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#9 of 44 Re: '99 Dakota
Aug 31, 2003 (10:16 am)
Well, I don't own a '99 Dakota, but I have some experience with various years. I own a 2003 and my son has a '91 with 270,000 miles on it.
You don't state which engine you have, but the V6 and the 318 and 360 V8s all use a two-piece Viton front and rear crankshaft seal. These are premium materials. Leaks from worn or failed rear seals are not very common. I've seen many of these go into 150,000 mile range and still show no signs of leaking. However, previous owner care -- or the lack of it -- combined with heavy use may have "short-lived" the seals. Fortunately, this should not be a terribly expensive repair.
As to freeze plugs leaking, this is fairly rare on most engines nowadays. I suspect that the previous owner did not maintain the cooling system correctly.
As to specific quirks of the '99 versions, I can't help you too much there. Short-lived brake rotors was a complaint by some '99-'01 owners and this might warrant a better quality rotor at replacement time, although I suspect the factory rotors have long since been replaced. There are a number of recommendations for these in here at the Dodge forum.
Best of luck,
#10 of 44 Considering 99 Dakota
Aug 31, 2003 (3:47 pm)
Have you used the Edmunds used car section to check out the market value of this Dakota. I personally think the price is too high and based on the "rode hard and put away wet" comment by your mechanic would pass on this truck. Your local market might be different than here in the Mid-West but with all the rebates and discounting on new Dakotas has really depressed the used Dakota prices. I've seen new Dakota 4x4 SXT Club Cabs advertised for $17,999. Rick
#11 of 44 Desertrose1...............
Aug 31, 2003 (4:50 pm)
Well, according to Kelley's and based on my part of the country, rated in "excellent" condition and equiped as stated, the trade-in price is $9,775. This probably equates to a $13-14 vehicle retail. But like Iowabuggy said, I think you can do better.
["Excellent" condition means that the vehicle looks great, is in excellent mechanical condition and needs no reconditioning. It should pass a smog inspection. The engine compartment should be clean, with no fluid leaks. The paint is glossy and the body and interior are free of any wear or visible defects. There is no rust. The tires are the proper size and match and are new or nearly new. A clean title history is assumed. This is an exceptional vehicle.]
#12 of 44 '03 Dak Club Cab, SLT Plus model with.......
Sep 08, 2003 (10:00 am)
V6, A-T, 8" wide rims w/255 tires, 24-H options package, heated mirrors, bed liner, 2 tone paint
$17,100 (aft $3K fac incentive).
(I've been in sales for 26 years....I can usually smell 'em comin') but, the dealer was a straight shooter, no BS, and I made the entire deal on the phone without even meeting face-to-face....and.....he had to pick the vehicle up from another dealer from another state.
#13 of 44 03 Dakota Sport Plus 4X4
Sep 11, 2003 (2:31 pm)
Back in march I bought an 03 Dakota sport plus 4x4. It has the 4.7, 5-Speed, limited slip, 3.92 gears, heavy duty service group, heated mirrors, overhead convience group, security group, 31' tires, and a sliding rear window. Sticker price was $26,270. After some dealing, a $3,000 rebate and a $500 farm bureau discount I paid otd $21,230.
My dealer was excellent. I ordered it and they catered to me every way they could, even when I called evey 3 days for a month to check on it.
#14 of 44 RE: considering purchase...
Jan 11, 2004 (7:35 pm)
$13500 is over blue book, so I guess you would just have to consider the condition of the vehicle and the cost of the extras - also, it's decked out for off-road - are you going to be using it off-road? If not, no need to pay for the extras. The point your mechanic had about it's previous off-road use is well-taken - as long as your mechanic is confident that the trans & drivetrain is in good shape, I guess that's a good sign. Check the ball joints!!! There is a current investigation by the NHSTA regarding Dakota/Durango ball joints.
I have a '98 Dakota Club Cab SLT 4x4 with a front guard, carpeted 12-v wired shell, upgraded shocks, and upgraded XM/CD stereo/speakers that unfortunately, I'm thinking about selling. I purchased the truck new & have had no major problems - runs like a top - kids are getting bigger though & I'm considering upgrading to a Quad-Cab. Only complanint I really have is a mixed one - I got the 3.9L V6 instead of the 8 - I miss the power of the V8, but the better fuel economy is worth it.
#15 of 44 04 Dakota Purchase
May 09, 2004 (2:18 am)
I just purchased an 04 Dakota SLT Quad 4x4. Options include 4.7 V8, 5 spd Auto Trans, Deluxe Conv Group, Power Conv Group, Anti-Spin Diff Axle, AM-FM Single CD, sliding rear window, fog lamps, Deep Molten Red / Silver Two Tone. The sticker was $29,360. With $3500 rebate and $400 recent grad discount I paid $22,973 plus tax, title, license. Got 5% financing for 60 months. So... How did I do??
May 09, 2004 (6:35 am)
I think you did pretty good, nearly $6400 off the list. Maybe you could've done better, maybe not. I'd be happy!
May 09, 2004 (8:12 pm)
I think I did pretty well, i bought a 2000 dakota 4x4..4.7l v8...auto..white..club cab with 61k miles on it...slt...new tires, spray in bedliner...excellent shape...got it for 12,500...blue book says its worth about 15,500 or 16, so not bad...and i bought mine from a ford dealership, they have always been more pleasant to buy from, from my experiences, chime in if you wish
#18 of 44 2001 Dakota QC purchase
May 23, 2004 (4:03 pm)
Last month, I purchased a 2001 Dak SLT Quad Cab, 3.9 V6, auto, 2WD, Dark Green, power everything, with 34000 miles for $12500. I faxed over this offer to the dealer, and they called me back accepting it. This price was well below Edmunds dealer price, so that is another reason I jumped on it. So far, I'm pleased. Had a few issues which the dealer took care of under warranty, which expires 2 months after I purchased it.