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Dodge Dakota, Truck
#12 of 31 Opinion of New Dakota/Durango
Feb 11, 2003 (11:13 pm)
I have mixed feelings about the new Dodge mid size platform/design. The Hemi is great, don't get me wrong there. That engine has enough potentially to produce with natural aspiration what the Ford 5.4 Triton's or Chevy 5.3 Vortec's are doing with superchargers. The actual design of the truck I'm not so sure about. The Dakota looks great right now as does the Durango. They in a way bridge the gap between a mid size SUV such as Jeep Grand Cherokees and trucks like any of the smaller pickups and full size SUV's such as the Tahoe with their half-ton counterparts. The new Durango, although it has the Hemi looks like a mommy's car. Something in the design seems to remind me of the Volvo SUV. Also the "big-rig" styling looks good on the Ram but something in the Durango version seems to almost try too hard to look aggressive and comes off looking awkward. Kind of like putting a brush guard and oversized tires on a CRV - it just doesn't fit.
What I would like to see Dodge to is freshen the styling. Give it a few newer accents from the Ram, maybe new HID headlights, etc. Under the skin, give it a hydro-formed chassis and the 4.7 HO as the standard plant and the Hemi as an option. Also, update the interior, loose the column shifter (sorry tree folks, but just look at the new F-150 and the Nissan full size, floor is the new trend), and put in a nav system. Do the same to the Dakota much like the Suburban is simply a full size Chevy with seats rather than a bed.
Dodge needs to realize that it's the cars that are in the middle ground of the middle ground of the middle ground that attract the most attention (with the exception of extreme sports cars). By this I mean that the cars that are the blend of two or more genres of automobiles are the ones that are getting the attention. There always have been trucks, sedans, and sports cars. The SUV is a sedan plus truck. The sports sedan is sports car plus sedan, etc. Any blending of these three characteristics in various amounts produces new cars. Dodge has a very good blend going for it with the Dakota/Durango platform. The cars are sporty (a truck with a 0-60 of 8 seconds is very quick by most body-on-frame standards), can haul people, and at a perfect size where it's not too big to be a burden around town or too small to attempt anything serious with the vehicle. I only hope they do not loose that balance with the new models.
#13 of 31 2004 wish list,,,,,,,,
Feb 12, 2003 (7:10 am)
I own a 2001 Quad. Perfect size truck for us!
The power rear window sounds good, add a diesel
option. Better front seats. Fix the front end
pops! Stiffer chassis. In-dash 6-CD changer.
Flat floor under rear seats or make a storage
box area under the seats. How about a "build-in"
retractable Hard bed cover.
#14 of 31 what I would really like to see..
Feb 20, 2003 (2:58 pm)
Dodge Dakota with
crew cab (or 3 door/forward facing door, comfortable Ext. cab)
4.7 V8 Manual
I like the power of the 4.7, the room of the quad, and the turning radius of the Dakota but I just can't convince myself that the 5'3" bed will be as useful as a full 6'3" bed. I am hoping that with this new 10" longer chassis that it might share with the Durango, depending on what you read for either 2004 or 2005, they will finally make what I actually want.
#15 of 31 What the Dakota Needs...is
Feb 23, 2003 (11:52 am)
A DIESEL ENGINE!!!! If Dodge really wants to set the truck world on its ear, put out an option for the 5.9L diesel! Can you imagine a perfect sized truck that would pull a horse trailer, yet get great fuel mileage when running with a light load? Sure it would be expensive, but think of the possibilities. The engine would fit, and would really make the Dakota a unique vehicle.
Feb 24, 2003 (8:36 am)
The Dodge Dakota had a perfectly good and useful size. Why downsize?
#17 of 31 2004 Dakota - When will the secret be out?
Mar 09, 2003 (8:22 pm)
I am anxious to learn more about the 2004 Dakota and wanted to know if anyone watching this vehicle board knows when we might see some official literature?
I have been looking at the Dakota as my "next" vehicle for 5 months now...but there are a few changes I would like to see before I purchase.
First, as a Jeep Grand Cherokee owner, I think the interior needs a drastic update. The dashboard area looks dated and lacks a look of quality that is now found in the Jeep.
Second, as someone who drives an average of 42,000 miles a year, I'd like to see a redesign of the seats with added comfort controls.
Third, I'd like to see an increase in ground clearance by at least an 2 inches.
And if the rumors of a Diesel are true...I think Dodge will have created the trucks that the other manufacturers will be coping for years to come!
Apr 06, 2003 (7:13 pm)
in my opinion why make the Dakota smaller. if any thing make it have the same length of the Toyota Tundra your almost there to begin with. Ether increase the cab size or add to the box length. As for the Hemi drop it in. More power the better!
May 11, 2003 (10:32 am)
Does anybody know where there are any good pictures of the 2004 Dakotas I saw some durango pics so I have an Idea But Dakota pic would be a big help for me. Thankx
May 16, 2003 (5:12 pm)
The Dakota crew cab 4x4 would be one of two vehicles on my personal short list if I had to buy tomorrow .. but this truck is obsolete. A truck this size that gets the same MPG as a Ram or F 150 is ridiculous. I'd like more ground clearance, but captain's chairs - heck, don't care if mine is heated - and an updated engine/drivetrain, definitely yes. Interior is politely described as OLD, but function ought to be first. A diesel is fine and if one is appearing in the Jeep Liberty then it'll come here, too, in a year or three. Those of you who need a hemi, well, God bless but 13-14 MPG is a bad joke.