Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Dodge Dakota - Quad Cab



  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    There have been 2 TSBs about the Oil-Water emulsion in the oil-filler cap.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    I hear it too... when in 4X4LOCK, the front drive shaft, differential and axles are engaged and about 100 pounds of additional steel is churning. Consider it normal.

    As you use the 4X4LOCK setting more often, the gears will tend to "seat in" a bit and quiet down.
    I have over 200 miles on my Dakota in the 4X4LOCK setting and the sound has become much less.

    You are locking into 4X4 when NOT on pavement... right? (Bad things can happen)
  • pete48pete48 Posts: 2
    Thanks for reply bpeebles, I am locking it into 4x4 HI on pavement under 55 MPH as stated in the owners manual.

    What bad things???
    The concern was the fact that we drove another Dakota and the transfer case made no noise at all.

    Question, is every transfer case different in sound that it makes.

  • I too have broken both lenz's on the fog lights and for $100 each I will continue to drive with them cracked.
    I have also noticed a noisy power steering pump. It was low on fluid and I filled it to the proper level but it does still whine when it is cold. Any one else have the same experience?
    I too would like to know if the k&N filter swap is worht the investment. Has anyone completed this with good results? I would be willing to take donations and make the swap and report all my findings if anyone is interested! ( LOL)
  • greg116greg116 Posts: 116
    I've been reading these boards for a while now and narrowing down my selection. My question:

    What is, aside from fuel economy, the BIGGEST design-related flaw you have found with your truck? i.e: the seats are uncomfortable, not enough ground clearance, bed too small etc etc... Tell me all!
  • bookittybookitty Posts: 1,303
    Scott, do not become depressed. Remember, these comments are opinions. While it is documented that
    full time 4WD uses more fuel and weras tires. If you are driving 50,000+ per year as I did for many
    years the difference would be dramatic. Enjoy your truck.

    Pete, Bruce (bpeebles) probably was referring to engagaing 4WD on "dry" pavement, which is very risky. Engage only in conditions that do not provide good traction (snow, extremely wet, mud, off road, etc.)

  • kjcdr1kjcdr1 Posts: 26
    This my first post, but wanted to thank the many individuals who provided good info to various Dodge pickup forums. Have been truck shopping for 2 to 3 weeks with choices narrowed to Toyota or Dodge Dakota Q/C. The Dakota seemed to fit my needs (desires) best. Took several days and read the forums thoroughly so I already know there may be a few problems to look for, but the many owners who expressed love for their Dakotas solidified my choice and greatly assisted with the choice of options.

    A well equipped Mitsubishi Montero 4 x 4, with which I have been very happy, has been my transport around central PA for the past 10 years. If the new Dakota treats me as well, I will be a happy camper (figure of speech only).

    The Dakota on order is a Q/C 4x4, 4.7L V8, Auto, Limit Slip Diff, 4 wheel anti-lock, defrost rear window, deluxe convenience, H/D service group, power convenience group, AM/FM with CD, skid plates, Sport Plus group, trailer tow, dressed in silver metallic. Probably more goodies than I need, but expect to drive this one for 10 years too.

    Have picked up the forum info that will allow me to trace the build and shipment times.

    Sorry for the long first post. I'll keep reading regularly, and again, thanks for the good info.

    Ken J
  • bookittybookitty Posts: 1,303
    Ken, have you signed up for the Farm Bureau $500.00 discount for Dodge trucks? If not, I will be happy to tell you about it and how it is done. Good luck with your Dakota Quad cab. It sounds like a beautiful truck, and you will love it.

