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Dodge Dakota - Quad Cab



  • bookittybookitty Posts: 1,303
    Chris, perhaps this site will be of some help.


  • Thanks...went to the site, tho it didn't cover the 31-10.50-15 tires that come with the handling package on my truck. I was curious on what size tire would work comfortable in the wheel well jounce and turning. Anyone out there using the 32 inch tall tires have any answers.
  • slr9589slr9589 Posts: 121
    Hi Guys,
    My green,00,4.7,5 spd. has reached 50k and I remain pleased with it's overall performance. I took it in for service and replaced the plugs with the ones that came with it and had the radiator flushed and new coolant added.Brake inspection showed a lot of life left in the pads and shoes! Go figure...considering all we read here about brakes,though I do admit to a lot of coasting stops and down shifting.
    I did hit a post the other day and marred the left front quater sucks..but it was my stupid mistake.
    I was walking the dealer's lot and did not see a lot of diference in the 03 quad cabs.I think we bought Quad cabs cuz we are differnt!!!
  • sunburnsunburn Posts: 319
    I recently installed a Dynomax Super Turbo muffler (#17748) on my 02 QC, 4x4, 4.7, auto. It is much better sounding than the original muffler. It has a nice rumble when you first start up. At idle, it is only slightly louder than stock. It is most noticable between 1000-2000 RPM at part throttle. At 70 MPH you hardly know it's there. The actual performance increases seem small, but my "butt dyno" isn't well calibrated. Most of the gain seems to be above 3000 RPM. There was no loss on the low end. My mileage seems to be up between 0.2-0.8 MPG. If you want a muffler that sounds and performs better than the stock, but don't want any annoying droaning while cruising, the Super Turbo fits the bill.
  • bobs5bobs5 Posts: 557
    Hi everyone,
    Hope your holidy was nice. You too boo!

    Just took the truck through it's first motor vcehicle inspection, passed with no problem.

    Figures, when I go to inspection, and get to the first in line, one of their inspection lanes breaks down, and I have to wait even longer for those vehicles to back out of the facility and resume in another lane. errrrrrrrrr

    Truck runs great, about 17k miles on it now.

    Think I am getting the clunk knock on left turns though.

    For those who have experienced the clunk with left turns, What was done to remidy this condition? Lube of front suspension parts or something like that?

  • What is the GVW of the 2003 Quad Cab SLT Plus 4X4 with the 4.7L and 5-Speed?

    Thank you,

  • First off, I hear the dakota is set for a redesign in 2004. Is that a good reason to wait till then to get a redesigned one. Or if I like the 2003, should I just get a 2003?

    Also can someone tell me what, if any, options can be added at the dealership. I have found several models that have most of the options i want, but not quite all. So would it be possible for the dealer to add any options, or do they not do that? I know I could just order one that I want with what i want, but I would hate to have to wait for it. I am very impatient.
  • Oh yeah I almost forgot. While browsing the dodge website I noticed they had something called the Stampede package for the dakota. What exactly comes with this, and is it only available from the dodge site, or do some dealership models have it also?
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,931

    Some accessory options can be dealer installed fairly easily. Radios and speaker systems, heavy duty cooling, auxiliary transmission cooler, bed liners, flares, mouldings, fog lights, security systems, and wheels.

    Other things might be more difficult. I know of one dealer that installed a sliding rear window in a fellows Dakota a few years ago, but I'm not sure every dealer would go that far. More integral equipment might be possible, but economically difficult. A dealer might swap rear axles with you, provided he has a compatible truck on the lot. I've heard of people exploring the installation of power windows, but again, the economics are likely to be against you. Almost anything is possible, but not necessarily easy in the field.

    I remember a time when manufacturers had power steering, power brake, and air conditioning kits for installing these items after the vehicle was built. Of course, these being almost universally standard equipment nowadays makes them moot.

    Regarding waiting for the new Dakota: I thought I heard that the Dakota replacement was being postponed or at least being pushed out aways. I suspect the next generation Dakota will be even more refined and efficient than the current one. However, Chrysler has a poor history with respect to new product launches. They've done well with a few, and exceptionally well with the new RAM. Industry reports indicate that Chrysler has made significant progress reducing component failures and subsequent warranty cost. But the problems often associated with the first year of a new platform design is something that I'd keep in mind.

    I think I saw a picture of the next Dakota prototype and have this impression that the styling was putred (in my opinion, of course). Nowhere as attractive as the current design, which by the way, is still eye appealing to me despite being a seven year-old design.

    If your impatient, wait for the post-holiday sales.

    Good luck,
  • Use to be that dealers will install, but your going to pay more for it. I would have to say that it would have to be less costly to have your likes put on a truck from the factory.
  • I am thinking of buying an enclosed trailer to haul my 2 Harleys behind my 2001 Quad Cab. Anyone know a site where enclosed trailers (Wells Cargo, Haulmark, Pace, Cargo Express, etc.) are discussed and/or rated by actual consumers, not dealers? All I get is his is best, others are junk, from whichever trailer dealership I am at.

    Thanks! I know my 01 Quad will have no problem towing a 7 X 14 or 8 X 14 enclosed trailer loaded with 2 bikes. Anyone have experience with this combo? Thanks!
  • Hi Folks,

    Does anyone know if Chrysler is going to extend incentives into the new year? I know that the current offering from Dodge runs out on the 6th of January.

