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4x4 3.9 Dodge Dakota, What a Joke
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By chris
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2003 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab SLT 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


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By far the worst pickup truck I've ever owned up to this date. From the second I drove it off the lot there was nothing but problems with my 2003 Dodge Dakota. The list is unfortunatly too long to list everything. Let's just say that now I'm having problems with my airbag! Like I said, everything wrong with it. This is a poor excuse for a 4x4. Absolutely no power to the tiny 3.9 lawnmower engine it has. Transmission makes the engine race and yet never pulls into gear. And let's not forget that when driving it constantly feels like you're dragging an anchor.


Best Features

The fact that I'm getting rid of it


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Scared Me
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By John
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2003 Dodge Dakota 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


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This truck had a road hop that I couldn't overcome.Living on back roads,going up hills it would start to wheel hop either right or left. At interstate speeds, the steering was strange, it would drift and a slight adjustment at times would over correct and scare the heck out of me. I had a 93 Dakota and never had these problems with that truck.


Best Features

Great off road capabilities


Worst Features

Suspension needs a complete rework, seats are not very comfortable. If you want a good off roader, buy one but I suggest staying off Interstates with it.


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Excellent Exciting Truck
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By D. m.
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2003 Dodge Dakota 4dr Quad Cab SLT 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


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I love the 4wd option for heavy snow days and off the main road 2-tracks, as well as pulling trailers through muddy roads. With the 4.7 v8, we have plenty of power to pass on 2 lane highways and for towing my large tandem trailer. We have not had any bad mechanical surprises, only simple recalls for trivial stuff, nothing serious. My garden tractor fits in the box, if I take off the mower deck and stick it in by itself after putting the tractor in. So much to say and so little space. The ride is like a car and the view and trip computer contribute to the excellent driving experience.


Best Features

1-on the fly 4wd with just a turn of a switch on the dash, no big gearshift handles to deal with. 2-the powerful 4.7 v8 that never slows when baha-ing or towing. 3-the pwr drivers' seat that makes it more comfy with my bad back. 4- overhead compass + trip computer. 5- 4doors, large cab, seating for 5.


Worst Features

More under seat storage and more storage behind and under back seat. Integrated tool box under truck, for chains, tools, cum-a-longs, pulleys, emergency lanterns and inverters .


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Not a Snow Queen
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By wayne bahlieda
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2003 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab Sport Rwd SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


Review

Owned for a year and one half and found
vehicle to be impractical. It basically
is a two seater. Selected the 2 wheel
drive option with traction control.
Compared to a front wheel drive
vehicle, the vehicle had poor traction
in fresh snow or on ice. The icing on
the cake was the poor gas mileage.
Traded the vehicle for a PT Crusier.


Best Features

Exterior looks and good starting capabilities in minus 40 below temperatures.


Worst Features

Need to improve rear access to back seat. Gas mileage, considering it is a 6 cylinder. Also noted a howling sound at high speeds on the highway.


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Good till the last drop
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By spookctr
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2003 Dodge Dakota 4dr Quad Cab Sport 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)


Review

Bought in October and loved it from the
start. Good room inside and out. First
week I had it I took it to New Jersey
with 3 passengers and not a hitch. In
december wen from maryland to minnesota
it more comfortable than my car was.
Coming back brought home a few thousand
dollars worth of baby furniture no
noticable performance drops and it
handled the worse weather that mother
nature could throw at it. Good all
around even with the base engine and 4
speed auto-transmission. Oh yeah, fit
both a infant carrier and a toddler seat
in the back seat. Let me see you do
that with even some fullsize trucks let
alone any other compact trucks.


Best Features

interior room, cockpit accomidations, ride, handling, just about everything else I can think of


Worst Features

still workin on it


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