the11thnickel

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Car Review: 1994 Dodge Dakota
April 09, 2009, 10:16 PM
Purchased this truck recently with high mileage, so much may be different due to it's age, but I will say: Suspension and Steering gets 1 star as I am aware some of my steering components are worn down which doesn't allow me to make a reliable review. This truck has run exceptionally well given it's high mileage and age. Even though the previous owner neglected a lot of important maintenance, this truck has held together. I can only say that it was very well built. I enjoy the power of the 5.2L V8 (the always reliable Mopar 318) Despite this model design being from the early 1990's, I find it's design doesn't look 'old'. It is a good looking vehicle. The interior is also very comfortable. The back seats are small but still useful, with convenient under-storage. They are definitely more comfortable then the jumper seats in Ford Rangers of similar years. This is definitely THE truck for something looking for a medium truck. I would not compare it to a Ford Ranger or Chevy S-10, and it is also doesn't feel quite as large as a full size truck. On a mechanical note, even though the engine is quite large, everything in the engine compartment is very accessible. I am a very new to vehicle maintenance, but this truck certainly feels like a good starting point. One thing that does bother me, though, is that the heater takes a long time to get going.
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