1992 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L Magnum from North America


The pinnacle of automotive endurance


Windshield wipers replaced at 280000M.

Blower motor failure at 299000M.

Windshield wiper motor failure at 300000M.

General Comments:

This truck cannot break or fail. I always drive my truck as hard as possible up to 3000 R.P.M. The truck delivers plenty of low R.P.M. torque while still outputting enough horsepower at red-line. The transmission is extremely intelligent due to the fact that, although it (unfortunately) has an automatic transmission, the driver can tell the vehicle exactly what gear to be in and when, while utilizing all of the available torque within a gear without forcing the vehicle to downshift. The handling of the vehicle is terrible, but then again I could willingly assume that the handling might have been quite smooth and nice during the first couple of 100,000 miles of the suspension's life. To close I'd like to announce that the suspension is still strong and somewhat hard to date. Also, it used to be a company truck before it belonged to me, and the company ran it several comulative months with almost no oil at all, as well as never changing the transmission fluid/filter and committing to an oil change every 10,000 miles or so at the most often.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2004

1992 Dodge Dakota Sport 5.2L 318 from North America


Best truck I ever owned


I have not had to do anything to this truck. all I did was a transmission fluid and filter change and a read diff service.

General Comments:

This truck is VERY fast with the 5.2L 318 v8 auto transmission with overdrive its got 391 gears in the read end so lots of torque expensive to run through as it uses tons of gas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2003

1992 Dodge Dakota Club Cab LE 3.9 V6 from North America


This truck halls, gas mileage stinks!


Well, as many of the Dodge products during the 90's the paint stinks. My paint is oxidizing and peeling.

Replaced odometer (unknown mileage now, I drove for three weeks before I got a new odometer)

Replaced muffler.

Replaced a speaker.

Bad front brakes.

Really bad gas mileage for a small truck (15-17mpg sometimes 20)

I commute to school so I have to sell the truck because of the gas mileage, I hate to see it go.

General Comments:

One of the best small trucks ever!

Some of my friends have S-10's and Rangers, no comparison at all, period.

This truck hauls like no other. I have put almost a ton of rocks in the back of this truck and it had no problem (I don't recommend it though)

The acceleration on this truck is incredible. It has a ton of torque for a small truck, it gets off the line!

It also handles like a sports car, but gets the job done like a truck.

One of the funnest vehicles I have driven.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2003

1992 Dodge Dakota LE 5.2 Ltr from North America


A high performance engine wrapped in questionable electronics and paint


Brakes require more than normal maintenance.

Replaced radiator and water pump two times.

Fuel gage has not operated in 5 years.

Paint is severely worn.

Engine computer replaced once.

Battery goes dead every two years.

General Comments:

Engine has been a great performer. Acceleration is fast, but be cautious of rear end fish tailing.

The transmission has not required any maintenance although metal chips beginning to show in fluid.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th October, 2003

1992 Dodge Dakota LE Club Cab 3.9 V6 from North America


This is the best light truck...ever!


The speedometer went out.

The paint on and near the roof peeled.

The fuel pump broke and a leak occurred in the fuel line.

The catalytic converter blew.

The PVC valve had to be replaced twice.

General Comments:

This is the best truck we have ever owned.

It is much roomier than S-10's and Rangers.

It's function in indispensable.

It is quick, comfortable, and fun to drive.

It can still burn rubber on dry pavement, even with the big all terrain tires.

It is a great looking truck you can be proud of.

It has 215000 miles on it and it is still the most dependable vehicle we have ever owned.

You can't kill this truck, after over 10 years 200k miles it still shifts smoothly, and runs and drives like a dream.

Our neighbors have a Dakota similar to ours with even more miles and they are just as pleased as we are.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2003

24th Jan 2006, 21:15

"The PVC valve had to be replaced twice."

This is a normal tuneup item every 15K miles. Do you mean the EGR valve, by any chance? If so, that is usually damaged by a clogged catalytic converter.