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.
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
Some sleeping accomodiations in cab or
front seats more "nappable" Permanent
antifreeze. 100,000 mile warranty and
service. Don't change.
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.
V8, ac and cruise control
improve the gas milage, should be
better than the 318 was.
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.
AWD, Powertrain, exterior design,
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.
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
Four real doors. Comfy, roomy interior.
Looks good. V8 acceleration and power.
Rear windows go all the way down. Dark
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