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My 4 Banger
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By Dean Kanellis
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2000 Dodge Dakota Regular Cab Sport 2dr Regular Cab SB


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I bought this truck at Carmax in Plano, TX in 2005 with only 3500 miles on it. Fast forward to today in 2018 the truck now has 120K miles on it and still running strong. This truck has been my daily driver all this time and the truck has never let me down or stranded anywhere. It is an enjoyable fun truck to drive. My wife says it's a cute truck due to its compact size. Yes, it had its share of normal repairs like the radiator, water pump, ball joints, alternator, rotors, u-joints, fuel pump, and one clutch. But never I've had any major breakdowns, setbacks or major repair bills. Cons include: The 4 cylinder engine has poor horsepower,(120 hp), with very poor acceleration, especially with the AC running. Very lightweight in the tail section and can easily lose traction in inclement weather situations. Plastic materials used in the interior. Seat comfort is average and not recommended for long trips. 5-speed manual transmission is average and at times hard to shift in the winter months. Average safety features. Poor paint job which is now going through extreme fading and peeling, (I plan to get it repainted soon). Can only tow lightweight items,(under 5K lbs.safely). Pros include: Great styling both interior & exterior, user-friendly instrumentation, and layout, excellent viewing with minimal blind spots, very cold AC, above average ride for a base truck, very reliable truck, strong engine,(Jeep engine), decent headlight illumination, minimal road noise for a small truck, and great gas mileage! I've kept up with the maintenance on this truck and never abused it and that's why it's still going strong. It's all about how you treat a vehicle will determine it's longevity outcome. This particular generation of Dakotas is still quite popular for their styling and dependability. I plan to restore this truck and drive it another 120K miles.


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Reliable, decent mileage
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By Gregg
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2000 Dodge Dakota Regular Cab SLT Plus 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB


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I bought my Dakota in November last year. Little would I know just how much I would enjoy the truck this winter with near record snowfall. It has been very reliable. Not one non-maintenance item needed for replacement. Only items replaced are the tires and the downstream O2 sensor. Other then that, not one issue. Gets about 18 mpg in the city. Can average in the low twenties with straight highway driving. Would definitely recommend this truck to someone who needs a small truck.


Best Features

Ride and handling. Interior comfort. great seats.


Worst Features

Better mileage would be nice, but this is a truck, not a Prius. A little more power would have been nice but it is adequate.


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best truck
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By mydakota
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2000 Dodge Dakota Regular Cab Sport 2dr Regular Cab SB


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my father was going to sell it but instead he gave it to me and i've had only minor problems with it, it has a great engine and sounds great with the flowmasters i had put in, love my truck and wouldn't trade it for the world...


Best Features

my fave features would have to be the engine and towing capacity!


Worst Features

better interior look


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Best American vehicle I ever had
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By dzerres
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2000 Dodge Dakota Regular Cab Sport Plus 2dr Regular Cab SB


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This truck has had no mechanical issues for the 7 years I've owned it (it was recalled for ball joints which they replaced but were not worn). My only regret is not having bought the 4 door version and not bothered with the camper shell.


Best Features

Durability including the styling which is still nice to look at.


Worst Features

Little more room in the standard cab.


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Does the job, but not the best
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By Mike
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2000 Dodge Dakota Regular Cab Sport 2dr Regular Cab SB


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Regular cab is cramped for larger drivers. If you're over 6' and/or 200lbs (I'm both) it's uncomfortable. Ride is nice on smoother roads, very stable at hi speed. Gets very harsh over poorly maintained roads. Handles tight for a truck, but stock braking is not good. I highly recommond upgraded pads/rotors. Fuel economy is so-so, only 1-2mpg better than a V8. V6's power is OK. Will tow anything you ask it to, and pulls hard off the line, but passing power on the highway is a bit weak. Clutch is heavy and "grabby", but strong. Seems I'm one of the few Dakota owners who didn't wind up with a lemon. Rotors warped at 27k, AC relay went at 35k, AC compressor went at 55k, and that's it. 60k trouble-free miles.


Best Features

Full size towing/hauling ability. Handles better on dry pavement than any other truck I've driven. Great torque from literally idle to about 2500rpm and decent mid-range. Nice shifter feel


Worst Features

Full-size fuel economy. Cramped interior. Wet/snow handling is horrible. Atrocious ride on rough roads. Stock braking ability is scary-bad. Poor higher-rpm power. It begins "wheezing out" near 4000rpm.By 4500rpm, the party's over.


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