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what Dakota year am i looking for.

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hello everyone i have a few questions that i was hoping you could answer. Recently I've been looking at getting a new vehicle and I've decided that i would rather have a truck instead of a car. I've been looking at a lot of different options but i really like the second and third generation Dakotas and have found some online that are in good condition for a reasonable price, my only issue is that i had a 4x4 1992 Dakota a while back that i bought with 150,000 and in a month the transmission went out. so what i'm wondering is what year is going to be the most reliable and what i should absolutely stay away from, i also want to get a 4x4 because i live in Iowa and the winters can be hard and i need something to get me to work when it snows, mpg is also a concern but i know that with a truck and especially a 4x4 i cant be to picky but i would like to get more than 14 combined since that's what i'm getting right now. this is my first time posting to this forum(or any forum) so please be kind and i am grateful for any information i can get on this subject.
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Well, for the most part, most Dakotas are pretty reliable. Dodge did have some transmission problems back in the early 90s but most by now have been rectified and newer transmissions are much more dependable. I'm not personally fond of the 4.7 V8. Some of the early ones that are found in 2nd gen Dakotas and Durangos had issues, but there were several improvements made by the time the third gen models came out. I like the older 318 and powerhouse 360. Fuel economy for any of the V8s will be in the 14mpg range, give or take an mpg or two. Often overlooked will be any of the V6 offerings. The 3.9 and newer 3.7 are bread and butter engines. They aren't too strong and not really that much more efficient. But they are cheap to come by because most people wanted the V8s.

You'll be familiar with the 4wd system, in the second gen trucks, they are identical to the one in your 92. Only other difference might be newer models will come with a push button controller.

The newer models have more creature comforts than your old 92 did. Take advantage of some of those features especially the quad cab. Having a full rear seat and two more doors helps a lot…although it does come at the expense of less cargo space. But if you're like most people who buy trucks, they don't often use the bed to it's fullest potential. Good luck

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