1987 Dodge Dakota 4x4 3.9 V6
Haven't killed it yet... And I've tried
Replaced the shocks when I first got it, because they were original, and as you would imagine... bad.
About a year after I got it, the AC went out, but I didn't bother fixing it or even seeing what was wrong with it.
Replaced the starter at about 184,000.
My driver's side CV axle finally exploded while I was driving at about 185,000. The rubber boot had been ripped off for only god knows how long.
Fuel line rusted out a while back as well. Just cut the bad piece out, and replaced it with a piece of fuel hose and 2 hose claps.
Dragged the gas tank over a rock going up the mountain, and it cut a little slit in it. Nothing a little fiberglass wouldn't fix.
Smog pump went bad, so I just took the belt off. Surprisingly, the guy didn't fail it on its last inspection.
The 4 wheel drive stopped working a few months ago for about a week. No clue why, but it started working again.
And to be honest, the truck is just starting to wear out. The truck was a work truck its whole life, and has never been kept in a garage, so the body is dented, seats are worn out, paint and interior all look like crap.
But besides regular maintenance and little stuff like I mentioned, I haven't had to do anything else.
I've abused it and neglected it, but as far as I can tell, it doesn't care.
It looks like crap, and gets 13 mpg going up the mountain or rolling it down, but it always starts, and has never left me stranded. Great thing is I got the thing for free, and I don't think I've even put $400 into it to keep it on the road in the last 7 years, and that's including oil changes.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st December, 2011