Mine is the basic model with the standard cab, rubber floorboards, and manual transmission - and it is awesome. What an (unfortunately) novel thing these days to have something that is so well built. It's an old school truck, so it has a firm ride and no frills. But it always works. The beauty is in it's simplicity. That said, it's difficult to shift smoothly (I'd get the automatic), the gas mileage is poor, and it's pretty big for maneuvering around town. Those characteristics along with the firm ride make it a tough daily driver. It's more of a perfect second or spare vehicle. The 6-cylinder's acceleration is adequate (with the manual transmission anyway), but I'd get the V-8, as there doesn't seem to be much of a trade off. At 94K, mine has needed an oxygen sensor replacement (seemed pricey), and a timing belt service, though the latter is part of routine maintenance and if you read up on these trucks you can pretty much drive them until the wheels fall off. In all, I love this truck because it's so purpose-built and well-made.
Outstanding truck. Decent gas milage
for a six cylinder. Drives more like a
car than a truck. Comfortable and for
the most part gauges are well laid out
except the clock, which is below the
radio in the radio. Tis truck is quiet
and is quite capable for towing and
general hauling. The six banger is a
little slow on the accleation but goes
nicely once your up to speed. A/C is
cold. Highly reccomended.
Sliding rear window. great sound system.
Clock needs to be placed in an area
where driver can see it without taking
eyes off of the road.
I was dissapointed to find that Dodge
no longer made a long bed Dakota. My
dissapointment turned to excitement
when I test drove the Tundra. Although
it is larger than my Dakota, I found it
much easier to handle. It engine was
smaller 3.3 vs. 3.9, but it seemed to
have more power. I anticipate keeping
my Tundra for at least 10 years as I
did my Dakota, and look forward to a
long happy ownership. Now I won't have
to worry abut the transmission because
I know Toyota makes a good
transmission. Dodge hasn't figured it
out yet. My only dissapointment was
the height which caused me to add
runningboards. A minor item for such a