1998 Dodge Dakota Reviews - Page 8 of 10

1998 Dodge Dakota Club Cab Sport 4x4 5.2 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.2 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired221 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

Will tow a Toyota anywhere..

Faults:

I've had to replace the front brake pads at 40,000 miles. Then again at 70,000 miles along with the rotors. Maybe it's just my driving, but the brakes are weak.

Within the last 10,000 miles or so, I've developed a moaning sound as I slow to about 30 mp/h. Having it look at later this week.

This truck is a gas guzzler. I average about 13.5 - 15.5 mp/g.

The overhead console doesn't work. The thermometer said it was 130 degrees out today. **Pfft!*** I live in Seattle.

Quite a bit of a blind spot on the driver's side when turning left.

General Comments:

The 5.2L V8 is plenty of power for this truck. I wonder what the 5.9 R/T is like (***sigh***)...

Interior is very comfortable and the heater works great.

Offroading is awesome in this thing. I climed a 35-foot evergreen just last night, then towed a Toyota up to enjoy the view.

This truck is king of the road for it's class. And to the 4Runner owner who was complaining that Dodge should take a lesson from the Toyota dealerships... Stick with Toyota, Slick. Our economy needs your money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th February, 2003

27th Jun 2008, 14:38

I have 130k miles on this baby and NEVER had to change the brakes (manual shift helps) I've changed the clutch once. A/C still works like new, 10 years later. The only thing I've ever done is change the oil (mobil 1) every 3k.

Go figure...

Oh yeah, there is a blind spot on the drivers side, but I just stuck a small round mirror on the mirror to see and it works fine.

1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.9 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired8500 miles
Most recent distance41000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

Roomy, reliable, and fun to drive

Faults:

Front bumper paint is flaking off. While still under warranty, dealership would not fix it. Declared that it may be from stones. This truck is garage kept and I don't travel gravel roads. Suspect a primer problem. Dodge on later models added a plastic bumper cover. I wonder why?

When fuel tank is less than 1/2 full and you corner sharply into a parking spot or come to a quick stop and place the vehicle in park, it sometimes shuts off.

Poor mile per gallon, I average only 14-15 in town and 17-22 on the highway.

General Comments:

A truly mid size truck, with decent ride and room. Performance is adequate for the v6 engine. Great styling and appearance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2002

11th Mar 2004, 14:49

You're right about the bumper. There is no way stones did it. I have a 98 Dakota 4x4 and it's doing the same thing. I have seen this on other dakotas I've seen too.

23rd Mar 2004, 16:33

You guys are absolutely right about that bumper. My 98 Dakota bumper started rusting and flaking while under warranty and the dealer told me its was stones, so they wanted $400 to re-paint. Funny how the new ones are plastic covered. Incidentally, they don't warranty any rust coming up from under the weatherstripping either.

1998 Dodge Dakota 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance39000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

I love it

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

I just wish I had bought a club cab. I don't agree that it's a throw-away truck, but then again, I didn't buy one of the early 4-cylinder models, which would have been a mistake.

I've had the truck for 4 years and have not had one problem. It drives great, has been super reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 2002

1998 Dodge Dakota Clubcab Sport 4X4 3.9 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.9 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.2 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance35100 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

It is a throw away truck

Faults:

The brake rotators had to be replaced at 35000 miles. The ball joints also were wore out at 35000. The truck only has a 3 year or 36000 mile warranty. I have had the vehicle for 5 years. Transmission is very weak. The truck has no power when you pass.

General Comments:

A VW Beetle is a tougher vehicle than Dodge's Dakota truck. I would never own a piece of junk like this truck. It has no warranty that is worth the paper that it is written on. I was ripped off by Dodge. I have never seen anything like this. Toyota has bent over backwards on the service of my 4-Runner. Dodge needs to take some lessons from them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd October, 2002

28th Oct 2008, 20:29

Maintenance is the key... SUPPORT YOUR ECONOMY! BUY LOCAL!

20th Dec 2010, 20:25

Toyota will bend over backwards for you, because they are bending you over when you go in for service. Just add up the maintenance costs of a Tacoma vs Dakota at 60,000 miles. Let me know the difference. As for warranty, the Toyota was 3/36 and the Dodge was 7/70.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 35 reviews