Bought it new
Bought it brand new, good use of space in center console, everything logically placed. Very few issues. Seat seam wore out from entry and exit on regular basis.
Engine choices suck.Bring back the 5.2(318),so its actually a reliable working truck.Having to avoid the V/8 and getting the V/6 is not nice at all.
Good reliable truck for anyone
This truck was my friend for four years until I traded it in om a fullsize RAM. It was a true workhorse. I used it as a daily commuter, family vehicle, cargo hauler, and as a tow vehicle and it did it all well. Ride could be better but, let's face it it's a truck. I truly love the design, I feel it's an attractive looking truck. Interior design looks a little cheap, but it's thought out well and I was always using the fold-flat crates under the back seats. I traded it in because I needed a larger back seat as kids are getting bigger, and because it's one flaw is the power (or lack there of) of the V6 engine. Hot day with the A/C cranked up and a full load of passengers and you can feel a big drop in performance.
Very happy I looked on cars.com to hunt for Dakota
It has met all my needs so far. I had Dakota before and I am quite happy. Glad I looked on cars.com to find it!
Newly purchased 2011 Dakota Crew Cab 4WD.
Just bought it. Used w/ 38,000 mi. It is what I was looking for. Seems to be fully capable for my needs. Size was a BIG consideration. Full size pickups are simply TOO big. Trade off between used Dakota and new (other) mid-size pickups is cost. If the Dakota was still being made -- essential the same as it was in 2011 which was last year for the Dakota -- I would have been looking at a new Dakota. Good all-around multi-purpose vehicle.
109000 miles and still very reliable
We traded in our hummer for this brand new. It has the 3.90 rear gear ratio, so its great for towing. Overall, it been a fantastic truck, never had any problems what so ever. The only real complaint I have about it is the fuel mileage, its terrible. The 3.7l v6 is a gutless pig. Dodge could have done so much better with this motor that what it currently does for this model year. We love the body style of the 2011, it has a much bigger stance on the outside than it does on the inside. The CD player took a crap at 105,000 miles. I would recommend this truck to anyone that is not buying it for a performance value. It will seat 4 adults comfortably on a long trip. The controls are easy to get to as well as the dash cluster is easy to see. Fuel mileage and power are the only draw backs. 15-17 average even on the highway.
This truck rides very nicely, it is strong and looks great. I'm surprised Dodge stopped making them in 2011 as it is the perfect mid size truck.
Buff Little Truck!
I just purchased my 2nd Dodge Dakota Truck. The first was the 6 cylinder, V-6 and this one is the 4.3 V-8 magnum 4wd Big Horn edition. Wow! I thought my first truck was a little work horse but I can already see I am going to love this truck even more. It is a trifle smaller than my Ram 1500 but the tow rating is about the same and will get me much better mpg. Great little truck!
Great looking truck. This truck is just what I needed. I like the styling. I like the fact that there isn't a whole lot of electronic gadgets(less stuff that can go wrong with it).
Good size, 4wd great in the snow
My Father owned a trucking company, his smaller trucks were always Dodge, he said they outlasted all the others 3 to 1. The Dakota has been a really good truck,sized right mid-size. I am sorry to learn they stopped making them. Big enough for 4 adults, easy to park and navigate and fits well in a standard garage, adequate space in the cab so my big-guy hubby is comfortable. Has been very good in the snow with the 4WD, we also put some weight in the back. Reliable, good gas mileage with the 6-cyl. Very unhappy to learn of the buyback as I hate to see it go, but in 4 year it has held it's value well.