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2003 Dodge Dakota - Consumer Reviews

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2003 Dakota Sport Plus
Performance
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Fun To Drive
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Reliability
By Dusty
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Vehicle

2003 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab Sport Rwd SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


Review

The Dakota has been a great truck with lots of power, a smooth drivetrain, rugged and reliable that remains quiet and comfortable. It is larger than models from Nissan and Toyota and that was the deciding factor in my purchase. It functions as a part time personal and work vehicle and does both more than adequately. My year-to-date fuel mileage is 16.82 and I can consistently get 20mpg carrying 900 lbs. of ATV and additional gear in the summertime. The 4.7 has excellent low end torque which I appreciate on hills and for towing. Mine has been reliable, with two recalls and one heater blower resistor failure. No rattles or squeaks after five years!


Best Features

Power, low end torque. Very smooth and positive automatic transmission. Good handling and excellent driver position. Nice interior without being gaudy. Paint is smooth and s very scratch resistant. Really stiff frame. Long bed length. Better looking than new Dakota.


Worst Features

Handling could be more crisp. Defroster could be more effective in rainy weather. A great design with few faults.


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Not a Snow Queen
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By wayne bahlieda
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Vehicle

2003 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab Sport Rwd SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


Review

Owned for a year and one half and found
vehicle to be impractical. It basically
is a two seater. Selected the 2 wheel
drive option with traction control.
Compared to a front wheel drive
vehicle, the vehicle had poor traction
in fresh snow or on ice. The icing on
the cake was the poor gas mileage.
Traded the vehicle for a PT Crusier.


Best Features

Exterior looks and good starting capabilities in minus 40 below temperatures.


Worst Features

Need to improve rear access to back seat. Gas mileage, considering it is a 6 cylinder. Also noted a howling sound at high speeds on the highway.


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bad choice
Performance
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Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
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By msr212
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Vehicle

2003 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab Sport Rwd SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


Review

I Had the truck less then a week, 500
miles and I had to bring it back to the
dealership due to lack of power and
after being told there was nothing
wrong they had to tear the engine apart
and redo the valves along with change
item's in the trani. now at 20,000
miles my a/c switch has broken and only
works on high and the a/c is leaking in
the truck!


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2003 Dakota Club Cab Sport + (4.7 auto)
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By DustyK
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Vehicle

2003 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab Sport Rwd SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


Review

2003 Dakota Club Cab Sport Plus with
287cid V8 (4.7), 545FRE automatic, LSD,
6010 GVW & handing package, PW, PL, AC,
front/rear sway bars, P245 70R16 on/off
road tires.

Exceptionally smooth and powerful
engine/transmission combination. Plenty
of power when pulling a load on hills.
At 3500 miles, worst gas mileage was
15.04 (city w/load), 21.87 highway
(65MPH). Current average is 17.38 mpg.

Very comfortable seating, good
ergonomics. Very quiet, except tire
noise. Build quality & fit & finish
near 100%. No performance, reliability,
or quality issues yet.


Best Features

*Performance/power *Smoothness/quietness *Ride & handling *Comfort *Build quality


Worst Features

*Get rid of pull/pull highbeam stalk *Need rug mat loops to hold mats in place.


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