I bought the Dakota new back in 1997. I now have almost 150k miles with nothing but standard maintenance required. I have had a problem with the speakers since I bought it and the dealership could never figure it out. Other than this one issue the truck has served me well over the past decade.
Never again will I purchase a Dodge
product after this truck. I had the
truck in the shop more in the first two
years that my other vehicle has been in
the ten years I have owned it. Not
only does the truck lack quality, but
the service at the Raymond Dodge
Service Center is horrible. Talk about
Have had only one problem - catalytic
converter went out before 100K mile
warranty. Timing belt (or chain) has
always made a slight clicking noise,
but has never hindered the operation of
the truck. Absolutely love this truck;
in my opinion, have had no big
problems, not even small ones like a
headlight or tail light going out.
Body style - Dodge has it licked. Very
comfortable interior, except full sized
adult in back seat. Not a true compact
truck - very roomy inside as well as
With the new Quad Cab model, my only
suggestion is taken care of - more room
in the back seat.
V8 is a necessity, a lot of power with it. Interior is very comfortable. Ride and handling are very good with new tires, just good with worn tires. This vehicle is terrible in 2 wheel drive on snow and rain for accler. Fuel economy is the worst for this size truck. I avg 13 mpg and nothing is wrong with the truck. Infinity stereo sounds pretty good as stock. After 30K miles I have not had a single problem. I have had 1700 lbs in the bed several times with no problem.