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1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota

Average Customer Rating:
8.304 out of 10
8.3
 out of 
10
1,275 of 1,410(90%)customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
Customer Reviews for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Review 301 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
as 2nd owners, completely satisfied,
October 12, 2011
By Deanooo
Value: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Reliability: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Quality: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Not At All
10
Definitely
Approximate mileage:80000
What's great about this vehicle?:Great comfort, nice ride, reliable, attractive
What's not so great about this vehicle?:original paint pealed off
ReviewOriginationID:affe7746-3a39-4a82-95ea-ef05f5504498
"We purchased this vehicle with low mileage, it has been comfortable, reliable, and very useful. The only complaint is that the original paint over coat pealed off like skin does that gets a bad sunburn. We have no complaints concerning it's general performance. We did replace the radio with a cd player."
Ownership Status I own this car.
Location NC
Year 1997
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Review 302 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Cheapest Vehicle to Maintain that I've Owned,
October 12, 2011
By ZMan
Value: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Reliability: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Quality: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Not At All
10
Definitely
Approximate mileage:117000
What's great about this vehicle?:Fun and easy to drive sharp lookng
What's not so great about this vehicle?:no cruise control
ReviewOriginationID:104a5c48-8d0f-4e72-aa50-b241715d7b44
"I had to replace the wheel bearings, shocks, and water pump right around 114000 miles. Parts just wear out. It gets up and goes quick when I need it to and its a pleasure to even just cruise in. I would not hesitate to drive it to anywhere in the States. Not to big and not to small. Wasnt bad on gas either, for a truck anyway.Its also a Motorsports Edition(only 1280 made) so it had a few extras but nothing too special."
Ownership Status I own this car.
Location PA
Year 2001
Review 303 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
I'm buying another one if mine ever dies.,
October 11, 2011
By Joes
Value: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Reliability: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Quality: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Not At All
10
Definitely
Approximate mileage:203500
What's great about this vehicle?:Everything, but tire wear.
What's not so great about this vehicle?:tires don't last.
ReviewOriginationID:a7660603-15e0-4c69-9109-c7fab4f11f50
"Bought a 1998 basic club cab in 2001. Best purchase I ever made. Strong 3.9L V6 engine. Only dealt with usual routine maintenance. Water pump, radiatior, brakes, tires, tune ups. Been using synthetic oil for 8 years now. Change the oil every 10,000 miles and top off as needed. Interior looks brand new, but clear coat is peeling and pain fading. Only had it braek down twice. Cracked vaccum line to pcv valve and low water in battery. Both overlooked by me. As dependable as this truck has been, I would never buy anything else."
Ownership Status I own this car.
Location MD
Year 1998
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Review 304 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Great power. Reliable/comfort for my 12 yrs owned.,
October 11, 2011
By Ed
Value: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Reliability: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Quality: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Not At All
10
Definitely
Approximate mileage:215000
What's great about this vehicle?:Power, driving comfort, astetics
What's not so great about this vehicle?:V8 gas milage 18-20 highway
ReviewOriginationID:834d2746-1733-4fe6-a1e2-a6a7e21ae0b6
"Not only did this mid-size truck look great, the V8 5.2L engine gave me all the power I needed. Spent many hours on the hiway and it proved to be a very comfortable and reliable ride. The V8 does like gas, but it was nice to have that acceleration and power when it came to passing traffic, towing, hauling, or just cruising at highway-speeds."
Ownership Status I own this car.
Location FL
Year 1999
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Review 305 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
7 out of 10
7 out of 10
Good value,
October 10, 2011
By tor
Value: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Reliability: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Quality: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Not At All
10
Definitely
Approximate mileage:120000
What's great about this vehicle?:Sturdy and confortable,smooth ride.
What's not so great about this vehicle?:not very good gas mileage.
ReviewOriginationID:78048278-24e6-4e71-82d6-fa0f39e90202
"Nice stirdy truck, only issue is gas mileage is close to a large SUV ."
Ownership Status I own this car.
Year 2001
Review 306 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
total disappointment,
October 7, 2011
By Sereg
Value: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Reliability: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
5 out of 10
5 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
5 out of 10
5 out of 10
Quality: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Not At All
1
Definitely
Approximate mileage:168000
Reason for Sale:constant mechanical failures
What's great about this vehicle?:Sharp looking body style
What's not so great about this vehicle?:Poor visibility , bad quality components.
