I bought a 99 RT dakota brand new Solar Yellow-had to replace entire front brake system/lower radiator hose before 10K. Catalytic converter went bad at 3000 miles and I think hurt the motor-was never the same after and it wouldn't get out of its own way. Dodge makes a great lookin vehicle just little skeptical on quality.
People who rely on untrained teenagers, who are pressured to sell you things, rather than care about your car or you to do a vital service on their vehicle, deserve this sort of problem. What is wrong with society that something so simple but yet so important as an oil change gets farmed out to a McOutfit?
In many years past, I did my time in the pits of several of those horrorshows, and even though I didn't know much about cars at the time, the complete lack of automotive knowledge around me was appalling. And don't think dealers are any different. There is not a single oil change in the world being performed by a qualified mechanic. I would bet money that many of you came out of there with oil leaks and/or incorrect oil levels.
Vehicles for the most part are all created equal, it's what happens to them afterward that determines how it behaves.
I would have to say that the reliability really depends on who's driving it. I myself own an 03 with the 3.9 V-6 with nearly 460,000km, that is still going strong. I have only had to replace the tranny once, which was costly, but seems justified given the mileage. Furthermore, this truck is a farm truck and is used year round, yet it has zero rust, except on the grill bracing. That being said, I would have to recommend that anyone considering this truck should go for it, as for me it has been very reliable over the years.
1999 Dakota 3.9l 180k and have done nothing aside from maintenance. I agree that if you have some one do your oil changes for you, don't take it to uncle jagaugh's oil barn and sushi, let some one with a double digit IQ work on your $25k truck??? Not for this guy thanks.
Your speed control sensor problem is from squealing every corner. I have the same truck and I have the same problem, cause I light them up all the time, just let off the gas and you will see you won't be popping your speed control sensor.. and the fuel mileage will increase a lot more.