really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,123 miles

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problem #8

Jun 102006

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
When braking a highway speeds, the braking system has a severe shutter. I have taken it to the dealership and they could not find any issues. They did, however, turn the front rotors. The problem is in the rear brakes. I can tell when the front has a problem. It is a different feel. My 2001 Dakota had exactly the same issue and they could never find a problem with it either. The dealership says it is normal. The anti-lock brakes in the rear are what causes the problem. They know of no way to fix it. I put in the "number of failures" that there have been 481 failures, since that is how long I have had the vehicle and it occurs daily. It was extremely rare for it to happen until it had about 15,000 mi. On it and I can work the brakes and get it to stop if I don't have to stop fast. I had the worst issue this morning coming to work. I had a vehicle run a stop sign and I had to do a panic stop from 65 mph and the truck shook so bad I did not think it was going to stop. I have just gotten frustrated and lived with this problem, since I get told it is just normal anti-lock brakes............not likely!!!!! also, I noticed there is a daimler/Chrysler service bulletin on this problem. It is #0500405 dated 05/10/2006. Since my last experience with the dealership, I have just stayed away, so I have not been told about this service bulletin.

- Eagle Mountain, UT, USA

problem #7

Jun 182005

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Dakota quad cab and when I would go to stop from high speeds it would shutter really bad until I would take my foot off of the break. However in May 06 I was hit in the drivers side rear tire and had my entire rear axle replaced with a new one since the old one was damaged in the accident and no longer have the shuttering when I stop.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #6

May 172006

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
I own a 2005 Dodge Dakota bought in B.C Canada. When trying to slow down on a hill my truck started shaking violently every time I applied the brakes, and it had very little braking power. I felt that if I kept applying the brakes it would fly off the road. Before I went on this trip Dodge inspected my vehicle and cleaned my brakes. They said everything was great and I was on my way. I talked to Dodge about this problem and they said they had never seen this problem before and offered no help even though I felt my life was in danger. My girlfriend will not ride in my truck anymore and I don't blame her. Please make Dodge recall this truck for it has many problems and before someone gets hurt. Thanks.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #5

Jul 022005

Dakota 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Within one month after purchase of our 2005 Dodge Dakota quad cab, we started to experience the vibration in the truck. We have taken the truck in over 7 times. Axles, rotors, wheel bearings, etc., have all been replaced several times to no avail. A zone representative from DCC said "it is a characteristic of the vehicle." Bull!! if this is a characteristic, why were we not told about it when we purchased the vehicle. We too are waiting for a recall that will probably never be issued! we want results. Fix our truck and make it right...

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #4

May 012006

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,900 miles
: the contact stated while applying brake pressure at 55 mph the brakes went to the floor. The vehicle has been to the dealership six times for repairs. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Southport, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 142005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
The contact was traveling at 45 mph when a deer ran out in front of the vehicle. He pressed on the brakes and the vehicle shook and jumped. The brakes locked, causing the vehicle to go over a hill. The contact sustained injuries. The vehicle needed the frame replaced. The manufacturer has been contacted. The vehicle was still under warranty. Updated 01/23/06.

- East Carbon , UT, USA

problem #2

Aug 092005

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125 miles
Purchased my new Dodge quad-cab Dakota in Aug 2005. Immediately noticed the truck would shake when brakes were applied, especially at about 50 mph. Some new vehicles can have brake rotor and drum rust and I assumed that that may have been the problem. But after 3000 miles on vehicle, I took it to the local Dodge dealer to have them diagnose the problem. I had waited to take it to the shop so the oil could be changed at the same time. I also wanted to allow ample time to wear-in the new shoes and rotors etc. Dealer ordered new front brake rotors on Nov 8 2005 and rotors were replaced on Nov 22 2005 with truck showing about 3600 miles on odometer. Dealer informed me when I picked up the truck that the problem was not yet fixed and that rear brake parts were being ordered. The shimmy and shake when braking at around 50 mph is serious and would cause safety concerns under certain conditions such as slick or rough roads, as applying brakes causes a bouncing sensation as if you were traveling on a washboard road (series of small humps or bumps). It is upsetting to me that this new vehicle is sold with the factory being aware that this problems exists on these vehicles. It is fraudulent to sell a defective vehicle such as this and knowing the problem exists. Unsafe while braking at moderate speeds.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 202005

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 860 miles
The contact stated while driving the vehicle it vibrated. The brakes locked, and the transmission slipped. The dealer has replaced the axle, the braking system, and the transmission control module. This only made the problem worse. The vehicle has not been specifically diagnosed to determine the cause of the problem. The dealer said they would again have to replace the axle, braking system, and the transmission control module to remedy the problem. The vehicle is going to be repaired as soon as the parts are available. Updated 01/11/06.

- Nineva, IN, USA