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2002 Dodge Dakota Club Cab 2dr Club Cab SLT 2WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)
The truck is decent until it hits 20k
miles, then it all goes to hell.
Transmission is horrible ( been
replaced twice ) the build quality is
horrific. It rattles and pings at any
speed above 30 mph. We made the mistake
of buying 6 for our fleet and will be
getting rid of them asap. Do yourself a
favor and look into something else!
Exterior design, truck does look good.
Build it better from top to bottom.
2002 Dodge Dakota Club Cab 2dr Club Cab Sport 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)
For the money this is a great truck.
Excellent power, rides great,
comfortable, looks cool. That little
4.7 puts out some good ponies for that
mid-size truck. Had 2 minor problems in
the first couple of weeks, but the
dealer fixed for free. Engine made a
squealing sound like a loose belt, and
air bag light came on. I find that most
new cars go to the shop for minor fixes
within the first couple of weeks anyway.
Powerfull engine. This truck moves pretty good with the 4.7L. Faster then any other P/U, except for the R/T and Ford SVT. My next one will be the R/T.
A little bit better quality. The front end makes some knocking sounds sometimes during turning. People complain about Gas mileage, but I think its pretty good for a V8. I added dual exhaust and noticed a good improvement in gas mileage.
2002 Dodge Dakota Club Cab 2dr Club Cab Sport 2WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
Overall the truck is great. I did not
want a huge full-size truck, but wanted
a V8. I love the looks of the truck
and it handles real well. It has
plenty of power for a mid size truck.
The 230 horsepower engine! This little truck really moves with this engine. I installed dual-exhaust and really noticed a difference in improved gas mileage and horsepower. Also, that little V8 really roars now. There's nothing like that Mopar sound!
Stiffer rear springs. In my Toyota Tacoma and couldn't tell when I had my motorcycle in the back. The Dakota's rear springs get slightly mushy with the bike in the back, but not much. The bed ties downs aren’t in the best locations, on the floor.
2002 Dodge Dakota Club Cab 2dr Club Cab 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)
Before owning this truck I had a Ford
F150 XLT Supercab w/ 5.4L and three
door cab. I traded it in because the
transmission was starting to go.
The biggest mistake I made in buying
the Dakota was in not getting a V-8. I
mistakenly thought that the gas mileage
would be better with the V-6. The
amount of gas mileage that you receive
does not even come close to justifying
the horsepower you lose when going with
the V-6. Other than than preferring
the V-8, I would also get the quad cab
instead of the club cab. With my f-150
I at least had three doors, with the
club cab you have to fold the front
seats forward in order to access the
My favorite features about The Dakota SXT are its styling, comfort and the size of it. It is not as small as a Ranger or S-10 or Tacoma, but it is easier to park than a F-150, Sierra, or even Tundra.
I would add access doors to the rear seat area, and improve the horsepower to gas mileage of all the Magnum engines.
2002 Dodge Dakota Club Cab 2dr Club Cab 2WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
I have had poor luck with my Dakota! It
will shimmy, try to die, rattles, and
has poor power on take off. I hav been
told by (experts) that this is normal
for this truck. Now you and I know this
isn`t true. It also has major slack in
the drive-train. My gas mileage is much
worse than sticker showed. This is the
second Dakota bought new that I have
had problems with, a 93, and this 02,.
Who would dream of getting 2 lemons in
a row, or is this the standard for
dodge. I will never own another
I like the overall appearance of the vehicle. It is comfortable, and has nice interior features. The ride is smooth and road noise low.
make a vehicle with good dependabl mechanics/drivetrain/electronics. increase the rpm to at least 800 at idle.