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Old October 18th, 2007, 12:11 PM   #5
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I've got 96K on a 2000 Dakota Quad Cab (2wd) with a 4.7.

I just put the first "non routine" (i.e. tires / brakes) money into it last week (ball joints - which Chrysler paid for, TREs, and a leaky pinion seal. It's never been to the dealership other than to collect on the free ball joints. It gets crappy mileage (never better than 20 mpg, ever - normally 16-17 mpg). Pulls 22 foot boat at 70+ mph with no issues - tows better than the 5.7L Tahoe it replaced. The Dakota uses a lot of full-size Ram components, so it's fairly heavy duty for it's size, but heavy.

My only beef (other than unimpressive mpg) is size, since it's become the primary family vehicle for several years and there's not a lot of room for four or five people, their gear, and 4 ATVs (one of which is in the bed). But for the other 90% of the time it's reliable and great.
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