2004 Dodge Dakota Reviews - Page 2 of 6

2004 Dodge Dakota 2 door extended cab 4.7L Magnum V8 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4.7L Magnum V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles

Summary:

Love it. So much torque for the class

Faults:

When we bought the truck, it had 20" wheels and skinny tires. Looked really nice and slick.

But the ride was absolutely AWFUL!, bump steer left and right, tires worn out on outer walls to the extreme. Felt like you had no control on the highway.

Eventually we traded the oversized for factory and what a difference! All of the problems - gone!

General Comments:

We think oversized tires are a really bad idea on a truck like this. While it looks really cool, they are just not practical. We needed the truck for it being a truck, and it couldn't really deliver.

The V8 Dakota has a crap ton of torque, and a lot of horses for a truck in this class. I love feeling the torque off the line, and the sound of the V8 revving up. Can really feel it pull you off the line from 0-40. (I have to admit to smoking those old 20's before trading them... sooo much fun)

Gas mileage is so wretched for the city. But that's what you get for driving a heavy pickup with a V8, and occasionally like hearing the sound of the V8 get you up to speed.

Highway is not bad though, I get about 22 or so, which makes it nice for trips.

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

Review Date: 9th March, 2010

2004 Dodge Dakota SXT 4.7L V8 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.7L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 kilometres
Most recent distance62000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

I love this truck!

Faults:

Tires and brakes were replaced at 40,000 miles.

On some cold mornings, my oil pressure gauge won't activate and "check gauges" light will come on. It works only when I shut off and restart the engine.

(yes, I did check the oil and it's fine!)

Otherwise, absolutely nothing!

General Comments:

This is a great all around truck!

The ride is comfortable, the power is more than adequate, and it's the most practical vehicle I have ever owned.

I have the towing package, and pull my 5000lb. camping trailer up to the mountains with no problems.

The exterior of the truck looks awesome. The interior looks cheap and outdated, but very functional.

Factory 16" alloy wheels look awesome but small on such a tall truck.

Surprisingly short turn radius for a long truck!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2010

2004 Dodge Dakota SLT 3.7 V6 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.7 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.6 / 10
Distance when acquired19759 miles
Most recent distance81916 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

What a fancy looking piece of junk!

Faults:

Well to start off, the heads had to be redone at 60,000 miles. Rocker arms kept falling off, causing a bad shaking and clatter noise.

Transmission died at just 49,012 miles. Paid $1610.00 to have it rebuilt.

Took it to the dealer 6 times for a engine flush to prevent the sludge build up. Waste of money, did nothing.

Intake gaskets replaced at just 38,371 miles under warranty. "They was leaking"

Truck went to the dealer every 3,500 miles for an oil change to stay covered under the warranty. What a joke.

Truck made it to 81,916 miles. Oil light came on. I pulled off the road immediately, waited 5 minutes with the truck off, checked the oil, it was full, started it back up, oil light came back on, and it started knocking and the motor blew up.

General Comments:

These trucks are very money hungry and unreliable, and Dodge's warranty is not worth $10.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th January, 2010

17th Feb 2010, 17:41

Sorry you had so many problems! I have had nothing go wrong with my 2004 with the V8. Hopefully you won't have any more problems!

2nd Dec 2012, 15:15

Same here, lost oil pressure randomly at 112,000 miles on the highway. Truck shut off by itself in about 5 seconds and motor is seized. Makes me sick... JUNK... Last Dodge I'll ever own.

2004 Dodge Dakota SXT 4.7 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.7 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carFord Windstar

Summary:

Great family hauler inside that will hold Dads toys outside

Faults:

Headlight Switch failed at 16,000 miles.

Interior Blower motor had a "resistor" go at about 25,000 miles or so.

Controls for the defrost and heating settings stopped working, air would only vent to floor.

Controls stopped again soon after dealer repair, dash was removed and all the sealing foams were replaced, and the entire control panel, and dampener assembly also.

Center console cover latch broke, dealer fixed.

General Comments:

Even though it's a quad cab truck, this truck with the 4.7 really moves out.

But, get on it a bit and drop $70.00 worth of liquid gold fast, she's real thirsty.

Interior for a 2004 is dated for sure but it does do it's job.

Electrical problems have been my issue so far, now that my 3/36000 is over I'm real scared.

Mechanically the truck has been great so far, I have no complaints with the powertrain.

With the four wheel disc brakes this trucks stops on a dime.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th March, 2008

17th Feb 2010, 17:47

I agree with your comment about the interior! Looks like a throw back to the early 90's. But yes it's very functional! My truck gets used for every imaginable thing, and is a true workhorse! The only problem I ever had was the oil pressure gauge. Sometimes takes two starts of the motor to get it working.

7th Oct 2013, 10:50

Hello all, OK, I am now at 104,000k and from my last review till today 10-7-2013, I had to replace the lower right ball joint and right tie rod at 83,000k. The left tie rod just broke in the driveway at 101,000k, and the muffler just broke off last week. There is a lot of rust starting to take its toll. I still have the original battery and she still runs great. Back bumper is rotting off too.

I have been very happy overall with my Dakota, but with all the rust, it's time to maybe trade in. I am very pleased with this truck. She's done good!

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 22 reviews