1999 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.8 from North America
Great truck, but not a great brand.
The power steering went out, but I think it may have been my fault because I was doing donuts on loose gravel. Either way, it was covered under an extended warranty that I paid $500.00 for when I bought the truck used, and they replaced it.
There has also been a very strange metal grinding noise. It's very faint, and the dealer has said it is not out of the ordinary. It doesn't seem to effect the truck, but none the less it still seems strange to me.
The truck does have an engine pinging noise that is like a gargling sound when you run between 10-40 miles per hour. It clears up when you go faster. I have checked with other owner of trucks similar to mine and they say they have it too. It's just the exhaust - similar to that of a police interceptor engine.
I had to have the brakes replaced because they were squeaking very very loudly around 40,00 miles. The cost was pretty high I thought, around $140.00 just for the brake pads, plus the cost of labor.
The truck is very nice. It has everything except leather seats and power mirrors, and an alarm. It does however have the Infinity Audio which is a wonderful factory system, keyless entry, it's very roomy on the inside, and clever storage below the rear seats that holds a surprisingly large amount of small equipment.
I work in public safety and I have 3 or 4 radios, gloves, first aid kit, etc all under the rear seat.
It has a great battery and plenty of audible reminders if you leave keys in the igntion, lights on, etc as well as the door will not lock by the electic lock button if you leave either things on. I leave a 50 Watt/20amp Police radio, as well as a scanner turned on 24/7 and it has never cause a battery problem.
It's comfortable and the controls & gages are well laid out and easy to use/read.
It's an extended cab and is very stylish and sleek. I have had numerous compliments on it's appearance.
The vehicle also has wider tires as a standard - they are Goodyear, and it handles like a dream for a truck.
I like the truck a lot, but I still wish I would have bought a bigger Chevy. This truck is bigger, but the Chevy never made weird noises, and I never questioned whether or not it would do well on a long trip.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th June, 2003