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By proquestioner
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2006 Dodge Dakota Club Cab SLT 4dr Club Cab 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 6M)


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Owned the 4.7 V8 Magnum version of this vehicle for three years. During that time, we poured $8000 in repairs alone into it. We should have bailed ship at the first sign of trouble. Money pit. Rust issues and strange structural issues galore. Other than that, it was a great truck for hauling around nearly a ton of stuff and a daily commuter. Comfortable, simple clean design interior with nice Alpine stereo. 4x4 really came in handy during winter and extreme rains. V8 was responsive and sturdy. Took a massive loss with this vehicle though. Wouldn't recommend this particular year for the issues associated with it. Check owner forums to determine a good year to buy.


Best Features

Sound system, V8 Magnum power, 4x4, Reflex bed liner


Worst Features

Use titanium instead of iron or just redesign the water run off by the radiator so it doesn't pool up and create issues. I believe they did solve these issues in the redesigned years.


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A good reliable truck.
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By 06dodgedakota
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2006 Dodge Dakota Club Cab ST 4dr Club Cab 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 6M)


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I have 130K miles on my 4x4, V6, 6 speed, 2006 Dakota. So far, (knock on wood), no problems. On road it drives like a car. Off-road, it does it's job well. It handles central Oregon snow great. It also crawls up central Oregon buttes with ease despite it's lower ground clearance. Not sure where the 20 MPG comes into play, but mine gets more like 15-17MPG, city/hwy respectively. My V6 feels under powered while accelerating to hwy speeds. I could rev it up to or past 3K rpms, but that cost money in fuel.


Best Features

4x4 is great in snow and off road. Exterior styling is aggressive. So far (130K), no problems so reliability is excellent. Sound system is good. AC and heat work like they are supposed to. At 70 MPH the 6th gear is nice as it keeps the RPMs low. So far nothing has broken under the hood or inside the cab.


Worst Features

Needs better fuel economy. Needs better acceleration in the V6. Raise the ground clearance back up to what they were in older dakota. Stock shocks are junk. The truck "floats" like an older Lincoln, so they need to be replaced. Rear leaf springs are weak, so if you need to haul heavy loads, be prepared that it will sag a lot. Back seats in the club cab might as be not there, they just take up room.


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Bought Used at 38K Miles
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By UsedDakotaPickup
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2006 Dodge Dakota Club Cab ST 4dr Club Cab 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 6M)


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All of you that complain about power on the 6cyl have Automatics? I have the 6 sp manual, and it has great power. Uphill, on the freeway, 65 mph in 5th gear, and still accelerating uphill. 6th gear is great for cruising on flat land, as an OD should be. Plenty of power in the V6 3.7 L here! Great Acceleration from a stop, and when you need it to really romp, taking it up to 3000RMP before shifting seems to do the trick for 1st through 3rd. I get on the freeway every morning and am holding it back by the end of the ramp, where I was still flooring my old rig! Just went through my first tank of gas. 50% town, 50% Freeway - 18 MPG. Great for a pickup, and better than most small trucks for average!


Best Features

Great looking truck! Decent MPG for a truck, Interior Room, nice Instrument Cluster, Aux Jack on stereo, short-throw shift (kinda sport-car like) big tires (stock) compared to small trucks, good bed size on club cab.


Worst Features

Power Windows and Door locks should be BASE items! If KIA can do it, so should Dodge! Console Envy! That center seat, without storage in the base model, is big enough for a small child (who in most states would still be in a car seat!) Get rid of it and put a console in the base model!


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never again
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By ihatemydodge
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2006 Dodge Dakota Club Cab ST 4dr Club Cab SB (3.7L 6cyl 6M)


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I have owned this truck for nearly 4 years. Belt tensioner went out under warranty. After warranty expired, water pump replaced TWICE, trans rebuilt at 79k miles, trans control module replaced 2 months later, engine replaced at 86k (leakage on three cylinders...very rough idle), terrible gas mileage, "clunking" sound coming from driveshaft when taking off or stopping (Dealer says common problem and cannot be fixed). Changing the oil is easy, but messy (oil hits cross member and splatters everywhere). Engine is sluggish, and tranny shifts at entirely the wrong time. I hate this truck with a passion and will never buy another Chrysler product. I can see why they went bankrupt.


Best Features

size, ride height, good for hauling but not everyday driving. Looks pretty good, but so does a gold-plated turd.


Worst Features

Redesign and re-engineer from the ground up. This truck is just awful. Give it better gas mileage & more power (japan can do it, why can't we?). At least make it last long enough to pay it off. Maybe Fiat can make a better truck :/


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Best small truck for the money
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By doublee2005
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2006 Dodge Dakota Club Cab ST 4dr Club Cab SB (3.7L 6cyl 6M)


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For the money you cannot buy a better small truck. When you compare that you get a v6 with good towing and full truck size for the same money as a single cab tacoma, ranger, colorado, or frontier that only come stock with 4 cylinders, there is no comparison. I bought a full size truck in my eyes for the price of a compact truck. Also the manual transmission is INCREDIBLE. In 6th gear I can run 85 at 2600 rpm which is unheard of with modern cars. So if you want a full size truck for half size money get one, if you want a small truck with fuel economy go buy a tacoma or ranger.


Best Features

Price, standard extended cab, looks, 6th gear, solid v6, solid steering, great manual transmission, mp3 jack standard feature, good seats, large bed, good power, boxed frame, great towing and payload for half size truck


Worst Features

the fuel mileage is terrible but hey its a truck can't expect much. 15 city 18 or so highway


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