think before you buy regular cab
By ems on
1997 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB
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!
Interior... it's well designed, radio
controls, gauges, air conditioning,
seats are comfortable...
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.