I have had this truck for 4 years now.It is by far one of the best vehicles I have ever owned. I bought it in 2001 when it only had 25,000 miles on it.I now have 92,000 miles on it and it still performs like a new truck. Everyone who rides it say it rides like a car.I have driven from georgia to Oklahoma several time without a glitch. Whenever I travel driving ,I drive my truck . I get complements all the time about how beautiful a truck it is. The only problems I have had is the air conditioner compressor went out and,the passenger door lock was humming when activated. Those problems were covered under the warranty and resolved. I think I can say I love my truck.
Its exterior looks far surpass any other truck on the road. It is comfortable on long trips.
Like the looks of the vehicle but the
poor quality qickly caught my attention.
Tires were an issue from the test
drive, dealer replaced 2 before I
replaced the whole set, engine pulled
at 18k and new seals installed,
electrical problem, brake caliper and
brakes completely replaced at 24K,
dealer said was normal, dealer says
control arms needed replacing about the
same time. Rattles developed in the
dash (which drove us crazy) never got
them quited down) along with the bed
which I later found was not fasten on
straight. Plastic fastners came loose
around windshield and on firewall. I
understand why the dealership high
pressured the extended warranty.
Looks, engine ran good and sounded
good, rode like a car, plenty of rear
seat room and car like entry.
There would have to be a lot of
mechanical improvement before I would
buy another. I was afraid the payments
would outlast the longevity of the
If I had to do it over, I would buy
this model truck only with the V8. The
pickup on the highway is somewhat
lacking in the V6, with only 2 adults
riding. The fuel economy ratings are
almost the same between the V6 and the
V8, so it would have been worth it.
Otherwise I have been extremely happy
with it! It is fun to drive and looks
fantastic with a good wash and wax! I
am actually thinking about getting a
cap to make it like an SUV rather then
have to give it up for a trade.
Look, folding rear seats, versatility
Make sliding rear window a power option
in the Quad cab... I can't reach it
Improve fuel economy!
Perfect for commuter/homeowner.
Estended cab is "just right" for most
trips and jobs. Long distance driving
is a little rough after the first 8 or
9 hours. V-6 gives more than enough
power and pretty good mileage, good
looking, very reliable. If I ever have
to let this one go, I'll buy another
Dakota to replace it.
Big enough for a "full size" person,
and most jobs & tasks, while still
being "parkable" in the subburbs.
Bumpers are strictly "for show" and
serve no real functioality. Have had
to replace rear bumper twice because of
minor parking-lot "bumps". Suggest
a "real" back bumper.
I have had nothing but great experience
with my Dakota. With the 4.7L V-8 and
only the 2 wheel drive, it has become
the family car. With 3 kids, we have
taken it all over for vacation. I
would definintly buy another.