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Old March 27th, 2010, 09:29 PM   #1
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I sold the sexscort about a month ago so I could search for a small pickup to replace it. I wanted to be able to haul my motorcycle(s). I came across this little beauty on c-list 2 nights ago. I contacted the owner yesterday afternoon and picked it up this afternoon. The nice thing was that he held it for me since I was the first person to call and show interest. He was getting barraged with calls all day, but he held it for me. I really appreciated it. The guy I purchased it from is a former marine. He bought the truck while he was stationed in Hawaii to haul his GSXR around. He said he bought it from a 400lb. Samoan guy. So the seat padding and console lid are both "well broke in". It was in an accident, the tailgate, and the side of the box are dented in and the front drivers fender has been replaced and poorly painted. The paint on the roof is totally sunbaked. It's a 4cyl/5spd/2wd w/ 96,000 miles and lots of new parts (tires, battery, shocks, ball joints, etc) Since it's only spent 2 winters in Michigan, it's virtually rust free, except for the spots where the paint was damaged. Anyway, I'd like to thank all the people in the Ford Tech and Chevy Tech forums who gave me all the advice on Rangers and S10's. It's kind of funny that I ended up with a dodge.

It's ugly, but it will do what I want it to do, since it will probably rarely be driven.










I think this is a good example to show that there are still decent used cars out there that aren't way over priced.
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Old March 27th, 2010, 10:01 PM   #2
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They make 4cyl Dakotas?
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Old March 27th, 2010, 10:04 PM   #3
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Old March 27th, 2010, 10:11 PM   #4
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Have you had the chance to get it on the highway yet? How does it do for power?
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Old March 27th, 2010, 10:15 PM   #5
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Have you had the chance to get it on the highway yet? How does it do for power?
I drove it from Saginaw to Gladwin so I took 10. It doesn't have any problem doing 70.
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Well cool. I hope it does what you require of it. FWIW, my 98 dakota has the same f'ed up seat. A lot of them have that problem. I searched around for a used seat in the local yards and couldn't find one that didn't have the same problem.
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Old March 27th, 2010, 10:26 PM   #7
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I really wish the guy would have replaced the tires with the stock size. He said these ones were 31s(I haven't checked yet). He thought it made it look more like a truck...but with these tires he only got around 18 mpg. I will check what I get and maybe I'll keep an eye out for a set of smaller tires.
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Old March 27th, 2010, 10:28 PM   #8
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A friend and ex girlfriend both had 4cyl 5 speed Dakotas. They were nice looking trucks, drove well etc. Obviously they were dogs, but they would go 70 without effort, unless large hills were involved.

It's the same 2.5 they put in the wranglers.
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I have stock sized tire and wheels I will trade you. Tread is 60-70%
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you can't make a thread based solely on a great score on a craigslist beater and not say what you paid.

i'll be the ninja/jew here and come out with it.. what kinda deal did you get?
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Old March 28th, 2010, 07:24 AM   #11
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I think this is a good example to show that there are still decent used cars out there that aren't way over priced.
that depends on what you paid for it. Typically a base model 4 cylinder truck that is all dented up, doesn't really hold much resale value, so unless you got it for sub $1500 you probably paid too much.

Now go price out a 4wd dakota in good shape, it's probably over priced.

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I bet that thing is slower than my gramma and her walker.
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Old March 28th, 2010, 08:10 AM   #12
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i'll be the ninja/jew here and come out with it.. what kinda deal did you get?
2k$. He's put enough new parts into it to make me feel like I stole it. Plus, he said that if any of the stuff needs to be replaced, just to let him know and he'd get it for me because they all have lifetime warranties through auto zone. It also has a really nice like new pioneer mp3 cd player w/ aux input and all nice newer sony speakers on the inside.
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Old March 28th, 2010, 08:15 AM   #13
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yeah who knew?

I bet that thing is slower than my gramma and her walker.

I specifically bought it because it has a 4cyl. I wanted a truck with decent gas mileage. It seems to have decent get up and go, better than I was suspecting. It's a pretty big truck for such a small engine. Tell your grandma when and where and we'll line 'em up.
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Old March 28th, 2010, 08:29 AM   #14
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Yp, its the 2.5 liter from the Jeeps. Your truck is the source of the bellhousing that lets people put an AX15 behind their 4 cyls in a Jeep...
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I specifically bought it because it has a 4cyl. I wanted a truck with decent gas mileage. It seems to have decent get up and go, better than I was suspecting. It's a pretty big truck for such a small engine. Tell your grandma when and where and we'll line 'em up.
I bet you don't get any better mileage than the same truck with a V6. That 4 cylinder is going to work just as hard to move that truck as the 4 cylinders do in wranglers.

We had a 4 cylinder S-10 growing up that did get better mileage than most 4.3's but not much, BUT it was a 4 cylinder automatic extended cab, that truck downshifted EVERYWHERE.

$2k seems like a "decent" deal. I hate not owning a truck, even a little two wheel drive mini truck is way better than a car since you can actually haul some stuff around with them.
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Old March 28th, 2010, 01:20 PM   #16
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I bet you don't get any better mileage than the same truck with a V6. That 4 cylinder is going to work just as hard to move that truck as the 4 cylinders do in wranglers.

We had a 4 cylinder S-10 growing up that did get better mileage than most 4.3's but not much, BUT it was a 4 cylinder automatic extended cab, that truck downshifted EVERYWHERE.
the numbers I see everywhere else beg to differ.

It should also be a little easier to work on. My wife's explorer had a V6 and it was friggin impossible to change ALL the spark plugs. The ones on the passenger side near the firewall were blocked by all kinds of stuff. This engine bay is pretty wide open. I'm pretty happy. I just finished detailing the inside and gave it a wash and a wax. The interior is basically like new, it was just a little grimy. Before that I took my wire wheel and buffed off all the rusty spots. Later this week I'll prime them and touch them up.

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It's ugly, but it will do what I want it to do, since it will probably rarely be driven.
So you bought it to sit by the curb and rust?


That's what my F150 does most of the time
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Old March 28th, 2010, 03:33 PM   #18
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Dakota is a good, solid truck. I have a 2000 quadcab 2WD/4.7L I've owned since new - it's been nearly trouble-free and tows well. My wife is now driving it into the ground as her hospice vehicle.

As far as mileage is concerned, don't have high expectations (i.e. over about 18-19 mpg). A Dakota is a heavy vehicle, using a lot of half-ton parts in it.
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As far as mileage is concerned, don't have high expectations (i.e. over about 18-19 mpg). A Dakota is a heavy vehicle, using a lot of half-ton parts in it.
I agree. I'm glad you're happy with it Mike but I think you made a wrong decision by not going with the ranger or s10.

But what ever floats your boat! Can't wait to see it in June!
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