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Re: Opinions about Dodge Dakota
I had a Dakota Quad Cab 4x4 for a couple of years.
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.
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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