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Dodge Dakota - Quad Cab

bonnie_rickbonnie_rick Posts: 115
edited March 20 in Dodge
is for all you Quad Cab fans!

Bonnie Rick
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  • ozarkozark Posts: 124
    Up early this morning vacation planning and lo and behold, the club is off the ground. I couldn't resist the opportunity to be first on the Quad forum.

    Thanks to Edmunds,Bonnie, themacguy,a_j, and all others that have got this going. And a special thanks to bookitty, who patiently answered all my questions on the forum several months ago when I was quadlooking and he was setting records for quadwaiting.

    Nearing 12,000 miles on the Red 4x4 Quad with no significant problems other than the price of gas at the pump. The Quad continues to amaze me. It is a versatile, well-styled, fun to drive vehicle that converted a Nissan and GM man to Daimler-Chrysler (at least for this truck). It suits the needs of myself and my family perfectly and I would buy another without hesitation. I am hoping that it will prove to be a reliable and long-lasting vehicle as well.
  • ahasherahasher Posts: 236
    I'll be the 2nd to post. 5600 miles on my forest green SLT+ QUAD, 4.7 auto, T&H agate (sp?) interior with greyege headliner. yes, mine changes color based on an undetermined set of lighting conditions. Have the mild rack and pinion clicking on tight turns but waiting to see what this forum comes up with before I do battle with the questionable service people. No stalling but have noticed a slight rough idle after decelerating from higher speeds such as the interstate but it always smoothes out.
    Question.. can anything be done about the ANNOYING A/C condensation dripping on my exhaust pipe? A drip pan or some shield will be my home solution if nothing more permanent can be done.
    Otherwise I live this truck... all the power I need just a lead foot away and QUIET highway ride, also where Thanks for letting a happy quadder ramble…
  • ahasherahasher Posts: 236
    Sorry, that was I LOVE this truck but I gues I live it too :-).
  • sambone01sambone01 Posts: 1
    Well, due the input from you folks and some serious consideration ( and quite a bit of $)I am able to post on the site and speak from experiance. Yep, that's right, I bought one last night!

    Amber Fire QC, 4.7, Stick, SLT, Power everything but the seat, two tone interier ;-) , Wheel and tire upgrade, slip in bed liner, 260 city miles in 24 hours. Only 3/4 of a tank gone and I'm already showing 14.4 mpg average on the overhead. I've watched it clime from 10.1 average when I picked up the truck with 64 miles on it. This has been in about 1/3 city 2/3 hwy.

    I would have to say that I'm in lust! I just hope I feel this good about it when the honeymoon faze wares off.
  • tswittetswitte Posts: 4
    The bank and I finally bought our quad cab!
    4wd, 4.7, auto, 3.92, HDservice, + options.
    The higher rear end is about as rare as hen's teeth here in Chicago, I was glad to find it. Too excited to sleep - so I'll try to quietly wash and wax it before church!

    I want to thank all of you who, through your postings, really helped me become a more educated consumer. The honest and detailed exchange of advice and feedback on this site is tremendous.

    Be assured that I will do my part, and post my ownership experiences and feedback at significant intervals. Thanks again.

    (Now, off to get that wash bucket...)
  • appraiserappraiser Posts: 22
    I'm in Birmingham, AL, and I'm looking for a Quad with the 4.7 V-8 with a 5-speed. I'll go anywhere in Georgia, Mississippi, LA, or Tennessee, and the northern parts of Florida. If anyone knows of one on a dealer's lot right now, please post a reply. I don't have the time or patience to order one. My local dealers will not make an earnest search of the southeast. Thanks for your help!
  • gsu1gsu1 Posts: 43
    I hope this will help. Go to www.accessatlanta.com in channels you will find auto click there. Scroll down to find a dealer. Under Dodge you will find 7 sites for dealers in the Atlanta area. I bought my truck at Hayes. I do recommend them for your purchase if they do have the truck you are looking for. I was there on Saturday for my first oil change and they had several Quad on the lot. I do not know what trans and motor they had. I only saw 2 with 4wd.
    If you need any more help just let me know and I hope you find your Quad soon.

