5th Apr 2008, 01:15

I like this particular body style but I would have to agree that the 97-2004 models are probably the best looking ones on the road. I do think though that Dodge should start making certain features like power windows, locks, mirrors etc... standard for the money as these vehicles seem to depreciate more than the competition.

21st Nov 2009, 10:16

Your tire issue is probably a defect with the tire, not the truck. Other than that, Consumer Reports gives this truck a horrible rating. Overall, Chrysler Corp is showing the worst reliability of all manufactures as a whole. Also, I've been reading complaints from consumers on this site concerning poor treatment at Dodge dealerships for years.

Point is, do yourself a favor and research your next vehicle purchase before buying. Sites like this one, and other free ones, have reviews from owners on them. I think you can even view "basic" vehicle ratings on the Consumer Reports site without a membership too.

31st Jan 2010, 09:40

I own a 2000 Dakota with a 3.9l. We use it to pull around a 16ft tandem axle utility trailer quite often. It does the job, but it's no power house.

As far as regular driving, it's fine, mpg could be better; 16.4 city 21.3 hwy, but I have to say this is the only Dodge I have ever owned. I'm 42 years old and have owned all kinds; Nissan, Toyota, Ford, Chevy; bought this Dodge with 105,000 miles. Now have 231,876, engine and truck have give me very few problems considering we use it as a full size truck.

Nobody that works for me believes this engine and trans. are original "as far as I know".

Had a sludge problem with the engine at approx. 175,000. Flushed it with diesel fuel and switched to synthetic oil, good oil pressure ever since.

1st Nov 2010, 15:58

Bought a 2007 Dakota 4x4. The front end was replaced completely at about 15000 kilometers; that included steering gear rack and pinion. When using 4 wheel drive in country, it sounds like it's 50 years old.

11th Nov 2010, 16:09

I have a 2007 Dodge two wheel drive, and when I drive on bumpy streets, this truck also feels like a 50 year old truck. Is there any way to fix the problem?

29th Jun 2011, 14:10

Bought my 2007 Dakota new.

Every year it has been worked on to replace parts or repair. Have replaced brake rotors, calipers, transfer cases, transmission parts, u-joints, ball joints, tie rods, steering assembly, rack and pinion knuckle, and now I have major emissions leaks.

This truck is JUNK! I will never buy another Dodge product again. By the way, this truck has only 23,000 miles on it.