By ihatemydodge on
2006 Dodge Dakota ST 4dr Club Cab SB (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
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.
size, ride height, good for hauling but not everyday driving. Looks pretty good, but so does a gold-plated turd.
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 :/