Bought brand new in 2001. I am very
unhappy with the quality and
reliability of the vehicle. It only
has 43K miles on it and I have already
had to replace both rear U joints to
the tune of $400. I have owned many
trucks and never had to replace U
joints at this low a mileage.
In addition, we paid for an extended
warranty, but the warranty company
went out of business so we are stuck
having paid the cost of the warranty
but still have to pay for the
repairs! Dealer says sorry but there
is nothing they can do.
Build a vehicle that does not have
major component failures within 40K!
I got the truck in april of 2001. The
Dakota has ample leg room in the front
but it is not the best in the rear for
tall people. I have the Dk. Garnet Red
paint which is one hin coat and then
the primer. It scratches very easily.
The 5.9 V8 has a lot of power which
makes it fun to drive. It has the
Infinity 6 speaker sound system which
has really great quality sound. The
only problems are that it went back to
the shop about every month till it hit
I bought this 2001 Dakota used in
January 2004. It has been back to the
dealer, four times in the past 8 months
for electrical problems. They replace
the PCM, CTM, fuel pump and several
other electrical items. I looked on
the internet to see if anyone has had
these same problems and found hundreds
of people experienced the exact same
problems with their Dakotas. You would
think Dodge would replace these items
for free because some many people have
had problems but they haven't. These
electrical problems are serious and it
has been very expensive. I will be
getting rid of this truck soon.
The V-8 4.9L is fun!
Major blind spots to the drivers left.
Fix the major electrical and
reliability problems. From what I have
read they haven't solved the
reliability problems with the new