1200 mi in 3 mo because of problems. Steering is stiff around center and very light elsewhere causes oversteer. Vehicle rolls excessively. Trans failed at 230 miles -no oil from factory. Backlash in the drivetrain and lurches at low speed. 2300 RPM power falls off then surges. RPM takes long time to drop- grinds syncros if shifted too fast. Clutch pedal has no feel-like a wet sponge. Shift light is annoying. Underpowered. Needs automatic to hide problems. Drivers mirror has big blind spot.
CD player works.
Fix the steering, drivetrain. Put in real shocks and anti-roll bars. Put in Mitsubishi's 3l V6. Loose some of the marketeers and hire some engineers.
the dakota has the best looking design
of any truck,mid-sized or smaller.the
design is such that even when it is
sitting still,it looks like it is in
motion.the larger tires,the paint
scheme,and the fender flairs really set
it off.every day i thank god for that
truck.there are just not enough good
things to say about it.
scheme,bucket seats,and console with
it's cup and bottle holders.
i have the 2002 model sxt,the 2003
looses the 2002 paint scheme,dodge
should bring that back. the 2002 paint
scheme on the sxt was a big selling
point, i think 2003 sales will lag way
behind the 2002 sales.
After driving a Dodge Caravan for
years, it was a little difficult to
get used to the truck-like ride.
However, for a truck, I think the ride
is pretty good. I'm concerned about
the way it handles over bumps. Could
use more head-room. Seat belts are
hard to put on. Nice acceleration and
fun to drive.
I have had poor luck with my Dakota! It
will shimmy, try to die, rattles, and
has poor power on take off. I hav been
told by (experts) that this is normal
for this truck. Now you and I know this
isn`t true. It also has major slack in
the drive-train. My gas mileage is much
worse than sticker showed. This is the
second Dakota bought new that I have
had problems with, a 93, and this 02,.
Who would dream of getting 2 lemons in
a row, or is this the standard for
dodge. I will never own another
I like the overall appearance of the
vehicle. It is comfortable, and has
nice interior features. The ride is
smooth and road noise low.
make a vehicle with good dependabl
increase the rpm to at least 800 at
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