1997 Dodge Dakota SLT 3.9L V6 from North America


I have been very dissatisfied


32,193 Miles - Replaced fuel pump and tank level sensor (under warranty).

45,671 Miles - Rebuilt front brakes, replaced front rotors.

57,840 Miles - Replaced catalytic converter and spark plugs.

86,158 Miles – Replaced both Oxygen Sensors and spark plugs.

93,115 Miles – Replaced heater core, radiator expansion tank, thermostat and coolant.

100203 Miles – Replaced both cylinder heads (cracks between intake and exhaust valves).

101748 Miles – Complete overhaul of engine resulting from total loss of oil pressure. New rings, seals, gaskets, main, rod and cam bearings, boiled block, honed cylinders, new oil pump, spark plugs and cables, rotor and cap, installed lower temperature thermostat.

105689 Miles – Replaced broken throttle cable.

110040 Miles – Replace right and left front bearing hubs.

127897 Miles – Replaced oil pump and pressure sender.

130120 Miles – Requires new ball joints (top and bottom) and complete rebuild of rear end. Engine runs well and interior is in good shape.

General Comments:

I have been very disappointed by the frequency of failures I have experienced.

I would not willingly subject myself to another vehicle by this manufacturer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th August, 2006

1997 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9 V6 from North America




Well when I got it, it was making a rattling noise, got it checked out, was the timing chain, now rattling is gone, and little hose no bigger than your finger, was rotten, was free to replace.

General Comments:

I love it, it has good passing power, the pedal is weird you think your flooring it, but you're not theres more room to push it, its weird lol, well it's a great overall truck and dodge will be seeing me int he future.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th April, 2006

1997 Dodge Dakota Club cab sport 4wd 3.9 V6 from North America


I have enjoyed this truck from the day I bought it, and recommend it to anyone


Rear differential pinion shaft bearing had to be replaced at 120,000 km.

Clutch fan assembly under warranty at 55,000 km.

Console hinge trim cover replaced under warranty.

Lower ball joints at 60,000 km. under warranty.

General Comments:

A good reliable truck that we feel we can always depend on.

Gas mileage is less than spectacular, but it's a truck that tows our boat with no problems.

The four wheel drive system works flawlessly at 10 or 100 km/h.

Comfortable and solid feeling.

Great paint, except front steel bumper

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2005

1997 Dodge Dakota SLT 3.9 V6 from North America


Super Dependable


I replaced the catalytic converter (180 bucks) at 125k miles and also the Oxygen sensor (90 bucks) at the same time. I replaced the brakes and plugs and wires. Also the gear shift knob kinda fell off. So overdrive does not work, which doesn't matter b/c I never use it anyway.

General Comments:

This vehicle has been super dependable. It starts very easily. Great cab room. 4X4 works very well when I used it in the snow. I pulled several people out of ditches in the snow. One thing I do not understand is why Dodge made the V6 engine a 4 speed. Because of that, I get 14-16 miles a gallon, and it does not accelerate very well on the interstate. But I still love my truck, although I need to get a more fuel efficient vehicle so if anyone is interested I will be selling it for around $7,000 as of November 14, 2004 My cell is 864-915-4281 if anyone is interested.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2004

14th Nov 2004, 20:20

Part of the reason why your mileage is so bad is because you haven't fixed the Overdrive button... Get the Overdrive working and your MPG will definitely improve.

1997 Dodge Dakota Sport 5.2 from North America


Very useful truck for the money


The A/C went out on my truck, costed me around $500 to repair.

General Comments:

This truck handles like a car.

Very quick, although I've made a few modifications to keep it running a little faster than the average truck.

The truck has handled the NOS very well!

I used to go off roading in my truck before it was lowered, and it was excellent, never got stuck!

The back bed is very spacious, and can be very useful.

I have a 20 foot boat, in which this truck tows easily.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2004