1995 Dodge Dakota V8 4X4 5.2 from North America
Lets see. I've owned this truck for 5 years. Except for normal wear items, battery, tires, tune up (plugs wire filters, all fluids... all) etc, here are the things I have replaced;
A brake line rusted through (New York winters). Since I believe strongly in prevention, I also changed both callipers, both wheel cylinders, all brakes and rear drums. (everything, but the master cylinder).
Ummmmm... that's it in 5 years and 40,000 miles.. not bad.
The auto transmisson has a hard time finding second gear... it has done that since I owned it. I just had the tranny flushed today, cause it's been 30,000 miles since the last fluid/filter change.
I religiously change oil at 3000 or less. It uses no oil, no leaks.
Oh, I have to recharge A/C every 2 years.
This is one of the best I've owned.
The best was a Chevy truck; the only reason this takes top honors is because it only cost 650, went through it and I put about 500 more into it the first week (1150 invested), and sold it 2 years later for 1500.
The other was a '73 340 Duster; same case, drove for a couple years and made money.
This Dakota is fantastic. Balls to spare, dependable, it has towed many friends and families cars to safety.. at 130K I feel totally secure taking it across country. It never fails me.
I love this truck. My brother in law is trying to get me to buy something newer, but I just can't part with it.
Gets 14/17 mpg in a V8 4X4; I'm happy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th October, 2007