    P.S. If you contact Hayes ask for Joan Hicks this is who I purchase mine from. She is very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.
  • resqmanresqman Posts: 71
    I bought mine last week. Today is my one week anniversary. Yeah!

    The only problem I have is the driver's seat. At 6' 1", 225 lbs I am not a small guy. I can't seem to find a position that my head doesn't scrap the headliner without feeling like I am lying down. Also kind of dissapointed that the seats backs are so short and/or the head rests don't adjust.

    I have a Flame Red, two tone, 4.7, 3.55, auto tranny, SLT +, Agrate (black) interior, tow package, power everything, AM/FM/CD/Cassette, sliding rear window, tire & handling group, HD service group, leather steering wheel, bucket seats. Fender flares are supposed to arrive this week in the Light Driftwood to match the two tone paint. A.R.E. cab height camper shell supposed to be here in two weeks.

    The kids love the truck more than I do, if that is possible. The 7 yr old washed the truck this weekend. He said he wanted to wash it everyday. This morning he asked if we were going to wash it this morning.

    Taking a road trip this weekend. 425 miles one way. Will find out how she handles on the open road.
  • engine16cengine16c Posts: 18
    Very glad to see that one of the most informative vehicle sites on the net has its own place. As a potential quadder from February, and an actual quadder since May 6th I can't say enough about this site and the people on it. I only wish there was some way to meet some of you. Boo, if your not part of DC Corp, you need to change jobs. You, AJ and to many others aside from Ernie, God Bless Him, have been a great help.

    Stopped today and looked at a PT Cruiser. The sales lady asked why I would want to get rid of my Quad. I told her I'm not, may NEVER get rid of it, I just wanted to look at the PT Cruiser. She wanted to know where I got it and after talking to her for about 20 minutes I think I could have sold her it if I wanted to.

    Almost 3000 miles and still the best vehicle i have had.
  • aeroshotsaeroshots Posts: 5
    Hey all. The money is spent and it arrives tomorrow--delivery to my house. So, will you all consider me an owner and allow me to post here? Can anyone point me in the correct direction for a complete check-list for inspection of my new Quad?
  • bookittybookitty Posts: 1,303
    Sambone01, that is wonderful news. Of course you realize that we start a separate owner,s club for Amber Fire Pearl owners. Well, maybe 2 clubs, 1 for 2WD and 1 for 4WD. Then again, perhaps 2 more to include manual and automatic owners. Wait a minute, this thing is getting away on us.

    I really appreciate the combined efforts put forth
    by Andy, Jack, Bonnie and whomever else participated in bringing this group to fruition.

    Norm (Bookitty)

    Aeroshots, welcome!
  • jrshivesjrshives Posts: 1
    I live over seas and I'm going to return very soon so I'm tring to do research on the truck does anyone know of any good websites to check out. I would even except advice from anyone. So far Ive read nothing but good things about them but there has to be some problems with the truck. I was going to get the ram but I seen too many problem at yahoo message boards.

    thanks
  • quad143quad143 Posts: 3
    and we love it! My fiance and I purchased the 2000 Dodge Dakota Sport Quadcab 4x4 in hunter green last Wednesday night. We got the 4.7 automatic, CD and cassette, power everything, rear defroster and heated side mirrors, and a really good system-the infinity speakers rock. A week later and there are 500 miles on it already. It rides so nice and it is very comfortable. The steering is nice and easy. We wanted the dealer to throw in a bed liner but he said it would scratch it too much, he suggested getting it sprayed with a coating for beds or getting a mat. I think we are going to go with the mat. The only thing that worries me is when I am turning at a high speed and go over a bump, the truck bounces over to the side. We need to get some bags of sand to solve that problem but first we will need the mat. Thanks for all your postings, it really made the purchase less stressful knowing we were getting the best truck out there.
  • bookittybookitty Posts: 1,303
    Congratulations, and the best of luck with your new Quad Cab Dakota. You may want to check out your tire inflation prior to adding sand bags and placing extra load factors that could affect fuel consumption. In the owner manual, there are recommended tire pressures for operating the truck under varied load conditions. If the tires are over inflated for the current condition, that could cause the "bouncy" ride you are describing.

