I traded a mint 1980 Cordoba for this pile from my wife's Dad.
He got the better end of the deal.
Horrible fuel economy for a small truck, even with a V8, I get less than 13mpg in the city, never more than 15 on the highway.
Terrible comfort on long trips.
Unless small size is valued above all else, it's better to get a bigger truck.
Ford F-150 gets better mileage and offers much more room and work capabilities.
The TBI fuel injection system is some kind of a joke.
This is my second Dakota, my first was a 1996 with a 3.9L Magnum which I bought new. It was so weak, I could barely pull a 3500lb trailer through the mountains without downshifting two gears.
My 99 Grand Voyager did a much better job pulling the same trailer on the same roads.
On the plus side, it manages to start every time and run fairly well.
The 8 foot bed is a real asset.
If you need a practical small truck that will fit into your garage until you need to move something, you can't go wrong.
Not recommended for every day driving, too much of a gas guzzler.
I would not buy another Dodge Dakota if you put a gun to my head. After two, I've had enough.
I understand some have good luck with them and swear by them.
The problem is the spotty quality.
One can be a real gem and another can be a lemon.
I'm going to sell this pile first chance I get.