2000 Dodge Dakota Consumer Review: You get what you pay for!

2000 Dodge Dakota - Consumer Review

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SLT Plus Crew Cab Pickup (3.9L V6 4x4 5-speed Manual)

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You get what you pay for!
By texasgunrunner on


2000 Dodge Dakota SLT Plus 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB


My Dakota performs well in spite of how I abuse it. For a V8 4x4, the gas mileage acceptable. It has been extremely reliable - and I put 30K miles on it the first year!. The only serious issue was the AC clutch bearing failed, which I replaced myself. I did upgrade the cheesy factory front rotors. For all the other reviewers who bought the low-end versions econo- versions ("It lacks power with a 2.5L engine..." duh! it is a truck!) - you get what you pay for and you should have had a V8. This is no featherweight Nissan putt-putt - it is a real vehicle, so get a real engine and then we'll talk.

Best Features

4.7L V8 - an awesome engine with lots of opportunities for increasing torque and HP off a good base. Very reliable.

Worst Features

Ditch the factory rotors at 15K miles and upgrade to PowerSlots (slotted) or Stillen (cross-drilled). I have PowerSlots. Get a spray-in liner on day one - but invest in a decent one (Line-X or Rhino - mine is LineX). Upgrade the air intake (IntensePerformance or K&N cold- air).
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