I bought the truck new and have had a blast with it. It has the Stampede package which caught my eye on the dealer parking lot. Bought it for fuel economy over my 79 Warlock and it has delivered promised fuel economy, 18 mpg for the daily 7 mile commute and 22 mpg on my annual trip to FL. The Stampede package really enhances the handling and styling. I tow two motorcycles regularly from state to state and the drive train is solid. Have 61,000 miles and have only had to do routine maintenance. Battery did quit suddenly at 5 years but that's about what you get from factory batteries. Wish I had gotten the extended cab but the styling didn't go with the Stampede package. Love this truck!!!
Styling, handling, fuel economy, cab layout with center console.
Fix the center caps on the wheels, they keep falling off. Don't like the chrome caps Dodge sells as replacements. Had to make my own carbon fiber spring to keep the stock caps from falling off.
I bought this Dakota 4x4 standard cab 2 years ago. Boy what a mistake. This thing sucks gas so fast you can watch the gauge move about 13 mpg in the city. I had a 1990 Dakota and it was a fine truck so had no problems buying this one until I got it home. I am 6,3" tall and have no room to move in it, it's pretty but not a good deal. So far the battery, water pump muffler and tires have all taken leave, also the center caps that come with the wheels will not stay on had to get the chrome ones that Dodge has replaced them with. I drive this truck back and forth to work (22 miles a day) thats all I can afford at $4.00 a gallon and go through $40-50 a week. Poor in snow.
love this truck. drives like a dream,
mine has the stampede package and i love
it, can't say how meany comments people
has said they loved the way the truck
looks the inside is right on center
console is really big if uhad o could
hide a body in there dodge stole this
ford lover and turned him into a dodge
guy for now on
love how confirtible the seats are in
this truck even it is a single cab
a little more room behind the seat to
put item that are a little bigger other
then that truck is great
I would encourage anyone thinking of
buying what amounts to a midsize entry
to the compact class pick up truck.
It's chief competor is the Toyota
Tacoma; 'nough said. The choice was
pretty easy for me too. With a 3.9L V6
engine, responsive handling, and a
high-up snug feeling suspension, you'll
find this truck a pleasure to drive, on
road or off. My only complaint is that
there is not enough room to rest my arm
on the seatbacks, old school country
My uncle used to say, "comparisons are
odious." And I never knew quite what he
meant by that. But if it comes down to
a Toyota Tacoma or a Dodge
Dakota...well, go out and buy one.