2003 Dodge Dakota Sport Plus 4X4 4.7 Liter V8 from North America
Nothing has gone wrong thus far.
This is the perfect family man, all purpose truck! Just like another reviewer perfectly stated. The Dodge Dakota Quad Cab has all of the room, performance, and features a family man like myself could want in a truck. I felt the Dakota (not the 05 model) was easily the best looking mid-size quad cab truck on the market. This truck offers plenty of engine for moderate towing needs, ample interior room for my family, and a fully functional truck box. The mileage so far from the V-8 is the stated 19mpg highway. This is on par with the I6 my Jeep had, with so much more performance. I had issues with the quality of the parts on my Jeep so I purchased an extended warranty to be safe.
I will keep those that are interested posted on future reliability.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th October, 2004
I was interested in your comment that the Dodge Dakota was good-looking, but not the 2005. Do you see a big difference? I am looking at either the 2004 or 2005. I like the size and look of the 2004 better, but the 2005 has changes to improve the safety ratings. What do you think, or anyone else think, about the differences between the 2004 and 2005? Thanks.
This is the original message poster. I do see a major change in the look of the new 05 Dakota. It now shares the same platform as the new Durango, which was changed for 04. I really am not impressed with the new look of the 05 truck. All along, the Dakota was in my opinion the best looking Quad Cab out there. Mine is the 03, with the 4.7 liter V-8. I LOVE THIS TRUCK. To be safe (I hope), I purchased an extended warranty. So far, no problems.
If I were you, I would at least wait a year on the 05 and get an 06, or the 04. I think it is a mistake to buy the first model year of any vehicle with significant changes like the 05 Dakota.
I agree on the look of the 05, it's just ugly.
I also have an 03, and it does drive fantastic. The only issue I'm having is the mileage is not what it's supposed to be. I feed it good gas and change the oil regularly, did plugs and filter, and even cleaned the throttle body (which was ugly), and I'm still only getting around 12 to 13. I'm still trying to work the bugs out, but I think I'm getting closer.