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post #1 of 24 Old 07-26-2003, 7:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Opinions about Dodge Dakota

I'm thinking about buying a Dodge Dakota Quad Cab 4x4. Does anybody here own one? If so, what are your thoughts on this truck.

I'd like to have a pickup for doing things around the house, and being able to move things or pick up things without having to borrow someone else's truck. I also don't want to buy a vehicle that I can't fit my wife and 2 sons in. That's why I like the quad cab. If only the bed were a foot longer, it would be perfect!



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Re: Opinions about Dodge Dakota

I had a Dakota Quad Cab 4x4 for a couple of years.

The good:
Great ergonomics for a truck....seriously.
The convenience of 4 doors is great, and since the Dakota's doors open so wide, it works really well for hauling people or gear.

The bad:
I f-d up and bought one with a V6.
They should not even build a Quad with a V6. It labored to pull even my small bike trailer....especially in hills. It had an even tougher time an 18' runabout. I dropped the tranny pan at about 40k and found 'lots' of metal shavings....talked to some folks, pretty common. The drivetrain of this truck is just not up to snuff.
Dunno about the V8 version....

I considered buying a V8 Dakota Quad....because I really like the mid-size truck and as long as the drivetrain held up, it would do everything I needed. Ended up finding a leftover F150 Quad 4x4 that was discounted, so bought that instead.

Great truck, but I miss the ergos and convenience of the Dakota....until I have to tow up a hill, then all is forgotten.

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I work for a Dodge dealer.That is a great truck,we don't see many problems,If any with that truck. Get the V-8 though. As far as the other guys tranny, They shoud be serviced at 30,000 miles. And it's also a different tranny than the V-6 has!
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Actually at 40k it was the 2nd time the trans had been serviced. I did it early around 15-20k according to the accelerated schedule for towing etc....

Yes, the transmission is different on the V8, thats why I mentioned that I did not have any knowledge of the V8 version.

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Re: Opinions about Dodge Dakota

If I do this, I am definitely getting the 4.7 liter V8. That is the only engine I am pricing with. The one I'm looking at has a sticker of $30,500. With a rebate of $3000 and dealer savings, the lowest offer I have for the Dakota is $5200 off sticker, no matter what the MSRP is. The truck also has an axle ratio of 3.92. This ups the towing capacity, but lowers the gas mileage a bit. I guess I'd rather have the truck able to handle towing a large boat in the event I get back into powerboating.

There is one other negative that I have heard about the Dakota. Friends and a neighbor of mine who had early build Dakotas had problems with ball joints. That, however, was rectified a couple years ago. My one friend has a 2000, and his brother has one from 1999. The 2000 had a completely different front end, and he has had no problems at all, nor has anyone he knows with late model trucks.

Has anyone here been pricing these? What kind of discounts have you been able to get?

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Oh yeah, and from now until the end of the month, you get the $3000 rebate AND 3.9% financing for 5 years.

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Re: Opinions about Dodge Dakota

Another 2 cents worth of drivel.....

If there is even a REMOTE possibility that you will tow a boat...then I would forget about the 4.7 V8....not enough umph. Maybe in a 2WD 2 Door pickup....but not a Quad 4X4.

I have a bud with the 4.7....it struggles with a boat almost as badly as my V6 did.

Get the 5.9 or look elsewhere.....just not worth the hassle of buying a new vehicle and then be shopping again because you want to tow a boat or camper.....ymmv...

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Be cautious of maker specs that use a lower rear ratio on an anemic motor to 'up' the towing capacity. It just means the engine is screaming around 4500-5000 to climb hills....and there's where you get the heat and trans wear.




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Yeah, I could tell a HUGE difference in towing when I went from my 4.6 V8 to my current 5.4 V8. (Both were 3.55 gears.)



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Cubes rule...

My 5.4 gets better mileage towing than my V6 did.....also better mileage than my bud's 4.7 V8.....

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Re: Opinions about Dodge Dakota

Test drive a Tundra yet? ok then, I forgive you

It will tow with a 6 or the 8 (8 is kewl tho) its still 'midsize' and better yet, doesent have soft tranny/driveline issues. Theres a reason for having the 70,000mi warranty, just like Hyundai has that 100k one, cuz you're gonna use it.

This comes from experience, drove a ram for work and handed it back in cause it had issues. Another coworker had a dakota (older one) and bought a new in 2k1, and got rid of it <1 year later for a soft tranny, and repeated injector issues(?). I dunno, I was debating a dodge, but IMO their name tells you how to handle them

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Re: Opinions about Dodge Dakota

I have a Durango 5.2 liter and call it the Durango-pig. It gets about 11mph city, and 17mph hwy. That really sucks. The rear brakes, which are anti-lock, are grabby and skid when under load. The dealer said it is just an adjustment, but the problem continues. It also pings under load using the recommended gas, which is 87 octane. This might be because I installed Platinum plugs. The power window control went out on the left side, and then the right side. The wheel lug nuts have snapped in 5 places on three wheels. Will I buy a dodge again, I can't say, but good luck to you.
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SomeStrangeGuy : <snippage>I was debating a dodge, but IMO their name tells you how to handle them
Get the hell out of DODGE!!
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also make sure when you got to the 5.4L, get the supercharger version with it. it is ALOT of fun
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But superchargers aren't allowed in Nascar...



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Re: Opinions about Dodge Dakota

I owned a 2001 Dakota R/T 5.9L xtended cab. *It had great power and was comfortable to drive, BUT - couldnt tow anything more than a jetski or light trailer, had to be taken in several times for a bad ECM chip that caused problems with the windows and security system...and the build quality is VERY subpar compared to other manufacturers. *The specs on the truck quoted a 4000lb towing capacity when actual towing capacity was 500lb. *Dodge issued an option of buyback or aftermarket dealer parts. *I opted for the buyback and ended up getting to drive the truck for almost a year AND make $1k off of it. Bottom line - avoid Dodge! *

If you are willing to spend $30k, go ahead and buy a F-150 or 250 club cab (since you are planning possible large load hauls). *My $0.02 worth.



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