2008 Dodge Dakota Expert Review
Dodge Dakota Lamar, the perfect blend.
We love our truck for our current situation of renovating. It is a mid size truck so we are able haul whatever we might personally need in regards to complete our home improvements however not to large. Many friends, family, associates or neighbors all who know us well enough don't often come to us in immediate need of assistance in hauling items for them. Some of these trucks now a days are almost too much. Where appearance and keeping up with "the jones'" is a job within itself. Trucks were built to utilize maximum horsepower with limited rpg to aid in the "work" environment. I firmly believe that there is such a thing as excessive over compensation. This vehicle is just right, perfect where it counts. Even while smaller framed it can do most all big or giant trucks can do, just not in the grand scale. While still being strong enough to haul a small camper, or trailer, and all areas for any tailgating prior to games we go and see. It also blends well in traffic with its smaller framed build, either in city or on highway. The biggest downside to this particular vehicle, is perhaps its fuel efficiency. It really only sustains roughly 15-17 mpg in town, and about 20 mpg on highway. Its tank could be slightly larger also to help offset our constant fuel purchases in a given week. We also live in a seasonal climate with harsh winter, and its 4x4 over and under gear prove most beneficial on the days when you need to get out of the house. Its reliable.
My dependable Dakota, I love it!!
Roomy for a midsize truck, gets over 20 mpg, adequate power, 4 door, nice uncluttered interior and dashboard. Minimum repairs in first 100, 000 miles (power steering pump, differential gasket) very dependable and economical vehicle. I would recommend to anyone seeking a used truck. I expect to get 200, 000 miles from this Dakota.
Easy drive Easy to get around in.
The only problems I have had is putting a new battery in and having the oil changed. It rides real nice and easy to get around. Vary reliable. I have never had any major problems. I like the electric seat on the drivers side and being able to adjust the mirrors from inside. Would like to get a little better gas mileage.