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Dodge Dakota, Truck
#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.
#22 of 31 DC needs to listen to the masses
Oct 11, 2003 (7:33 pm)
The Dakota owners biggest concerns/ wants are plain & simple.
Do NOT downsize. If anything make it a little bigger; Why not, the Ram has grown?
Make 5.7L Hemi available (especially with 5spd=Lightning killer)
Make a diesel available.. 5.9L is NOT practical.. 3.9L Cummins version IS very practical, would fit easily, and handle any workload a Dakota would encounter while giving it more longevity.
Bring back the 8--- YES the EIGHT foot bed. That is a full PU bed.. Not 6'3"!
Do something with the front suspension & brakes.. The rotors are CHEAP and warp easily and often. and the ball joints wear after 1-2 years.
Get the D-C quality back UP to the Chrysler Corporation truck levels. Why are so many components ready to be replaced after roughly 15K miles????
Payload?? Dakotas used to have better payload ratings available.
We're not asking for miracles just asking D-C to not systematically take the Dakota out of a market that it created and dominated; and to make some minor variations to make the truck more useful, practical, and saleable.
#23 of 31 2004 Dakota
Oct 13, 2003 (6:32 am)
Received the copy of "Dodge Magazine" for Dodge owners. There's a photo of the 2004 Dakota, and it looks exactly like the 2003 to me. Don't know what, if any, interior changes were made, but the headlights, grill etc seem to be the same. Now, the Durnago was changed to reflect the Ram's appearance and looks pretty good.