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so there telling us thats it for Dakota Production, Aug 2011 rolled out the ;ast ever. However, on ALLPAR.com there saying they might bring Dakota back, but in a more of a SUV form ?
 

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Seems a shame they weren't more popular, for me Dakotas are just about perfect. I would love to have a new model with the 4.7!
 

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so there telling us thats it for Dakota Production, Aug 2011 rolled out the last ever. However, on ALLPAR.com there saying they might bring Dakota back, but in a more of a SUV form ?
Why? They already have the Durango. :confused:

Why kill the little brother to the Ram?

They just got most of the kinks out of it..and now they are stopping
production? We need this mid size truck!..sniff!

I love my '98 318..it's got balls!

The last thing we need is more of those silly SUV Crossovers or whatever
they call them like the Calibre and such..good for grannies and the like..ptooh! :rolleyes:

I want a truck that hauls, and hauls ass too! :D

BTW..I got the link by email to the Mopar "Mamas"..what a friggin'
disappointment..I expected some er..cleavage and the like..all I see
is some bimbos next to the trucks...ackkkkkkkk..ptooh!

C'mon Mopar!..show some of that old fire you used to have!

..and send those (skinny)college models home... get some real MorePower mamas in there!
 

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what they NEED is to dust off the tooling for teh Gen!s and bring them back as well as a 2 DOOR version of the Durango built off the gen I platform; They had so many less problems with teh Gen 1's than any since.

That said I canty believe how bad the 99s-'00s-and such are rusting away; there are many GenIs in my area with less rust than that gen seems to have; did they buy Ford's left over sheet metal from the 1970s or what?
 

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well thats too bad, thought they were starting to make a nice comeback with the latest body style, never did care 05 to 07 look i think it was. was sort of hoping that the dakota would be looking more and more like the dodge rampage, and in short order, as the dakota evolved even more so.
 

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what they NEED is to dust off the tooling for teh Gen!s and bring them back as well as a 2 DOOR version of the Durango built off the gen I platform; They had so many less problems with teh Gen 1's than any since.
The gen II's aren't too bad with the gas guzzling 318..which is a reliable
engine design. The big mistake was to put on those crappy ball joints
that you can't grease, forcing owners to spend hundreds of dollars
unecessarily.

That said I can't believe how bad the 99s-'00s-and such are rusting away; there are many Gen Is in my area with less rust than that gen seems to have; did they buy Ford's left over sheet metal from the 1970s or what?

I live in a harsh environment lots of salt used). I have oil sprayed mine over the years, so the body is in good shape... rust free for nearly 14 years, but
the bumpers are rusting away. They used the recycled metal from China
and that metal is not good quality. If they had oil sprayed the inside of
the bumpers first maybe, (or even coated them with grease) that probably
wouldn't be a problem. Mine will keep on going and going..with only a few minor repairs up to now, mostly wear and tear items...new muffler (finally last year, new ball joints all around) and a couple sets of rotors, so I really can't complain about the old 318
compared to the problems I seen on this forum with the 4.7.
I don
 

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Why? They already have the Durango. :confused:

Why kill the little brother to the Ram?

They just got most of the kinks out of it..and now they are stopping
production? We need this mid size truck!..sniff!

I love my '98 318..it's got balls!

The last thing we need is more of those silly SUV Crossovers or whatever
they call them like the Calibre and such..good for grannies and the like..ptooh! :rolleyes:

I want a truck that hauls, and hauls ass too! :D

BTW..I got the link by email to the Mopar "Mamas"..what a friggin'
disappointment..I expected some er..cleavage and the like..all I see
is some bimbos next to the trucks...ackkkkkkkk..ptooh!

C'mon Mopar!..show some of that old fire you used to have!

..and send those (skinny)college models home... get some real MorePower mamas in there!

Well said sir!
 

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Thought you guys would like to see the final Dakota that rolled out of the Warren Truck Assembly Plant.


Sad isn't it? :( Almost like saying goodbye to a long time friend. Figures the last one ever was white. Probably heading to Hertz, where it will never get appriciated for the good truck it was. Farewell my friend, and God speed.
 

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I wonder if the number crunchers at mopar have such short memories that the Cherokee mistake could be repeated..guess not..
 

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Alot of people are asking why is the why is the dakota is being discontinued. Well number one the dakota is getting to big if you look at all of the generations of the dakota you noticed how it started from a tiny truck from the 80s to almost the size of a ram 1500. The truck has got a little to big for me and kinda ruined why people would buy the dakota. Number two the price of them are way to high costing as much as a base hemi ram. So why buy a dakota when you can get a ram right? So the sales have dropped hard only 12,156 were sold in 2011 and so its obvious why they cut the dakota. I don't mean to offend anyone I love the older dakota's
 

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The sad fact is, the Dakota has gotten too expensive. It's just about the price of a fullsize Ram and it sucks down just as much gas. Bottom line is, consumers typically end up choosing to buy the bigger Ram, which gives them more interior space and more cargo capacity. Originally the Dakota was intended to compete against other downsized trucks. It's sole selling point was that it was bigger and could carry more. Later they offered a V8. The downside was, small trucks were intended to be more fuel efficient, but by the end of it's production run, the Dakota wasn't any more fuel efficient than it's bigger counterpart, and sales began to slip. The Dakota isn't the only small truck to suffer this fate. Over at Ford, Ford decided to discontinue it's beloved Ranger. It too lost customers and for similar reasons. The Ranger got worse fuel economy, to where it was about the same as a base F150, and it's price grew to that of the F150. Further, Ford never made a 4 door version. Their customers ended up buying either the F150 or the Explorer Sport Trac. So say goodbye to the Ranger too.

Now from what I understand rumor has it that Dodge might make a new Dakota. It might be a car based vehicle like the current crop of cross-over SUVs, or it might introduce a small mini truck, like the old Mitsubishi based Dodge D50. Either way, Dodge might be reintroducing the Dakota, this time as a more fuel efficient vehicle, and it looks like Dodge may invest more into small diesel technology. So we may see a few of it's vehicles get 30 mpg for such.

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