    Bookitty
  • stvdmanstvdman Posts: 62
    6000 miles and the Quad Cab 4.7 still running GREAT.
    Yesterday I was making a U-turn and had to "get on it" to accelerate from on coming traffic, well the rear end got loose and instead of letting off I stood on it and power slid the truck trough the rest of the turn and on the pavement after straightening up. This truck is very predictable and I never felt out of control. This is one bad truck. This is the first time I ever "abused" her and will probably be the last as I now know she can do it. And I know abuse leads to breakage but boy that was fun. Every once in awhile that little bad driver syndrome sneaks up on me, this truck has made it much harder to keep it beat down. I am even thinking about taking it to the local 1/4 mile track, just to see what it will run.
  • steve234steve234 Posts: 460
    I just talked to my new dealer on Monday. My 01 is already in D-1 and has a ship date of 7-14. I would say the regional manager was serious about me getting the first one. I still do not know anything more about the changes to the front end or how much this will cost, but this service is nice. Of course, the owner was telling about a Ram pickup that was lost for weeks and found in the wilderness of New Jersey and of two Caravans that they had on the books for a year before being found in a warehouse in Canada. The fun part is that the train with my truck will travel through Vinita where the dealer is and travel another 150-200 miles to OKC to be loaded onto a truck for the haul back to Vinita. Based on our estimates, I may be picking up my new toy on my birthday on Aug 3 (a mere 48). Now to convince my wife and everyone that the Q is not my only present that I should receive.
  • tpmillertpmiller Posts: 45
    You're destined for celebrity status. Man don't get greedy. Settle for a red bow on that '01 which I hope does show up on the B-day!
  • engine16cengine16c Posts: 18
    In reference to putting in a bed liner. I have the Line-X sprayed in liner in my Quad and it is almost a great as the Quad itself. If I ever buy another truck, i will get a Line-X again. It ran me $340 and looks great. You can check it out on the net under Line-X. Good luck.
  • Steve,
    Just a question: when did you order your 2001?
    Well, here's another question: do you know the pricing for 2001? If so, where did you find that out? My dealer is getting the option codes tomorrow, but he says no pricing info now. :(
  • steve234steve234 Posts: 460
    My salesman ordered on the 20th. The open date was the 19th, but he was out sick. We do not have any pricing or details other than what I posted a few weeks ago about the 01s. I am going at this a little blind, but most of the changes mentioned are minor and should be OK to me. The pricing being unknown is scary, but I was told that it should be $100-300 more than the 00. After the shaft I was given by my former dealer, the increase did not seem too much of a problem. I heard that my old dealer is up on federal charges. Apparently, besides me, he took 2-3 banks and D/C for a ride. Guess who will get first dibs on any money found.
  • wantaquadwantaquad Posts: 11
    Steve,

    Well, it seems that I may have missed your posting a few weeks ago. Can you tell me what forum this posting was in? (whoops a preposition.....hehe). I'm getting the 2001 codes today from my dealer and will probably order next week some time.
  • steve234steve234 Posts: 460
    I think it was in the Dakota Club cab forum and it was around the 1st of June. That is the best I can tell you. The main changes from the 00 models was the choice of leather for the interior, the change in interior colors, the 16 inch wheels on the T&H, the electronic dial switch for 4wd and a new front fascia. Driftwood is out and silver is in. There are mostly interior changes, door panels, consoles, H&AC controls, stereo systems, etc. The electronic PRNDL indicator with the 4.7 is now on all automatics. I will post any updates as I hear of them. My wife noticed that some of the newer cars have gone to a horizontal bar arrangement in the front dam and wondered if maybe this is the change that will happen to the dakota's front. Who knows?
  • victxvictx Posts: 108
    Got a VON for my 2001 Quad. Looks like this year the heated mirrors can be had with the rear sliding glass. The new mirror code is GTS, description is Mirrors - power heated, Fold-Away. Still waiting on pricing, but my dealer also said that prices may go up a couple hundred dollars if they goo up at all. We'll see.
  • I own a 2000 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab,with the 3.9 V6,& the 4-spd auto transmission.I have more than enough power with the V6,so anyone who doesnt feel this way,i have 2 suggestions(what i did)

