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Transmission Problems? Yes... Great Truck Anyway? Also Yes by An MSN Autos Consumer on 12/27/2013. Trim: 1990 Dodge Dakota Reg. Cab 8-ft. Bed 4WD, Owned 3 years.
Pros: Great interior space. I never feel like I don't have enough room in this pickup. I've never had electrical problems of any sort and she always starts right up for me even in -20 degree weather. 4WD worked like a dream until it went out. With a pickup as cheap as mine was I expected to have problems, but I was pleasantly surprised when my only problems have been the tranny/4WD.
Cons: The transmission and engine were rebuilt before I bought the pickup. 50,000 miles later the engine is going strong but the transmission needs rebuilt/replaced again. Has no issues in the low gears but once you get to the high gears the tranny slips and you lose virtually all power and acceleration when going uphill or if hauling something. Also the hitch ball is starting to rust out. This truck handles VERY poorly on snowy/icy roads. Wish I had a non-slip differential... The 4WD makes all the winter handling issues disappear. My 4WD went out last winter though (more operator error than manufacturing error).
Overall review: I think this is a very good pickup for what I paid. The 8' bed was perfect when I moved and with the regular cab it didn't feel like it was overly long even with the long bed. I haven't had to do any work on the pickup besides basic maintenance (oil changes, fuel filter, spark plugs, flushing the fluids, etc.). Hopefully Dodge/Chrysler have figured out their transmission problems so when I go and upgrade I won't have to deal with rebuilding it every 50,000 miles or so.
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