26th Sep 2002, 18:54
I love my Dakota. It is a 6 auto and I get 16 to 20 mpg.
The truck handles very well, and is quiet to ride in. My wife loves the ride and all the options we have on it. The kids have plenty of room in the back.
12th Oct 2004, 22:49
I too have a 2000 Dodge Dakota with a six cylinder engine. The truck runs great, its full of power and a pleasure to look at. I do have one problem though, the gas mileage attained is terrible, approximately 14 to 15 miles per gallon. I tried improving on the truck's gas guzzling attitude by replacing the spark plugs, along with the distributer and rotor cap, but no change has been observed. There are no trouble lights showing in the dash area neither can I observe any obvious engine problems. As I have previously said the truck runs great. I need some outside input as to what is suspected in the performance of the truck. I am keeping the truck irregardless of the gasoline consumed.
9th Dec 2005, 23:17
I have a year 2000 Dakota with the 4.7 engine. I thought it got great mileage considering the power. Bought the truck new though. My first new car. I got 19 mpg on the freeway, 15 to 16 around town. But I've been out of the country most of the last 4 years and left it with a friend for a year. When I got back there were 75,000 miles on it; left it with 35,000.
Gets worse mileage now with less than 80,000 miles on it, but still not too bad. I had a 1987 Dakota with the carburetor V6 before this one and the v8 has twice the power and about the same gas mileage.
Only problem I've had is the crank position sensor went out at 77,000 miles.