    1. Install a K & N air filter (10 hp boost)
    2. Switch to Mobil 1 synthetic (7-8 hp boost)

    As for caring for my truck,i wash it 3 times a week.Waxing?..i use Meguiars Quik Wax & Detailers Wax...this is all i need.

    Plus,run a good gas like Phillips 66 Super Clean or SuperAmerica fuel,it definetly helps..

    Right now,i have 11,341 miles on my truck.I am getting 16-17 in the city,and on the hwy,i am getting 21-22 mpg..

    Want better mileage??..If you are not in a hurry,try running 55-60,as i get my 21-22 mpg this way..

    The color of my truck is Forest Green/Driftwood.

    If there are any other Dodge Dakota Quad Cab owners in the state of Wisconsin(or Madison),drop me a line at my e-mail address: "DodgeDakotaQuadCab@hotmail.com"
  • Got my new 2000 v8 Quad last week. I love the feel of this truck! Got a suprise the first day I drove it off the lot. I met the family for a late sunday lunch after driving it off the lot. After lunch my family drove off and left me to enjoy a quite ride with my playtoy. Got in the truck and it would not start. With my famly gone with my cell phone, I only had two dollars and no phone card. I spent two dollars in the pay phone calling the dealer and cusing my luck with autos. I just got though with the chevy people over my van on a water leak in the rear doors. They bought that van back due to the lemon law I went through with. To make a long story short, the dealer put the computer chip in backwards before I left the car lot. When I stopped for lunch somehow it sensed the chip was wrong and would't let me start the truck. The dealer drove out put in a new chip, gave me a hat, 50 dollars, and a card for a complete detail next time I was in. What a close call! I thought I had another lemon.
  • Don't know if it's correct or not, but was looking @ priceline.com & they're showing no difference in Inv/MSRP between the '00 & '01
  • chaspchasp Posts: 7
    Test drove a quad cab today and really liked it. Interested in a very well equipped SLT or Sport w/ 4wd, 4.7 auto. I am in the mid-atlantic area and am curious as to what types of deals quad cab owners got from their dealers. Thank you for any help.
  • bookittybookitty Posts: 1,303
    Chas, I ordered my Quad at $125.00 over invoice from Reedman Dodge in Langhorne, PA. It actually came out less than that, because there was a price increase. There is also a $500.00 discount coupon from the Farm Bureau that may be used by becoming a member and taking delivery 30 days or more after joining. For information, click on the following URL and then select your state. It is under member benefits. www.fb.com. Good luck. If you want a name at Reedman, the truck sales manager is great. My salesman was horrible. You can reach me via e mail.

    Bookitty
  • samlucksamluck Posts: 1
    Chasp,
    I just picked up a Quad off the lot at Musselman's Dodge in Baltimore, MD. 4x4, 4.7l, 5-speed, sport pkg --- I paid $300 over invoice. Made the deal over the internet with the sales manager.
  • well, I did it. I just got back from the dealer and ordered a 2001 quad cab. Bronze with the new taupe interior. All options less the leather buckets (got the bench) and no power seats (I'm 6'3" and keep the seats full back all the time). I have found out from both the dealer/Dodge as well as D/C that the recent/soon to be grad program has been discontinued as of 5/31/00. There is currently no plans to reinstate it. If anyone has heard differently, please let me know. Also, the farm bureau is good only until 7/31. You must take delivery by that date. But I did find out that there is a contractor's discount available of $400.

    Well, just thought that I'd post to this forum seeing that I'm a quad owner (or at least a quasi-quad owner).
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