1995 Dodge Dakota dakota SLT ext. cab 4x4 318 V8 from North America
Smooth, powerful, reliable truck
Alternator died at 98,000.
Tranny cooler lines began to leak slightly at 112,000.
No other problems other than routine brakes, tune-ups, etc.
This was my first Dodge, and I have to admit that I was concerned about Dodge quality, especially the automatic transmissions in '95 models, but I put over 90,000 miles on top of the 34,000 on it at the time of purchase, and it ran perfectly the whole time. Now, I should say that I ran only Mobil 1 full-synthetic oil in it, and I believe that stuff works miracles. This truck was comfortable, built solid, had more than enough power, rode smooth, was quiet, and an all-around awesome truck.
The only reason I don't have it still is that someone t-boned me while running a stop sign, and rolled me over twice, totaling the truck. This happened at 115,000+ miles, and the tranny was still rock solid, and the engine compression was still at factory specs! (thanks, Mobil 1). I have heard horror stories about Durango's and a few other Dodge vehicles, but I miss my Dakota; it treated me as well as I treated it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th March, 2006