    Thanks for the help,

  • ahasherahasher Posts: 236
    Just posted here to say I'm back and hope everyone is doing good, and had a happy/safe holiday. My work schedule is leveling off so i hope to be lurking/posting more again.
    Update: 67,000 miles on my QC, new BF Goodrich 70R15s on the rims, the Goodyears lasted me well. Idle still good, mileage still good, no new rattles or squeaks in the cab. Anti Sway bar bushings remind me to change them soon ( I have new bushings, just need time). they pop often now.
    No mods since summer but I hope to get back into shade tree mechanic mods this spring, catback, Cold Air intake etc.. but still have smooth steady power getting to highway speeds and the occasional "punch" to pass... even looks new after a dose of McGwyere (ok how do you spell that ???) polish/wax..

  • I drove a regular cab short box Ram 1500 with a HEMI in it this weekend, it also had the 20" wheels and a 3.92 rear with limited slip. What an awesome motor. I made a few spirited runs between stoplights and on the interstate. The motor is very smooth and the exhaust sound makes you want to give it more gas just to hear its song! That was the good part, the bad part was the average MPG while driving aggressively was an indicated 6.6 MPG. The sticker indicated it is capable of getting 18 on the highway but I doubt most owners will drive the truck in any way that will allow approaching that number. The 5 speed automatic transmission was way too smooth! With the pedal to the metal the truck will leave a good 100 yards of dual black marks but you barely feel the transmission shift. I was waiting for a 1-2 shift to leave another patch of rubber and to receive a kick to the small of the back as it slammed into second! Too civilized with a 5 speed auto, needs a good 5 or 6 speed manual transmission.
    As impressive as the motor was I still think a Regular Cab Dakota with a 4.7 and a 5 speed would give it a good run for the money.

    The dealer said that the 5.7 Hemi will replace the 5.9 in the Dakota R/T during the 2004 model year.

    I also looked at Dakota Quads and noticed that they are still cutting more corners while raising the purchase price. The overhead console on the Dakota and the Ram 1500 won't hold a pair of sunglasses any more. Now the overhead computer will no longer display the instantaneous MPG reading, only the average (this is the one that helps me get better MPG when I see how much gas it is sucking as I go thru the gears).
    I was pricing out a 2003 Dakota Quad on the Dodge web site and happened across a printout of similar equipped one I had done for a 2002. I noticed a truck spec'ed out exactly the same would cost $1,600+ more for the 2003 than the 2002.
    I guess these rebates aren't really as good as they seem. My Dakota Quad purchased in 2000 had a window price of $23,890, to replace it today would cost $26,305.
    I broke my left leg in a motorcycle accident back in September and had to have a rod installed between the knee and ankle to hold all the pieces together! This condition had me considering an automatic which would raise the price another $1,000 or so.
    I think I'll stay with the 5 speed because it only hurts when I push the clutch in

    Rick continues rambling on ----- Has anone seen the Magnum SRT-8 concept vehicle yet??
    It too is due out as a production vehicle in 2004 and is supposed to be very close to the show car. This may be my "new" Quad cab. Rick
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,931
    My old neighbor (who just recently moved) was an old Mopar gear head. He had a very successful 7+ second Hemi 'Cuda for a while, but traded it for cash. He's starting to convert the cash into old Chrysler product cars. His first venture was a '67 Coronet 440. He gave me a ride last summer. Been awhile since I've had a to go to the chiropractor.

    There's what some would call a "slick" '02 RAM1500 around here that's been lowered (ugly, IMO), big racing stripes and what I've been told has a blown 4.7 motor. This thing is fast, too!

  • I'm almost ready to place an order to upgrade my 2001 3.9L QC 2WD to a 2003 4.7L QC 2WD and am considering adding the 4-wheel ABS anti-locking disc brakes option.

    Before, I finalize the options list...can fellow Dak owners please give me some Pros and Cons of this option. Is the standard equipped rear-only ABS adequate? Winters are fairly mild but, can get icy where I live and snow is rare with the exception of 1996 when it snowed 4-5 feet in 7 days. (the worst winter in 85yrs, since 1911)

  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,931
    I will tell you straight up that I'm not a fan of anti-lock brakes. I'm on my 4th vehicle with them and I just don't like them. I've had situations on dry pavement that I could not produce enogh braking to stop.

    That aside, my 2003 Dakota Club Cab is the first rear-only ABS vehicle I've owned and the first Chrysler-built ABS vehicle. Maybe it's the type of system Chrysler uses, or the fact that they're rear-wheel only, but my Dakota does not exhibit any of the negative qualities that I dislike about 4-wheel anti-lock.

    Just tonight, in fact, I had to stop quick on thick hard packed snow and the Dakota stopped perfectly straight. This is the fourth time I've had to lock them up and it has gone straight every time. I have yet to experience the annoying false trigger of the anti-lock motor that we experience with our Toyota Avalon, especially on first stops after start-up.

    I expect (hoping) to have less problems with this system. Our GM cars had the ABS computers fail and at $900 a crack it gets expensive. If the Dakota ABS fails I just won't get it fixed.

  • jab02lhsjab02lhs Posts: 122
    "If the Dakota ABS fails I just won't get it fixed"

    Do you really want you [non-permissible content removed] end coming around in a panic stop on wet roads.
    That's what usually happens with a pickup without abs on the rear wheel.
     That's why most pickups now have rears as standard ant optional on front.
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