Dakota doesn't live up to it's billing
By benhunts on
1998 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB
Power is adequate for a V-6 but at the
expense of fuel economy. Had to
replace factory tires @ 19k miles;
battery @ 24k miles; brake pads at 27k;
backup lights haven't worked in 2 years
despite replacing wiring, bulbs, fuses,
etc.; rad.temp circuit chip at 55k; A/C
fail at 60k; fan clutch @ 63k; front
rotors, calipers, & pads.
Paint began fading on the roof and
tailgate at 43k and is now spreading
over the cab. Truck, with the
exception of the above, has performed
reliably well in spite of the above.
Comfort, ride, low road noise. Power
is acceptable for size truck.
too front end heavy; needs major engine
improvements to improve fuel economy (I
average 13 city, 15 hwy); improve build
quality and QA of components; brakes
need lots of help; A/C needs lots of
help; paint is sketchy and not durable.