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Pretty darn good so far
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By Madfison-Mig
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1999 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab Sport 2dr Extended Cab SB


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Found a gem on craigslist last March and bought a 99 Dakota sport extended cab with 17k original miles (hard to believe but true). All good so far - driven it 5K miles in 9 months and a few oil changes is all the maintenance/repairs thus far. Winter has hit here in WI and an extra 300-400 pounds in the back and traction in manageable around town. Gas mileage leaves something to be desired but I knew that buying a truck. Mine has topper and bedliner and is pretty basic (no power windows or locks - am/fm stereo). Great to haul the kids baseball gear around in the summer and help friends move stuff when they ask!


Favorite Features

Rear seats that face forward as opposed to the inside on other extended cab trucks. Center console/armrest is a nice touch and interior seems to be holding up well.


Suggested Improvements

Better gas mileage, factory stereo is plain but works. Going to add a Yakima bike/gear rack to the topper in the spring.


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Dakota 4Cyl
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By DMS
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1999 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab Sport 2dr Extended Cab SB


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I bought my Dodge Dakota with 70,000 miles on it. I jumped into buying it. It has the 2.5 L 4 cylinder engine that is expected to carry over 3500 pounds. I have a difficult time getting up to speed and fill I am going to get run over. And with a 4 cylinder I only average 18 mpg that is unbelievably low. But besides having no power, the truck has needed both upper and lower ball joints, radiator at 80,000 miles, the crankshaft sensor at 85,000 miles, the front seal went out at 91,000 miles so I spent over 1,200 dollars in two years in repairs. But at the moment I have 107,000 miles on it and it is finally running good, but I am still not getting anywhere fast.


Favorite Features

Interior comfort,and body style


Suggested Improvements

Better suspension, better power, Lower engine noise, better A/C.


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Dodge Dakota
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By broncos4zak
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1999 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab Sport 2dr Extended Cab SB


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Overall this truck has served me well. The power isn't too bad, interior comfort is pretty good. Reliability has been good. The market value stinks though.


Favorite Features

Interior room and comfort are quite well for a 6' 270lb guy. The ride and handling are sporty, but also can serve its purpose as a truck should.


Suggested Improvements

The V-6 in these trucks needs more power. Seems like it is always straining to accelerate. 4 wheel disk brakes and 4 wheel ABS should be standard. Do something about the gas mileage Dodge!


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All you could ask for
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By stuffingmonkey
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1999 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab Sport 2dr Extended Cab SB


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The truck has been solid if not spectacular during my ownership of about 85,000 miles. If it has received $1000 in repairs, that would be a lot. The cat was replaced early on (covered by warranty), and the alignment went awry early such that I only got 15,000 miles out of the two front stock tires (alignment fix was warranty). Other than that, no serious issues to report. Power with the V6 is good with some pep when you need it, and MPG has been right around 20 with a bias toward highway miles.


Favorite Features

Styling. Was the best looking compact/midsize pickup at the time and still is.


Suggested Improvements

Back seat for a midsize is pretty cramped, but many pickups have moved away from extended cabs in favor of 4 doors now with more room.


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A great pickup
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By DakotaSport
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1999 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab Sport 2dr Extended Cab SB


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If you're in the market for a mid sized truck the Dodge Dakota is an excellent choice. I disagree the unhappy reviews. Most people don't write reviews if they are satisified. I've had my truck for over a year, and although I have replaced a few things, the truck's overall performance and features well make up for the repairs you may need to do. The truck's size is far less bulky than that of the full size p/u, and allows for easy parking in most situations. The truck's ride, power, and curb appeal are all excellent. Prevenitive maintence eliminates numerous problems listed in other reviews. The Dakota's interior build quality far exceeds that of many other manufacturers, I.E no rattles.


Favorite Features

318 V-8 provieds excellent power and (with good driving habits)respectable fuel mileage. The NV231 transfer case, smooth engagement. Very comfortable interior. Interior build quality. Features of the interior. Very easy to work on when repairs are needed. Trucks curb appeal and oveall looks.


Suggested Improvements

The 8.25" backlash seems to be set too loose from the factory. The stock heater core does not provide very good heat (the replacement part is 3times the size) The ball joints everyone complains about should be greasable, but most people would not grease them, which is why Dodge opted for sealed ones.


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Dodge Dakota 1999 ext. cab sport
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By broncos4zak
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1999 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab Sport 2dr Extended Cab SB


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Basically I bought this truck knowing I drive about an hour each way to work and needing something comfortable, reliable, and decent on gas. All of that has happened. I made some mods in order to get 20mpg from this V-6, throttle body spacer, cold air intake, and Flowmaster exhaust. Issues have been tranny rebuilt at 63,000, cat at 110,000, front hubs at 130,000, and 2 outboard speed sensors. I bought this truck with 59,000 and currently have 145,000+ on it. Overall a good truck, could have better gas mileage, better tranny (more reliable and better shift points), and more ponies. Love the handling, traction is pretty good for 2wd, interior layout is good.


Favorite Features

Styling is excellent, good handling at any speed, good ride, mpg is fair for a V-6, decent power for a V-6 in a truck of this weight.


Suggested Improvements

Make a transmission with steel gear in tailshaft (91-at least 00 had aluminum), better mpg (maybe 25mpg hwy), better paint (been a problem for 20 yrs now), move distributor to front of engine.


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Good Truck -Reliable
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By mike
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1999 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab Sport 2dr Extended Cab SB


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I love this truck and am very pleased with its performance. Reliable, fast, and sharp looks. Decent gas mileage.


Favorite Features

Looks and pick up!


Suggested Improvements

Back seat room, more hooks in the bed to strap down items.


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Dakota Rocks!
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By cobb_cruiser
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1999 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab Sport 2dr Extended Cab SB


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I purchased just it a few weeks ago, and all I can say is it's a great truck. Best looking truck on the road. It has 127k miles, but rides excellent. Mine has a 5.2L V8 which produces lots of power! Gas mileage is OK for this much power. Great acceleration. Great turning radius. Good braking. The power steering pressure hose developed a pin-hole (have no idea why?). But replacing it was a breeze! Lots of room to work around. Easy access. I expect to drive it about another 127k based on what I have seen and experienced so far. Love this truck!


Favorite Features

Best body style on the road. Great ground clearance. Lots of room in font seats.


Suggested Improvements

More room in back seats -- next purchase will be a Dakota quad cab.


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Solid well built truck.
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By nothing789
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1999 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab Sport 2dr Extended Cab SB


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OK this a well built american truck all those who disagree probably drive a toyota. my truck was bought @ 90k miles i have had it for a year and 16k on it. I have replace the cat and soon ball joints. Ball joints are normal to go out look and fords an chevys the eat them like they are nothing the cat was replaced w/ after market those who used factory obviously don't know cars. the tranny still shifts well and seems to be very strong. all in all this is one of the best truck i have been in.


Favorite Features

comfort is great. the styling is nice. It has good power, it runs very well.


Suggested Improvements

Better gear ratios in the tranny. firmer shifts. limited slip rear end. and a bit more low end torque


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troubles
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By sdh
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1999 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab Sport 2dr Extended Cab SB


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This truck was great until 87,000 miles, then it fell apart. It burns up cat converters--needs 4th already, had to have a new transmission and ball joints.


Favorite Features

Interior comfort.


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