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Oct 19, 2003 (8:13 am)
By the way, I have a son that is currently serving with the US Army in Iraq. He's in the northern sector of Bhagdad.
I went to the Dodge web page and from what I can tell the 2004 2WD Dakota Quad Cab will come standard with a conventional differential in the corporate 8.25 axle, 3.55 ratio. Despite plugging in different combinations, it looks like the 3.55 axle ratio is standard on the Quad. It also looks like the 9.25 axle is no longer available in that version. Limited slip differential is another $135.
As far as your question regarding the 26H package......I don't know. They just changed the web pages and navigation has deteriorated considerably. I can't even spell HTML and I think I could do better than the latest web layout.
I happen to have a 2003 Club Cab in the bright silver with the bright silver wheels. When I first saw this truck it seemed to have a natural appeal and has since grown on me. I originally wanted either black or red, with the dark blue my third choice. I wasn't even considering any of the earth tones at the time. Of course, I chose this one because it had some of the basic equipment that I wanted. Despite the fact that the name "Dodge" appears on it, I've received an overwhelming amount of good compliments on the vehicle. Most women and guys alike seem to think this Dakota looks very good.
I have seen a few SXTs with the bright silver body color and the graphite grille and flairs. It doesn't exactly appeal to me, but taste for everyone is subjective anyway.
As far as price goes, my 2003 Club Cab Sport Plus with the 26C package (4.7 engine, 5-speed auto, LSD, 16x8.0 wheels, P245 tires, PS, PB, cruise, air, sliding window, fog lamps, keyless entry, AM'FM/Cassette,CD) listed at $22,535. I paid $17,800 in October of last year, no incentive packages available. Maybe that model 1911A1 I was wearing made the difference!! (just kidding).
If I can help you some more, let me know. I'll try to find out about the 26H package and get back to you later.
Please keep yourself safe.
#4547 of 5120 Small world, smaller Army
Oct 19, 2003 (10:05 am)
Thanks Dusty for your quick response, I hope your son stays safe as well. It is a little crazy over here as I'm sure you know.
That price was with a $2500 rebate, I'm hoping for some good deals when we return. Anything else I should know before taking the plunge? Should I have my wife order it or wait? Can you tell I'm anxious,-been reading good things about this truck.
Thanks for your help-jd332dakota
#4548 of 5120 Dakota Plunge............
Oct 19, 2003 (1:09 pm)
JD, my son is M1 Abrams tank crew, usually the driver. He's probably as safe as one could be as long as he is in that tank. His crew has the US Army's shortest loader, but this guy makes it possible to fire, load, and re-fire in just over three seconds. No one seems to make fun of this guys size. In his last letter he said that he's been on a lot of guard duty. In civian life he sometimes took unnecessary risks. I worry.
Since you specifically asked about the 26H package, you must be looking at the SLT+.
B = Sport (base model)
C = Sport Plus
G = SLT
H = SLT+
X = SXT
I'm not sure what other equipment you are considering. Without knowing where you live, I would highly recommend the limited slip differential. Because I have the Sport Plus, I have the equivilent of the AGB package, which is the 16x8 wheels, P255 tires, and front and rear sway bars. I've driven SLTs and although they ride noticeably softer, I really like the increased ride height and handling of the AGB components, and the ride is still good. This is an option I would recommend.
If I ordered a Dakota I would also opt for the heavy duty service group (ADJ), which includes larger capacity radiator, power sterering cooler, aux. transmission cooler, and 750-amp battery.
I think with your 26H package everything else is covered. You will like the 287 engine (4.7) and the 545RFE is about the smoothest transmission I've ever driven.
Good luck, my friend, and keep your head down. If I can help in anyway, just message me.
#4549 of 5120 orderd vehicle == CHEEPER PRICE
Oct 20, 2003 (6:31 am)
(jd332dakota) Although they may try to tell you otherwise.... Ordering a vehicle to your specifications should cost LESS than purchasing off of the lot. Using various websites, you can figure out EXACTLY what the dealership is paying for the vehicle you order and you can offer them a generous 4% profit on the deal.
