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2003 Dodge Dakota User Reviews

2003 Dodge Dakota Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 27 reviews

  • Performance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Appearance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 11 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"big car" 3 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 16 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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Michelle writes:
2003 Dodge Dakota 4 Dr Sport Plus 4WD Crew Cab SB Review
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5

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Bigger than a lot of other people

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Gas Guzzler

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Lots Of Fun =) — Love this Truck, it's a lot of fun. So far the only thing I don't like is how you change the oil. It's a really dumb place to be and hard to change. Luv driving it. It was in pretty good condition for being as old as it is. It does suck gas and it has an exhaust system on it and a K & N filter on it so it gets better gas mileage. It sounds awesome when you rev it. Go MOPARS!

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Norm writes:
2003 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Plus 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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3

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Clearance

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Milage & cold weather operation

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Dakota Musings — The usual sloppy North American electrical work, not very good milage and poor brakes. It does get around the back country with high clearance and can haul a tonne of gear. Comfortable for long drives. Oil Filler & PC Valve System doe not work well @ -40 C in Saskatoon!

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Ted writes:
2003 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SXT 4WD Standard Cab SB Review
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4

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Does everything it's told to do

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With a V6, gas should be better, and doesnt accelerate as fast i would like it to. still jumps from a stop light fast, i just need to work on my shifting

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Great (not So Little) Truck — Performance -- Little Sluggish, Have manual trans and i need to break down and put in a new clutch. All torque. Build Quality -- Built right, easy to maintain, havent really had a problem with it, and that's with 130,000 miles on it. Does have crappy milage on it, i was getting 12.5 mpg on it, but i just recently checked the tires and was alarmed that they were 10 pounds under pressure! I'm the 2nd owner of the beastie and so far i am very happy with it. This sucker will haul anything, and that's with a V6! 4x4 also works well.

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sharktyger writes:
2003 Dodge Dakota 4 Dr Sport 4WD Crew Cab SB Review
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3

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Towing

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Gas eater

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Fun Little Truck — This is a gas eater with the 4.7L but has plenty of towing for such a small truck. Has that beefier look but in a smaller profile too. Box can be hard to haul full sized sheets of construction materials though. Still wouldn't trade it off. Love the little thing.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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glstephens08 writes:
2003 Dodge Dakota 4 Dr SLT 4WD Crew Cab SB Review
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4

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I had a Jeep years ago and I have wanted a 4x4 again and got a deal on this one.

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Fuel economy, come on its a fun and functional vehicle.

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Gets Me To Work, But Its Really For Fun. — Just bought this Truck. I had a Jeep years ago and I have wanted a 4x4 again and got a deal on this one. It seems like a great value except fuel cost, but I didn't buy it for fuel economy. I need to find out what are the typical repairs above 100k

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Alex writes:
2003 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr R/T Standard Cab SB Review
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4

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sideways

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poor quality transmission, horrible fuel economy

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Your Toy Can Be Your Daily Driver. — This truck is fast, fun, loud, durable, and reliable. Dash quality is poor. All of the air vents have cracked. Black paint quality is horrible. Clear-coat failure after 6 years of use. The transmission quality is poor. Shifts sometimes come funny, and after 130,000 miles it sometimes misses a gear when going downhill under full throttle abuse. However, still no failure. If your driving in the snow, forget it. Even after a summer rain, you might loose traction as the transmission shifts down a gear on the street. However, this is a double edged sword. On Dry pavement, the truck is a blast. It'is very controllable while drifting at low speed, and in stock trim, can sit at a stoplight and roast the tires until they fall off. Sounds great. Put 20,000 miles on it in 2010 alone, only changing oil, filters, and replacing rubber. Drove all over the states of Missouri and Illinois. It's a sleeper. There are so many Dakotas around. Despite my driving style, I have never gotten a speeding ticket in this truck. Looks great sitting on the stock 17s with a wide street tire. Handles better than a lot of cars. Ride is rough. It's still a truck, but don't hit anything with the plastic front bumper. The truck really takes on a personality, and anybody who has one loves it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Cody writes:
2003 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SXT Extended Cab SB Review
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4

