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2 thumbs up by RoccSD on 02/03/2009. Trim: 2008 Dodge Dakota SXT Ext. Cab 4X2, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Bigger than other 'small' trucks; styling; price. The ride is smooth and going over bumps is solid although it can bounce around a bit being a truck. All trucks are like this so no big deal....well, except for the new Ram with it's coil over suspension. Lots of space for what I need even though I opted for the extended cab version.
Cons: A bit underpowered. The V6 is a bit dated and unchanged for some time and could use a refresher. I hate the 4spd transmission and should be changed to a 5spd or at least an option for it. This would give the gas mileage a bit of a positive push and performance a bump. I heard the gas mileage for the V6 wasn't much better than the 4.7L and while it's not too bad, it's not great either.
Overall review: Although it is just a short lease of 2 years, it's a pretty good little truck. The only issues I had with it (as well as a friend of mine) were a battery that was overcharging but it was a quick replacement. The clock on my radio goes out from time to time and says 'not available' but comes back later...kind of weird. I like the fact that it's bigger than GM's little trucks as well as the Ranger. Other people that I know that have the new Dakota are also pleased with their trucks.
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