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#477 of 486 Guzzlin' Dakota
Sep 20, 2000 (6:32 pm)
I am seriously disappointed in the mileage I'm getting from my new (1000 miles) 2000 Dakota. It is a club cab 4X4, 4.7L v-8, auto. I have a light (800#) pop-up camper on it.
A am getting 10.5 - 11.5 MPG around town, even when I try to take it very easy on the gas pedal.
My friend has a Ram 2500 diesel and gets about 19 MPG, which he won't let me hear the end of.
Why does this small V-8 get such crappy mileage????
Sep 20, 2000 (7:58 pm)
Diesels are well known for fantastic mileage. Remember that to get that you have to pay almost $5,000 more. That doesn't really answer your question about yours. I've got a '98 full size quad cab 5.9 liter 4 x 4 and will do better than that. The 4.7 is suposed to be a more efficient engine. I would bring it in - that isn't right.
#479 of 486 Guzzlin' Dakota
Sep 21, 2000 (2:11 am)
(guzzler3) check out CLUBS topic 29 the DAKOTA OWNERS CLUB-MAINTENANCE TOPIC. There is a discussion about an
update to one of the onboard computers that has
been shown to improve MPG.
#480 of 486 Question for Dodge (Ford & Chevy shall respond as well) Salesman
Sep 21, 2000 (1:56 pm)
I have been dreaming to own a Dodge truck or Durango but upon seeing the MSRP, the prices are ridiculously HIGH! At the rate the prices continued to go up since 1994, in ten years or less from now, I wouldn't be surprised if it goes over $50,000! Yesterday, I saw a 2000 Dodge 3500 Diesel truck going for $41200! For what? Are the factory CEOs trying to get their names on the top 5 Fortune 500 list? There's nothing new about these trucks, no technological advances that Bill Gates or Intel didn't have to justify the high price demand. (Few years ago on TV National News, it has been reported that the American auto manufacturers are enjoying a huge minimum $10,000 profit from EACH trucks and SUVs sold.) These trucks, as well as cars, are STILL using the same antique technology that Henry Ford or the Dodge Brothers have ALREADY invented. For that kind of high price demand going on today, I expected to see trucks and SUVs to be able to levitate, fly, ability to cook and serve hot gourmet dinner and run on beans. My question to you salesmen or factory rep, can you give us the manufacturer's justification for the ridiculously high price?
#481 of 486 Response to Guzzlin' Dakota (bpeebles)
Sep 21, 2000 (2:51 pm)
Can't find the CLUBS topic #29 under DAKOTA OWNERS CLUB-MAINTENANCE TOPIC about onboard computer to improve gas mileage. It talked about brakes chirpin'.....so where's is it?
#482 of 486 Response to post #500 - dojram
Sep 21, 2000 (2:55 pm)
I'm not a dealer but I doubt you'll find one on this topic. The dealer who started it left along time ago. Part of the problem is that you are looking at MSRP. I know they are over inflated and the dealer mark ups over MSRP are even worse but if you skip the salesmen and just deal with the fleet sales manager, you can usually get a deal for a certain amount or percentage over invoice. I did some looking around and finally found someone in a dodge topic that told me about a sales manager who was selling trucks for $99 over invoice. I walked into the manager's office and ordered a 2001 Ram 1500 4x4 Quadcab with every option except the leather and got the truck 6 weeks later. Total time in the dealer on both trips was about an hour..to order the truck then sign the papers on delivery....no hassles!
Also, check with the farm bureau. Sometimes they will offer a $500 rebate on Dodge trucks if you join them atleast 30 days prior to taking delivery and you don't have to be a farmer to join. It cost me about $45 to join so my truck actually came out to about $356 UNDER invoice. The trucks are still a little pricey but if you look around, you won't get screwed too bad.
Sep 21, 2000 (5:33 pm)
The popularilty of trucks have driven the prices up- supply and demand. In addition to that the trucks selling today are all dolled up with accessories that cost $. They didn't sell trucks like that 10 years ago, they simply didn't exist. Base model trucks are still being sold and the pricing isn't too bad. People rarely buy at or near msrp. I got mine at $100 over invoice.
#484 of 486 Tonneau Covers
Sep 22, 2000 (1:00 am)
Any suggestions, recommendations, horror stories with any particular soft tonneau covers? I'm specifically looking at the Extang Sabre snapless and the Berlin models. Thanks in advance!
Sep 22, 2000 (1:34 am)
I had a tough time initially locating the Owner's Clubs too. I will attempt to point you to the proper place...
In the left-hand pane of your screen there is a YELLOW area. There is a drop-down box labeled Conferences:. Find the selection labeled Owner's Clubs then hit GO.
You will find topic#29 as well as several others in this 'secret' area.
Once you are in this 'secret' area. find all of the forums starting with the word Dakota- and put a check next to them. Now your bookmarks page will contain the BEST Dakota discussions.