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130,000 miles and its time to go
By Randall on 08/18/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB

Review

Well, with a baby now and not enough room in the ext. cab for it its time for a quad cab. My truck has been put threw hard driving and just loves to work. What is going on with the ball joints? Replaced every 30k miles. bottoms are beefy but the tops are like a golf ball. Too bad you need to break the bottoms to replace the tops. When i nigotiate my new price, I will want a 100k mile warrentee on the ball joints. Would I recomend this truck to someone? Answer...yes
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1998 Dodge Dakota
By M.Rogers on 08/13/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Dodge Dakota 2dr Regular Cab LB

Review

We have had nothing but problems with our Dodge. We bougt it and the Dealer told us it was normal for the gears on a manuel Dodge to be tight to shift. So, not but a few months after we bought the truck second and fifth started slipping. Then our Catalytic Converter went out, warranty recall. Then we found out the truck has an exaust leak from a bolt head that came off and is stripped so we have to take the truck to a Master Mechanic. We wanted to sell the truck but unfortuatly Dodge vehicles do not hold their value so we are about $3000.00 unside down in the truck loan. Who said life ins't fair!!!!!
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It's my baby
By Akula on 08/08/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB

Review

I bought my Dodge in Dec of 1997 and have loved it. tons of room inside and lots of places to put stuff. Never had any major problems with it and have over 80,000 as of 08/02.
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Issue with catalytic converter
By Bryan64 on 05/10/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB

Review

I LOVE my 98 Dakota. It has performed reliably, except in one dept: I seem to be replacing cat's annually. A rattling begings to develop when the engine is pulling (I enjoy pulling G's out of my V6 w/ low geared rear-end). Dodge warranty has replaced the cat twice, and a muffler once because part of the cat went down the pipe and damaged the muffler. I have discussed my need for acceleration with the Dodge Boys and didn't get any indication that my driving is affecting the cat. Dodge wont evaluate the O2 sensor when they replace the faulty cats.
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Ping, Ping, Ping, Boom, Smoke
By Harvey Cedars on 05/09/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB

Review

5.2L, 5-speed. Was a superb ride till I hit 12K miles, then engine started pinging. Got worse and worse until it sounded like the engine was full of ball bearings. Tried high test gas, then brought to dealer which twice did all TSB checks. Finally submitted to Chrysler arbitration, who tried to reneg on their promise to buy the vehicle back until I mentioned the magic phrase "EPA". Delivered it back to Dodge on 12-23-00 with 36K on the clock and pinging, burning oil (1QT every 700mi.), and a terrible grinding sound in the front when cold. Chrysler service sucks!! I've had CC cars all my life - never again. Quality has gone to the dogs. Where is Lee Iacocca when they really need him?
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Miss My Dodge
By Brian355 on 03/30/02 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 2dr Extended Cab SB

Review

I recently traded mine in and miss it already. It was a good truck but the extra cab wasn't quite enough. The rear bench seat is OK but not as OK as I had hoped when I bought the truck. The ride and performance are first rate for a pick-up. For the 50+ thousand miles I owned it, I only had to perform normal maintenance and replaced the tires. (The stock Goodyears really sucked.) There was only one recall during this time. If it wasn't for a growing family, I would have kept it 'til the doors fell off.
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Rides, and Looks GREAT!!!!
By Swenson on 03/14/02 00:26 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB

Review

This truck is near perfect. I love the looks and handling. I can push, pull, haul, and drag just about everything. This truck is very hard to get stuck. Very fun to drive. Great for Hunting.
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Looks and Feels Great But Quality Sucks
By Schmutte on 03/05/02 11:28 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB

Review

This truck starts falling apart at the seems after 50K miles. It drives great and is very comfortable, but poor quality. THANKS UAW!!!! The UAW has turned me off from ever buying another American car.
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