  • tuvtesttuvtest Posts: 237
    If you've read the postings for any length of time, you have probably seen that the biggest complaint/question/worry is the design and/or position of the oil fill tube allowing for condensation build-up. Another common "gripe" is the design/positioning of the oil filter and skid plates which make for messy oil changes. But knowing about these subjects ahead of time, it won't be a shock the first time you change your oil.
    My own personal pet peeves about the truck? I have 2. First, I wish they had kept the lever for 4x4 rather than changing to a switch, my personal preference only, not backed up by any statistics on reliability of either system. Second, the low power on the fog lights, and the fact that they have a proprietary bulb and can't be upgraded w/o replacing the whole light [non-permissible content removed].
    Keep in mind that these notes do not indicate I am unhappy with the truck. I think overall it is a great design and would buy it again without hesitation. Just remember all cars are compromises. Manufacturers cannot build a vehicle that is perfect for every person or situation, I think the QC comes very close to doing all that most of us need, and more
  • kjcdr1kjcdr1 Posts: 26
    Thanks for the info on Farm Bureau. I had read about it here, but the local dealer was offering it as well as the Dodge $1000 rebate. These were both applied after adding $100 to the invoice which is what the price to me was based on. Have noted the concerns of other buyers about having their trucks delivered before the Dodge rebate is withdrawn. This dealer is guaranteeing the price as ordered regardless of what Dodge does. The destination fee and advertising fee are included in the invoice price, but it appears from my reading on these forums that those are seldom if ever removed or reduced. I consider this to be a fair deal. Thanks for the offer of information.
  • ohc_babyohc_baby Posts: 116
    Sylvania and GE both make a 881 bulb that fits the fog lights just fine and is a little higher wattage (10 watts, I think) so if you don't want to buy the bulb from Dodge, you can do what I've been doing all along. I just hate the idea of being told that I HAVE to use anything.
  • mrquadmrquad Posts: 4
    Hello everybody, This is my 1st post. Just have to say I have been browsing this forum for almost a year & it is very informative. Anyway I have a 2000 quad 4.7/auto 4x4 with most of the goodies. I have added a flowmaster exhast system (sounds awsome)& a rhino spray in liner. I ordered this truck & took delivery in May 2000. Since then I have put 12,000 miles on it. It tows my ski boat 60 miles round trip to the lake one to two times a week (during summer). Has been trouble free until Nov my gas milage droped to 10 to 11 mpg no matter how I drove the thing so i took it to the dealer they put a new oxygen senser on but only improved about 3 mpg. I was getting 13 to 16 mpg pulling my boat now I only get 10 to 14? Go figure. I plan to take back to dealer soon.
  • ferousferous Posts: 226
    First - I love my truck!

    Design improvements - If the truck could fly, it would make my 42 miles commute go even faster, or so the crows tell me. I might even get more looks than I do now. But I'm sure that would come at a price I couldn't afford.

    Seriously - the only issue I have is with my 4.7 5spd 3.55 combo. I have the std 215 tires and 1st gear is worthless. During my daily drive to work, I run a 2nd-3rd-5th shift pattern. If I could of had the 3.21 rear end, then I would be using 1st. The only time I need 1st gear is when I pull my pop-up camper.
  • tuvtesttuvtest Posts: 237
    Your flowmaster system, cat-back or just the muffler?
    Their website doesn't list a QC kit. Do you have a Part number?
  • mrquadmrquad Posts: 4
    I had my local muffler shop put on a Flowmaster Delta flow single outlet....I did not want two big ol pipes poking out the back so I had them reuse the factory tail pipe and stuck a stainless tip on it. Sounds as good as others around town.
    Muffler & install were only $125 Heck of a deal if you ask me.

    Any body have a Z-tube on a 4.7? Is it worth the bucks?
  • bookittybookitty Posts: 1,303
    Daimler Chrysler announced today, a lay off affecting 26,000 jobs (20% of the U.S. workforce). "Everyvun unter ze rank uf enchineer vill take two steps forward." Hope that they get straightened out soon, because there are few Americans involved in the D/C upper echelon.

  • I will be taking a look at a '99 Dakota Ext cab SLT that's being sold by original owner. It's got the 3.9L V6 with 15K on it. Asking about $16,500. Any suggestions on things in particular to look for when checking it over, besides the standard scrutiny for any used vehicle? Any advice is appreciated.
  • I am very close to purchasing a brand new 01 SLT Quad Cab!

