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Given up on Dodge
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By Chuck
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2002 Dodge Dakota 4dr Quad Cab SLT 2WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


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Thought I would "buy American" and get the Dodge Dakota 4 dr crew. Love its style, comforts, more power than I need (4.7L V8) 2WD has no traction in snow or ice. Very easy to drive and comfortable 6ft.2 220lbs.(2 trips NJ to Calif.) Gas mileage stinks...13-18mpg, no loads. Brake rotors replaced 28K, Left top ball joint worn (no recall yet)A/C needed charging, Right front hub and bearings replaced 49K, rear leaf spring noisy, transmission hesitation occasionally. Great truck to drive and haul but reliability really in question with only 49K. Probably back to Nissan or Toyota.


Favorite Features

Styling, Stance, Interior, Comfort, Power V8


Suggested Improvements

Quality of overall vehicle especially suspension & brakes...transmission Improve gas mileage Extend warranty for entire vehicle


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Nice truck
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By joe
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2002 Dodge Dakota 4dr Quad Cab Sport 2WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


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This truck is fun to drive. The V8 is a must. Back seat is roomy for kids, but a little tight for large adults. The rear seat belts are the easiest I've used for installing car seats. I replaced a poor fitting vacuum hose and need to take it in to take care of recall issues. Gas milege isn't the best. A lot of vibration when driving with the windows down.


Favorite Features

Plenty of power. Great family truck. Nice stereo too.


Suggested Improvements

Better fuel economy


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look for something else!
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By luca66
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2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab SLT 2WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


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I was so hoping this would be a great truck to keep for always...in a word...not! Electrical, air, engine problems. should of bought a toyota. No resale value, not dependable, and the service dept too lax ( at least here in L.A.). It quickly runs through a tank of gas and can be as expensive as a luxury SUV...on premium fuel. In conclusion...sadly disappointed with this vehicle and can't wait to get rid of it. Like the other reviewer stated...good for the first 20k miles after that...good luck. Sorry dodge, but work a little harder on your product...looks cool, but that ain't enough kid.


Favorite Features

exterior look.


Suggested Improvements

Make a better turning radius, better built parts and design(interior). parts, and monitor your dealership service departments...they want to get by doing the least amount of work...and the vehicle is under warranty. Bad reflexion for the dodge company.


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should have bought the ford
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By grani
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2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab Sport 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


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Nothing but probs from day one. First week, stalled in wet weather on the highway. Next the seal on back window leaked. Brakes shot by 25k. Truck is babied while driven, no hot shots. Now one month after new brakes, rotors, the left wheel is smoking. Then the service engine lite repeatedly comes on. Said the gas cap needed replacement. New vehicle, what a lemon.Customer service stinks since day one.Service dept stinks from day one.The grill is cheap plastic, just broke trying to open the hood.My brother has same truck and had brakes go bad at early mileage.


Suggested Improvements

buy a ford


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'02 R/T
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By Dougzilla04
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2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab Sport 2WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Overall, a decent truck. When it stays out of the shop i love it. but it has spent a lot of time there. My truck has about 32,000 miles on it now and i have to take it back for its second set of ball joints. In 2003 its spent about 3 months in the shop for mechanical and engine malfunctions. Dodge's customer service was terrible. At four different dealerships i was not allowed to get a rental car paid for which i think was wrong considering how little i got to drive the vehicle. I know a lot of people that have Dodges and dont have the number of issues that i had, but after this truck i will be going back to toyotas and/or nissans for dependablity reasons.


Favorite Features

I really like the styling on this truck. of course, its an R/T, whats not to like? it handles very well.


Suggested Improvements

First, fix Dodges customer support at the dealership. They leave you high and dry. Second, its a 5.9...give us some of the horsepower that this engine is capable of producing. i get 12mpg for only 250 HP. There are 6 cylinder Accords that get more horsepower than this.


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Almost Bullet Proof Fun and Useful Ride
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By Mitchis57
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2002 Dodge Dakota 4dr Quad Cab SLT 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


Review

This is my third Dakota, 5.9 still can hold it's own across intersections but fades quickly off idle, needs slightly more cam in mid range but that might take away some of it's dependability and gas economy would suffer. Thinking of a supercharger. Going to Mobile 1 for remaining years of service. Thought of a Colorado but lacked the solid fun.


Favorite Features

Right size, fits in the garage, Carrys all the company I care to have. Makes the dump run fun. Have to keep a lite foot around cops. Never checked the top speed but imagine it would be warp speed


Suggested Improvements

Some sleeping accomodiations in cab or front seats more "nappable" Permanent antifreeze. 100,000 mile warranty and service. Don't change.


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silver bullet dakota quad
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By blackdakota
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2002 Dodge Dakota 4dr Quad Cab SLT 2WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


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No problems after 55k miles. Plenty of room for 4 adults, plus bikes and luggage in the bed. Works all day then is stylish for a night on the town. Leaves all other compact and some full- size pickups in the dust.


Favorite Features

V8, ac and cruise control


Suggested Improvements

improve the gas milage, should be better than the 318 was.


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All around great truck
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By rjbruce
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2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab SLT 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


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One thing I haven't seen anyone mention anything about is the optional AWD. I'm not sure if maybe it's not offered in all regions, but it's another great feature that puts this vehicle one notch above the rest. One flaw of the Dakota is it seems to have a light rearend. No problems with AWD. We've hauled 6000lbs of hay on a 16 foot trailer with the 4.7L 5 speed combo, and never had a problem pulling it uphill or anywhere. Comfortable and an attractive design. Especially for being 8 years old. The back seat of the club cab is not for adults but is good for children or storage.


Favorite Features

AWD, Powertrain, exterior design, comfort.


Suggested Improvements

Fuel economy. I understand it takes more gas to create more power, but another mile or two to the gallon would be nice. (current 14-15 mpg average) Some things have to be sacrificed I guess.


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Ok but not great
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By RLMSr
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2002 Dodge Dakota 4dr Quad Cab SLT 2WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


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Have 51600 miles, mostly highway. Had it to do over, I might not buy it again. Gas mileage for 4.7 V8 terrible in mixed driving - 14.6 mpg avg last 3 tanks - most of my daily trips are 75% highway. Steering failed (shafts separated) at 48575 mi - lucky for us I was at 25 mph on and empty street not 45 mins before on the interstate. Dodge did fix for free despite being out of warranty, but I had to borrow a car for two days. Very comfortable inerior. Floor tray doesn't allow for middle passenger's feet. Rear seats very comfortable, as roomy as our Impala. Bed length is same w/gate down as my Ranger was w/gate down, but it could be longer. Turning rad


Favorite Features

Four real doors. Comfy, roomy interior. Looks good. V8 acceleration and power. Rear windows go all the way down. Dark colored interior.


Suggested Improvements

Gas mileage. Gas Mileage. GAS MILEAGE. Factory spray-in bedliner. Stake pockets. Work truck-like interior option with gadgets like Xterra or Element would be nice and make it easier to clean. I had to get cloth and carpet to get power windows and a trip computer.


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Great Value
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By marinedig1us
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2002 Dodge Dakota 4dr Quad Cab SLT 2WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


Review

Very dependable, reliable. Well powered.


Favorite Features

Electric Side Mirrors w/defog. Stereo System.


Suggested Improvements

SHOULD come with bedliner LIKE ALL OTHER DEALERS. Uverhead Weather data system should be made standard.


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