"I bought my truck 7 years ago with 40K miles on it. Just passed 128K miles and still goin strong. Probably the best truck I have owned. The 4.7 V-8 has plenty of power and gas mileage is good if I am not too aggressive. Cab is plenty roomy and comfy. Easy to drive in traffic. Will buy another if this one ever quits :-)"
"I bought my Dakaota new in '98 and have owned it for 11yrs. Over those years I've had to replace some parts i.e. the ball joints, the pinion gears, and the brakes but other than that (which I would consider normal wear and tear for an 11yr old vehicle) all I've had to do is change the oil and give it regular tune-ups. This truck has seen extensive off road use and 11 very hard winters with months on end with the transmission engaged in 4WD. It has also made several long distance road trips with nary a problem. I have only 2 complaints about this truck: 1) the gas mileage is a horrendous 15mpg so when the prices spike I have to curtail my driving a little and 2) there is a reaccuring rust problem with the bumpers that I can't seem to overcome no matter how much sanding and repainting happens but as the truck is getting old now and it doesn't seem to be affecting the body at all I believe tat I'll just let it go. All in all this truck has serviced me very well for a long time and it still shows no sign of letting up any time soon so i would highly recommend it."
Pros: "Tows/hauls more than any other small pickup"
Cons: "Most unreliable vehicle I've ever owned"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I bought this truck brand-new in 2002 and it had problems from the get-go that probably should've foreshadowed the future operation of this vehicle. I have 133,000 miles on it and for what its worth, it has been through a lot, but it also has the worst record for longevity out of any vehicle I've ever owned in my entire life. Its had several electrical fires, the motor idles really rough and its been down to the dealership multpile times to have it checked out. It fails just enough to pop a code, but not enough to show a hard fault. The transmission went out on it around 65K miles and the front brakes pretty much have to be completely replaced every 6mos to a year because the replacement rotors warp and the pads wear out quickly (normal day-to-day driving, not a lot of towing/hauling). The water pump has gone out on it twice, the harmonic balancer once, the A/C fan three times, driver's side visor screws stripped out and is floppy, The passenger side slide release broke so now all you can do to get in/out of the back seat is to climb over the center console or lean the seat forward and hope you can squeeze through the seat and the roof, and lastly the alignment goes out about once a year (which makes the tires wear out prematurely). As to the overall layout and usability of the truck it does ok. Too small and cramped for more than two adults and two small children in it on long trips which are a nightmare (probably should've put in suicide doors or had bigger doors for getting in/out of the back seat). The seats are really uncomfortable and the fabric isn't very appealing, but at least it hasn't faded or started falling apart. The motor allows some decent hauling and the truck itself can take on a lot more weight than a comparable Toyota or Nissan pickup in the same class. I honestly hate the truck in its entirety, but mostly because of the boat-load of issues I had with it, not necessarily that the truck is completely unusable."
Pros: "Hauls a lot; not a full-size truck; capable"
Cons: "gas mileage;"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"This was my first truck...ever. So my reviews must be considered in light of the fact that I have nothing against which to compare this truck.
Having said that, I love my truck!
It's a 2000 Quad-cab with the 4.7L engine, 4-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.
It came to me with 258,000 miles and now, some two years later, has a bit over 311,000 miles.
As soon as I purchased it I had a mechanic do about another $2K in upgrades/repairs/etc.
At this age and mileage, increasingly expensive and extensive repairs are to be expected. It has a completely new A/C system. (Was going to pass on that but figured I should get one since I was hauling around my elderly mother more and more.)
New rotors, brake pads and calipers on the front. Now on my second set of tires.
Replaced front seats as the driver's seat that came with it was a Power Seat that had had all the electrical removed, and it shifted a little bit on acceleration and deceleration (really annoying "feature").
Beyond that, it's not had much done.
I'm actually looking at adding a newer DD to the family, but only because I don't want to strain the transmission on my existing one with the trailer-hauling I'll be doing more and more.
In any event, she's been a really good truck. I think I'll keep her if and when I get this other DD.
Definitely pleased with mine."