehicle owners. I was just heading over a series of extensive hills where such brake failure could have been fatal. I was going straight on a city street well under 20 mph. I will provide repair records when I receive them.

- Glen Head, NY, USA

problem #10

Oct 052016


  • 61,000 miles
On October 5, 2016 at approximately 12:45 P.M., L engaged the cruise control at a speed of 55 miles per hour. When I pressed on the brake pedal the truck accelerated to a speed of 60 miles and higher. I tested the cruise control system twice more and it did the same thing. The vehicle never slowed down. This is a safety hazard. I was on dam neck road where the speed limit is 55 miles per hour. This is a city street. After this occurred my engine light came on, which clearly indicates a mechanical problem. I think there may be other vehicles that could have this same malfunction and cause a serious accident or death.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #9

Feb 012016


  • 43,000 miles
Brake and ABS warning lights started coming on... the brake warning light should only come on when there is a problem with the braking system or if the parking brake is applied. A brake warning light when these conditions are not met is a false warning and a recall must be issued ! this occurs when the truck is in motion and will clear upon restart. A false brake warning light is worse than no light at all since if a real brake system failure does occur the drive would be unaware. This problem is widespread on most Dodge trucks.

- Halcottsville, NY, USA

problem #8

Mar 112011


  • 33,000 miles
The entire front brakes {rotors, caliper, pads} required replacement at 33K miles, in addition several hard brake lines were severely rusted and needed replacement. This is totally unacceptable on a truck!

- Halcottsville, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 132015

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. While driving 60 mph, the brake pedal failed when depressed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that all four brake lines were leaking and corroded. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000. Updated 04/04/16 updated 05/11/18

- Desoto, MO, USA

problem #6

Dec 112015


  • 115,000 miles
Brake line at the ABS center rusted to the point of failure this happened while stopped and pressing the brake to shift only damage was T the persons driveway - brake fluid on the asphalt

- L Compton, RI, USA

problem #5

Sep 012014


  • 62,800 miles
Started my truck and was trying to pull out of driveway when brake pedal suddenly went to the floor. I turned off the truck and had it towed to my mechanic. I was extremely fortunately that I had not entered my street with the truck running since there were many kids playing at that time in the middle of the cul de sac. My mechanic said the front brake lines had rusted and were the cause of the problem. For other reasons I sold the truck less than 100 miles later and was called by the buyer in panic stating that he was driving and the brake pedal went to the floor. He got the truck to his mechanic and was told that the rear break lines had rusted and were the cause of his problem. This is a extremely dangerous situation. I truly hope the gov't does something about it before someone is killed. How can brake lines rust with so little mileage? this is nuts!

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #4

Feb 032014

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I bought this 2005 Dakota new. I have spent thousands in repairs and there is always something wrong with it. I've also never seen anything rust like this truck. This particular issue I am fighting now. At speeds between 55 - 75 intermittently the truck will begin to vibrate. If you take your foot off the gas it gets worse. If you then apply the brakes the steering wheel begins to shake almost violently, and the brake pedal pulses. If I slow down to about 30 mph it stops and may happen again quickly or may not happen again for a while. I have replaced the rotors and calipers and tie rod ends and gotten an alignment. Still the issue exists. I have new Michelin tires. I have also already had to replace lower ball joints and front wheel bearings. I have replaced the rotors and calipers 3 times already on this truck. It has less than 65K miles on it. No one seems to be able to figure out what the problem is. I will never, ever buy another Chrysler / Dodge product. This was my first and will be my last.

- Mechanicsburg, OH, USA

problem #3

Mar 192014

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 87,182 miles
Summary: On certain pickup trucks equipped with four-wheel antilock brake systems (ABS), the ABS electronic control unit (ECU) may cause a loss of front to rear brake balance, and the rear brakes could lock up prematurely during certain braking conditions. Read more: www.motortrend.com/cars/2006/Dodge/Dakota/recalls/#ixzz2wrbpvczs consequences: This could result in a loss of vehicle control and cause a crash without warning. Read more: www.motortrend.com/cars/2006/Dodge/Dakota/recalls/#ixzz2wrbuoz4H this is happening to my 2005 Dodge Dakota 4X4 and they just keep telling me there is no recall number for your 2005 even tho the exact same thing is happening to their 2006.

- Oroville, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 042013

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 34,155 miles
Brake pedal went to the floor when pulling into parking space at work. This occurred after a 75 mile commute at highway speeds (65 mph). Truck was towed to a repair shop, where the diagnosis was "rusted brake lines" which let go under braking pressure. Two (2) different sections of brake lines were replaced as part of the repairs.

- St Michaels, MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 242013

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 141,950 miles
The hydraulic brake fluid lines are rusted below the master cylinder allowing the brake fluid to run out on the ground, and causing brake failure.

- Needmore, PA, USA