Pros: "Great machine, but you MUST apply sound PM."
Cons: "Rear bumper, body panels prone to rust."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Bought it new. Because I operate it in a place where salt is heavily applied to roads during winter, I applied one layer of rubberized undercoat every September over the past 20 years. Result: A rare Dodge Dakota that is not "Swiss Cheese" degraded. Looks brand-new. Solid. New paint applied last April. She has hauled a few hundred tons of firewood, railroad timbers, appliances, topsoil and more. Excellent engine. Five-speed manual transmission. Mechanics "drool" when they see this Dakota. Runs great. Good mileage. I drive her from April through November, then switch to brawnier Ford F-150 for winter months."
"Many new parts, body freshly painted and looks like new! Used 9 months out of year! Truck has a v6 magnum engine..great speed! Newer tires. 5 speed standard. Good ride! Good on gas . Snap down covered bed with liner..gets lots of looks..selling because of move."
"Must be driven to eliminate fuel pump problems. As with any auto, not good to sit up to long. Otherwise, it pulls my tractor with no problems, I just brought 3 cards of wood to my house with my 3.9. With regular maintenance it will serve you well."
"The engine is still quiet and the trans is smooth and powerful for a small truck. It has pulled my tractor out of ditches and up hills when it was . Only problem is the passenger compartment is small."
"I bought this truck new. It has towed a 24 foot travel trailer and then a 18 foot fishing boat in the mountains of northeastern California. Taken me hunting in north central Arizona and plowed through feet of snow in the mountains north of Lake Tahoe. Have had Chevy and Ford trucks and this is the best I have owned."
"Bought the truck new in 1996. The 3.9L engine starts every time and is strong and tight (no leaks). Had the tranny rebuilt after about 8 years. Oil changes, brakes, one tune-up, shocks, are the only maintenance needed in 19 years. Since it was always parked outside in Indiana weather, I had the paint and headliner redone this year. All in all I'm very satisfied with the truck."