    The one option that I am having trouble with is the ESOF - Full Time Transfer Case.

    I have read several posts regarding MPG and Tire wear, but am still uncertain to what extent these two factors will differ from a part time 4-wheel drive vehicle.

    I have read several articles praising all wheel drive (ie the new silverado C3). this just adds to my confusion. Is the all wheel drive offered in the Quad Cab a state of the art design, like the C3? Or is it something that should be avoided.

    I like the idea of not having to choose the perfect time to engage the system. I like the fact that it is always ready to help out in an emergency... wet, snow, or dry.

    Again I ask for any information regarding THIS specific system, problems associated with THIS system, and general point of views.

    As always this forum is the greatest thing since sliced bread, and I appreciate any and all help regarding this problem of mine.

    FYI, I was looking at the SLT QC, 4x4, 4.7, multi speed tranny, 3.55, anti spin, rear defrost, tire and handling

    Thanks again
  • Hello fellow Dodge Quad cab owners. I am due to take delivery of a 4wd Dodge Dakota Quad cab any day now that I ordered several weeks ago. Is it too late to sign up for the $500 discount from Farm bureau? I checked the F.B. web site but that was no help and the local F.B. guy said that I would have to have insurance with them 30 days prior to receiving the truck. How can I get the $500 discount? Thanks in advance for the help.
  • gator72gator72 Posts: 115
    I have an '01 QC SLT Plus, 4.7L V-8, 4x2 with ABS and auto. tranny. I've got 2500 miles since purchase in Oct. '00.

    Lately, I've noticed a slight bumping noise when turning RIGHT at slow speeds (10~15 mph) while applying brakes. If I don't apply the brakes - there is no noise. Also, there is no noise when turning LEFT while applying the brakes.

    The noise is similar to a front end squeak in older vehicles. BUT, it only does it when I apply the brakes while turning RIGHT.

    I plan to ask the dealer to look into this at next oil change. Until then, does anyone have any ideas as to what this might be???


    PS. To the new reader who was asking - I have no complaints about my QC. As far as I'm concerned there are no "flaws" to complain of (except the noise noted above - may be just a fluke). It's comfortable, great visibility, quality workmanship and loads of power on demand. However, it is NOT a babe-magnet. The only looks it gets is from other guys. I've been stopped in the parking lot a few times with questions like "when did Dodge come out with 4 door Dakotas? and "great looking truck".
  • bookittybookitty Posts: 1,303
    Chris, you have probably read the many posts dedicated to this particular choice of items. Many
    of us prefer part time 4WD for a variety of reasons, while others choose the full time. If you prefer that the vehicle more or less dictates when 4WD becomes engaged, then by all means choose the full time. If you prefer to make the choice yourself, then part time is the right way. It is strictly a matter of choice. Whatever your preference, enjoy your truck. I think that you have already answered your own question.

  • bookittybookitty Posts: 1,303
    Robert, I have never heard of the insurance curtailment for the Farm Bureau Dodge discount. Here are the rules, at least in PA and most other states.

    " Dodge Truck Rebates
    The Dodge Truck Bonus Certificates provide the opportunity for members to purchase Dodge Pickup Trucks, Dodge Ram Vans, and Dodge Ram Wagons at a discount of $500. Contact your local Dodge Dealer to make your best deal on an eligible vehicle. Must be a Farm Bureau member for 30 days before taking ownership."

    This was cut and pasted from the web site. Talk to your dealer and also to the member benefits person at the local (county) and/or state level.
    The dealer may be able to help you with the 30 day requirement. Good luck.

