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#283 of 512 RE: 275-277
Apr 09, 2001 (9:35 am)
Thanks for the advice all.
2003 is a little out there as my current 99 Dakota's lease will be up 3-02. I am pushing 40, so speed is not a necessity, I just want the power to pull a house down. Just the word "V10" sounds nice, but will it pass a gas station. I have heard one with flow masters, kind of got the blood flowing.
Most likely, I will not be above 2K. As I like snow, however I do not want the head aches that comes with living in it for 3-4 months. At this elevation, it will just visit me a few times. The Dakota Quad is nice and spacious, but it does lack the bed length.
The area I am looking at, is along route 49, between Oakhurst and Sonora. There is not too many newer vehicles around that area. It seems that old Dodges are still being used though. Next time I go, I will look a little harder. Great advice.
Apr 09, 2001 (8:50 pm)
aneroid technology??? Isn't that something like a robot made out of flesh? Personally I think you are just blowing smoke at us! Rick <grin>
#285 of 512 iowabigguy re Aneroid
Apr 10, 2001 (5:52 am)
Rick, great pun regarding the smoke. Over my head as usual, but Boo, my cat explained it to me, very sloooooooly. Actually Rick you are confusing the word "aneroid" with "android." Aneroid refers to lack of air, while an android is a guy from New Yawk pretending to be a genuine Mid-Westerner.
#286 of 512 strentgthen my resolve....
Apr 12, 2001 (12:05 am)
Hi ladies and gents...enjoying reading your comments and it seems most if not all like their Dakotas.
I'm considering a 2001 model (or getting a used one). I've come across something unusal. a dealership in my area is selling a 2001 Dakota Club Cab SLT, V-6, automatic, cruise, sliding rear window, A/C, AM/FM/Cassette for $15,996...that's like $3400 below Edmunds TMV.
I'm figuring they're having trouble selling it cuz it's a V-6, not a V-8. I don't really do much hauling at all...Kind of use a truck as a car, just like riding high and enjoy having the truck when I do need it (it's my only ride).
So I guess, i'm asking for opinions on this from you, the Dakota owners. It's clearly a good financial deal. I'm just wondering if the V8 is that much better? or some other angle i'm not considering here. Any other reviews of your trucks, particularly reliability would be appreciated (i don't wanna weed through the tons of messages).
#287 of 512 nmchop Re Used truck
Apr 12, 2001 (5:42 am)
Jeff, while the 3.9 does not approach the power and performance level of the V8 engines (4.7/5.9) it sounds as though you are looking for a basic vehicle for transportation and occasional hauling. In that event, without researching, the price sounds very good to me. You did not mention how many miles were on the odometer. You should also consider negotiating some warranty extension in case the vehicle turns out to be someone's problem and that's why it is for sale. Drive the truck and you should quickly discover if the power is sufficient to satisfy your expectations. Then proceed from that point. Best of luck.
Apr 12, 2001 (5:52 am)
Assuming it is a 2 wheel drive that sounds like a fair deal. It all depends on the rest of the options list as a base SLT msrp isn't much higher than your figure.
A V6 in a 2 wheel drive with no towing would be "adequate" for the average person. If you are satified with most average, everyday cars the V6 should be okay for you.
For me personally I used to own muscle cars so I am addicted to power. There is never enough!
The V6 is a strong engine for what it is. Just don't expect to get great gas mileage as you will be working it a little harder than you might a V8.
Why don't you take it for a serious test drive? Put it through what you feel you would give it and then decide if it is enough for you?
#289 of 512 2001 Dakota with 3.9
Apr 12, 2001 (7:49 am)
Jeff - I have a 2000 Dak with a 4.7 and I have several friends who have Daks with the 3.9 many have had problems. The 3.9 at 175 HP represents old technology, it is being replaced by a 3.7, which is derived from the 4.7. The 3.7 will have 212 HP and most likely be much better in the area of gas mileage and power. I would give serious consideration to going to a 4.7 or waiting for the 3.7 in 2002.
#290 of 512 Signed, sealed and delivered
Apr 14, 2001 (3:27 pm)
Well I have done and did it. I just got back from picking up Club Cab #2. Except for taking a killing on my trade in, (99 Dage Stratus ES) I feel I did pretty good. 99 bucks over invoice and a fair interest rate. Only one or 2 minor hick ups. There is a flaw in the trim around the passenger side quarter window. It is lifted up and looks like a weld bead in there which they'll have to fix, my liner is back ordered and I noticed there are no covers over the jack tray or the other one under the back seat like in my 97. Not sure if they should be there.
Inspected the living L out of it before picking it up using the Dodge Ram checklist. Good basic stuff that we often don't think about. I recommend it for everyone.
The order time was decent, the terms are okay. I hope it holds up like my other mopars. I have had good luck thoughtout the years with them.
For those who are interested, it is a red/silver SLT with 4.7, auto 2 wheel drive and pretty much loaded. No 4 wheel anti lock brakes, hate them. All the heavy duty stuff including 2000lb payload, mainly for the bigger rear brakes.
Apr 16, 2001 (11:08 am)
Well, maybe my luck with mopars has started to run out. Not even 60 miles on the new truck and the engine malfunction light is on. When I went to start it up this morning there was a heavy gas smell.
I'll see how fast this can be rectified.
Apr 16, 2001 (1:03 pm)
My Dakota has turned one. 2000 4x4 Sport Club cab, with 4.7 engine, 5-speed, 3.9 rear, sport-plus package, 2000 lbs payload and cruise. With less than 6k miles on it, I am still getting around 17 mpg mixed driving. The payload package was well worth the money ($35). The truck handles great. My brother's Sonoma with the Z? package needs helper springs, and possibly a rear sway bar to help with the 1000 lbs Halmark camper he just bought.
Only minor new complaint is yellow/white foam moisture found in the oil fill tube during the winter months. I still wish there was a separate button for the AC, like on my old 92 Dakota. Bi-level on the 2000 trucks runs the AC, even though there is no "snow flake" symbol next to it.
There are no covers over the jack compartment on this Dakota as well. I like the lever-mounted 4wd engagement system vrs. the push button. My neighbor's 2 week old 2001 Dakota Club cab has had to have the push button system fixed after one the first weekend of four-wheeling