This truck had a road hop that I couldn't overcome.Living on back roads,going up hills it would start to wheel hop either right or left. At interstate speeds, the steering was strange, it would drift and a slight adjustment at times would over correct and scare the heck out of me. I had a 93 Dakota and never had these problems with that truck.
Great off road capabilities
Suspension needs a complete rework, seats are not very comfortable. If you want a good off roader, buy one but I suggest staying off Interstates with it.
I love the 4wd option for heavy snow days and off the main road 2-tracks, as well as pulling trailers through muddy roads. With the 4.7 v8, we have plenty of power to pass on 2 lane highways and for towing my large tandem trailer. We have not had any bad mechanical surprises, only simple recalls for trivial stuff, nothing serious. My garden tractor fits in the box, if I take off the mower deck and stick it in by itself after putting the tractor in. So much to say and so little space. The ride is like a car and the view and trip computer contribute to the excellent driving experience.
1-on the fly 4wd with just a turn of a switch on the dash, no big gearshift handles to deal with. 2-the powerful 4.7 v8 that never slows when baha-ing or towing. 3-the pwr drivers' seat that makes it more comfy with my bad back. 4- overhead compass + trip computer. 5- 4doors, large cab, seating for 5.
More under seat storage and more storage behind and under back seat. Integrated tool box under truck, for chains, tools, cum-a-longs, pulleys, emergency lanterns and inverters .
2003 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab Sport Rwd SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)
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.
Exterior looks and good starting
capabilities in minus 40 below
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.
Bought in October and loved it from the
start. Good room inside and out. First
week I had it I took it to New Jersey
with 3 passengers and not a hitch. In
december wen from maryland to minnesota
it more comfortable than my car was.
Coming back brought home a few thousand
dollars worth of baby furniture no
noticable performance drops and it
handled the worse weather that mother
nature could throw at it. Good all
around even with the base engine and 4
speed auto-transmission. Oh yeah, fit
both a infant carrier and a toddler seat
in the back seat. Let me see you do
that with even some fullsize trucks let
alone any other compact trucks.
interior room, cockpit accomidations,
ride, handling, just about everything
else I can think of
I had a 1992 Dakota le Extended cab
before this 2003 and the improvements
are very noticable. The handeling is
dramatically improved. The rack and
pinion steering coupled with the
improved suspension makes this truck
handle like a sports car among trucks.
The 4.7 V8 has more than enough power
to handle most jobs. It doesn't get the
best fuel mileage in the industry but
it doesn't get the worst either. This
truck is fun to drive and can burn up
the roads if needed.
Favorite features include:
am/fm/cassette/cd Infinity sound
system, optional 265/70/16 tires(I
suggest you opt for those)
Make the oil filter easier to
access,more paint options,put the HEMI
in the Dakota.