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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.


Best 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


Worst Features

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)


Review

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.


Best Features

V8, ac and cruise control


Worst Features

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.


Best Features

AWD, Powertrain, exterior design, comfort.


Worst Features

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


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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.


Best Features

Electric Side Mirrors w/defog. Stereo System.


Worst Features

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


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