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#659 of 840 Pickup greenhorn needs advice
Oct 20, 2004 (9:36 pm)
I own a 2003 RAV 4 right now. and I want to trade it in for a Honda SUT. Unfortunately it would be a long wait and the RAV 4 doesn't give me the peace of mind while driving it coz it ain't got no sideairbags. Have seen alot of T-bone accidents and side-airbags make a big difference in terms of gravity of a persons injuries.
Anyone who can cite reasons why I should lease a Dakota over a Nissan Frontier or Toyota Tacoma aside from the fact that I hate Toyotas and their lying dealers. Am considering leasing American trucks now coz Consumer Reports showed that the Dodge Dakota is reliable. Aside from the Dakota which one among the American cars is a better choice? Does the Dakota have a V6 and sideairbags.
I wanted to dispose my RAV 4 last week but my wife lost the cargo cover when she went shopping at Costco. Toyota wanted $600-700 to replace it, got a replacement for it from ebay for $200. Now am ready to trade-in, or maybe trade lease.
Thank you for all your responses
#660 of 840 Re: Dual exhaust out the rear [bpeebles]
Oct 21, 2004 (9:45 am)
AH-HA As Peter Sellers would say,The mystery is sol-ved,I told you guy's not to trust me,how about we forget everything I've said and start over.Leave the cat on,leave the muffler on,just cut the dam tail pipe off,add a y pipe a couple of hangers,a couple of stainless steel round tips coming straight out under the rear bumper and wa-la you have the but end of a truck with dual exhausts.Not only is it going to look great,IT DOES LOOK GREAT,I DID IT THIS MORNING AND COULDN'T BE HAPPYIER.As I mentioned earlier I already have all the performence I need with my Cobra SVT,I would justlike to have a great looking truck that runs nice.Thank you all,and If I may I'd like to come back.Thanks again.
#661 of 840 Re: Pickup greenhorn needs advice 
Oct 21, 2004 (2:47 pm)
Once being fond of Nissan after a very cordial 10-year relationship with my past Sentra, I found it a little difficult to walk away from the Frontier. However, the '03 Dakota Club Cab that I purchased has been remarkably satisfying in every way.
My main objective was to be able to load my ATV onto the bed of a truck and close the tailgate. This was not only impossible in the Frontier, but the four-door version of that truck had extremely disappointing rear seating.
Guys with the V6 Frontier are reporting slightly higher fuel mileage, but not much. This summer my 4.7 V8 auto had an average of over 18 MPG. The Dakota is solid and quiet and more than quite comfortable.
#662 of 840 installing a power seat
Oct 22, 2004 (3:51 pm)
I would like to install a power driver seat in my 03 Dakota. I bought a new Dakota power seat base on e-bay but I need a power seat wire harness with the controls to operate it,went to a Dodge parts dept.and they said they could not order a harness just for the seat and told me I should try a salvage yard.I have called several salvage yards with no luck. Anyone out there with any knowledge of auto electronics who could help me come up with a way I could hook this up by making my own kind of wire harness with maybe rocker switches from an auto parts store? I would appreciate any help.
#663 of 840 Re: installing a power seat [bobfish]
Oct 23, 2004 (12:41 pm)
>>>and they said they could not order a harness just for the seat and told me <<<
Hmmm. I once participated in a major wiring repair on a '71 Dodge Coronet that had been hacked up. All of the firewall wiring had been cut at the connectors (Hemi engine was stolen).
We were able to order all of the wiring harnesses at that time. Of course, that was 30+ years ago.
So what happens should a Dakota catches on fire or something? Still, I find it hard to believe that the harnesses are not available from the factory.
Try another dealer. Maybe the parts guy wasn't savvy enough.
Good luck and best regards,
#664 of 840 installing a power seat
Oct 23, 2004 (3:28 pm)
Yes I can order a harness, but it is a complete wire harness for the entire truck. I went to two different dealers same story.
#665 of 840 Loose sensor?
Oct 25, 2004 (2:17 pm)
I bought a 2000 Dakota club cab with 45,000 miles a couple of weeks ago. When I test drove it, the engine light came on. The dealer checked it and said it was a loose sensor under the hood. I bought his explanation and the truck. Yesterday the engine line came on again. I know I'll need to get it checked, but is this a common problem?
#666 of 840 Re: Loose sensor? [popdaddy]
Oct 25, 2004 (2:52 pm)
>>>When I test drove it, the engine light came on. The dealer checked it and said it was a loose sensor under the hood.<<<
In the literal context of what you wrote in the above, no, it is not a common thing.
There are many, many reasons for a check engine light. You need to get the fault code out of the system. Starting with the ignition switch in the off position, move the switch to the on position three times, stopping in the on position. Observe the oddometer section of the instrument cluster. You should see a fault code displayed (if you have a fault) starting with the letter "P."
Come back here with the code and someone can ggive some indication of where the problem might be.
#667 of 840 Re: Loose sensor? [popdaddy]
Oct 25, 2004 (4:59 pm)
I would like to think that you "wrote into the contract" that this engine light is the responsibility of the dealer if it comes back on. On more than one occasion I have put into writing specific conditions of purchase.
To get more info, simply turn the ignition key from off/on/off/on/off/on (without engauging the starter motor) Odometor will then display the diagnostics and reveal any troublecode that exists. Look up the troublecodes on any OBDII website.
Then, you will be 'armed' with the knowledge of specifically why the CEL came on.
#668 of 840 Re: Loose sensor? [dustyk]
Oct 25, 2004 (5:32 pm)
The code is P 0442. I looked it up in Allpar and it said "Small leak in the evaporative purge system." Hopefully you're going to tell me that's technical jargon for having a bad gas cap.