2006 Dodge Dakota ST 4dr Club Cab SB (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
Annoying rattle from the front suspension on country roads. Upper mounting hardware for the struts fail. Costly repair no matter how it's done. Chrysler garage wants to replace the entire strut assembly on both sides along with both lower control arms. Estimated cost of repair is $2400.00
I have 189,000 on my truck, it's an ok truck over all, the tranny went at 170,000 and the pcm went at 180,000 other than that it's an ok truck. It has the v6 3.7l And lacks power, exspcally when going up hills, it's good for long drives due to the comfort, rides like a car, overall it's a good truck.
Owned the 4.7 V8 Magnum version of this vehicle for three years. During that time, we poured $8000 in repairs alone into it. We should have bailed ship at the first sign of trouble. Money pit. Rust issues and strange structural issues galore. Other than that, it was a great truck for hauling around nearly a ton of stuff and a daily commuter. Comfortable, simple clean design interior with nice Alpine stereo. 4x4 really came in handy during winter and extreme rains. V8 was responsive and sturdy. Took a massive loss with this vehicle though. Wouldn't recommend this particular year for the issues associated with it. Check owner forums to determine a good year to buy.
Sound system, V8 Magnum power, 4x4, Reflex bed liner
Use titanium instead of iron or just redesign the water run off by the radiator so it doesn't pool up and create issues. I believe they did solve these issues in the redesigned years.
2006 Dodge Dakota ST 4dr Club Cab 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
I have 130K miles on my 4x4, V6, 6 speed, 2006 Dakota. So far, (knock on wood), no problems. On road it drives like a car. Off-road, it does it's job well. It handles central Oregon snow great. It also crawls up central Oregon buttes with ease despite it's lower ground clearance.
Not sure where the 20 MPG comes into play, but mine gets more like 15-17MPG, city/hwy respectively. My V6 feels under powered while accelerating to hwy speeds. I could rev it up to or past 3K rpms, but that cost money in fuel.
4x4 is great in snow and off road.
Exterior styling is aggressive.
So far (130K), no problems so reliability is excellent.
Sound system is good.
AC and heat work like they are supposed to.
At 70 MPH the 6th gear is nice as it keeps the RPMs low. So far nothing has broken under the hood or inside the cab.
Needs better fuel economy.
Needs better acceleration in the V6.
Raise the ground clearance back up to what they were in older dakota.
Stock shocks are junk.
The truck "floats" like an older Lincoln, so they need to be replaced.
Rear leaf springs are weak, so if you need to haul heavy loads, be prepared that it will sag a lot.
Back seats in the club cab might as be not there, they just take up room.