ReviewOriginationID:15d6df1b-3c33-4f0f-ab27-683fba1c2629
"The truck never performed up to expectations. Worst fuel economy I ever experienced in so small a vehicle. One breakdown after another. Only the transmission held up as expected. Steering box failed twice, antilock breaks never worked right, bad calipers, rear end gears, leaky a/c system, faulty sensors, overheating. This truck bled my bank account dry."
Ownership Status I owned and sold this car.
Location MD
Year 1997
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Review 307 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
great power,
October 7, 2011
By el guapo
Value: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Reliability: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Quality: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Not At All
10
Definitely
Approximate mileage:140000
What's great about this vehicle?:power
What's not so great about this vehicle?:none
ReviewOriginationID:73e7886c-2ce2-43f8-9d07-b6c6cf6d5079
"i love this truck haul tow whatever it is tough"
Ownership Status I own this car.
Location CA
Year 1998
Review 308 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
LOOKS is about ALL these trucks have!!!,
October 6, 2011
By Used2bDreamtruck
Value: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Reliability: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Quality: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Not At All
1
Definitely
Approximate mileage:113348
What's great about this vehicle?:it looks nice...?
What's not so great about this vehicle?:umm..hmm...uhhh..hmmmm.. wow... absoloutly nothing
ReviewOriginationID:18c5bca0-5582-4cac-b34c-de325ed5b71e
"oh god where to begin.. the transmission? ugh, ugh UGH! ive already had a new one installed and it still clunks and bangs and ughhh "OUCHHH DADDD TAKE IT OUTTT IT HURTSS!" just everything about the truck is junk complete junk. ive replaced just about everything except the motor which i now have a lower end knock at 113k, ugh ALLL new front end parts i mean alLlLL front end parts. rear bumpers are completely junk and rot away like crazy. its soooo UNcomfortable to drive and its SoOoOOOoo BAD on gas! ughhhh horrbile!!! trucks completely junk i used to dream about having one of these now i realize they were nightmares!!!"
Ownership Status I own this car.
Location ME
Year 1997
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Review 309 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
great little truck,
October 6, 2011
By skion
Value: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Reliability: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Quality: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Not At All
10
Definitely
Approximate mileage:168000
What's great about this vehicle?:good gas mileage; handles great
What's not so great about this vehicle?:not great power on steep hills; don't take it to the mountains
"This is my second Dakota. Very reliable. Decent gas mileage. Never left me stranded."
Ownership Status I own this car.
Location VA
Year 2003
Review 310 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Great Family Truck,
October 6, 2011
By Cherokee
Value: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Reliability: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Quality: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Not At All
10
Definitely
Approximate mileage:136000
What's great about this vehicle?:Good Price, easy to take care of
What's not so great about this vehicle?:Fuel Mileage
"Gets us from A to B, Long Trips No Problem, and comes in handy when needing to haul something"
Ownership Status I own this car.
Location KS
Year 2000
Review 311 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Very Good Vehicle,
October 5, 2011
By Lars
Value: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Reliability: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Quality: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Not At All
10
Definitely
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Approximate mileage:65800
What's great about this vehicle?:Price,Fuel usage,room,comfort,durability,handling.
What's not so great about this vehicle?:repair cost,self repair.
"First of all this a Dodge product. They are all expensive to repair.Bought truck used in 2007.It had 40,000 miles on it. Purchase price was about $13,000.Since I bought truck I have put $2600 in it minus Tire's,light bulbs and oil changes.Most of the money were for recommended Major Services ie: Transmission,Throttle Body and Major Fuel Service.Some were engine light on.I don't feel I got a bad
deal. I am very happy with my Truck. Best travel Vehicle
I ever had. I recommend this truck to any and every one.
"
Ownership Status I own this car.
Location SC
Year 2003
Review 312 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
BEST TRUCK I'VE OWNED EVER WITH A SMOOTH RIDE,
October 3, 2011
By MANDO
Value: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Reliability: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Quality: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Not At All
10
Definitely
Approximate mileage:220000
What's great about this vehicle?:HAS GREAT POWER, MUCH CARGO SPACE, PLENTY OF ROOM FOR ALL PASSENGERS
What's not so great about this vehicle?:NONE
"MOTOR IS 4YRS. OLD WITH 12,000 TO 14,000 MILES DRIVEN PER YEAR. BRAND NEW TIRES. MTINTED WINDOWS"
Ownership Status I own this car.
