1998 Dodge Dakota Consumer Review: Ping, Ping, Ping, Boom, Smoke
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1998 Dodge Dakota - Consumer Review

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SLT Extended Cab Pickup (3.9L V6 5-speed Manual)

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Ping, Ping, Ping, Boom, Smoke
By Harvey Cedars on

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1998 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB

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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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Infinity stereo is almost as good as my home system.

Worst Features

Two words: quality, service. Dodge has none of these. And now they're also down one loyal customer.
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