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Old 03-10-2008, 11:52 PM
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This is probably the last topic i need info on before i start my search for a 2nd gen Dak

What are the pros and cons for each?

Which do you prefer and why?
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i would think a person would rather have the 5 speed. you get that extra gear for highway driving and might save on gas mileage
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I have the 5 speed and like it. It may also depend on which motor it has. Personally, I think a standard shift gives the best performance.
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What i am looking for is a Dodge Dakota Quad-Cab Sport 4.7L V-8 4x4

And based off the information found/listed in this thread:
http://www.dodgeforum.com/m_1211252/tm.htm

My options are as follows:
2000 - Manual 4x4 lever, 4 speed automatic w/OD, Amber Fire or Black
2001 - Electric 4x4 ****, 4 speed automatic w/OD, Amber Fire or Black
2003 - Electric 4x4 ****, 4 speed automatic w/OD, Black
2003 - Electric 4x4 ****, 5 speed automatic w/OD, Black

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ok this is the deal. i have a 01 quad cab 4x4 with the 4.7 and a 5 speed. it is a really rare combination but if i were you i would try to find one with a 5 speed. it makes it a lot more fun to drive and also allows you to get better mileage on the highway. (at 85mph, it turns ~2400 rpms) but the automatic is also a decent bet but has had some reliability problems. also, that 2003 that you are looking at is wrong. they didnt put the 5 speed automatic into dakotas until the third generation came out in 2005-till now. the information that you got from those people is incorrect and happens all the time. just to let you know.
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my 02 has the 5 spd auto w/ the 4.7 v8 and its a good combination thats what i would try to find if it were possible
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also, that 2003 that you are looking at is wrong. they didnt put the 5 speed automatic into dakotas until the third generation came out in 2005-till now. the information that you got from those people is incorrect and happens all the time. just to let you know.
Right it wasnt standard, but it was an option.
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ORIGINAL: http://consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com/1997-to-2004-dodge-dakota.htm
2003 Dodge Dakota: The 4-cylinder engine is dropped, while 4.7-liter V8s could get a 5-speed automatic. Also for '03, 16-inch wheels are standard in place of 15s on all models except the R/T, which uses 17s. Rear seats gain LATCH system child-seat anchors, and added midyear was a Stampede package that includes the Tire and Handling Group plus body-color bumpers and lower-body trim.
Also here in the spec section. http://www.carsdirect.com/2003/dodge/dakota/specs

And I also verified this through PMs that the 5speed auto was available in '03. he also provided me with this info:
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The 45RFE gear ratios are:
1st 3.00:1 2nd 1.67:1 2nd Prime 1.50:1 3rd 1.00:1 4th 0.75:1 Reverse 3.00:1

The 545RFE gear ratios are:
1st 3.00:1 2nd 1.67:1 2nd Prime 1.50:1 3rd 1.00:1 4th 0.75:1 5th 0.67:1 Reverse 3.00:1
So i think i'll be listening to "those people", especially since one has been a Parts and Master Certified Service Manager at a dodge/chysler dealership for 10 years. just to let you know
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I have an 04 5spd Auto, and I can also attest to the fact that there are indeed really 5 gears. As for which is better, well, the more gears the better. Really you'll only notice a difference in highway/top gear mileage. If you do a lot of that, then I would recommend the 5spd auto.
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i have the 5 sp auto, and my dad has the 4 spd, the 5 spd shifts better IMO, than the 4 spd seems to respond better when you need to stomp on it, but thats just my opinion
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