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Pros: I don't have one anymore
Cons: Taking it to be repaired
Advice: Stay away from this truckI bought a 2005 Dodge Dakota Club Cab SLT 4x4 from CarMax when it had 9k of miles on it. To make a long story short it had and still has multiple problems; tires, vibration, transmission, emmision problems, windows, wheels etc... I have made many trips to get things fixed and it has cost me a lot of out of pocket money. Please do not buy one of these trucks! It was a very poor decision for me and I will never purchase another!
Pros: 4 doors
Cons: breaks, engine power, front suspension, gas mileage.
Advice: full size gas mileage, small truck ride..it's for youI have the 4.7 HO engine w/5spd atuo lock up torque converter, 3.92 rear end (towing pkg). This truck stops long w/little feed back from the brakes. acceleration with the HO motor leave much to be desired. Gas mileage is like a full size truck. Rides like a small truck. Front suspension seems weak and bouncy. I can get 20.0mpg with the cruise control on a level surface at 55. 16mpg in and around. If you are not picky, need 4 doors and tow a boatyou could buy this...or just get the full size.
Pros: The V-8 Sound of Power! Needed the HO.
Cons: The fake 'Shiny Wheels' that are only pressed on wheel covers.
Advice: Get the V-8, crusing on the freeway with cruise control I get 23 MPG, no kidding.Liked the sound of the 4.7 V-8 and would have purchased the HO version if it were available.Liked all the optional features and the 6 CD affinity stereo. Seats were a little different but we got use to them. The cup holders are up under the dash and only small cups are short enought to fit. The 'Bright Shiny Wheels' that we paid a lot of money for, turned out to be nothing more than wheel covers, they dent easy and are not solid, peck on them you will see that dodge pulled a good one on us. Overall, for a truck, the fit and finish was the best I have seen recently.
Pros: Big enough to haul people and some cargo. Towing capacity is good.
Cons: Plastic doors, armrest.
Advice: Go for the SLT and center seat.Bought new with 27 miles. Now has 13,000 miles 6 months later. Dodge dealer has replaced rear axles and drums twice due to heavy shudder when applying brakes. I hope it is fixed now. Has vibration from front end, and rough idle. Mileage has not exceeded 19 mpg. It seems to have ample power as a six cylinder. If I do this over I will go for a RAM instead. But I hope Dodge does the fix, I do like the size of the truck!
Pros: opening rear doors-just the place for the groceries
Cons: the muffler- which sits sideways
Advice: buy the tow packageI picked the 2003 Dakota in 'My' color and thought nothing was better. However when my husband decided to trade it for the 2005 (with so many new features including a 4.7 liter V8), I was thrilled! The engine starts much quieter and idles much smoother than the 03. The ride is 'graceful' and the redesigned body is sleek and beautiful. Hey, I am a fan.
Pros: Having a four door truck
Cons: Regret not getting a 4x4
Advice: Its a great dealGo with the V-8 if your going to be towing all the time, the V-6 can do it, its just not as easy. Good truck for the price. A great deal.
Pros: Higher stance looks real good.
Cons: Brakes are terrible. Shudder like crazy.Dealer hasn't fixed them yet. Only 4000 mi. on it.
Advice: Test V6 then test V8 model. If you pull trailers buy the V8.The 3.7L V6 210Hp moves our truck quite well on the highway. Corners real nicely. A stout little truck in comparison to our old Dakota and what our trade in was (2003 Chev S-10 ext cab).The bigger bolt pattern on the truck makes it easier to find aftermarket mag wheels. Cup holder is in a bad location, practically under the dash!!