2003 Dodge Dakota User Reviews

2003 Dodge Dakota Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 28 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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"ride" 11 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
"big car" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 17 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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Ryan writes:
2003 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr STD Standard Cab SB Review
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pretty blue

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mpg and power

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Mpg Hog — i had the V6 and i only got 15 mpg with nothing but me in it. had the 5spd and couldn't get up hills, had to put caution lights on, embarassing!

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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

sharktyger
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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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Holli writes:
2003 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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No RUST.

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The payments.

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My Truck — Performace is really good. Build Quality- does not make a noise. Appearance- Not a speck of rust. Cost of ownership- Nor too bad only if the paymentes were lower but other wise its all good. Truck is Fun to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ted writes:
2003 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SXT 4WD Standard Cab SB Review
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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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Michelle writes:
2003 Dodge Dakota 4 Dr Sport Plus 4WD Crew Cab SB Review
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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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Jordan writes:
2003 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Plus Extended Cab SB Review
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It is awsome and fun to drive.

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When i gun the throttle my gas mileage SUCKS

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Title Is Good — Performance- Accelereation is amazing, and once you kill the governor, your speed seems almost limitless. You will crap your pants before you top out. Build- The only problem with this vehicle is that the A/C leaks but its and easy fix. It is only a drain blockage. Appearance- Interior is rather nice, and the exterior, I love this model a lot more than the new model that just came out. Cost- Gas mileage can be decent as long as you dont mat it. If i go easy on it, on the high way I get 23 to 25 MPG FunFactor- I LOVE driving this truck.

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stinka11 writes:
2003 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr R/T Extended Cab Review
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looks good for a 2003

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it will pass alot of things ,gas station is not one of them

stinka11
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Nice Pick Up — gas mileage is not the best gets about 10 miles to the gallon has a 109,000 miles and tail pipe is a little to loud for me.Great looking pick up gets a lot of attention as you drive along the highways.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Norm writes:
2003 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Plus 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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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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Mikes65 writes:
2003 Dodge Dakota 4 Dr SLT 4WD Crew Cab SB Review
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We have owned the Dakota for over 5 years and have had no problems with it. It handles great in the city and on the highway and the dog smell that came with the truck has disappeared.

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As gas prices rise I would like to experience better gas mileage but for a truck I expect an 18mpg average is reasonable. Another issue is damp carpet on the passenger side. I've tried cleaning the AC drain but it is difficult to get to.

Mikes65
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I Really Like The Truck. Bought It Used And Been Fighting A Smell In The A/c & Water Leak. — The Magnum V* runs great. It takes restraint not to stomp on it. I like that you can fit 5 into the truck comfortably. We found a vintage Aristocrat camper and the Dakota pulls it without any problem. It has been a great all around family vehicle.

Owner for 0 years, 6 months

Primary Use: Family transportation

Miles Driven per Year:10,000

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

glstephens08
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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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Love This Truck By mnbrat

I have owned my dakota for 4 years now and i am in love with it. I had bought it off a family member who had had it since it was new. This thing has never left me stranded and because it is a carburat... Read More

Probably The Best Small Truck Of Its Era By CharlieM92

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1988 Dodge Dakota Reviews

1988 Dakota, My Best Purchase By Stephane

i have this truck since 1988, i have to change the pick-up coil every 90000km the engine is original, never been overhaul, the 5 speeds transmission was change at 160000km, the differential was change... Read More

Good Ol' Truck That Never Dies By Johnathon

Performance of the truck is overall good it could use restoring and i plan on doing that when i get the money for it, Appearance of the truck is sortof bad the interior needs work, and the exterior ne... Read More

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1989 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Grate Little Truck By Charles

i liked every thing, not really any dislikes truck drives grate solid after all these years ,built so i can work on it not vary many truck that could have lasted this long of the newer built ones, th... Read More

A Mediokre At Best Little Truck By Coronajeep

With enough blankets in the bed of the truck, you could actually lay down and sleep if you needed to, and it never did leave me stranded anywhere, but almost several times. horrible mileage & runningn... Read More

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1990 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Fun Little Truck. By Frederick

1990 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9 L V6, Automatic, 4 wheel drive. I bought this truck new in Pittsburgh, May 1990. The little truck drove very well in the snow(s) of Pittsburgh and I once (no ‘S**T) had 2... Read More

Money Pit By Bob

fast in a line, high build quality, great acceleration, not so great deceleration (always fun to see if it stops in time), looks dusty, costs too much to use, loud and lumpy cam, not much interior a... Read More

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1991 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Best Truck In The World By Colton

It is the perfect truck dont want another one for a long time. It handles good and it breaks good. It will get up and go if you want it to. I have had alot of fun and good memories in this truck. Read More

Lots Of Power In A Lil Truck By David

I picked this truck up for $600. im a scrapper and this truck can handle alot of weight for a lil truck. its got the v8 in it so it has plenty of power when u hit that throttle. unfortunatly its sitti... Read More

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