  • steve234steve234 Posts: 460
    There is a Farm Bureau and there is a Farm Bureau Insurance Company. They aint the same thing. It sounds like you got someone at the insurance company that had no clue about what you wanted, but tried to sell you a policy anyway. That or the local FB operator is also doing the insurance bit and is exploiting the job for personal gain.
  • wetwilliewetwillie Posts: 129
    AWD is different than Fulltime 4WD. AWD in many imports use a torsen sensor, that is, it is a smart system that can sense what wheels are losing traction and will redirect most of the torque to the wheels with traction. The Jeep QuadraTrac system is also sophisticated enough to function as a true AWD. The Dakota Fulltime 4WD is dumb, that is, all wheels are engaged all the time, and unless you get LSD, you really only have 2WD (one wheel in front and one in the rear) as torque will be directed to the wheel with the least resistance - the one that slips. With LSD, the breakaway torque between the wheel that slips and the wheel that grips at the rear axle is only about 100lb/ft - realistically not all that much, but it helps. Of course with part time 4wd, you decide when the front diff. (open) is engaged - a much better system - at least more effiecient.
  • I too have this noise, but I believe that it's comming from the rear....only on rights and up a driveway for me. I have taken the truck to the dealer and they spend about 3 days trying to find the noise. Their conclusion was that it's the rear end axle play and it's normal. I too have a '01 SLT quad with LSD......

    Anyone else have this problem/issue/noise?
  • I have had my QC SLT 4.7 5 sp 3.55 LSD, ETC. ETC.
    for only a month but have already put 2500 miles on it. Love it, tow hooks, no tailgate lock. Had to install a pop lock (and chose to install a pace edwards cover). Any feedback on where I can get tow hooks???
  • i have a 01q/c4x2 with about 2600miles 4.7 auto with ltd slip,t&h pkg 4wheel abs etc i also have front end noise seems to occur while making left or right turns on off of even pavement onto a incline ro driveway, also while parking turning sharply. the noise is like a popping or clunk sound sounds like ball joints or worn cvc's on a front wheel drive only not as bad. i have tried spraying silcone spray on ball joints and also steering shaft but noise still occurs. pls post if your dealer finds something. also take good look at your rear axle YOU'LL PROBERLY NOTICE ON MOST Q/C'S there offset to the right about 1/2-3/4 in i've not been able to get a straight answer on this yet either...
  • I finally ordered my Quad last Tuesday. Got everything I wanted. Since you guys answered my questions about options, I thought you could also answer some about accessories for my new toy.

    1. I was probably going to go for a spray in liner. Any suggestions for brands?

    2. I am also looking at getting a roll& lock cover. Is the Pace Edwards the best for the money? Is install something that should be left for a progessional? Do they rattle when you are driving? Also, is it difficult to install a lock on the tailgate?

    3. What are your opinions on the bug deflectors available for the Quad? Is the protection they provide, really worth the money. Personally, I don't think they look very good on the Dakota with the broken hood-line.

    Opinions would be greatly appreciated. Also, I know a delivery checklist has been posted before, but I can't find it. Could someone please repost the info?

    PS: egaquaman - I asked my dealer about towhooks when I ordered my truck. Supposedly he checked and I could get them installed after delivery for a couple hundred bucks. I didn't really ask him details since I won't be getting my truck until the first week in March. When I find out if he knew what he was talking about I will post it.
  • gator72gator72 Posts: 115
    Thanks Wantaquad and Slickwilliedj for the info.

    Within the next week or so, I'll head to the dealer for the 1st "free" oil change and ask them to look into the problem.

    Mine makes that "clunking" sound when making slow right turns - while applying the brakes. If I don't apply the brakes, there is NO noise at all. I have NOT noticed any noise on left turns.

    The noise in mine is definitely coming from the front end; not the rear.

    Slickwilliedj's description of the noise is very accurate. It sounds like old ball joints or worn cvc's on a front wheel drive.

    Bottom Line: I don't believe it is anything major. Either something is loose; or, this is "normal" for QC's.

    I'll keep you posted.

    P.S. If anyone else is experiencing this problem, OR if you've had it FIXED - please post it for the rest of us.


  • mk39mk39 Posts: 18
    I need to transport 4 children under age 12 and need a truck for hauling purposes. Want to order a Quad Cab but was told by dealer that the option for passenger-side airbag deactivation switch is not available on the Quad - even though it is standard on the other Dakotas. Anyone know of a different source for the switch?
This discussion has been closed.