1999 Dodge Dakota Ext. Cab 5.2L V8 from North America

Summary:

Best mid-size pickup

Faults:

New exhaust at 140,000 miles.

Brakes and rotors at 140,000 miles.

New power steering pump at 140,000 miles.

Fan clutch, idler pulley, water pump, and a serpentine belt at 145,000 miles.

General Comments:

Runs good, but has a lot of issues.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2010

1999 Dodge Dakota SLT V6 Magnum from North America

Summary:

Satisfiied second owner. Paid $5000 in 09

Faults:

Front end suspension parts wore out at low mileage (64,000).

At the time of purchase, the ball joints were worn out and had to be replaced (common, no lube fittings on king pin/ball joints at time of manufacture).

Noise from the engine belt tension/idler. Squalling of belt under AC load at times (ghost in the machine. No clear solution for belt/pulley hardware issues).

Best mileage achieved at 42-46 mph. Great for city. Poor for highway commutes.

Paint issues on roof and fenders (clear coat peals).

Power.

General Comments:

Ride and handling are outstanding. Cornering and brakes remarkable. Comfortable and user friendly cab with very nice audio package. V6 power train is a good compromise between power and fuel economy.

Small issues with engine belts and fuel economy, counter balanced with ride comfort and road hugging agility.

No major complaints for the 99 truck, however heard the brakes for same year Durango are a bit frighting.

Once my problems with front end suspension were handled at the time of purchase (used) from a dealer, no major issues noted. I live in a very hot climate; A/C compressor is on its way to replacement.

Power window on the driver's side wears out in regards to plastic track wheels used.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2010

1999 Dodge Dakota SLT 3.9L from North America

Summary:

Very nice

Faults:

Burns oil, have to add a quart once in about 6 weeks.

General Comments:

Great truck! Granted I only owned it since June 5th, 2010, but it runs great, is very comfy, has plenty of power to go up hills in higher gear.

Now there is no way of telling how the previous owner took care of it, but I got it for $2600, and so far I replaced:

Two tires

Oil/Filter

Tranny oil

Rear wing light

As you can see, these are just regular maintenance things to replace.

Overall, I would recommend it to anyone, and it lasts, especially with double clutching and easy driving. Well it lasts if ya don't drive like Ricky Bobby :P.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2010

1999 Dodge Dakota SLT 318 from North America

Summary:

Love it, toughest pick-up I've ever owned!

Faults:

Transfer case lost the chain after about 190000 miles.

General Comments:

I have put a lot of miles on my truck, and only 1 major repair, probably due to pulling people out of snow banks. It still has the original clutch, and the engine and tranny have never been apart. It's been ridden hard and put away wet, and it just keeps on ticking.

The truck has more power than it could ever use, and out performs any mid size truck I've ever been in or owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2010

1999 Dodge Dakota Sport Crew Cab 3.9 V6 from North America

Summary:

The real definition of a truck

Faults:

I bought this truck from a farmer (it had been sitting in his field for 2 years) for $1000. He stopped driving it and parked it in the field, due to the check engine light coming on. Turned out to be a bad spark plug wire, causing it to misfire on 1 cylinder, and throw an emissions code.

Transmission seal leaked from sitting for 2 years.

Freeze plug pushed out from sitting.

Rats chewed up the lighting wires.

Tires were dry rotted.

Farmer was a large man, and flattened the seat foam permanently; just sit on a pillow.

2 years in the field and not a spot of rust! Paint faded and peeled, exposing primer.

Changed tranny fluid and gasket, put in aftermarket lights, changed the paint color from purple to intense blue pearl, added 31 x 10.5 prime well pa100 tires (awesome quality, I will forever buy these tires so long as they make them). Added fender flares, and a K&N drop in filter kit (1,000,000 mile warranty).

New exhaust factory style.

Brake lines replaced.

Still have under $5000 invested in the whole truck.

General Comments:

4x4 works great.

Awesome power for a V6.

Reliability is unmatched.

Style is awesome. Could have bought a new one, but these are so cool looking.

Tough. Very tough truck.

Not terrible on gas, but could be better.

I would definitely buy another.

I have owned 3. I lost 1 to a wreck, which safety wise worked very well. I sold the other one to buy a 4x4.

It was definitely worth every penny.

If you want a reliable truck, 4x4 or not, that will not let you down, buy one of these body styles, you will not be disappointed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2010