1997 Dodge Dakota Sport, Extended Cab SWD 3.9 V6 from North America
Great value in a small truck
Major front suspension rebuild at 198,000 miles due to very poor roads where we live.
Replaced an O2 sensor at about 190,000, which was very easy.
The A/C needs a can every year and the heater has always been inept.
Original MOPAR radio failed in its 17th year of operation, but everything else works - even the cruise.
Ever notice there are more old Dodge Dakotas on the road than S-10s, Canyons, Colorados, Rangers and even Tacomas? It's not because they outsold the competition, it's because this is one very tough truck when equipped with the V-6 and manual transmission. Have owned and/or driven other small trucks, and found them to be less than stellar where compared to the 2nd generation Dakota.
A real bargain.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th June, 2022
12th Jun 2022, 00:00
“Ever notice there are more old Dodge Dakotas on the road than S-10s, Canyons, Colorados, Rangers and even Tacomas?”
No, I seem to see roughly twenty Rangers and/or Tacomas to every Dakota. The anecdotal experiences of a single person don’t make for reliable data.
12th Jun 2022, 13:42
I've noticed a lot more people in general are holding onto their 1990's or early 2000's built cars as they know things got too complex and expensive to repair after that :)
12th Jun 2022, 17:06
No they keep them to avoid car payments and higher car insurance. And put savings towards food on the table and gas during this very high inflationary time.
12th Jun 2022, 20:39
Even when the Dakota was new and still being produced, you never saw nowhere near as many as its compact pick up competitors. Maybe more than the Tacoma in the early 90s before it became popular.
13th Jun 2022, 22:10
Who says it has to be brand new? Find a used car in good shape and decent miles for five or six grand and pay cash on the spot.
14th Jun 2022, 18:38
Well said, cheaper good condition cars in a cash purchase (no loans or debt) is almost always the best option for the private buyer.