1997 Dodge Dakota Consumer Review: Pain to Maintain

1997 Dodge Dakota - Consumer Review

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Pain to Maintain
By nate676 on


1997 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB


Typical American truck. You will spend
many hours and many dollars at the
garage having maintenance done. Fuel
economy, as expected with a V8 is
horrible. Engine starts knocking
around 60000 miles; I suggest using
premium gas for best results. V8 has
good get up and go. My Dakota has a
severe tire wear problem; it is not
related to front-end alignments (or
lack there of). Dakota doesn't hold up
very well in a car wreck. I rear-ended
a dinky Toyota Corolla and it cost
$2700 to repair my vehicle.

Best Features

Exterior design surpassess Ford and Chevy. Interior is plain but very comfortable.

Worst Features

Dodge's philosophy has been in recent years that bigger is better. Not so in this case. I prefer more reliability. A third door would also be nice for the extended cab models.
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