Dodge Dakotas - yay or nay?

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  1. IDMO

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    I just want a pick-up for a daily driver, automatic, maybe w/ the v8. They're kind of cheap which kind of makes me wonder :o

    I can't afford much more than $10k but want something newer than a 2000 if there's any other suggestions :hs:
     
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    aquafina is better New Member

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    they are a little trendy
     
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    I'd go with the Dakota R/T, they're pretty fun trucks
     
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    unless you get the r/t no, they are gas guzzling slowpokes
     
  7. IDMO

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    the only 4x4 automatic taco within 100 miles has like 136k miles on it :o
     
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    i have a lifted jeep, i don't care about quickness.
     
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    Wait and find a tacoma
     
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    are they reliable at all? :o
     
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    what engine? the 2rz will last forever if you keep regular maintenance (basically timing chain and oil chainges)

    tacomas are awsome trucks in terms of reliabilty. The hard part is to find one for a decent price where the body hasn't been beat to hell from them using it.
     
  12. BajaDak

    BajaDak If you have poo......fling it now

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    Just start lookig for a 2000 5-speed manual with a 4.7 v8. that in a RC should be about what you're looking to pay, and you'd be able to hang with or beat a stock R/T. plus, you'd get 15mpg. don't get a tacoma, they're small, uncomforatable and have no cajones.
     
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    FlameRedXJ Professional Lurker!

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    They only get 15 mpg in that model? I have an 03 ram 4.7 reg cab with a stick. I get 14 mpg usually, and I drive it like I just stole it.
     
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    I know this isnt quite what your looking for -- but I have an 04 Dakota 4.7l Automatic (5-speed) 4x4 and I love it. Very reliable, and very quick. Decent gas mileage as well...

    but, I don't know alot about the older Dakotas... so maybe this post is worthless.
     
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    my 2004 tacoma is a little smaller than I like (the new 2005 is a good size, imho) but I've never complained about the cajones... neither has anyone that's ridden with me. What engine are you comparing it too? Because the 3.4L V6 has some bawls to it.

    and 15mpg? ouch.
     
  16. Wolf

    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    no matter what engine, they use a lot of gas. but they're pretty nice trucks. my friend had a 99 Dak Sport 4x4 5.2L. Try to get one with LSD, cause they'll they spin the single tire easy if you get on it. :hsugh:
     
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    A word of warning, 2wd Dakotas will not go anywhere in packed snow or ice, even with LSD or sandbags. If you live in an area with winter weather, get a 4x4 or don't drive it in the snow. The 4x4 Dakotas actually do quite well in the packed snow or ice
     
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    mooredodge 3,2,1 I'm the bomb...and I'm ready to go off in yo

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    I've got a 98 sport with the 3.9l, and the gas mileage does kinda suck, but the only problem I've encountered has been the cat. It went bad, rattled, etc, but the dealership replaced it free of charge. I haven't had problems with snow, but you're screwed on ice. It's a fun truck to run around in, or for a daily driver. It's been pretty reliable for me. It's also much more roomy on the inside than a Ranger or S-10. I regularly seat 3 pretty comfortably, and that's usually 2 200+ lb guys and a 180 lb guy.
     
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    Killa B Abuse This!

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    I have a Lifted Dakota with a 4.7L V-8 + extras, I couldn't be happier. No problems at all in over 3 years and is fun as hell to drive too!
     
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    GO FOR IT - Just Say Yes To Dakota :bigthumb:
     

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