2006 Dodge Dakota
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QuadCab OK with the little 3.7v6

by from Charlotte area NC on March 30, 2009

QC, 3.6L v6 auto, SLT 4x4 55K miles. 2nd Owner, purchassed with 34K. I haul light duty (dirt bikes & 19' bowrider boat) to and from the SC tracks or NC lakes (~75 mile roundtrip). Although the little ...
QC, 3.6L v6 auto, SLT 4x4 55K miles. 2nd Owner, purchassed with 34K. I haul light duty (dirt bikes & 19' bowrider boat) to and from the SC tracks or NC lakes (~75 mile roundtrip). Although the little V6 could use some more power, it does well and does exactly what I expected. Small truck less power, and less gas... but then again it all depends on where you’re coming from... I came from a 350 Blazer with 10 mpg. 17 mpg + a smooth ride seems quite an improvement. Fits a full-sized family of 4, hauls my junk when needed, and does well on light off-roading. Did well in 4-6" of WV snow, but having the 4x4 with 4WLock mode made climbing the rutted hill surprisingly easy. Still can’t figure way they’d make a truck without front ABS. All-in-all, I'd say it’s a keeper.
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Review from Repeat Dakota Buyer

by from Missouri on February 12, 2007

Given that Dodge dealers periodically offer steep discounts on the Dakota which are not offered by Toyota on the Tacoma, the price was recently right for me to purchase my second Dodge Dakota. I paid...
Given that Dodge dealers periodically offer steep discounts on the Dakota which are not offered by Toyota on the Tacoma, the price was recently right for me to purchase my second Dodge Dakota. I paid $20K for a $30K 2006 Dakota Quad Cad Sport (with all the whistles and bells of the Laramie), and I LOVE the new truck. The Alpine stereo system with amplifier represents the best car stereo I've ever heard at all volume levels. My Dakota drives and handles just like a car, and I much prefer the interior layout of the Dakota over the Tacoma. Toyota can keep their un-discounted, expensive Tacomas - I'll stick with my Dakota.
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Very solid

by from Washington on January 23, 2009

I enjoy my Dakota. I have the crew cab 4 wheel drive V8. Tons of power can pull almost anything. I have had no propblems at all witht he truck 50K miles on it now runs like the day I bought it. In the...
I enjoy my Dakota. I have the crew cab 4 wheel drive V8. Tons of power can pull almost anything. I have had no propblems at all witht he truck 50K miles on it now runs like the day I bought it. In the snow in 4 wheel drive I feel like I can go anywhere.
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Great Truck

by from Atlanta, GA on May 23, 2010

First road trip I got 23 mpg. Better then the vehicle I have now thatis supposed to get 26 mpg. So far I can not say anything bad about this wonderful truck.
First road trip I got 23 mpg. Better then the vehicle I have now thatis supposed to get 26 mpg. So far I can not say anything bad about this wonderful truck.
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seems to be a solid truck

by from milwaukee , Wi on January 6, 2008

This is my 1st truck i ever bought. I rented a 2007 in the summer to tow my brother in laws 19ft four winns boat which is pretty heavy and it did a good job for towing it considering it was a v6 3.7 s...
This is my 1st truck i ever bought. I rented a 2007 in the summer to tow my brother in laws 19ft four winns boat which is pretty heavy and it did a good job for towing it considering it was a v6 3.7 so I bought a 2006 with the 3.7 v6 due to gas prices. I'am 6ft 5 inches tall and for a mid size truck I have ample leg room. I live in milwaukee wi where we got hit with a lot of snow storms this winter and in 4x4 mode the truck goes thru the snow like a tank without loosing traction on the freeway or streets. The v6 is just a little underpowered when you hit a hill or grade it always has to downshift to maintain speed and the EPA on the v8s are only 1 mile per gallon less so I would reccomend the v8 but the v6 will work decent. The only problem Ive had so far is my wipers and foglamps turn on by themselvs which may be caused by static electricity. They claim the fix is to flash the instrument cluster coumputer but the dealer wont do this for me unless they can duplicate the problem which can be hard to do since its caused by static electricity. Overall the quad cab 3.7 v6 dode dakota is a nice truck that has many uses and applications such as towing a boat , moving stuff , good daily driver , and comfortbly sits the family.
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Truck-like