The reason is because when you order one, The only thing the dealership has to do is submit an order. It is a GUARANTEED SALE for them. (you allready agreed to purchase the vehicle.) Allso, you will only order what you WANT... not expensive options that you would prefer NOT to have. The vehicle arrives with YOUR NAME on window sticker. (mine said... "This truck built for Bruce Peebles" 8-)
A vehicle on the lot is always a 'gamble' for a dealership... they pick the options and order it BEFORE there is a customer ready to buy it. They often select option-packages that bring THEM the most money on a sale. (options that many folks would prefer not to have.) Then, the longer it sits unsold... the more it costs the dealership. (this is the way the pricing to the dealership is set up from the factory to entice quick sales of vehicles on the lot.)
Oct 20, 2003 (8:29 am)
Beside what Bruce offered, the dealer also avoids the factory floor plan costs. Sometimes, they must be reminded.
#4551 of 5120 Possible order by satellite!
Oct 20, 2003 (9:38 am)
Bruce, you wouldn't be interested in sharing some of them websites would you? Ya see I can't 'surf' where I'm at and I am limited to the time I spend online. Just get me started and I'm gone. Do I order right from a Dodge WebSite or go through a dealer. Dusty gave me insight on some mechanical issues, I think I know what I want, only remaining concern is color and what it will look like delivered! Thanks, JD
#4553 of 5120 Intermittent Wipers/Fog Lights Flashing
Oct 21, 2003 (11:25 am)
Help...has anyone come across this situation?
After starting the vehicle with the engine idling, with the intermittent wipers activated at stage 1, headlights OFF (emergency brakes ON), fog lamps OFF, transmission in PARK...the fog lights would flash once whenever the wipers activated. This situation continued with the headlights ON while driving until I turned OFF the intermittent wipers. It just started to do this 2 nights ago. 2003 Model QC 4.7L auto with 5,200 miles.
Does this sound like a short circuit somewhere? Any suggestions to resolve is muchly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
#4554 of 5120 RE: Intermittent Wipers/Fog Lights Flashing
Oct 24, 2003 (6:57 pm)
Does this sound similar...
After driving for 15-20 minutes my 2001 QC would randomly honk horn/wipe wipers, cycle door locks, and flash high/low beams. It would happen at highway speeds or stopped in intersections. Took it into Dealer, they looked at it one day and tried to recreate problem, no luck. Went home to regroup. After third day, I also noticed that it was turning lights on/off in same random fashion. This was too much, so back it went. They were finally able to reproduce trouble and replaced the master timing module. I'm picking it up in the a.m. and I'll get the exact replacement part No. Hope this helps with your problem. Although, yours sounds a little different. Anyway, my 2001 QC; 4.7, 5 spd, all options but leather is the best vehicle that I have ever owned.
#4555 of 5120 Almost 2 year update
Oct 25, 2003 (10:53 am)
Bought a QUAD 4x4, 4.7, 3.55 Flame Red Dakota back in 12/01. We now have 37K miles and have had only one problem. The front sway bar was squeaking pretty bad so my buddy who is a Dodge Truck mechanic replaced it for us under warranty. So far the brakes have held up but probably need to be turned. The 4.7 is still running smoothly and no oil loss yet. The transmission is smooth but every so often we get a weird clunk when it shifts. The truck is my wife's vehicle and she LOVES her truck. We live in CO and have driven it all over the state and longer cross country trips and have been completely happy with it. Of course we would like better mileage. On our longer trips I have checked the mileage and it varies between 14.5 and 20 MPG. Usually get the lower mileage when I'm doing 75-85 MPH and can get 18-20 MPG when I'm cruising b/w 60-70 MPH.
A lot of the problems I have read about on this board I thankfully haven't experienced. At 30k my buddy replaced all of the fluids, put in new plugs and did a radiator and fuel system flush with BG 44k or whatever it's called.
I hope the good performance continues b/c I would like to keep this for at least 10-12 years or 200k miles. I hate car payments and investments that lose their value as soon as you purchase it so I am in no hurry to reapeat the process.
When we were initially looking at buying a Quad I wanted the Tacoma but my wife felt it was too small. I hate to say it, but I'm glad she won out. I think we would have been crammed for space for many of our road trips with 3 dogs, 3 people, 3 bikes, 2 ice chests, luggage, etc.
I guess that's enough rambling for now.