1995 Dodge Dakota Base 3.9L V6 238 cubic inch from North America
I could have done worse
BAD FUEL ECONOMY ONLY GOT WORSE!! When I bought it, it averaged about 16 in town and 20 highway. That plummeted when I started driving from out of town on the weekends to visit family. Putting on about 150 miles per week, it dropped to 12 on the highway, and maybe 9 or 9.5 in town.
Was leaking transmission fluid, bad rear main seal; that was pretty costly.
Clear coating was a joke; most cars look better after a rain or a car wash.... this one looked worse.
Seal around the passenger door let in water, as did the seal around the back glass.
Cruise control vacuum line was busted when I bought the truck.
I never liked the styling of this truck. It seemed to look generic.
The engine was pretty easy to work on, but the rest of it really wasn't. For example, the latch for the glove compartment was stuck, keeping the door closed. To replace that latch, I had to buy another door with the hinges and the paneling with the cigarette lighter and the ashtray.
Not at all the best truck around. It didn't have the abilities of a 1/2 ton, even though its MPG rivaled some 3/4 tons. Pretty reliable, but there are definitely better choices out there.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th April, 2013