1997 Dodge Dakota Consumer Review: think before you buy regular c
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1997 Dodge Dakota - Consumer Review

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think before you buy regular cab
By ems on

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1997 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB

Review

it's been a good truck for the 6 months I've owned it. Beware of ball-joint issues in the 97-02 models... the 00-02 seem to be the worst, but mine needed all four ball joints before 100k... they aren't cheap either, total bill was $1500. The truck has plenty of power with the 318 (5.2) and the transmission has been smooth shifting... but the engine does have idle issues, make sure you start the truck COLD as that's when they tend to show up. Would I buy it again? Probably, but I'd get the club or quad cab!

Best Features

Interior... it's well designed, radio controls, gauges, air conditioning, seats are comfortable...

Worst Features

the horn... it's too hard to get it to go off, you have to hit the steering wheel in a very specific spot, but you wouldn't know it based on the way it looks or is designed.
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