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#1999 of 5120 Scared OF WHAT??
Feb 15, 2001 (5:17 pm)
(pikeamania) I have been following the Dakota since mid 1999. I still follow all of the Dakota forums here at Edmunds as well as at several other sites. The 4.7L V8 Hemi has been almost infallible since its inception in the 1998 JeepGrandCherokee. As for the chassis itself... the reported problems have been well within what is seen on other vehicles.
Lets look at your own words...
"Everyone seems to have the same problems..."
Please tell all of us what these "same problems" are.
"It's obvious that Dodge does not stand behind their vehicles..."
As far as I am aware the problems have been addressed by DC. I can NAME at least 5 problems that were identified and corrected by way of TSBs. Is this not "standing behind" their product?
"Given that it is a beautiful truck,,,"
It sure is...
"I'm convinced that it does not hold its own..."
Against what? What convinced you of this? Have you done much trucking? It is better built than the GMC small truck or the Ford Stranger. (Not even in the same league.) The body will not rust out like the GMC products. Chrysler has had the most comfortable seats for YEARS.
I wonder just how much "research" you have really done...
#2000 of 5120 pikemania Arousing the ire of bpeebles
Feb 15, 2001 (7:01 pm)
Michael, now you've done it! You have aroused the ire of bpeebles. Bruce is one of the smartest,and intelligent guys that I have encountered. You can recognize that by the level of logic that he utilizes, and he is well respected by everyone on this forum as well as others. He has mastered the BOB and I'm certain that his copy is very well "dog-eared" from use. He is also the only one with enough knowledge of HTML codings to be able to post in various fonts and styles. I certainly can't do that although I have tried and failed. Bruce, how do you do that?
Feb 15, 2001 (7:35 pm)
Feb 15, 2001 (9:22 pm)
Boy,,,you seem a bit uneasy...take things for what they are worth...I never said anything to disrespect all at the forum...As a matter of fact,,,you people have been very helpful over the past year and a half..(In other forums as well) As far as GMC vehicles go,,,,They are more reliable than any Dodge i have had..I had a full size Silverado Blazer 350 that i had put 180,000. miles on.I took care of that rig...NO RUST!!!!(actually a little starting near the fuel housing)As in all things considered and reconsidered,,A matter of opinion...If you would like to bash someone,,,find someone else...I Come In Peace!!!!It is sure tough to distinguish the type of phrasing by whats on paper...Dont be mislead...You do not want to sail uncharted waters
Feb 15, 2001 (9:47 pm)
Richard & all reading,
I read your post on the "bucket" seats in the new QC. I too, am very displeased with the seats in my truck. I just received my truck (2001 QC Sport, 4X4, cloth interior, 5 spd, etc..) and the only complaints I had were:
1.) The keys hit my leg while driving when they are in the ignition
2.) The bucket seats that I ordered are horribly uncomfortable and lack support, not to mention the lack of a headrest.
I looked at the Dodge website and there really isn't a big difference between the "bucket" seats and the bench seat. I paid an extra $200 for these seats that have the "high-back".
High-back??? I can't even hit the back of my head on the headrest unless I am looking up at the ceiling!!!
I am currently in search of a Durango seat that I can put in there in place of my expensive "bucket, high-back" seats. I was told by the dealer that they should interchange easily. I was amazed at how comfortable the Durango seats were. Why didn't Dodge use the same damn seats???
Anybody know where I can find one or two?
Feb 16, 2001 (3:18 am)
I just purchased a loaded quad cab factory order . . . Tow package,HD service package, sport package plus, power conv., delux conv., 4-wh. antilock, anti spin diff., leather seats, leather steering wheel,4.7 v8, skid plate, power seat, rear window defrost,cd player 8 speakers,3.92 axle . . . all for 25,825 . . . including the $2000 rebate . . . was this a good deal? OR avg.
Help!!! The claimed they gave me invoice subtracting rebate . . . I believe they still made about $1000 off me?
what are the advantages of the 3.92 axle . . . only towing?
Feb 16, 2001 (5:47 am)
I just wanted to clear up some terminology with you. I think we are on the same page in thinking but since our background and applications have been different we may be using different terms for the same things.
-LSD- I think we're OK on this one, diff with clutch packs that slip as the vehicle goes around corners and loss of traction.
-locker- this is where I think we separate. I was taught a locker (aka Detroit Locker) was a diff that has a mechanical assy that keeps the two axles connected while traveling in a straight line, but unlocks as the vehicle goes around corners. A very noisy clunking as the unit locks and unlocks. I belive this was actully an option on Mustangs in the 60's. great for street cars that do alot of racing. Can also be a manually engaged lock on off-road vehilcles called an "air-locker"
-spool- A device inside the diff housing that allows no slippage at all. Basically makes one long axle whith a wheel on each end. When a vehicle with a spool turns a corner, one wheel is actully dragged as they can't turn indpendantly.
Now I'm going to check under the bonnet for petrol leaks.
Feb 16, 2001 (5:53 am)
Been some time since I posted last. The following is my 10,000 mile up-date and "laundry list":
Truck: 00 AC 4.7,auto,2WD,ST
Manufacture Date: 8 May 00
Problem: Rear end whine during deceleration between 49-45 MPH.
Fix: Dealer replaced entire rear end.
Problem: While driving at night, lights (head & dash lights) would flash on and off-intermittent
Fix: Dealer found a loose ground wire and tighten according.
Aug MPG: 16.5 - 17.5 (no interstate driving)
Feb 16, 2001 (5:57 am)
Spell check changed a few words.
00 Quad, SLT; Avg. MPG
Feb 16, 2001 (6:08 am)
HTML is a snap . . .