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Oct 22, 2009 (7:51 am)
Just picked up an 88 dakota 4x4 long bed with 176,000 miles on it. Anyone have any idea of what problems that I may be faced with?
Mod's soon to be added dump hoist kit, front and rear receivers, quick mount winch, pivoting truck crane, 2 battery kit, a belly side generator and air compressor. It will be a work truck.
#45 of 53 05 Dakota wipers not working
Mar 07, 2010 (8:23 pm)
#46 of 53 05 Dakota wipers not working
Mar 07, 2010 (8:23 pm)
Can anyone help me with this problem?They will only work in the wash cycle.Have checked the relays and fuses.
#47 of 53 Looking to buy a used Dakota
May 21, 2010 (5:31 pm)
I'm looking to purchase a Dak. '01 to '04. I won't be off roading, but I do live in MI so snowy winters can be an issue.
-Will 4x4 make that much of a difference?
-Should I go with the 3.9 or the 4.7?
-Gas mileage? I'm getting out of a 4 cyl. Accord. Need truck convenience
-Is the rear a big issue? 9.25 vs 8.25
-What about mileage concerns: 120k to 145k
-Is the lsd a major concern? 3.55
-Are there any mechanical issue I can expect for truck in this age range?
I will primarily be doing city driving and some honey do things. I will also be using it to carry bikes on the hitch from time to time.
However, it will be my daily driver.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can share some insider information with a truck newcomer.
Would either the F150 extended cab 4.6 or Chevy Silverado 4.8 be a better choice?
#48 of 53 Re: Looking to buy a used Dakota [truck33]
May 21, 2010 (6:18 pm)
Well I drive an 88 Dakota 4x4 long bed and this past winter i pulled out a hummer with little trouble considering that the public issue hummer is a hummer on a silverado chassis.
changes that i will be making however is pulling the engine and mating the transmission to a 100 hp electric ac motor, 10 deep cycle batteries and a 6000 watt diesel generator under the hood. yes it will all fit. it is also getting a dump conversion. already it has a 1000 lb electric hoist. and surface mount tie downs outside the bed.
so far total invested in this truck and all supplies so far has totaled $1100. and is a daily driver.
so don't under estimate these little trucks. they will gitter done!
#49 of 53 Re: Looking to buy a used Dakota [sailavash]
May 22, 2010 (5:45 pm)
Thanks, but that is way more than I'm going to do. I'm looking for something that is steady and reliable. I don't work on vehicles, so I don't want anything that requires alot of repairs. Do the '01 - '04 Dak. fit into the low maintenance and reliable category?
#50 of 53 Re: Looking to buy a used Dakota [truck33]
May 22, 2010 (6:54 pm)
very reliable right out of the box
#51 of 53 Re: Looking to buy a used Dakota [truck33]
May 23, 2010 (4:44 am)
I've got an '05 4.7L quad cab, which means it has the short bed. I think this was the first year of the model changeover.
I needed new front rotors at 12,000 miles, and the head gasket went at 19,000 miles. I was on the hook for the rotors because it was past the 12 month warranty period for the brakes. The 7 year/70K mile power train warranty took care of the head gasket.
The driver's side power seats don't work on occasion. They'll go months without a problem, then will stop working for a week or so.
Gas mileage has averaged 18 mpg in a mix of suburban and highway driving. I consider this pretty poor for what's advertised as a mid-size truck that doesn't weigh a lot more than a Camry.
#52 of 53 Re: Looking to buy a used Dakota [sailavash]
May 23, 2010 (1:13 pm)
#53 of 53 Re: Looking to buy a used Dakota [srs_49]
May 23, 2010 (1:18 pm)
Thanks, that's what I want to hear, but don't want to hear at the same time. I don't know what to expect from Chrysler products. I know they haven't always had the best reputation.