1999 Dodge Dakota Owner Ratings & Reviews

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1999 Dodge Dakota - Love My Truck

TS
Dallas, Georgia
Overall
4.0
Value
5.0
Performance
4.0
Style
3.0
Comfort
3.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
5.0
I have been driving this vehicle for over 15 years and have had very little trouble with it overall. The quality of this truck is superior to any I have owned before, and when it is time to replace it, I will definitely consider buying another in the same line. While it is not exactly the ideal vehicle for families or those who commute long distances in traffic, it has served me and my family well. It has outlasted every other automobile we have ever purchased and has been the "reliable stand-by" during those times when our second auto was in the shop. In fifteen years of service, I have only had to have major repairs performed once, and it was covered under warranty at the time. As long as I change the oil and spark plugs on a regular basis, and keep the fluids filled I have no seriou... (more)
Story
When our oldest child was very young, we traveled to Disneyworld in this truck. It was not the best experience for us, as it rained the whole way there and we ended up having to move our luggage from the bed to the back seat with the child, but it got us there and back with ease, and we enjoyed the experience very much. We've also driven it on many a trip to the mountains for camping, biking, ... (more)
Pros
My favorite feature of this vehicle is its compact size. I needed a truck in which I could haul things for work when necessary or run yard debris to the landfill, but could also navigate well in tighter areas. Living in a semi-rural part of the state, the size of one's vehicle isn't usually a problem. However, when I have to go into town to do any shopping, the parking spaces are so tiny that pulling a full sized truck into one would be impossible. Not a problem with my Dakota Sport! Some of the other features I like are the many interior compartments, the smoothness of the drive (it's ser... (more)
Cons
I personally don't consider this a negative, but I can see why some people, especially those with larger families, might: the interior is fairly small. It is not a vehicle that is meant to transport a lot of people or items that can't be put into the bed of the truck (like groceries, for instance). As the truck ages, the electrical system can get a little hinky and start showing indicator lights when there is no problem. However, this is usually easily fixed by changing out a wiring harness or changing a couple of fuses. My only other complaints would be purely cosmetic or aesthetic in na... (more)

1999 Dodge Dakota - It's rugged, has a ton of miles and runs strong.

Will W
Rahway, New Jersey
Overall
3.0
Value
4.0
Performance
4.0
Style
3.0
Comfort
3.0
Fuel Economy
2.0
Reliability
4.0
This Dodge pickup is a monster. It has a powerful V8 engine and is four-wheel drive capable. Within seconds, it can go from a two-wheel drive pickup to a four by four monster. My current truck has over 220,000 miles, yet it drives like I just pulled it fresh out of a dealer's lot. It has a six-foot bed which fits pretty much anything in it that you need for any type of work you do, whether it be home improvements or for the job site. Even having the bed loaded with gravel from front to back, the truck performed at a five-star level. The transmission is what people question the most on pickup trucks. However, I must say, this truck's transmission, still to this day, has never slipped or caused me any issues what so ever. Dodge made a keeper on this model pickup. From top to bottom this ... (more)
Story
One day I decided to go off-roading in my truck. It was raining out and I decided to drive up a hill which at the bottom had a river running along the side of it. I started to slide down the hill toward the water. I quickly shifted into four-wheel drive and before you know it, I started making my way back up the hill.
Pros
The Dodge Dakota pickup has a beautifully built 5.2 liter Magnum V-8 engine. Man, Magnum is the perfect word for this baby. The second you put your foot on the pedal you feel instant power. My particular truck is purple and is now known as Purple Thunder due to the rumble of that Magnum once the pedal is to the metal. Besides the wonderful engine, it has a near perfect transmission built in. The two work hand in hand with each other to make this truck not only powerful, but also a 4x4 beast. Within seconds, you can be ready to take on mud, snow, rivers, hills, ANYTHING in your path. I have... (more)
Cons
Dodge made a top notch pickup truck with the 1999 Dakota 4x4. Although the positives outweigh the negatives by a landslide, there are still some spots for concern. Gas mileage in this truck is by far its lowest grade. My truck has the automatic transmission built in, however with the manual transmission you may receive better results. While driving in the city you get about 12 miles per gallon on a good day and while driving on highways about 16. Now that number can vary depending on tire pressure, tune up, mileage, and so on. But even brand new, they advertise numbers just like I mentione... (more)