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#831 of 840 Just a comment
Dec 01, 2005 (12:12 pm)
My '05 front bumper has been scraped 3 times already by other vehicles! Methinks 'cause the thing sticks out so much. I scraped a wall myself because of the lack of turning radius and the enormity of a bumper you can't even guess at. That actually is how I found this forum by searching for a way to 'gut' the front end and streamline it up a bit.
#832 of 840 Impressions of the ('05 & up) Dakota
Dec 26, 2005 (3:42 pm)
My son is home on leave from the U.S. Army (1st Armored Div.) and as a gift I rented him a 2005 Dakota Quad Cab (4.7, auto, 4x4) from Enterprise. I was able to get some seat time in this truck and my overall impression is very, very good. The first thing I noticed was the exceptionally quiet cabin. This is by far the quietest truck I've been in to date, including the Tundra and the much overhyped F150. Compared to my '03 Dak with the 4.7, there is hardy any engine and drivetrain noise. There was a complete absence of wind noise and only a slight hum from the tires. The new 4.7 Magnum engine receives a carbon fiber composition valve cover that virtually eliminates noise from the valve train.
The 4.7 seemed a little slower off the line compared to my 4x2 Club Cab, but this truck also outweighed mine by about 900 pounds. My son says he's getting about 17 MPG in around town driving, which surprises me.
The seats are softer than my '03 and quite comfortable. The driving position seems a tad lower than the previous generation. Handling was excellent and with a noticeably lighter steering effort than my '03. The brakes seemed lighter and more positive.
Although I liked the white-faced instrumentation, it still disturbs me that Dodge left out the oil pressure and voltmeter gauges. The interior is nicely done, but seemed a little too Germanic and understated despite the wood-toned center escutheon surrounding the radio and climate controls. I did not like the more slender center console, but I can see that this is what allowed for the nicer (ie: wider) seats.
I was very impressed that this truck was still perfectly screwed together at 21,000 miles, with absolutely zero interior assembly defects, squeaks, buzzes or rattles. The platform seems extremely stiff and the cabin gives the feeling of being encassed in a solid block of steel.
It is difficult for me to compare the ride of this Quad Cab to the previous generation since I have only ever driven one of the earlier design. However, the ride of this 2005 Quad 4x4 was judged to be identical to my 2003 Club Cab at 53K. I think that means the ride might have been improved in the Quad, but I'll let other owners of the last generation to weigh in on this.
I have always found the new generation of the Dakota to be contemporally handsome and good looking except for the front end. I'm finding that the frontal appearance isn't offending my eyes quite as much as it first did, and since I was able to spend some time behind the wheel looking outward I can say that there is so much to like about the new Dak that I could forgive the jutty appearance of the front end. In truth, the only new truck design that I find has a more appealing front end design is the new F150. the Tundra, Titan, and Silverado are even uglier to my aging eye.
#833 of 840 Re: Impressions of the ('05 & up) Dakota [dustyk]
Dec 26, 2005 (8:23 pm)
Dusty, your impressions are almost exactly my thoughts about my '06 QC 4X2. My older DAK is a '93 and there is no comparison between the two vehicles. My sole sore point to date is also the lack of oil pressure and volt gauges. Guess it shows my age but I started driving way before there was such a thing as an idiot light and I always will prefer full instrumentation.
Just took a closer look at my niece's 05'Tundra and wouldn't trade my DAK for two of the Tundra's
#834 of 840 Re: installing a power seat [bobfish]
Feb 12, 2006 (1:46 pm)
i know this is a fat chance being this post is so old, but do you happen to know the part number to the power seat harness?
#835 of 840 A 360 CI In a 91 Dakota SE Club Cab 4x4???
Mar 26, 2006 (2:49 pm)
This may sound crazy but here goes. I have a 91 dakota 4X4 3.9 liter. I blew the motor at 178,000. I have a 84 360CI motor with 58,000 miles on it. Will this thing bolt up to the tranny? I was told by several people it will. I know I have motor mount mod's but that is nothing. The weight issue doesn't bother me either. Or should I just do a complete swap of engine and tranny. Oh on that note will my 231 NP transfer bolt up to the tranny? I know a lot of you are thinking just buy another Dakota, but I love this truck. I have owned every brand made. Everyone say's my gas mileage will be really bad. I was getting 8.89 miles to the gallon with it. I do a lot of idling running a hydraulic pump so gas is no issue. Just need the specs if it will work. Thanks for any info-it will be appreciated.
#836 of 840 '94 dakota club cab 4x4 SLT
May 10, 2006 (5:02 am)
Going to look at a '94 club cab 4x4 w/ slt package today. It's got auto, a/c and power everything. It's a private sale and the price seems right for the mileage (144k). What should I be on the lookout for.
This will be used as a 3rd vehicle with part-time commuting duties (20 mile each way).
#837 of 840 Re: '94 dakota club cab 4x4 SLT [peetert]
May 10, 2006 (3:21 pm)
Hopefully there are complete maintenance records on the vehicle showing what parts etc have been replaced.
At that age and mileage, if they haven't been replaced recently you could be looking at replacing the belts,hoses etc as well as possibly universal joints, carrier bearing etc. Also could be overdue for tranny flush and filter.
Guess what I am trying to say is to make sure proper maint. has been done or it could nickel and dime you to death.....
#838 of 840 Re: '94 dakota club cab 4x4 SLT [jneal]
May 15, 2006 (5:53 am)
Thanks for the tips. Ended up buying the truck. No Service records available, but it is running great so far. Belts and hoses look in good shape do far. There are a few small dribbles below and I have to investigate them. Did notice that it seems a little tough shifting in and out of 2wd and 4H ( or at least the distance doesn't seem to be that much).
Look for more questions as I find time to tinker with it.
#839 of 840 bedrug installation
Jun 13, 2006 (6:35 am)
I am strongly considering getting a bedrug for my 2005 Dakota Club Cab. But after reading the installation instructions, I was wondering what people are doing about the tie-downs in the bed floor. The general instructions from Wise are to cut a small slit or remove the anchor and reinstall over the rug. That will work for the ones by the tailgate, but am I going to loss access to the ones in the floor? Are people cutting hole in the bedrug and putting the rubber stopper in the bedrug???
Oct 18, 2006 (8:07 pm)
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