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