by barobot on Feb 27, 2012 Vehicle: 1994 Dodge Dakota
im 15 and this truck was my first car
i bought it for 1500 on 11/12 with 156000 miles and counting.
it has a pretty good sized rust hole in the passenger door and is kind of loud. the gas guage doesnt work and the paint is peeling on the roof but is no prob, this truck pulls like a fullsize truck and i average about 12 mpg in the city. it is faster than anything weve owned and is more roomy than our ranger or our old s10. i wouldnt get rid of it untill i die. if you are looking for a used truck for around 2500, this is what you should get! but dont get any of the second generation ones, there junk.
I bought my Dakota off a lease in 1996 with 24k and still drive it everyday (14 years, 130k). It is now pretty old but overall has held up fairly well. Many problems with drivetrain seals leaking and the ball joints only lasted to 80k. The biggest problem has been the paint, it started falling off in 2004 and now one side of the box is missing most of it's paint. Also lost paint along the roof line. Turns out this was a defect from Dodge in the primer, but they would not warranty it. The poor paint will likely be the reason I sell it in the near future, it still has a lot of miles left, but it is no longer anything to look at. No MAJOR problems, besides paint in 14 yrs of ownership.
This has been a reliable truck, with no major problems. Never had any engine or transmission work. It is a good balance between a car and a full-sized truck, especially if you don't need to pull a large trailer.
by James Strange on Feb 22, 2004 Vehicle: 1994 Dodge Dakota
I bought this car cheap and it's great.
The interior design is good, with a
large glovebox and wood panneling it's
very large and comfortable. The infinity
sound system is ambient with nice base
for stock. The V8 is powerfull but a bit
slow on the takeoff. It has a lot of
pulling power for the size of the truck.
The 4WD is great.It got me out of a
ditch in two feet of snow.The extended
cab is larger than one would expect.I've
put 50,000 of it's 143,000 miles on it
and I hav'nt had any engine or
transmission problems with it yet.(just
ware and tare stuff like hood latches
and brake callipers.) One of the most
comfortable and reliable cars I've ever
owned for so low a price.
by jrwahlst on Feb 15, 2004 Vehicle: 1994 Dodge Dakota
I bought my '94 Dakota (w/3.9L V6)
with 120,000 miles on it about 3 years
ago, and have had absolutely no major
problems. I'm now up to 155,000 miles
and still going great!
I've been very pleased with how
reliable this vehicle has been. I'm
in Minnesota and have had it parked
outside in well below zero temps and
it always starts right up. I'm no
great car expert, but it's been really
solid for me. The paint's been fine,
too, unlike some reports I've heard.
by squierian on Feb 3, 2004 Vehicle: 1994 Dodge Dakota
This is a great truck. I've had it for
almost for years, and the guy who had
it before me babied it. I've had a
little bit of trouble with the
radiator, and have replaced at least
one cv joint, but not too many more,
and a wiper bushing. The air
conditioner is excellent. I can push
upwards of 320 miles to about 17
gallons, and have used this truck for
work and play. The exterior is in
agreable condtion, the only blemishes
in the forms of dings and scratches.
The headliner has been sagging, but I
can live with that. I like it because
it's in between the compact s-10's and
the large f-150's.
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