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#566 of 840 2004 Dakota Trim Packages
Dec 26, 2003 (5:38 pm)
I was at my local dealer the other day and they had a 2004 QC sitting on the lot. It had a very different trim package compared to previous years. The upper front bumper was black and the lower front bumper was painted, just like you would find on previous Dakotas with the Sport package. The grille, however, was chrome, like you would find on an SLT package. Did Dodge merge the Sport and SLT packages for 2004? I thought it looked kind of ugly.
#567 of 840 Re: Dakota trim schemes
Dec 27, 2003 (10:24 am)
Sunburn, yes. The 2004s all have a chrome grille with the exception of the base model.
The base model front fascia and grille are gray. The rear bumper is black upper and gray lower.
The SXT has a chrome grille with gray front upper and lower fascia. It comes with body-colored wheel flares. The rear bumper is black upper and gray lower.
The Sport gets a chrome grille with the upper fascia black and lower fascia body color. The wheel flares are no longer standard. The rear bumper is black upper and gray lower.
The SLT has a chrome grille, chrome upper front and gray lower front fascia. The rear bumper is chrome.
The only body-colored grille is with the Stampede package, now a model variant instead of an option. This includes a full body-colored front fascia and rear bumper.
#568 of 840 Still with CR
Dec 28, 2003 (10:31 am)
it relies on the person filling out the questionaire to determine what constitutes a "serious" problem.
I know this for a fact as I have filled out and sent in this very device for 7 years now. Often the mindset of the participant as well as good or bad dealer service can influence how those questions are marked.
Suffice it to say, CR is ok at best, downright biased at worst.
#569 of 840 Dakota/Durango brakes
Dec 31, 2003 (11:26 am)
According to the parts person at my dealership, 2002 and newer Dakotas and Durangos received completely different brake components, including different rotors. He said that their incidence rate of in warranty rotor replacement has dropped to near zero (he said that one 2002 Durango got warranty replacements at 31K).
This might explain why I haven't heard of any rotor complaints on newer Dakotas.
#570 of 840 Fuel Consumption Update
Jan 18, 2004 (8:12 am)
Now at 20,000 miles my '03 Dakota Club Cab 4.7 and 545RFE has a to-date average of 16.57 mpg. The last two tanks were 13.45 and 13.59, but it has also been sub-zero temperatures here in Western New York state. This was a similar pattern last winter. The last tank includes a rather hasty trip on the expressway that would be considered non-conducive to good mileage. All through October and November the average remained above 17.2, and that included a lot of around town driving.
One thing I noticed was an apparent increase in mpg after I replaced the factory air filter. Unfortunately the temperatures dropped precipitously soon after so that cannot be verified.
#571 of 840 Goodbye old friends
Jan 22, 2004 (2:19 am)
Well, I traded my 02 Quad Dakota for a 04 Chevy Silverado. I hope none of you have to go through the same problems I had and I wish you all the best of luck. I will look in once in a while to say hello and see how everyone is doing.
#572 of 840 Goodbye old friends by henne
Jan 22, 2004 (11:05 am)
Good luck! Hope your Chevy meets your expectations. Rick
#573 of 840 henne, Re: Goodbye
Jan 22, 2004 (12:19 pm)
Robert, please don't be a stranger. We like Silverado guys as well. Here's wishing you the best with your new mount, and please continue to monitor and post. Let us know how you like the Chevy Silverado. It is a good looking truck. Give us all of the details.
Jan 22, 2004 (2:24 pm)
Your only mistake is that you should have bought a new F-150.
Sorry, I'm a Ford/Dodge guy. Never did like Chevys.
#575 of 840 Fading Away
Jan 23, 2004 (3:41 am)
Its has been interesting to note everyone's truck experiences over the last 4 years in the context of a statistics class that I just finished. The original design and construction quality of every component on the truck varies widely (more than it should it seems). And there appears to be certain trucks that get more than their share of marginal or outright junk components destined to fail prematurely, making life miserable. It's unfortunate that it happens in this day and age with all of this potential to do the right things in the beginning to produce and maintain a good product and loyal customers.
Although 99.99% of us have never met face to face, it is a loss, nonetheless, when "one of the family" leaves under these circumstances. Good luck with your next truck and may the "good" statistics be with you.