1992 Dodge Dakota LE 5.2 V8 Magnum from North America
Awesome all-around truck!
The upper and lower bushings wore out, and the paint comes off occasionally in small spots.
Also had to replace the belt tension pulley.
The tachometer jumps around quite a bit when starting up, and also when driving.
It runs great for its age, minimal problems. Maintenance is easy to keep up with, although I had a bit of a hard time reaching up into the engine from under to change the oil filter.
When I first got it, it had all of its original parts still. It also had a CB radio antenna, and that has been removed. The radio got swapped out for a Kenwood, recently replaced the speakers for Alpine ones, soundproofed the cab, replaced the shocks, and added a sway bar to the back.
Parking is a bit of a pain due to the 8 foot bed, but it's offset by the amount of cargo space (I'm a bit picky about where I park too, heh). I have a camper shell on the back too, which caused it to lean pretty badly when turning before I had the shocks replaced and the sway bar added. It handles MUCH better now.
The engine gives it plenty of get-up-and-go, although it probably would accelerate faster if it didn't have the camper shell. Personally, I love the sound it makes when it drops to a lower gear as I pass others.
The 4x4 is awesome! It goes through snow easily and mud doesn't present much of a challenge either.
I would buy another vehicle from Dodge, but I don't think I would buy the Dakota if it comes back. I like the straight line styling of my old Dakota better than the curved lines on the later models.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th October, 2015