I owned a first Gen Dakota, a 90 4X4 with the 3.9, for 11 years. I put only 75K on her in that time but she served me well. I replaced her with an '01 4X4 extended cab with the 3.9 again. As of today the '01 only has just over 50K on the clock, a full 11 years after purchase. I bought the trucks because I needed a vehicle for business and the 4X4 gave me the load carrying ability without the clunky monster 4X4 size. I've never been a fan of canoes on the road and although I did own an '84 Ram, the Dakota fit my needs far better than any full sized truck ever would. I will probably never be in the market for another truck since mine is barely broken in and being on the other side of 60 I can't imagine replacing her, but I'm sorry to see the Dakota go, or more accurately being let go by Chrylser/Dodge/Ram or whatever you want to call it. In the quest for longer lower wider, the Dakota was sacrificed. When it first came out it was measurably larger than the Ford/Chevy/Toyota/Nissan it targeted. Who can recall the original TV commercials of the three men in the cab riding along (albeit a bit tight) while the represented "compact" trucks could only fit 2. I remember getting into a friends S10 with my son for a short drive being amazed that we needed to fit 6 cheeks on to a 4 cheek bench seat!
Last edited by patchelect; 11-02-2011 at 07:53 AM.