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2004 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab SLT 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 5M)
Everything about the truck, performance-wise, is top-notch. Power, handling, towing, cargo capacity, etc. MPG is 12-15, but it's a truck, not a Camry. Easier to park than a full-size, but hauls just as much. 4x4 works great, even if the ground clearance is minimal. The only things to consider before buying are cost issues, namely gas and maintenance. It weighs 4500LBS, so you'll replace brake pads every 25K. Fill up the tank every 200 -250mi. Also, find a nice 5-star dealer. I've seen a lot of reviews knocking Dodge dealers, and, just like any business, some will be good, some will be lame. Also, it's really worth it to roll an 85K warranty into your finance plan.
V8 power, 4x4, styling, lack of peripheral bolt-on crap (Tacoma hood scoops, Ford bedrails, etc.), clears 32" tires with no lift, carries 2 people and gear for a month, or 5 people in a pinch, fact. Inifnity stereo is nice, if lacking bass
Lousy brake rotor design (you'll replace a lot of these) leads to frequent pad changing (these too). Front torsion-bar suspension sags and is difficult to lift or modify. General QC issues I've had include defective steering pump, bad swaybar bushings, bad leaf springs.
2004 Dodge Dakota 4dr Quad Cab SLT Rwd SB (3.7L 6cyl 5M)
20k miles now and havent had to take back to dealer one time! Rides like a car and has adequate power for commuting. It pulls my 17ft bass boat with ease. Gas mileage not too bad with v-6, I improved it to 23 overall by adding k&n filter and using synthetic oil. I hope to keep this truck along time so reliability is extremely important and time will tell if it can go the distance that I expect from my vehicles??? Good value for the money. A Toyota Tacoma with similar options would have been 5k more!!
Progressive stying, good ride and responsive handling.
Put in a better stereo system, and v- 6. Could use a little more HP without affecting gas mileage??
2004 Dodge Dakota 4dr Quad Cab Sport 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 5M)
I was skeptical when I let my wife talk me into this - I was looking for a high gas mileage import. She knew I'd always liked the looks. Once I drove it I was hooked. I have the 4.7 V8 & 5sp. I average 17/gal for my commute and 19+ on the road (my best is 19.85). Great for this truck. I have had nothing but great experience from my dealer. I had a heater hose leak (there was a service bulletin on it) and they offered to replace the carpet if I wanted! I am now getting into a carpool because of the gas prices, but I NEED the truck. It is a great vehicle. Easy & fun to drive and comfortable on the road. The family likes it better than anything else we've owned.
Flip up rear seats, driveability, seating position, looks, ergs. Great milage for a V8.
Better placement of cupholders (w/the 5 sp), one is too far under the dash and the other gets hit with the shifter. Shorter shift throw. Better stereo. This in the console get lost because it's so deep and there are no seperate compartments.
2004 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab SXT Rwd SB (3.7L 6cyl 5M)
Overall, the vehicle is about what I expected. When traveling over bumps or potholes the vehicle jumps off the front tires. it feels really dangerous so I'm not happy with the way it handles.The passenger seat does not recline to a comfortable position on long trips, not even half way to 180 degrees, it can be quite uncomfortable. The brakes started squeaking at about 16,000 miles and I have not had them checked, hoping that the dust works itself out without the dealer arming and legging me to take care of it. BTW, I bought a oil change coupon book from the dealer and they are always wanting to do unnecessary work, so beware. Other than oil changes I have done no other maintenance.
Feels like you're in a cockpit with a small windshield. Nice simple interior dash.
Improve the comfort of the seats by allowing them to FULLY recline.
2004 Dodge Dakota 2dr Regular Cab SLT 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 5M)
This truck has given me trouble from day one, literally! It is a beautiful truck, but has had extensive computer, power steering, transmission, and recently, parking brake issues. Chrysler is not standing behind this truck, and the computer problem cannot be completely fixed, as I am still experiencing the same problems and 13- 14mpg all around...sounds good for a little 3.7L engine, huh? Needless to say, I will never buy another Chrysler product again. Neither will my Dodge-owning family, in which there has been a total of 11 new Dodge products owned. Thanks Chrysler!!
Exterior design, price, and overall appearance.
Front suspension and steering (went completely loose on me around 16,000 miles. Chrysler...stand behind your products!