2003 Dodge Dakota User Reviews

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Users ranked 2003 Dodge Dakota against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

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    2003 Dodge Dakota 4 Dr SLT Plus Quad Cab SBReview
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    Take It To The Track One Day, Load It Up And Haul The Next! — With 5 motor options, 3 cab options, 3 transmissions, 2 drive types, and 6 trim packages it's one of the most configurable vehicles built. Willing power plants, automatic transmissions that are rarely caught off guard and well-sorted suspensions make these trucks easy to live with, no matter what they're asked to do. On-road, the supple suspension swallows up bumps, yet doesn't have the truck wallowing through the turns. And off-road, the Dakota easily handles everything, even severely rutted and rock-strewn trails. All things considered, the Dakota offers the best combination of ride comfort and capability in the compact truck class.

    Pros: V8 and Hotchkis!

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    2003 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr R/T Extended CabReview
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    Fun Ride Not A Common Truck On The Road — the interior is all leather, gps, handling is beautiful with the extra wide tires, all wheel disc brake helps this beast stop quickly.

    Pros: gas hog

    Cons: quick acceleration for a truck

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    2003 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Plus 4WD Extended Cab SBReview
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    Mopar Baby — a badass lil truck, that can offroad, haul, crusie the highway, black, upgraded gears, procmp tires, dixiyhorn, xm radio, soo to have more mods done

    Pros: power, tourqe, an it go through anyhting

    Cons: not eought power

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    2003 Dodge Dakota 4 Dr SLT 4WD Quad Cab SBReview
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    Great Truck — This was the best truck I have owned. While my brother's trucks were being taken to the shop I kept right on driving. Never had problems never had complaints. If not for the strip of black ice that led to it's eventual demise I would still be happily driving this truck today.

    Owner for 3 years, 1 months

    Miles Driven per Year:12,000

    Pros: Where do I start.  Extremely reliable, on the road and off.  Powerful engine, definitely best sounding engine on the market.  4WD insanely easy to use and insanely effective.  All around a great truck.

    Cons: Gas mileage.  I knew it wasn't great going in but it still shocked me every time I had to fill up.

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    2003 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr STD Standard Cab SBReview
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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!

    Pros: pretty blue

    Cons: mpg and power

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    2003 Dodge Dakota 4 Dr Sport Plus 4WD Quad Cab SBReview
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    Very Low Gas Mileage,less Than 12 Mpg On Highways — 2003 Dodge Dakota 4X4 ,4 Door Sport Plus Package 3.9 Liters Engine with very low gas mileage,less than 12 MPG on highways and no acceleration power at all(to much weight for that engine). I would like to know if I can change to a V-8 engine and if somebody could intruct me or help me on what to do etc.) Thank You

    Owner for 4 years, 7 months

    Miles Driven per Year:14,000

    Pros: Good riding and movements

    Cons: gas guzzler

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    2003 Dodge Dakota 4 Dr SLT 4WD Quad Cab SBReview
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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

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

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

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    2003 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr R/T Standard Cab SBReview
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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

    Pros: sideways

    Cons: poor quality transmission, horrible fuel economy

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    2003 Dodge Dakota 4 Dr SLT Quad Cab SB Review
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    A great little truck
    vs2003 Ford Ranger
    2003 Dodge Dakota 4 Dr SLT Quad Cab SB winning categories:
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    2003 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB Review
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    Fast and looks great
    vs2011 Ford Ranger XLT SuperCab 4-Door
    2003 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB winning categories:
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    Handling Ranked 2011 Ford Ranger XLT SuperCab 4-Door better.
    "NO but still like both"
    Front Seats Ranked 2011 Ford Ranger XLT SuperCab 4-Door better.
    "Just the feel"
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    Reviews From Other Years

    2010 Dodge Dakota Reviews

    Good Truck For The Money By Saomiguelazores

    Good midsize truck,spacious inside,decent looks,good powerful engine so far nothing went wrong yet,just change oil,gas and its ready to go. Cons seems very light on the back the tires slip when i star... Read More

    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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