Location TX
Year 2001
Review 313 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
awsome truck,
October 3, 2011
By jared
Value: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Reliability: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Quality: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Not At All
10
Definitely
Approximate mileage:185000
"one of the best trucks ive ever owned. very fast"
Ownership Status I own this car.
Location WI
Year 2000
Review 314 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
I own this truck and will never buy another dodge.,
October 2, 2011
By cancan
Value: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Reliability: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
5 out of 10
5 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Quality: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Not At All
1
Definitely
Approximate mileage:95000
What's great about this vehicle?:4x4
What's not so great about this vehicle?:everything else
"I bought this truck used. Have to repair all the time. At 60,000 miles had to replace head. Would not recommend this truck."
Ownership Status I own this car.
Year 2001
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Review 315 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
dont buy dodge,
October 2, 2011
By Big red
Value: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Reliability: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
3 out of 10
3 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Quality: 
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Not At All
1
Definitely
Approximate mileage:130000
Reason for Sale:computer
"Owened dakota for 5 horrible yrs no heat in winter over heat summer transmisson"
Ownership Status I owned and sold this car.
Location NY
Year 2000
Review 316 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Great vehicle,
September 30, 2011
By mrs. m
Value: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Reliability: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Quality: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Not At All
10
Definitely
Approximate mileage:200000
What's great about this vehicle?:perfect size, comfortable
What's not so great about this vehicle?:only 18- 20 mpg
"I have had this truck for 10 years, never had any problems. Plan to trade it in because I need something more economical."
Ownership Status I own this car.
Location TX
Year 2001
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Review 317 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 10
4 out of 10
driving front end,
September 27, 2011
By spencer#3
Value: 
5 out of 10
5 out of 10
Reliability: 
5 out of 10
5 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
2 out of 10
2 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
2 out of 10
2 out of 10
Quality: 
6 out of 10
6 out of 10
Not At All
2
Definitely
Approximate mileage:106594
What's great about this vehicle?:3.9 v6
What's not so great about this vehicle?:front end
"i have replaced my ball joints and bearings have gone out twice with in two years dodge will not replace them cause they dont want to be resonsabule if it happens agian i have to do it my self so DONT BY A DODGE OF ANY FIND!"
Ownership Status I own this car.
Location IN
Year 2003
4 of 13 people found this review helpful.
Review 318 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
great beginner truck!,
September 21, 2011
By hunter
Value: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Reliability: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
9 out of 10
9 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
7 out of 10
7 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
7 out of 10
7 out of 10
Quality: 
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Not At All
10
Definitely
Approximate mileage:192000
What's great about this vehicle?:fun to drive, fast
What's not so great about this vehicle?:small
"4.7 v8, pretty fast! 4wd great for MN winters! fun to drive, but affordable and gas isn't as bad as some trucks. but needs more leg room!"
Ownership Status I own this car.
Location MN
Year 2001
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Review 319 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Best Pickup EVER!,
September 20, 2011
By UteMan
Value: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Reliability: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Quality: 
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Not At All
10
Definitely
Approximate mileage:106000
What's great about this vehicle?:Size
What's not so great about this vehicle?:Cancelled model.
"SLT ClubCab 4.7V8,full-time AWD w/ Hi"
Ownership Status I own this car.
Location UT
Year 2001
Review 320 for 1997 - 2004 Dodge Dakota
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 10
4 out of 10
Decent truck, poor quality,
September 14, 2011
By lobear71
Value: 
6 out of 10
6 out of 10
Reliability: 
5 out of 10
5 out of 10
Driving Dynamics: 
6 out of 10
6 out of 10
Design/Interior & Exterior: 
7 out of 10
7 out of 10
Comfort & Convenience: 
7 out of 10
7 out of 10
Quality: 
3 out of 10
3 out of 10
Not At All
5
Definitely
Approximate mileage:152000
What's great about this vehicle?:Great offroad
What's not so great about this vehicle?:Gas guzzler, poor quality, poor paint used by factory.
"Overall, this truck has served me well. However, I've ran into a number of quality issues with the truck. Particularly a blown transmission at 70,000 miles, numerous electrical problems (specifically having to do with the brake lights) and last but not least, the almost all of the paint has peeled away with only the primer showing. Furthermore, while only a 3.9L V6, it's a bit of a gas guzzler.
The offroad capability of this truck is outstanding and operates very well in inclement weather. Unfortunately, I don't think this truck has held its value very well."
Ownership Status I own this car.
Location OH
Year 2001
16 of 17 people found this review helpful.