I own a Dodge Dakota SLT Club cab with the 4.7 V-8 Magnum and 142,230 miles. It is a great truck. Some of the electronics no longer work. Thats ok just like the ol' days. Loads of power, ample space, and easy on the eyes. I dont like that it only has two doors. Better than my old blue oval.
A very reliable and functional vehicle.
This is the second Dodge Dakota I have owned and I can say that they are very good vehicles. If maintained properly, they are very reliable and have proved very functional for my family of 4. Without question, I would purchase a Dakota again. I strongly recommend the 4.7 liter V8 over the V6 as I have owned both. The V8 gets the same gas mileage as the V6 and has much more "pep" and towing power. I also found the V8 to be more reliable than the V6.
Great for cruising around town..
I have had my dakota for about a year now, and so far it is a very nice truck. the only things that i dont like on it is: 1) when attempting to accelerate to 3000 rpm or over, the transmittion will jerk and shift at 2500.. not good for people who have to climb steep hills.. 2) when braking there is sometimes a strange pinging noise from the rear axle, it seem as if it only happens in the morning with th early moisture, i had it looked at but they said nothing is wrong.. other than those two minor issues this truck is a very good, and extremely reliable piece of machinery.. i love my 2000 dodge dakota..
General Information: I obtained this truck used and never having owned a Dodge since a 1992 caravan years earlier. Things change. The 2000 dakota looks great on the outside. The aggressive hood and grille styling, the well-proportioned tires, and the sporty lightweight body make this a nice-looking truck. The one I owned had a V-6 3.9L engine at 175HP and was a 4x4 with Club Cab. Exterior: As, stated previously, the 2000 Dakota looks great. The styling is nice and the features are well-built and distinct. It gives a solid but quick feeling to the whole truck. Interior: The interior of a truck is not usually designed for utmost comfort. The Dakota is not exactly a luxury vehicle either, however, it is quite comfortable for its class. The locations for dash and controls are well-chosen and everything is quite accessible. Then front seats are laid out bench style but have much of the comfort offered by bucket seats due to the way the padding is arranged. Unfortunately, as with most trucks, the passenger in the front center is not intended to be comfortable. Also, the rear seat in the club cab was quite cramped for adults. Children fit relatively well, though. The interior features and design are really excellent if you don't need to haul more than four people. Performance: One of the best things about this truck is it is fun to drive. It handles much more lightly than a full-size truck, as you'd expect. Though the handling isn't exemplary, it is not something you'll complain about. Off road isn't the best. It's jumpy on eneven surfaces but pretty smooth on the road. The V-6 engine was more than enough to move the truck and spin the tires. Hauling full loads or trailers would noticeably affect performance but it managed and the towing weight is quite good for a small truck. I can't imagine that the 4 cylinder option performs very well, however. Braking distance is good and the truck feels solid but sporty in driving, both in the city and on the freeway, especially with the 5-speed manual. A little rough on tight turns, though.