fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,215 miles

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problem #3

May 012006

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. While driving approximately 15 mph downhill with the brake pedal depressed, the vehicle shook violently. She pumped the brakes to relieve some of the shaking. The dealer repaired the vehicle the following day per the technical service bulletin. The repair consisted of resurfacing the brakes and drums, and the brake and brake pads were replaced. After a few months, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the failure was not related to a recall; however, it was a safety concern. They were unable to assist. The current mileage was 66,000 and failure mileage was 10,000.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #2

Aug 072007

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,300 miles
I had been noticing some major pulsating (to the point I thought I was loosing a tire) in the front end of my 05 Dodge Dakota when I stepped on the front brake so I had the brakes looked at by meineke muffler. They showed me how the dust boot on the calipers were deteriorating and that the rotors were turning blue from over-heating. They suggested I contact Dodge to see if there were any recalls or if it was covered by my extended warranty. My truck has 24K miles on it. I contacted Dodge regarding the warranty and they said that only the calipers would be covered even though the defective calipers caused the premature wearing of the rotors and brake pads. The brake pads still had at least 50% wear on them. My truck is currently at stevens Dodge in milford ct. Tomorrow will be 2 weeks since I brought it there and supposedly they are still waiting for the parts to come in. According to their service dept the parts are not on back order but they still aren't in. This truck is supposed to be able to tow up to 7,000 pounds but with the brakes failing after only 24K of normal driving (mostly highway miles) I can only imagine what might have happened if I towed things with it regularly.

- Stratford, CT, USA

problem #1

Feb 062006

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,344 miles
Leased new Dakota 5/05. On 10/05 with 5344 miles rear brakes, drums and wheel cylinders were replaced dealer and Dodge said normal wear and tear and would not warranty them said I use the brakes to much. On 2/06 truck was returned to dealer needed new rear brakes, drums were turned, front pads were metal on metal and replaced, rotors and calipers were replaced also. Miles on truck was 9,700 dealer and Dodge said normal wear and tear again and would not cover this total cost so far $1,400. I think it could be a design flaw because they put the adjuster at the top by the wheel cylinder. I kept all the parts and took pixs. So I'm now on the 3rd set of rear brakes.

- Lancaster, NY, USA