2005 Dodge Dakota
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Best Mid-Size Truck on the Market

by from Wisconsin on August 31, 2010

I waited for the 2005 redesigned Dakota body style and really like the way it looks. Had a Ford Ranger for 2 years, test drove all the other small to mid-size trucks. The Dodge Dakota is the best by f...
I waited for the 2005 redesigned Dakota body style and really like the way it looks. Had a Ford Ranger for 2 years, test drove all the other small to mid-size trucks. The Dodge Dakota is the best by far. Have owned for over 5 years and very few issues...just normal maintenance. Looks and feels like a much bigger truck. I have the Quad Cab and very comfortable seating for 5 adults. I like the AWD and the ability to shift on the fly into 4 wheel lock and even 4 wheel low if needed...but never used. Just peace of mind. Handles great in the snow and on wet roads too. Like all the safety features like side curtain air bags, etc. I would highly recommend the Dodge Dakota.
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Aside from the gas mileage, great truck!

by from Waycross, GA on April 30, 2010

Love the truck. Never had a repair in 4-years. Love the look and performance has been exceptional. Just not too keen on 12 MPG in city. :(
Love the truck. Never had a repair in 4-years. Love the look and performance has been exceptional. Just not too keen on 12 MPG in city. :(
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sweet truck

by from woodstock,il on February 26, 2010

my third dakota take care of it, and it will take care of you. 5 years old still runs and drives like new. The ranger is to small and outdated. and chevys have to much plastic.always had dodge vehicle...
my third dakota take care of it, and it will take care of you. 5 years old still runs and drives like new. The ranger is to small and outdated. and chevys have to much plastic.always had dodge vehicles I also have a sweet running 93 plymouth grand voyager and a 03 jeep liberty all run great.
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Best looking and fastest truck ever!

by from Jacksonville, FL on January 11, 2013

My 05 Dakota is the 4.7 v8 and when I mash down on the gas it feels like I am driving a NASCAR. Chicks really dig all the space in the backseat. Gotta say without a doubt this truck is a part of my be...
My 05 Dakota is the 4.7 v8 and when I mash down on the gas it feels like I am driving a NASCAR. Chicks really dig all the space in the backseat. Gotta say without a doubt this truck is a part of my best memories. Grab life by the horns!
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dodge dakota

by from chicago,il on November 3, 2014

I have 3 dakotas and wish they still made these,now its time for a new truck again and there is really nothing out there I like as much as this truck. except for normal maint. this truck has been trou...
I have 3 dakotas and wish they still made these,now its time for a new truck again and there is really nothing out there I like as much as this truck. except for normal maint. this truck has been trouble free. I bought dakotas because they gave you the most truck for the money. everything else was 1000s more amd not as good looking as this truck. (cmon dodge bring dakota back)
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Good Truck

by from Cleveland, Ohio on July 7, 2007

For the size I couldn't find anything else that compared. I've had good luck with it. Already 55k miles and no problems. My first truck that isn't full size - and I've been pleased.
For the size I couldn't find anything else that compared. I've had good luck with it. Already 55k miles and no problems. My first truck that isn't full size - and I've been pleased.
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Not Bad

by from Denton, TX on June 22, 2012

Very minimal mechanical problems if properly taken care of; Interior is very basic but exterior looks good; good 4x4; fuel efficency is similar to larger trucks (4x4 might have something to do with th...
Very minimal mechanical problems if properly taken care of; Interior is very basic but exterior looks good; good 4x4; fuel efficency is similar to larger trucks (4x4 might have something to do with that); have had more comfortable vehicles in the past
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get up and go

by from Thunder Bay, Ontario on January 7, 2008

I've got the SLT fully loaded, trailer package, 4x4 chrome rims and black/chrome exteriors. Sharp looking and the V8 has guts. Tows my 18 foot camper like it's not there. No major problems at 35,000km...
I've got the SLT fully loaded, trailer package, 4x4 chrome rims and black/chrome exteriors. Sharp looking and the V8 has guts. Tows my 18 foot camper like it's not there. No major problems at 35,000km. Replaced a seized caliper around 25,000km and back chrome bumper started rusting from day one. Cloth seats will stain from just rain so get covers for them. Stereo has good bass. You feel like one of the big boys in this compact. Competition looked too cheap and Toyota was too expensive.
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love this truck

by from chicago,il on June 1, 2015

great truck,great size,wish they still made them. If dodge brings them back I will be first in line to get one. and yes it has some minor issue's but show me anything that hasn't had problems. gas mpg...
great truck,great size,wish they still made them. If dodge brings them back I will be first in line to get one. and yes it has some minor issue's but show me anything that hasn't had problems. gas mpg could be better but again no worse than anybody unless you buy a base stick 4 cylinder import that struggles to tow something as small as a jet skii.
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Smooth, quiet, powerful, & a head turner.

by from Jacksonville, fl on January 12, 2013

By far the best truck for the money. Dakotas aren't to big so it's easy around town. Yet they aren't small either so it's stable and spacious on the interstate. I have owned every generation of Dakota...
By far the best truck for the money. Dakotas aren't to big so it's easy around town. Yet they aren't small either so it's stable and spacious on the interstate. I have owned every generation of Dakota and the 2005 generation is the Best. I love to point out the flaws in other trucks when riding in them. For instance, the chevys have the cheapest interiors. Fords have the worst dealers and there are a billion of them on the road so you aren't going to turn any heads driving a Ford. Be the best when u drive the best.
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