by from Bangor ME on April 23, 2011

2006 Dakota Ext Cab 4x4 Magnum V8 Upside: Great handling, solid suspension, good V8 performance on/off highway and under load, sure-footed in snow, quiet cab, quiet motor, good instrumentation, clean ...
2006 Dakota Ext Cab 4x4 Magnum V8 Upside: Great handling, solid suspension, good V8 performance on/off highway and under load, sure-footed in snow, quiet cab, quiet motor, good instrumentation, clean body design. Downside: Poor gas mileage, poor visibility, spartan interior, hard seating, rough ride on back roads. Purchased (used) for hauling a small stock trailer which it handles extremely well. Very stable and predictable under load. This is a no-nonsense larger mid-size that performs well for what it is designed to do (while drinking a lot of fuel). However, if you need a plush hauler with more creature comforts and accommodations - look elsewhere.
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95,000 + Miles

by from St. Louis on July 29, 2012

I truly love this truck. The engine has been strong, and performs well. However, it does like its gas. The truck has done great in meeting all my needs. The only problems that I have had, has been the...
I truly love this truck. The engine has been strong, and performs well. However, it does like its gas. The truck has done great in meeting all my needs. The only problems that I have had, has been the front suspension. Also, the driver seat needs to be restuffed. Other than that, I have no doubt that this truck will still be performing beyond the 200,000 mile mark.
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Sweet Truck

by from Ridgecrest, CA on November 18, 2007

My Dakota is a 2006 Quad Cab 4x4 with the V-6 engine. It bought it in March of 2007, brand new off the lot. I opted for the V-6 because of gas prices (of course) and the fact the largest thing I plan ...
My Dakota is a 2006 Quad Cab 4x4 with the V-6 engine. It bought it in March of 2007, brand new off the lot. I opted for the V-6 because of gas prices (of course) and the fact the largest thing I plan to tow is a surplus military jeep trailer or a couple of JetSkis. The handling is great and it has a very stable ride. The horsepower and pick-up is a little weak for climbing or passing, but not a real problem. After all, I'm driving a truck, not a dragster and I never rush to get anywhere. Like all married men, the truck is "mine", but the wife seems to be borrowing it every time I turn around. I only have two complaints with the truck. 1- No Posi-traction rear end gearing. 2- Can only use "S" Class chains on the rear tires and none at all on the front. It doesn't make sense why Dodge would design and build a 4x4 truck that can't be chained up for serious use, like Elk Hunting in Colorado. I now joking call my Dakota a "Soccer Mom Truck." Never the less, I still love my Dakota. If anyone out there has any ideas how I can safely modify the truck so I can throw some serious chains on it, please let me know.
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Disappointed in 06 Dakota performance.

by from Auburn, Ca. on July 23, 2006

I have only 2000 milies on my new Dakota. It has the V/6 and auto trans. The performance is weak! The accelerator feels "spongy" and unresponsive. Recent mileage check gave me 13 mpg in the city! I am...
I have only 2000 milies on my new Dakota. It has the V/6 and auto trans. The performance is weak! The accelerator feels "spongy" and unresponsive. Recent mileage check gave me 13 mpg in the city! I am highly disappointed in this truck and would not recommend it to anyone!
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Best Truck for the money

by from Springfield on November 2, 2012

The Dodge Dakota is the only true mid-size pickup truck. An adult could actualy sit in the back seat. It also was made in the good old USA in Warren Truck Assembly in Warren, Michigan. Ihighly recomen...
The Dodge Dakota is the only true mid-size pickup truck. An adult could actualy sit in the back seat. It also was made in the good old USA in Warren Truck Assembly in Warren, Michigan. Ihighly recomend this truck if you do alot
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