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Apr 01, 2002 (11:24 am)
Unless they continue the old body style past its demise date, the 2003 models will be the last of the Dakotas. They killed the 2004 Dakota because it got too close to the size of the 1/2 ton. Since the Durango and Dakota share everything,the Dakota got enlarged because they wanted to up the size of the 2004 Durango. Personally, I would like them dump the current half-ton and make the new Dakota the 1/2 ton. Do like Ford and have the new full-size the 3/4 and up trucks. As much as I like my Dak, I cannot stand the looks of the new full size Dodge.
#4070 of 5120 ferous, no new baby RAM
Apr 01, 2002 (2:27 pm)
If you read some of the other articles on the referenced site it seems DC is getting totally out of the mid size pickup market. The new replacement will be the plastic compact truck currently shown as the M80. They are targeting the youth market with an entry level compact truck in the $15K range. I was going to get a new Quad Cab Dakota when they put the 5.7 Hemi into it but that dream is gone so we just ordered a new Neon R/T (Build date is April 17) so I have a new toy to look forward to. Besides with the current unrest in the Middle East I think it might be best to have a commuter car that gets decent gas mileage (28/34 for the R/T) when gas gets over $2 a gallon or more. Rick
Apr 02, 2002 (6:22 am)
About three weeks ago I read an article in one of the major automotive business magazines or newspapers (I can't remember which one) that the German contingent of DC stepped in and said that Dodge's plan for the Dakota replacement was too big and too expensive to develop. This was apparently a new design from the ground up. However, they told Dodge to go back and come up with a lower cost alternative. Dodge came back with a design that used the existing Dakota "body mounting points". Sounds like a new body over the old frame. This seems to conflict with the latest round of rumors, but does offer a ray of hope. I find it hard to believe that DC would abandon the mid-size truck segment considering that the next generation of Chevy S-10 is supposed to be about the same size as the current Dakota.
Apr 02, 2002 (10:24 am)
It seems several of us are claiming as fact the information found at that website. If you read the disclaimer it says the information is based on rumors and unsubstantiated information.
I'll take it as fact when DC issues a press release.
#4073 of 5120 QC Door moldings -
Apr 04, 2002 (6:51 am)
Sunburn, thanks for the info on the door moldings, but according to auto-extra's website their price is now $100.00 + shipping/handling. Also its very confusing to order and I don't like/trust any site I can't contact by phone. Guess I'll wait and see if I can obtain somewhere else.
#4074 of 5120 QC Door Moldings
Apr 04, 2002 (6:56 pm)
gtownguy - Wow. I can't believe the price went up to $100. I just purchased mine back in November and the price was $58 + shipping. You might try some autobody supply shops in your area to see if they carry Trim-Gard products. Good luck.
#4075 of 5120 Wheres the beef?
Apr 13, 2002 (11:31 am)
I dont think anybodys back there!
#4076 of 5120 Where's the beef?
Apr 13, 2002 (1:11 pm)
Robert, I'm here.
#4077 of 5120 2 members?
Apr 13, 2002 (6:46 pm)
Great, I guess we are all thats left. Did a horrible disaster happen that I am not aware of?
Apr 14, 2002 (3:19 am)
I'm still here. Check the site every day. Here's a little tidbit to counter more of the Dak bashing of late. My father just leased a Ranger XLT Ext. Cab. I took it out for a "comparo" down A-1-A. Now granted the smaller 6 cyl. engine is no comparison to my 4.7 (although it drove like a 4 cyl. to me). But just overall feel, I felt like a was riding in a tin can. My Dakota delivers a far superior ride quality. "Solid" is the only way I can describe it in comparison to the Ranger. And although I have not driven one, those Nissans all dressed up in thier plastic body parts are just looking uglier and uglier as time goes by. That design is not holding up well over time. They remind me of those guys that go to the gym who only work out their upper bodies and walk around with their chests out and lats flared but their legs look like toothpicks. I call em Foghorn Leghorns. I hear that even with the supercharger, power is fair to middling and they suck gas. I give credit to Nissans Marketing Department. Still find it hard to believe people pay sticker and above for it's SUV counterpart the X-Terra. Another marketing coupe. Glad I passed. The only question for me is still did I make the right decision over the Tacoma Quad. Again, looks, ride, comfort, power, room, available manual trans., all Dakota hands down. Will it stand up over time? The $22,000.00 question.