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#5060 of 5120 First Impressions '06 Dak Quad Cab
Nov 06, 2005 (4:22 pm)
2006 Dakota SLT Quad Cab. 4.7L V-8. 5 Spd Automatic. 3.55 LSD
Heavy Duty Suspension, Heavy Duty Cooling System, Tow Package
My first impression of the truck was awe at how much larger the Dakotas have become since my '93 LE Club Cab. Not even anywhere near the same truck...it's as large as the full-size trucks were back then. Only sacrifice is the shorter bed, only 5'3" but you have to give somewhere to get the extra room of the Quad Cab. Roominess in the cab is all any one could ask for in a truck. I'm 5'11" and can't reach the pedals with the seat all the way back.
4.7 V-8 has plenty of power. Although I haven't towed anything yet (only 700 miles) there should be plenty of power for towing anything in the rated capacity.
Gas mileage is acceptable at this point. First full tank with mixed driving, about 60 % suburban and city and 40% highway I measured 18 mpg. I wasn't trying for mileage and did quite a bit of lead-footing so am well pleased with the mileage and am sure it will be better when fully broken in.
Looking under the hood it appears that the DC engineers haven't been too crazy, looks like most things will be fairly easy to work on or at least better than some makes I looked at.
Fit and finish are very good, body panels all align quite well. I would like to see more shielding in the wheel wells, especially in the front though.
No sign of the brake and rear end problems reported in the '05s so hopefully that issue is laid to rest. There is quite a bit of road noise and feel but I think that is the heavy-duty suspension and possibly the Goodyear LS tires. After all, it's a truck so it's supposed to drive and ride like one. Not really crazy about the coil-over front suspension but it's a proven technology so we'll see how it works out.
Overall, in my opinion, the '06 Dakotas are a good truck and I am well-pleased at this point.
Driving mostly Dodge trucks
#5061 of 5120 Dustyk,Bpeebles or anyone else...
Nov 06, 2005 (4:55 pm)
In msg # 5059 I told Jeepster89 that my sources indicated a 20 psi cap for the 4.7 engine. After looking at my '06 today I found a 16 psi cap on it also. After going back and checking several on-line parts listings I found 16,18, and 20 psi caps listed for the 4.7 engine with no apparent distinction between year models.
Anyone care to enlighten me on this difference?
Or is it just the usual incompetence of the parts houses?
Driving Dodge trucks since 1960
#5062 of 5120 Re: Blower Motor resister [bward24]
Nov 08, 2005 (7:44 am)
I have the same problem. Do you know where to find it?
#5063 of 5120 Re: Blower Motor resister [diggs]
Nov 08, 2005 (9:48 am)
The search function works... you will find what you seek with that.
#5064 of 5120 Re: Dustyk,Bpeebles or anyone else... [jneal]
Nov 08, 2005 (12:01 pm)
Final (I hope) Update '01 Quad w/4.7 Overheating - Changed the water pump and found the o-ring was letting pressure/water/crud out in a very small amount. I suppose if the weather had been cold I would have seen it better than in warm. Apparently it was so small and so well hidden no one that had worked on it noticed it either. Still need the location of the temp sending unit - jneal, you're right, my truck came with a 20lb cap but local parts house said it called for a 21lb cap. who knows what it really needs? Thanks for all the comments/advise, I really appreciate the help.
#5065 of 5120 Re: '2001 Dakota Quad Cab w/4.7 [jeepster89]
Nov 08, 2005 (4:42 pm)
Jeepster, did the new water pump cure the overheating problem or do you still have problems? Hope the pump cleared it up for you.
driving dodges since 1960
#5066 of 5120 Re: Dustyk,Bpeebles or anyone else... [jeepster89]
Nov 08, 2005 (5:32 pm)
OK-OK... I pulled out BOB (Big Orange Book...aka factory service manual) The coolant temp sensor for the 4.7L engine is.....top of the engine, between cylinder heads twards the front. screwed straight down in with 2-wire connector sticking out the top. (Just above waterpump)
Dont forget that it may take several warmup-cooldown cycles to burp all the air out of the cooling system. It is IMPERITIVE that the overflow tank be kept at least 1/2 full during this time...otherwise, the engine will "suck air" into the sytem as it cools off (contracts) and can cause overheating. Also, on the 4.7L - NEVER open the pressurecap, that will "break the vacuum" and allow air into the system. (I assume you know how to use the air-bleed-screw located near the pressurecap)
Nov 08, 2005 (7:18 pm)
'02 quad cab
bottom inside seam of tailgate starting to rust. have 12k miles on it and it is garaged. anyone else having this problem?
#5068 of 5120 Re: Blower Motor resister [bpeebles]
Nov 09, 2005 (9:29 am)
Trying to find the location of the blower motor resistor in 2001 Dakota. Any ideas?
#5069 of 5120 Re: Blower Motor resister [diggs]
Nov 09, 2005 (9:41 am)
Put the words "blower resistor" in in the space near "search this discussion" above (or below) and press the button that says "search"
You can also search the many other dakota forums here on edmonds.