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low miles

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lack of pwr to me

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Clean Truck But Just As A Dalily Driver — the best truck i've owned. for a v6 it accelerates ok braking is good handles ok. has in 18 1/2 gal. tank and gets about 20 miles to the gallon. yea its fun to drive i like it alot

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tony writes:
2003 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr R/T Extended Cab Review
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5

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Last of its breed.  The RT's were produced from 98-03 handles quite well

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fuel economy at 11 city and 16 highway not very good.

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Like This Vehicle. Have Owned This For Over 2 Years. — This truck started out as a plain jane 2003 dodge dakota rt. Mods that have been made to this truck include new headlamps, tail lamps, Dale Jr. Octane wheels, Orange stripes, flowmaster exhaust system, Infinity sound system with 2 twelve inch Infinity Kappa Perfect subs. Panasonic Head unit. This vehicle is not as fast since the new wheels were installed.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Mathew writes:
2003 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr R/T Extended Cab Review
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4

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5.9L engine

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gas mileage

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Sweet Little Truck — performance is great, throw you back in your seat torque, braking and headling where also excellent, no problems except for the exhasut hangers on aftermarket exhaust, apperance had the stock lip body kits, fuel milage was not great, fun factor excellent

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Jacob writes:
2003 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Plus Extended Cab SB Review
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4

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It is really fun to drive and still has the cargo room of a bigger truck.

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2WD

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Awesome Truck, Very Rugged And Can Take Some Abuse — THis is a great truck and I love driviing it. It has a lot of get up and go, about 40 dollars a week to fill the tank. Its really fun to drive and I love having this instead of a big gas hog and having a bigger truck than a little truck.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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I Pulled 10,000lbs Across The Continental Divide. 1600 Miles 2.5 Days!! By Tex75023

Great truck, the first truck I bought for myself back when I was a river guide. It starts first time every time, looks better dirty, great power, great seats, overall fun to drive and always ready to ... Read More

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2007 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Great Clean, Dependable, Flame Read,pick-up. By Grandpa7

I like the ability to be able to run in 2 wheel drive most of the time and have the ability to get into 4 wheel when the snow blows. Great looking truck with the SXT strips and decal on the side. ... Read More

Best Truck Ever! By eells

We love this truck! We had no trouble hauling our children around, even in heavy snow. It has done everything we expected. The gas mileage wasn't pleasant, but it's a truck... what else would you e... Read More

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2006 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Nice Truck Wish It Didn't Have The Transmission Problems By Megan

great performance, build could be better been in the shop twice for the transmission love the appearance of both the exterior and interior gas guzzles like no ones business. It is fun to drive th... Read More

Excellent Little Chick Magnet By sunnygas

Great little fun to drive truck. Stick shift is extremely fun. Looks good, basically a chick magnet. Reliable and fair gas mileage for a truck. Not a man with a lot of words, so this will have to d... Read More

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2005 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Power To Spare-magnum V-8 By horseygal

Big truck power-Sport truck handling-Luxury car ride. Was sister's truck and she passed on. Being a constant reminder, it needs to go to someone that needs reliable power and dependability in an Ameri... Read More

Smooth, Powerful Truck By zlane2

For the first vehicle I bought myself, it was a great truck! I play a lot of hockey and travel all around the midwest, and having all that cargo room was very efficient. The ride is super smooth and i... Read More

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2004 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Great Little Truck By Wolfknyte

I inherited this truck when my dad passed away. It is great for what it is; a small truck. I am just not all that fond of the styling or the size. I prefer something a little bit bigger. For anyon... Read More

All Around Great Truck To Own. By Steven

Props, it really gets up and goes for only having that little 4.7 in her. Gas mileage is terrible, but its a truck. It gives you that truck feeling with out the high placed seating from a Ford f ser... Read More

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