1989 Dodge Dakota Reviews

1989 Dodge Dakota LE 3.9 Liter V6 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 3.9 Liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired61000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

Great mileage, great capacity, great truck!

Faults:

Nothing mechanical. The car was barely driven by the older couple who previously owned it. So it has been garaged much of the time.

The paint job has deteriorated rapidly, as the truck has been exposed to the elements. Beyond that, there is a little rust developing on the doors, but a little rust is expected on a 24 year old truck.

General Comments:

This has been one of the better vehicles I have ever owned. The truck still routinely getting 19 MPG highway. This is excellent for an older truck with a full sized bed. The hauling capacity is really impressive for a truck that drives like a car.

The other thing that astounds me is that the electrical system on this truck has held up over the last 24 years. The truck has every option available during that model year, and nothing has failed over the years. Astounding considering the problems that show up in Dodges in the years following this model year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2013

1989 Dodge Dakota LE 3.9 V6 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.9 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired195000 miles
Most recent distance197763 miles

Summary:

The best

Faults:

The valve cover gaskets went at about 196000 miles.

Still a small oil leak.

Other than that, just general wear.

General Comments:

This truck is probably the most reliable vehicle I have ever driven. She purrs like a kitten, but would bark like a bulldog if you had to get on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2012

1989 Dodge Dakota Base 3.9 V6 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.9 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance148000 miles

Summary:

Very well balanced truck

Faults:

One of the original radiator hoses blew in 2010 at approximately 146,000 miles.

General Comments:

This is an awesome truck if you need to get around and do some work. My Dakota has had less things wrong with it than my mom and dad's 2002 Grand Caravan.

Great bed space for carrying long things.

Good power.

Only bad remark is a loud cabin.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2011

1989 Dodge Dakota 2.5 liter from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership1989
Engine and transmission 2.5 liter Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance181000 miles
Previous carChevrolet C1500

Summary:

A great no frills ride

Faults:

Valve cover gasket was first replaced at 34,000, than again at 91,000. I just changed it again at 180,000.

The starter was replaced at 139,000.

The radiator at 167,000.

The muffler at 172,000.

General Comments:

This has too be one of the most dependable vehicles I have ever owned. It still has the original clutch.

I still average over 27mpg, and I drive vehicle an average of 70 mph.

It is not the powerful machine, but it does a great job.

I live in the Northeast and it has no rust; the only time it is in a garage is when it gets maintenance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th July, 2010

1989 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.9 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance267000 miles
Previous carToyota 4x4

Summary:

Wish they made them like that again

Faults:

Rear transmission seal leaked at 90,000 miles.

General Comments:

This truck has pulled more trucks out of snow banks than a tow truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2009

1989 Dodge Dakota Sport 5.9L V6 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5.9L V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles

Summary:

Hard working, reliable little truck

Faults:

My starter began having some difficulty at about 135,000 miles.

Brakes wore, had to replace.

General Comments:

This is my "first car" and it does everything I ask of it. The truck has never died on me except for twice when I left the off-road lights on. Otherwise it starts right up every time. It was used as a work truck before I bought it about a year ago for $2500. The only absolute parts that needed replaced were the starter and the brakes. I can't really blame Dodge for that, because the truck was getting old anyways.

Since I have owned my Dakota Sport I have made quite a few upgrades. Here is a basic list: Starter, brakes, wheels, tires, air intake, air filter, oil filter, floor mats, steering wheel cover, bed liner, tool box in bed, new white paint, new stereo system, new speakers, window tint and eyelid, dash cover, removed some of the Dakota sport and Dodge decals, new shifter, etc.

The only complaints I have about my Dakota Sport are that the interior is small, with little room for storage and things like that.

Also, I don't like the bench seat.

Other than that I can't really complain. It's been good to me, and I try to do the same.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2008

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 13 reviews