Dodge, never again!
By Rosemountguy on
1997 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB
This was my first new vehicle purchase and my last Chrysler product purchase. While the truck always got reasonable mileage and was comfortable to drive, it was a maintenance nightmare. I went through three power steering pumps, replaced the ball joints, fuel pump, cruise control, and had the rear rebuilt by 50000 miles. The truck also ate brakes every 15- 20thousand miles. I never owned a vehicle that was this hard on brakes, even my old Trans-Am which I drove hard. A am happy I never really used it as a heavy hauler as I am sure I would have gone through many more parts.
Ride quality and interior comfort. The engine was also torquey for its size (3.9)
Improve reliability. There is no reason why a truck should not go at least 100,000 miles without replaceing major parts due to failure.