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#4576 of 5120 Proud to be a new member of the club
Nov 07, 2003 (7:03 pm)
My final deal: Invoice-holdback+ approx. 300 including sales tax, all financed at 4.9 through Chrysler. OR to compare apples to apples, without tax or financing factored in, I was just under a thousand below invoice and 4700 below sticker.
My truck: 04 Dakota Quad Cab Sport Plus, 4x4, 4.7, 5 speed auto, 26c with power windows and locks, cruise, tilt steering wheel, sliding rear window, 60/40 split bench, and 245/70 tires. All wrapped in the new Atlantic Blue. Couldn't find 03s near me like I wanted and I know if the 05 is restyled same as the 04 Durango Id hate it so I figured it was time to stop talking constantly about a new truck and go in on the last of the month and just do the deal.
Oh my god I still can't believe when Im driving this truck how far trucks have come since my little rwd reg cab 95 Ranger was built. IT handles as tight as any car I've ever been in and the acceleration is UNBELIEVABLE for a 4thousand pound plus 4x4. Pulling off the lot I gave it the same kind of gas I normally have to give on my little 4-banger Ranger to get up to traffic speed and before I knew it I had gone from being at a stand still to moving FASTER than the approaching cars as I merged in.
Interior is very quiet and comfortable. Everything feels tight and well engineered. Only criticism is one side of bumper sits a couple inches lower than the other, but I have not yet decided if it's annoying enough for me to let the dealer mess with it.
On the radio: CAn't believe Dodge would put a radio in a 2004 truck without a scan function.
Back seats: VERY spacious. On a 3 hour drive to DC my Mom was able to sleep comfortably. She absolutely fell in love with big blue when I first pulled into her driveway. Her first reaction: "We have to go on a road trip. NOW."
Have already put ventshades on all four doors and a bug deflector. A bed liner, bed extender, and soft cover are probably next. I see little reason to spring for locking storage in the bed when I now have an actual full interior where I can store the fragile stuff.
And I have Ram's head cutouts on my tail lights but they're the cheap type that don't fit too great and I don't think I like them much. Can anybody point me to cheap places to get the full rams head tail light covers that cover the whole tail light and blend with the rest of the body?
Nov 08, 2003 (7:36 am)
Looking at putting a AutoVent Shade bug deflector on my QC, but the website shows only years 97-01, Does this same one fit my '03? And how difficult are they to install?. thanks, JD
Nov 09, 2003 (2:43 pm)
Bought a new 2001 on 08/00. 4x4, 4.7, auto, 3.55, bright white quad. Have 50,302 miles. No problems so far other than 1 battery at about 28K replaced by the dealer, and the cassette/stereo went out at 40K. Dealer said the extended warranty did not cover it so I went to the local stereo store for a Kenwood CD player that I like better. The thing that really astounds me is that I'm still on my stock mopar brakes...Had a recent inspection and they are close but still a few miles on them.....and I heard nothing but bad things about them....I even tow a 3000Lb bass boat 3 or 4 times a year with no trailor brakes and my wife'6 4300lb horse trailor with trailor brakes once or twice a year. Looking foward to the next 50K... Really am enjoying the truck!
#4579 of 5120 tmatthew........
Nov 09, 2003 (3:32 pm)
The premature battery failure seems somewhat common. Most of the 2001 and up Dakota owners that I know have not experienced it, but I have talked to a couple with 2000s that had to replace them early.
I don't know anyone that has had short brake rotor life on 2001s and up. Before 2001 I talked to a number of Dakota owners that said they had repeated rotor problems. Of course, they were all getting aftermarket replacements, so its unfair to blame Chrysler for that. There are four Dakotas in my parking lot that are 2001 and up (two 2001s, one 2002, and mine, a 2003) and none of us have touched the brakes yet. In my office building its the Explorer and GM fullsize pickup guys that currently appear to be having the most problems with rotors.
#4581 of 5120 Response to 4553/4554 intermittent electrical
Nov 10, 2003 (8:17 am)
I just received in the mail 11/7/03 a "recall" notice for my 2001 4.7l 5 speed quad. The wire harness near the clutch pedal may need to be re-installed or replaced. Clutch pedal actuation and close wire harness proximity may cause chafing to the harness. Intermittent electrical may cause weird things to happen with radio/lights/horn/wipers etc.. When I get home I'll quote the letter and re-post.. Ger
#4582 of 5120 Brake Noise
Nov 10, 2003 (1:42 pm)
Anybody still having problems with brake noise on 2003 Dakotas? When I bought my Quad Cab in July they said that they were looking into the issue (makes an intermittent noise when backing) and they did issue a TSB a month or so ago. I got the repair done but the noise never went away. I have an appointment 11/12 for them to look at it again.
#4583 of 5120 Jboehm.......
Nov 10, 2003 (3:44 pm)
Is this a symptom that only affects Quad versions or those with 4-wheel ABS? I have talked to quite a few Dakota owners and haven't heard this as a problem from any of them.
Nov 10, 2003 (4:17 pm)
Tell us again why this is a "problem"????
Does your truck stop when you push on the brake pedal?
My Dak exibits all kinds of brake squeels when I stop... I ignore it because I know it is not a concern of any kind. It is , after all, a TRUCK!
#4585 of 5120 bpeebles....
Nov 11, 2003 (6:04 am)
"Tell us again why this is a "problem"????
Does your truck stop when you push on the brake pedal?
My Dak exibits all kinds of brake squeels when I stop... I ignore it because I know it is not a concern of any kind. It is , after all, a TRUCK! "
Geez, these types of responses caused me to stop using these boards, not even to lurk. My mistake for coming back....