1992 Dodge Dakota 3.9L Magnum V6 5 speed from North America
Lower steering knuckle fails due to lack of a proper slip joint.
Frame rusts to breaking point in front of the left rear wheel; all Dakotas, same spot.
Engine intake plenum belly pan gasket fails on all V6 and V8 engines, causing ping and knock under acceleration load. Intake must be removed to replace the gasket. Expensive if you're not a do it yourself guy. Dodge knows of this problem. They will retard your timing to stop the pinging. Poor fix. Poor mileage and power.
Exhaust manifold attach bolts are too small for duty. They break off in the head, especially if you drive on rough roads.
Fairly reliable truck. Poor fuel economy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 6th June, 2010
12th Feb 2011, 08:37
This is 100% correct what this reviewer says right to the detail. I'm a mechanic. The basic things he describes that fail ARE RIGHT ON THE MONEY! When the lower plenum gasket fails, the engines lose power and will ping under acceleration. They also consume much more oil when this gasket fails. There is a solid piece lower plenum plate kit that can be bought online; or, remove the lower pan, use CLEAR silicone or gasket maker, and replace. The clear gasket maker will stretch with the movement between the aluminum plenum and the lower steel plate. Oh yeah, the rear anti-lock device on the left inside frame rail will rot away also, along with the left frame rail, which happens to all Dakotas.