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1987 Dodge Dakota STD Standard Cab 4WD LB Review
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Love This Truck — 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 carburated engine it is easy to work on. The 4wd works awsome in the winter.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Fuel Economy
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Cons: Rust  Spots

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1987 Dodge Dakota Review
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Probably The Best Small Truck Of Its Era — i own a 1987 Dakota, 2wd, 3.9L V6, 5spd. very nicely kept little truck, not a thing wrong with the interior. the body has 1 spot of rust about the size of your palm (now bondo and paint) has been a really nice little truck for me. i enjoy the power of the 3.9 v6, it actually doesnt do bad and i guarantee it would kill the ranger or s10 in a race lol. it is completly stock under the hood and it has alot of torque. overall a nice little truck! very Tough!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Power, Exterior Styling

Cons: Fuel Economy Not The Greatest

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1987 Dodge Dakota Review
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You Do Anything To My Truck, I'll Cut Off Your Hand After Smashing Your Fingers With A 2lb Handhamer — For a 25 year old pickup with a carberated 4 cylinder with a 5 speed, I get 27 mpg in-town since a engine rebuild. I have gone over this with a fine tooth comb and have this looking and running great.

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

Pros: I have made this Dakota to be my personality in a pickup, so it is part of me

Cons: sometimes I can't find the exact part I want or need so I have to make dur with custom fabing my own parts sometimes.

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Good Small Truck — I really liked my truck. Mine had the 2.2L 4 banger in it, and a 5 speed manual. I drove that truck EVERYWHERE a truck could not go,a nd was never able to kill it. My truck was wrecked twice,a nd fixed up. The electrical was a mess on it. Performance - Ok I guess. The truck had a lot of problems, but that is why I only paid $200 for it. The truck got really good (32 MPG) gas mileage until I put the 31"s on it. The engine was impossible to kill. I went all over with that thing,a nd if you did not stall it it would go Build Quality - Good. Never did rust, and the engine was really good. Appearance - Crappy. Hood had to much slope, and the bed was way to long for the size of the truck. the stock 14" wheels where way to small for the wheel wells. Cost Of Ownership - Parts where cheap and easy to find. Got good gas milage until I put big tires on it. Fun Facter - WAY FUN!!! Truck was unstopable.

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

Pros: Good gas milage

Cons: To small to haul with

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I Recommend This Truck, But In A Later Year With No Carbouretor — I bought this truck in South Carolina and towed it up to NY. There is not a spot of rust on it, but the clear coat on the hood and roof are rather faded. I bought P235 Goodyear Wranglers and the truck looks 10x better. it sits up higher and the white letters look nice. I have had problems with the choke and it seems to be running waaaaay too rich. ive almost stalled a few times in an intersection. the motor is underpowered for getting 12 mpg, but it seems to be running a little bit better after messing with the idle speed. all in all its a great truck.

Pros: fun, hauls a lot of cargo, large gas tank, small blind spots

Cons: Bad gas mileage, large gas tank, underpowered engine

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1987 Dodge Dakota Review
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Yup — Performance - its sucks it is slow it does not move boo boo Build Quality - it is metle it has a dint Appearance - it needs a paint job Cost of Ownership - good gas mileage, high maintains Fun Factor - this car fun to drive bc u can beat the crap out of it and it still runs

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

Pros: its cheep

Cons: big dint

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1987 Dodge Dakota Review
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Mopar — this truck is great i bought it for $400, 2 years ago and it has not left me stranded yet, its great. i painted it and lowered it. i want to do something with the motor cuz its REALLY slow but thats something thats going to have to wait till i get a little more money, can you say small block?

Pros: looks good thanks to me

Cons: SLOW

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5.2 Litre With A 750 Holley Carb And Lumpy Cam. — was originally a V-6. the thing gave me more problems than any other car, but was pretty fun.

Pros: loud

Cons: sucked on gas, u joints, and 1-wheel wonders

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Never Own Again — gutless. back fired and always died leaving me stranded. it looked decent and is still driving around. i begged the hell out of that poor truck. i hate dodge it was cheap and a set of wheels except i walked more then i drove it.

Pros: decent looking

Cons: pile of crap

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2010 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Good Truck For The Money By Saomiguelazores

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2008 Dodge Dakota Reviews

A Good Daily Driver For Light Jobs By Cory

This is a great truck for light jobs such as moving appliances. It handles great for a truck and it is fun to drive. It is a bit under powered at 210 bhp and with a 4-speed automatic its not getting m... Read More

2008 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab. By Richard

I like the truck because it serves the purpose I bought it for, and still has some nice amenities. The only thing I would have enjoyed more about it was a 5 speed manual transmission, but they are pre... Read More

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

2006 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Work And Family Truck. By hombretto

I am overall satisfied with this truck. It was great for family outings as well for carrying and hauling materials to work. The sporty dodge look will catch the eye. Paint and shine is still strong. T... Read More

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

2005 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Great Midsize Truck Overall For The Price By Danielo00

One thing that I liked about this truck is that it looks great. Another thing that I like is that this midtruck feels like I was driving a much larger truck. The truck has a strong engine and is rel... Read More

I'm trying to get spare off and it won't be lowered to the ground as the manual says. Otherwise it is OK Just 69,000 miles. Front wheel drive went last year. Replaced this year under warranty. Lo... Read More

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