I inherited an 03 Dakota 2 years ago. I live in the Northeast and not having 4WD pretty much just doesn't work out. It gets stuck every time there is more than 3 inches of snow on the ground, and slides all over the place in any snow or ice (which is pretty much 3 full months a year). Piling weight in the back just doesn't seem to help. The fuel economy is terrible for a 2wd vehicle, my count is about 18 mph highway at best but i have got as little as 8 city. The Truck would be fine in a snow less region, but if you live in a cold climate look elsewhere. You can get much more traction power without sacrificing too much in MPG.
Nice big center console with a power outlet.
Fuel efficiency, RWD provides 0 traction, ext cab couldn't hold a dog let alone a human.
This truck handles really well. The
ride initially is not great, you feel
all of the bumps and grooves in the
roadway. Over time, this seems to have
smoothed out a bit. Interior is very
comfortable and roomy in my model
(bucket seats, club cab). Gas mileage
is around 17-18 city, 19-21 hwy.
Overall look and design. Goodyear
tires, aluminum wheels. You get the
full size truck feel without the size.
smooth out the ride. Not being
accustomed to the ride in a compact
truck, it takes some adjustment.
This truck is a super. It is in a
kinda stealth mode. With the eight
cylinder 4.7 she can do almost
anything the big boys can do and still
park in a compact stall. If you are
looking for a extended cab truck with
some yank look no further this Dakota
will knock your socks off. I have
owned a Chevy 1500 Z71 sportside and a
Ford Explorer XLT. I wish I had looked
at the Dodge line sooner. The other
trucks are okay but I'm impressed with
the overall quality and precision of
this vehicle. Highly recomended.
Good power, great comfort package,
nice size, and decent mileage.
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