1991 Dodge Dakota Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1991 Dodge Dakota 5.2L 318 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.2L 318 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired168000 miles
Most recent distance174000 miles

Faults:

My water pump went out @ 173,000 miles.

General Comments:

It's a quick little truck. I haven't tried 0-60 or 1/4 mile, but I will do that soon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2003

1991 Dodge Dakota 1.5 litre from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5 litre Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance184309 miles
Previous carMercury Cougar

Summary:

Great all purpose light-duty truck

Faults:

Timing belt broke at 170k miles.

Fuel pump replaced at 180k miles.

Problem with Heater/AC blower failing intermittently. I had to follow EVERY wire of the system until I found the short.

After-market stereo installation kits always break after about a month of use.

I guess it is because they are plastic and the dash must vibrate the bracket pretty hard.

The paint job has peeled off the top of the truck. Some places on the cab of the truck it peeled off the primer also.

I have noticed this problem on many different cars and trucks of about the same time period (89-94).

General Comments:

This truck has been a great daily driver. The four-banger still gets 21 miles per gallon and has no problem reaching highways speeds. I do keep regular maintenance on the fluids, tires, and brakes.

The standard bench seat is fine for short trips, but for anything over a couple hundred miles you might want to borrow something a little smoother. I drove from Texas to California once and my back hurt for week after the trip.

I don't think I have ever had a more dependable or harder working truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2002

1991 Dodge Dakota 2WD, Ext. Cab 3.9 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.9 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired1123 miles
Most recent distance196700 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Summary:

The best truck ever built with nothing but quality displayed when driving down the highway

Faults:

Rack and Pinion at 105,000

Water Pump at 186,000

Valve Gaskets every 60,000

Starter at 167,000

Oil every 3,000 with Quaker State 10w 30

Dash started to crack at 135,000

Driver seat (side near handle) cracked at 93,000.

General Comments:

My Dakota still runs like a champ. It does not bog down or choke up at all. For as long as I have had the truck it has kept a wonderful appearance despite all the dirt I get in it and where I sometimes take it. I am sold on the Dakota...couldn't ask for a better truck for it's class. My father has ran 4 Dakotas over 100,000 miles and I am on my second (first had 167,000...1988 model).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2002

23rd Aug 2002, 10:22

I would hope this truck runs like a champ. You have put more parts into it then I have put in all 3 of my imports combined over the last 15 years. I like the looks of the Dakota, but thanks for the review, you have convinced me to buy a Toyota.

8th Jul 2005, 17:27

It doesn't look as though this reviewer has had to do much at all to keep this truck running. He even included routine oil changes (maintenance) as repairs... As for cracked dash or seat, I'll take my (also superbly-running) 1992 Dakota with a cracked dash over a Toyota any day, on looks alone!

1991 Dodge Dakota 3.9 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership1991
Engine and transmission 3.9 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 kilometres
Most recent distance151000 kilometres
Previous carDodge nissan

Faults:

Not very much has gone wrong with this truck. It had the usual problems such as worn out brakes, radiator etc...

The rear end has had a slight whine sound since I got it, but it never got worse or broke. I think it will last forever. No problems with the engine or tranny.

General Comments:

I really have enjoyed owning this truck. It has never ever let me down since the day I bought it. But I was good to it and it was good to me.

I highly recommend this truck to any one that has a need for a midsized truck. It was not the best on gas if you used a heavy foot boot, otherwise it was very good.I did little more than oil changes and grease jobs, and it just kept ticking.

Thanks Dodge.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2002

1991 Dodge Dakota LE 3.9 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.9 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

Good

Faults:

Well the worst thing is that the paint has almost all peeled off the cab and is coming off the sides also.

This vehicle was kept up very good. I like the engine and the truck.

The gas mileage is not as good as I would have liked.

If I had it to do over again I would not purchase the truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th May, 2001

12th Jun 2001, 08:32

What color was your Dakota? I'll bet it was blue, grey or silver. Look around bud, anything built from 1984 to about 1994 with those colors are peeling paint no matter who built it. The lead had been removed from the primer and there was a bonding problem. This was not a situation unique to Dodge.

8th Jun 2003, 17:05

My 1991 Dakota still has the original grey paint. Maybe mine's the exception or maybe they did something different for Canadian trucks, but I have no problems with clear coat, flaking, or rust. The truck is driven year round and never garaged. I wash it regularily and turtle wax three times a year. After 12 years, it still looks like new.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 20 reviews