1997 Dodge Dakota 2WD 2.5
Reliable and dependable piece of good ol American truck
Fuel pump went at 27000 miles while driving at 70mph in the passing lane.
Seat covers were replaced 3 times under warranty; the problem was there is no padding over the hinge. Now I use a thin cushion and I am fine.
Replaced clutch at 150000 miles just because I did long distance hauling.
Water pump went at 185000 miles, and then again after just 49000 with the aftermarket pump.
Starter went at 265000 miles.
Radiator fins started rotting off at around 190000 miles.
Front wheel bearings finally giving out at 284000 miles.
Original muffler replaced at 104000 miles, and have had 4 more since.
Replaced all the brake lines, as they rotted out.
Very little rust, with hardly ever washing or waxing it.
Still have the original alternator, and only on the 3rd battery.
Changed the oil every 3-4000 miles, and now add oil additives.
I get around 23 MPG highway and 19-20 MPG city.
Distributor went, causing an exhaust manifold crack. Found out you don't need to put a gasket on the manifold, and have had no problem since.
My truck may not be fast, but it gets me where I need to go. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles like power anything, except steering; just normal maintenance and less than $1500 to maintain.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th June, 2014