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2005 Dodge Dakota - Consumer Reviews

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Honest
By nick on 01/31/06 17:48 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Dodge Dakota 4dr Club Cab SLT 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Good looking truck, paint excellent, fun to drive, like the way it sits with optional 265 tires, like tie down brackets in bed, very quiet on highway, good dash layout, great deal from dealer.
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Best in Class
By handyguy on 01/29/06 08:41 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Dodge Dakota 4dr Club Cab ST 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 4A)


Review

After owning a Ford Ranger and looking at all the available vehicles in this class, purchasing the Dakota was a no brainer. It's roomier, quieter, smother and better handling, especially in corners where the Ranger had a tendency to feel like it was going to flip over. The lack of storage, if you forego the center console, is is very annoying. There is nowhere to store your cds except in the door pockets, which is less than ideal. The rear seat also leaves much to be desired in the club cab. with such generous headroom in the rear, they could have raised the seats a couple of inches, which would go a long way toward making the seat more usable for those over 5ft tall. Overall, buy it!
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Ohhh Yeah
By Zuproc on 01/03/06 12:11 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Dodge Dakota 4dr Quad Cab ST 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Finally a truck that is not just comfortable but has a sporty look and feel. This is not just a work horse but if you are on the highway your higher up like most trucks but you don't feel like your dancing with the steering wheel just to stay in your lane. It is a car in disguise.
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Neat Truck
By Dakdude on 12/29/05 13:46 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Dodge Dakota 4dr Quad Cab SLT 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I find the Dakota a fun truck to drive. It feels very solid and handles well. I like the interior and exterior design, vey well thought out. One exception would be the location of the transmission selector. It needs to be more centrally located. Sound system is really good. Some things that could stand improvement are the fuel economy. Although it stckered at 17 city and 20 HWY (I think), I have yet to break 17 on the HWY! Also, 4WD gets a little stubborn at low speeds in snow, kind of like surging or something. All in all, however, I really like the Dakota and would recommend it to anyone looking for a tough midsize truck to have fun with.
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Great Pickup
By Craig on 12/19/05 13:02 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Dodge Dakota 4dr Club Cab SLT 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Awesome truck, bast improvement over prev. generation Dakota. Interior could use better quality materials. Glove box is extremely small considering size of dash. Cloth material on seats looks and feels cheap, love the heated part though. Don't like the vast sea of plastic on the dash and doors, that could change without hurting my feelings one bit. The V6 is a vast improvement over the 3.9. Much more responsive, smoother, and quieter (until you get above 3500 RPM). Plenty of get up and go for around town driving and adequate passing power for the Interstate. Instrument panel is well lit at night and easy to read during the day. Base sound system is excellent as well. A very good truck to own
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Severe Braking And Engineering flaws
By Mike on 11/16/05 07:34 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Dodge Dakota 4dr Club Cab SLT Rwd SB (3.7L 6cyl 6M)


Review

This vehicle has sever braking issues which is a direct cause of poor engineering. Chrylser still has no resolution to this problem as of yet. There are dozens and dozens of documented cases of the same problems with most or all of the 05 models. Until something is done to remedy this, and the transmission problems, and the engine idle problems, and the airbag issues, I would NOT suggest that anyone buy one of these trucks. The consumer is getting screwed big time with this truck. And take this from a die hard Mopar nut, who owns 8 Chrylser products. I STRONGLY discourage ANYONE from buying this truck.
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Don't believe your dealer
By jlharley on 11/12/05 20:01 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Dodge Dakota 4dr Club Cab ST Rwd SB (3.7L 6cyl 6M)


Review

I really like the truck with the exception for the rear end vibration when you use the brakes. I asked the dealer before i bought the truck if there were any items of concern and was told no. I returnrd 3 days later to the service department to check out the vibration I felt. The service look at my truck and said oh yea you have the model that has a SRB out about vibration. We have 6 or 7 trucks waiting to get fixed.
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Happy Dakota owner
By dakotaowner on 11/10/05 11:44 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Dodge Dakota 4dr Quad Cab Laramie 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I have a 2005 Dakota Quad Cab Laramie with the 4.7-liter High Output V8 and All-wheel drive. The only way I recommend a Dakota is with the High Output V8. It has a better rear end, limited slip, and less restrictive exhaust. All of this adds up to better performance, better handling, and better traction. Add this to the Dakota's good looks and I think it's a winner.
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Love it But could use a little more room
By Sam on 10/27/05 19:11 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Dodge Dakota 4dr Club Cab SLT 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Great Truck, Drives Smoothly, Accelerates quietly, room on the interior, V8 is a must though, drove the V6 and it had no pick up. There are a few major blind spots, but its a fix that takes about $5 to fix. bed is useable but could be a little deeper, I have a cover on it and have trouble putting some coolers underneath it. Only complaint, theres no where to put things, the glove compartment doesn't even fit the owners manual! Dodge is normally good with storage, but not in this case.
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Satisfied So Far
By After A Long Search on 10/19/05 18:26 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Dodge Dakota 4dr Club Cab ST 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I looked for a replacement vehicle for 2 months, drove all kinds of cars, trucks and vans and decided on the Dakota mainly because of its size and price. Got it new for just over 15K which was 8K less than the sticker. I couldn't come near that on any of the competition including the compacts. It has a heavy, secure feel. The gas mileage is 16 mpg so I figure it's costing me 15 cents per mile to drive this truck. Oh well, better than being cramped into a tacky Kia.
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