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Pros: leg room in front and back.
Cons: haven't found anything yet that I do not like.
Advice: Shop and compare, I looked and tested the Ford, Chevy/GMC, and Toyota and Loved the Dodge.This is the first Dodge I have ever owned and because of it will not be the last. All the professional reviews I have read before buying had 2 common complaints, it floated/drifted when driving and the acceleration was not very responceive. I am guessing that is the 3.7, because I have the 4.7 with a 6 speed and the handling is awsome, I feel more like I am driving a car not a truck and the acceleration is great. MPG apears to be 19.5 highway and 16.5 city which is extreemly acceptable, plus I plan on adding a stage 1 jet chip which will improve that.
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: Roomy cab space.
Cons: Persistent engine light
Advice: You'll like the sporty look of the truck and well as it's ability to be a work horse. Buy it, you'll like it.I like the sturdy feel and the acceleration power of my truck. Easy to drive like it's a car.
Pros: POWER OUT OF THE 4.7L V-8
Cons: Cracks in the sides of leather seats/CD player sticks occasionally
Advice: Get it loaded to the gills, you will be glad you did!2004 Dakota Quad Cab with 4X4 and a 4.7L V-8 I purchased this TRUCK new about two years ago. All options, leather, cd, pwr driver's seat, etc. I have enjoyed the truck with the exception of: 1. The cd player malfunctioning occasionally (does not recognize a cd at times; must turn truck off and start again to correct-Chrysler is aware of the issue and I have had the stereo replaced three times. TIME CONSUMING??? Yes); 2. Leather quality (sides of seats are cracking-must be vinyl). 3. Gas Mileage-But I don't complain, this thing will pull a tree out of the ground....
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: Great low end torque for pulling heavy loads
Cons: Lack of remotely controlled side mirrors.
Advice: Highly recommend the 4.7 V8 and 545RFE transmissionAfter more than three years and 52,000 miles my Dakota Club Cab Sport, 4.7 automatic has proven to be exceptionally reliable and trouble-free. The lifetime average fuel consumption is 16.76, with a number of highway trips delivering over 22.5 MPG. The Goodyear SRA tires were replaced with Michelin LTXs just last week. The front brakes and rotors were replaced at 43K. This truck is the best of both worlds, not too big and not too small, with better than average handling and more than acceptable ride comfort.