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Don't buy a Dodge Dakota at all. They rust aways. Wheel bearing seriously separated in my driveway. Lucky me also the exhaust rust at the top which lead to the fuel tank catching on fire without me knowing. Thank god it didn't blow up. Not to mention the only reason I found out was because I got gas and I dumped all over the ground. Now I know better than to buy dodges. Don't be fooled by the looks. They're trash and will kill you.
Bought brand new 2006 Dakota 4x4 extended cab V6 ($28.6k). The lot was full of them. I offered $20k. They accepted! Today it has 70k miles. Yeah, it sits a lot. Combined MPG @ 20. NOT a strong motor. @ 2008 the instrument lights started going off a minute or two after they were turned on. Never got that fixed. @ 2012 Tie rods failed. Luckily it happened just as I pulled into a Target parking space and not on the highway. Replaced tie rods & ball joints. @ 2013: Blown head gasket. Big bucks. @ 2014: Body started rusting excessively. Started in bed around driver's side wheel hump, now there's 2 big holes. Driver's side rear door bottom is rotting away. (I should have washed the underside in the winter more often. Plus, it's sits a lot, not being driven.) @ 2015: Blown head gasket. Big bucks.
the entire bed, as there is an excellent body shop near me. The cost of a replacement 4x4 p/u is astronomical new or used.
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I bought a 2006 Dakota several years ago. It only had 65,000km on it. Cost me almost $17,000. To date I've spent close to $8000 in repairs. I now have a problem that the dealership can't diagnose. Operating cost of this vehicle (not including gas or insurance) averages approx. $2.69/km. Imagine a100km trip costing you $269.00 and you haven't even factored in the gas or insurance to drive it. I will never buy another Dodge or Chrysler product.
The 2005 Dodge Dakota is very nice. It was in our price range and was the right size for our needs. It fits our family in its five seats with seatbelts, and plenty of space for our children. It has a cd player with am FM radio, and really nice speakers that work well. Drives straight and the engine works well. We have a smooth ride and we use it to drive back and forth to work. It also does well in the snow and has a bed and a tailgate to haul stuff. I like it, but it needs gas all the time and that costs a lot of money. I wish the car would clean its self. There are a lot of cup holders, maybe too many? Sometimes the dash lights don't come on at night, but that's ok though. We use a flashlight if necessary.
Love the Dodge Dakota. It's reliable and sturdy. Easy to drive. The 4 wheel drive is smooth. And easy 4 wheel drive switch over. Drives great in the snow when in 4 wheel. Its body shape is better than other trucks. Like the extra cab. Very roomy. Size of body is not too big. The color is different. No power windows, no power locks, and no air condition. Back end is a little light and barks tires all the time.
Good truck (2006 Dodge Dakota). Comfortable to ride in, very well built, plenty of leg room in the front. Easy to work on and fix. I like that it has a CD player and have a light in the back for the truck. Bed heated side mirrors are great in the winter. Overall it has been a great truck to own. Very happy with it. However, there have been few mechanical issues and not rust which is important living in Maine. Also, the mileage is horrible. It also ride a little on the stiff side. Would like a little more give in the suspension and I find the heater works a little too good for the small cab space. It's hard to get it warm without feeling like you're on the surface of the sun.
It's a 1998 Dodge Dakota so it has a lot of miles on it but it's the first four wheel drive I ever owned. The engine and transmission seems to be in good shape. It just needs a lot of TLC. At least it's cheap on gas and it's got a V6 engine. What I like best about it what's the price $1,500 250 down and 250 a month so it won't take long to pay it off and then I could spend some money on fixing all the little things and hopefully someday rebuild it completely. However, the thing I hate the most about it is a color ugly red color. I like Browns and greys or even black Beats red. Maybe I'll get it painted someday.
2010 was last year for Dodge Dakota, the 2011 Dakota was built by Ram. The last 5 vehicles my wife and I owned were Dakota crew cabs 4x4s, we always have a bed cover about hauling luggage and tools about working around the house, will ride 5 people comfortable, and sits lower than the 1500-2500 rams about getting older people in and out. Gets better gas mileage than the Durango, even though it was built on same frame, and you can haul gas for the mower without putting it in the cab like a SUV.
My last 2002 had 312000 miles, only maintenance was replaced rotors on front because of bad caliper, 1 water pump, and 3 sets of brake shoes. Very little out of pocket, the one before it had 262000 miles, had 3 water pumps, 2 were rebuilt, put on new one, no more trouble besides regular maintenance. I feel let down that Ram dropped this product from its line, it wasn't too big to get in a parking place, nor so small if you wreaked, you felt that you would be killed, the rollover on these vehicles were 5 star for safety like the Durango.
I'm not sure where to start. I got this 2004 Dakota truck financed off a lot, without warranty at 117,000 miles: Worst mistake I've ever made in my life. This all has happened within matter of three years. The first day I got it, the exhaust pipe broke loose. Took it back to the dealer and all the dealer told me to do was to cut it off. I refused to do it, so I just got it repaired at the shop, which cost me 100.00. Body started rusting within a matter of months. The truck later suffered a blown head gasket, which cost me 1,200.00 at the shop. A brief time later, the water pump went out, which I replaced myself for around 60.00. After that, a radiator hose busted; took 20.00 to replace myself. Transmission went out a month or two later, and that cost 800.00 for repair (not a bad price, but costs are accumulating high at this rate). Several months later, tie rods and ball joints needed replaced: shop charged roughly 400.00 to replace.
Brakes went and had to replace those at 40.00. At this time, I've only owned the truck a year or two. Transmission goes back out and costs 1,400.00 to fix. Had to patch a tire shortly after fixing transmission. Several months later, 4×4 control module went out, so I couldn't change from 2×2 to 4x4. Replaced at shop for 80.00. The transmission goes back out for a third time, this time leaving me stranded in the middle of the road. The shop charged over a grand for repair. Door actuator broke, and remains broke to this day, so the driver's side back door won't open. Oh, and did I mention it leaks oil? I'd recommend a bicycle or moped before a Dodge. Do yourself a favor and dodge a Dodge!
Bought 2004 Dakota SXT new June of 2004. It has 178,000.00 miles on it now. Aside of doing the brakes, I've replaced the ball joints, valve cover casket and water pump. This truck runs better than new, I use Mobil One oil since day one and use Marvel Mystery oil in my gas and oil. NO rust at all, I live in CT and they use a lot of salt in the winter so I bring it to the car wash at least 3 times a month in the winter to wash the under carriage. Truck looks new, I get around 21 MPG. Change the oil every 3000 miles and the tranny oil once a year. Powering steering fluid once a year and so on.
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