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.
2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab Sport 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)
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.
2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab Sport 2WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
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
I really like the styling on this truck.
of course, its an R/T, whats not to
like? it handles very well.
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.