I love my truck and the way it rides. The only problem is the gas mileage. I might get 17 MPG on the highway if I'm lucky. That's driving around 60 to 70 MPH with the tailgate down. I've talked to others who own a Dakota and they average about the same.
This is my second Dakota. The ball joints have been replaced on both twice now.Other than that, it's a good little truck. 18/19 mpg and I make it work for its gas. The transmission is quirky, but still going strong, and I will likely buy another. The brakes arenot too good
Best size interior cab I have seen. Comfy ride and it still pulls my boat with ease.
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.
Styling, Stance, Interior, Comfort, Power V8
Quality of overall vehicle especially suspension & brakes...transmission Improve gas mileage Extend warranty for entire vehicle
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.
Plenty of power. Great family truck. Nice stereo too.
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.
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.