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#4783 of 5120 Re: extended warranties
May 03, 2004 (2:15 pm)
This has been discussed in the Dodge forum before. There are people who weigh-in on both sides and both have good reasons. If you're not a gambler and would feel more secure, then maybe the extended warranty is something you should consider.
For myself I would rather put the same money away and collect a little interest. I've known people who have obtained the warranty then had very few issues with the vehicle. They end up thinking it was a waste of money, and in those cases they were right.
A lot depends too on how your son will treat and take care of the vehicle. If he's particular about his machinery then the law of averages are probably on your side. If he's a drive-it and park-it type, again, the warranty might be a good thing.
I just received a solicitation from Chrysler on the extended warranty for my 2003 Dakota. Depending on the coverage I'd want, they go up to over $3000. I can put in a transmission and rebuild the front end a couple of times for that.
Of course, it's just like rolling dice when it comes to automobiles. The only vehicle I thought I would never need one is our '99 Avalon. I was wrong! The one I thought I'd need one was the Dakota. So far I think I've changed my mind.
Good luck on your decision.
May 17, 2004 (7:01 am)
I bought a Dodge Dakota Q/C. Was a menber here a year ago. I'm back just to down Dodge.
I paid 25K, truck still looks new, because of all the issues, I can't get more than 6K for my truck in trade. Dodge does not stand behine their product. Nothing is being done to help the people who bought an over priced pice of junk. 58K miles, 5 brake jobs, back brakes don't work with front, electronic problems, rearend and steering noise, clunk etc, 3 sets of tires with right front always wearing faster than the rest, front popping noise, no fixes execpt the brakes which lasted a few K miles and do it again. Cn't take the loss on trade. Can add aftermarket parts to fix at a big expense. By the time I could make this truck right, I could have bought a hummer. I think I will drive it until it cause a wreck and sue dodge or until it falls apart and make a mudbug out of it. Best thing I can say is I do like the looks and power. Motor seems good.
On a scale from 1 too 10, I give it a 3 for the price and trade value. If you buy the Dakota, you made a mistake unless money and value is no concern to you.
P.S. reviews from Edmunds and other sites do not reflect these problems unless it comes from the form. See yall next year.
#4785 of 5120 Re:I'm back just to down Dodge.
May 17, 2004 (1:32 pm)
>>>If you buy the Dakota, you made a mistake unless money and value is no concern to you<<<
Actually, money and value is a concern of mine and that's just two of the reasons I bought the Dakota. Sorry to hear of your dissatisfaction, but I don't believe I've made a mistake. Fortunately mine has been nearly a stellar performer with next to nothing for issues. At almost 25,000 miles it still seems new. Better than I would have expected from a Dodge, to be honest with you. And the Dakota owners I have had a face-to-face with over all seem nearly as pleased as I.
#4786 of 5120 RE I'm Back Just to Down Dodge
May 18, 2004 (4:48 am)
rudedog - I'm sorry that you have had trouble with your Dakota. I have a 2K CC with a 4.7, 5 speed with 52K miles and have not had any significant problems. Brakes and balljoints have been fine. The only complaint I have is that I have had to change 2 headlights out because of condensation inside the housing.
#4787 of 5120 owning a dakota
May 18, 2004 (6:05 am)
Have had my Q Cab for three years now, other than replacing front brake rotors/pads and a new battery last month its been a great truck, have 38000 miles the 4.7L V-8 with auto and 3.55 rear average gas milage for the 38000 miles is 17.58 miles per gallon. Hasel
#4788 of 5120 2001 Quad update
May 18, 2004 (7:44 am)
2001 Quad 4x2, 4.7 auto,lim-slip. 43k miles.
Still on org. brakes. I've sanded front pads
and cleaned rotors once. Upper/lower ball joints replaced at 35k miles.Very pleased with this
truck. Have extended warr.
P.S. Co-worker has new Ford F-250 diesel 4x4,
he's dealing with Ford on a "buy-back" front end/steering problems big time! It's not just
May 18, 2004 (7:48 am)
Then why are we reading so many post with the same problems. I don't think a 100% of the Dakota's are bad but too many have problems with no fixes. When I first got my truck, Dakotas were popping up everywhere. Now I'm lucky to see a Dakota runing around here. People in my area are getting rid of them. There are a lot of full size Dodges. Don't know how there doing. I'm done, good luck and thanks for letting me post.
#4790 of 5120 problem vehicles
May 18, 2004 (9:06 am)
I spent 21 years in fleet maintenance I could order 26 vehicles all the same, made all in the same run and there would always be one that had nothing but problems. hasel
#4791 of 5120 My Power Stops are warped !!!
May 18, 2004 (2:46 pm)
I have not a clue why but I am tired of this!!
I put power Slots on 8500 miles ago now Warped
Never used impact (made sure when tires rotated )
Never ran threw Puddles of water with brakes Hot
Yes I drove in the Rain
Spoke to ThePartsBIn.com salesman says they have warranty, Then return dept says NO warranty
does anyone Know
Also put Ceramic pads Do these Pads Run Hotter ?
Any Suggestions ?
Are only US trucks Having problems with Rotors ?
Looking at a TITAN a little closer
#4792 of 5120 Re:My Power Stops are warped !!!
May 18, 2004 (2:57 pm)
Well, you've upgraded rotors and pads so maybe that wasn't the problem. Ceramic pads don't wear as well, but I wouldn't think they could contribute to warped rotors.
The calipers could be sticking. You could have a bad master cylinder that is allowing pressure to be held after the pedal is released. The front rubber flexible hoses will also cause this problem.
What are your braking habits like?