made over two million of those trucks and most of them are still on the road.
I have mentioned my three Dodge Dakota pickups in many of my blogs. They have all served me very well and the third one is just broke in at 118,000 miles. I got 21 MPG on the last tank so some of them did get decent gas mileage. The first one did, too but it was a five speed. That is the last manual transmission I owned, the fall after we bought this farm in 2004.
It's pretty easy to get 200,000 miles out of a Dakota and 300,000 is not too difficult if you are willing to spend some money in repairs. The automatic transmission will probably go first but that is true of most any vehicle I know of. Automatic transmissions are weak links in most cars and trucks today.
I like the size and design of this truck, it fits me like a glove to drive. I will admit I can drive the Buick or Silverado longer without stopping but the Dakota has made a nice scouting and farm truck for me. It's a real grocery and parts getter.
I wish I had bought the quad cab when I started looking for a replacement in 2004. We found a nice one and it even had the 5 speed manual but I didn't want to spend that much money right then with a new farm payment. In hindsight I should have but the 01 club cab served me well and is serving a friend of mine right now.
Many people say the last design killed the sales of the truck and I think they are right. It looks too fancy for a Dakota and I still can't get used to it. The second version I had in the 01 and now in the 04 is the most popular looking Dakota.
I do thank Chrysler for the minivan and the Dakota and especially for the one million dollars they just donated to my favorite charity, the National FFA Organization.
Have you ever used a smaller truck in your day to day operation or are you a full sized pickup driver?