2003 Dodge Dakota SXT 3.9 from North America
Very good all around truck
No issues up to this point.
One recall for faulty wire harness placement which dealer corrected.
I'm very aware of an issue with the upper ball joints on Dakotas and Durangos wearing prematurely. Although Daimler-Chrysler has yet to officially announce their stance on this, I have been having them checked with every scheduled maintenance. So far, no indication of premature wear.
I am very pleased with my 2003 Dakota SXT Club Cab 4X2.
Dealership was very accommodating and made for easy purchase.
The truck rides smooth and quiet. Very little noise within the cabin. Rock solid build. No squeaks or rattles.
I've been getting 20mpg which is more than sticker.
Suspension is strong and absorbs the New England roads very well.
Very little tire wear with scheduled rotation.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th December, 2003
19th Dec 2003, 10:19
I am beginning to wonder if DC put a whole bunch of bad Ball joints in all their cars. I own a Jeep Liberty and recently found out that DC is recalling all of the '02s and some of the '03s because of a lower ball joint problem. Other than that, completely satisfied.
31st Dec 2003, 04:21
2003 Dodge Dakota SXT Std Cab.
1st new truck I have ever owned and love it. So much room in cab and not too high off ground for my wife to climb in. Now have 8,000 miles on it and have only taken it back to dealer for wiring harness recall (fixed on the spot). Only two down sides so far is the poor mpg and the wind noise from back window slider.
11th Feb 2004, 08:08
The 2003 Dodge Dakota SXT is an excellent truck to own. The handling is better than any of the GM or Ford pickups that I have previously owned. The truck is versatile and unique. The only draw back I have found after driving 10,000 miles is the lack of speed and torque to compete with larger, full-size trucks.