A gutless wonder with a horrible electrical system; otherwise decent
Lost almost every electrical component in the cab due to a blown under-hood fuse.
The paint was burned off in places due to Hawaii's sun.
The catalytic converter developed a nasty rattle.
A previous owner had installed an aftermarket alarm system, which was an absolute pain in the neck.
The stock stereo was pathetic.
The electrical system was terrible.
Whoever decided a 4-cylinder should be offered in this truck obviously never drove one. Acceleration was slow at best, and even moderate hills required dropping it down into third gear. Of all the vehicles I've owned, only my Volkswagen Beetle was more lacking in power.
The upholstery and interior trim held up very well, suffering damage only from cigarette burns. The interior, however, looked very cheap.
The exterior was well-styled, but paint quality left something to be desired.
Overall, though, the Dakota was a decent truck -- but if I'd known about the electrical problems and pathetic engine, I'd have bought the S-10 that the dealer had.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th October, 2008