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1987 Dodge Dakota LE 3.9 V6 239 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.9 V6 239 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles

Summary:

Dependable if taken care of

Faults:

I have replaced the alternator, water pump, tension pulley, all belts, all hoses, battery, battery cables, gasket valve covers, 2 rear ends, steering column, all brakes, master cylinder 3 times.

General Comments:

Had to replace the bench seats with cloth buckets. Very easy for anyone to work on. I am 17 years old and I don't drive this vehicle very considerably. This vehicle had last very well with the treatment it is given. The main replacement has been the 2 rear ends. I hate the 3 speed transmission. I also get 10.9 miles to the gallon. You can see the gas gage move when you floor it. I have rebuilt the carburetor, added exhaust, K&N ram air filter, high performance spark plugs and wire, with an ignition amplifier. This light duty truck could smoke any Ranger or S-10. I would love to drop a 318 V8 into this small truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2004

28th Oct 2004, 01:41

I really like my 4x4 87 Dakota. I did have the 3 speed 904 auto trans rebuilt at 140,000 miles, but other than that its all been minor. I put a 3 inch lift and 33" BFG tires on it. This truck has been awesome for me. I think some people just have too high of expectations.

1987 Dodge Dakota 3.9 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.9 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles

Summary:

This truck is GREAT!!!

Faults:

I've had to replace the alternator, all 3 belts, 2 hoses, bed, master cylinder, idler pulley, and water pump.

General Comments:

This truck has been a great first truck for me.

This truck is very easy to customize. I have put dual exhaust, K&N air filter, roll panel, headers, bed rails, and new 16 inch rims and low profile tires.

This truck gets horrible gas mileage.

This truck would be easy to switch to a big 318 or 340 V8.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2003

1987 Dodge Dakota LE 3.9 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
Engine and transmission 3.9
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10

Faults:

A lot of little things, but that's to be expected with as many miles as mine had.

General Comments:

I purchased the truck with 128,500 miles on it, and for a truck with that many miles on it, it performed great. I felt the V-6 was a little small so I encourage a buyer to look for a V-8 if the decrease in economy will not matter. I would also get a 5-speed manual or at least the override automatic.

Also with a lift and 32" tires they make excellent 4x4's. Trust me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 1999

13th May 2003, 18:33

I recently purchased a 1987 dodge dakota 2 wheel drive from a friend. It is a 2.2 4 with the 5 speed manual trans, and it only had 73,000 miles on it. I find it very comparable to my last one, a 1989 2.5 liter with fuel injection and the five speed manual trans. All I had to put into the truck was an alternator, new lights, and a hood and and fender, it is proving to be a very reliable little truck, and fairly economical thus far. The main recommendations I would make to improve fuel economy and power are: Bosch platinum +4 spark plugs, k&n air filter, and a free flowing exhaust system. I don't know how well the red paint will hold out, but the midnight blue metallic on my '89 chipped and fell off over the years I had it. Bad paint prep. I guess. I would highly recommend the Dakota trucks to any one looking for a good all around truck. Kevin Fox. Dunkirk NY.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 7 reviews