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Fearless Fred

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(Msg. 1) Posted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 10:39 pm
Post subject: Pre purchase 2001 Dodge Dakota Sport 4x4
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Hi All!

I'm looking at buying a 2001 Dodge Dakota Sport 4x4 with the Magnum V8 ...
guessing this is the 4.7 litre???

Would appreciate any feedback from the group on experiences with this model
and year.

TIA

Fred

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(Msg. 2) Posted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 10:41 pm
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Suddenly, without warning, Fearless Fred exclaimed (8/30/2008 2:39 PM):
> Hi All!
>
> I'm looking at buying a 2001 Dodge Dakota Sport 4x4 with the Magnum V8 ...
> guessing this is the 4.7 litre???
>
> Would appreciate any feedback from the group on experiences with this model
> and year.
>
> TIA
>
> Fred
>
>

I have a 2001 Dodge Dakota SLT 4x4 with the Magnum V8 - and yes it's a
4.7 liter. Right now, in mixed city/highway, I'm getting ~18mpg, which
is pretty good - in the past I've gotten 14-16mpg mixed, and the best
I've gotten on the highway I think was 21mpg.

I love my truck! It still looks in good shape, despite the abuse of
being shipped from here to a really wet, cool country and from there to
a really hot, dry country.

There are a couple of recalls for this make/model/year, but nothing
horrific. I'd suggest doing your homework and see if they've been
completed. Yea, they're still recalls and thus "free", but still you
lose your truck while things are being fixed. Lessee, I think it was
ball joints, the child seat holders on the back, and something electrical.

Lessee. I had a very slightly warped manifold, front rotors that failed
inspection for rust degradation, tie bar ends that also failed (I'm not
convinced they were bad, though), and a leaking pinion seal. Replaced
something in the steering column - can't remember what offhand. Oh, and
the infamous blower motor resistor - been through two of them. That's
about all I remember that needed to be fixed over the last 8 years (most
within the last 3/5), that I wouldn't call normal wear-and-tear.
Considering what the truck has been through, I'd say that's not too bad,
especially because I think some of the "inspection failures" were
suspicious. Some places do take advantage of us supposedly rich
Americans Sad It has never left me stranded on the side of the road yet
(knock wood).

If you search this ng on my name, you'll find more details. I've been
here pretty much since I bought the truck.

jmc

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(Msg. 3) Posted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 1:19 am
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Fearless Fred wrote:
> Hi All!
>
> I'm looking at buying a 2001 Dodge Dakota Sport
> 4x4 with the Magnum
> V8 ... guessing this is the 4.7 litre???
>
> Would appreciate any feedback from the group on
> experiences with this
> model and year.
>
> TIA
>
> Fred

--

Could also be a 5.9l Magnum. This is a great
engine for towing and working. Gas mileage
stinks, but there's gobs of torque. The 4.7
definatly gets better gas mileage. But it was one
of the first years for the 4.7. In that year, the
torque curve was not favorable for work. Where
the 5.9 was wide and flat, the 4.7 was narrow and
peaked. OK for a daily driver. Not so good for a
work vehicle.

The one big problem with any Dodge truck is the
rear end. They often don't last beyond 60-80K
miles. Place the truck in Neutral, and set the
parking brake. Then place the trans in Park.
Crawl under the truck and grab the drive shaft.
If it turns back and forth any measurable amount ,
it needs to be rebuilt.

Some 4x4's came with a limited slip diff. And
most did not. Obviously, the LSD is more
desirable.

Another issue with all Magnum engines with the
"beer barrel" intake is the belly pan gasket on
the intake manifold. After a while it gets
brittle and starts to leak. If the engine knocks
or pings under hard acceleration, that's probably
the reason. Look down through the throttle body.
If the bottom of the intake manifold has oil on
it, that's where it's coming from.

--------
..boB
2006 FXDI hot rod
2008 Mustang Coupe
2001 Dodge Dakota QC 5.9/4x4/3.92
1965 FFR Cobra - 427W EFI, Damn Fast.
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Fearless Fred

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(Msg. 4) Posted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 4:09 am
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jmc

Thanks for sharing ... much appreciated.

Fred
"jmc" wrote in message

> Suddenly, without warning, Fearless Fred exclaimed (8/30/2008 2:39 PM):
>> Hi All!
>>
>> I'm looking at buying a 2001 Dodge Dakota Sport 4x4 with the Magnum V8
>> ... guessing this is the 4.7 litre???
>>
>> Would appreciate any feedback from the group on experiences with this
>> model and year.
>>
>> TIA
>>
>> Fred
>
> I have a 2001 Dodge Dakota SLT 4x4 with the Magnum V8 - and yes it's a 4.7
> liter. Right now, in mixed city/highway, I'm getting ~18mpg, which is
> pretty good - in the past I've gotten 14-16mpg mixed, and the best I've
> gotten on the highway I think was 21mpg.
>
> I love my truck! It still looks in good shape, despite the abuse of being
> shipped from here to a really wet, cool country and from there to a really
> hot, dry country.
>
> There are a couple of recalls for this make/model/year, but nothing
> horrific. I'd suggest doing your homework and see if they've been
> completed. Yea, they're still recalls and thus "free", but still you lose
> your truck while things are being fixed. Lessee, I think it was ball
> joints, the child seat holders on the back, and something electrical.
>
> Lessee. I had a very slightly warped manifold, front rotors that failed
> inspection for rust degradation, tie bar ends that also failed (I'm not
> convinced they were bad, though), and a leaking pinion seal. Replaced
> something in the steering column - can't remember what offhand. Oh, and
> the infamous blower motor resistor - been through two of them. That's
> about all I remember that needed to be fixed over the last 8 years (most
> within the last 3/5), that I wouldn't call normal wear-and-tear.
> Considering what the truck has been through, I'd say that's not too bad,
> especially because I think some of the "inspection failures" were
> suspicious. Some places do take advantage of us supposedly rich Americans
> Sad It has never left me stranded on the side of the road yet (knock
> wood).
>
> If you search this ng on my name, you'll find more details. I've been
> here pretty much since I bought the truck.
>
> jmc
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(Msg. 5) Posted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 4:16 pm
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On Sat, 30 Aug 2008 18:39:54 GMT, "Fearless Fred" wrote:

>Hi All!
>
>I'm looking at buying a 2001 Dodge Dakota Sport 4x4 with the Magnum V8 ...
>guessing this is the 4.7 litre???
>
>Would appreciate any feedback from the group on experiences with this model
>and year.
>
>TIA
>
>Fred
>
I'd check the glove box plate, or even better, if it's sold through a dealer or
you know someone in a dealership,ask them to get the "build list" for you..
That will tell you what engine, gearing, accessories, etc. that it left the
factory with..

Might be apples & oranges because ours isn't a sport or a 4x4, but...

We have an 01 dak, built in 2000... 4.7/auto/2wd/3:55 gears..
Slt, CC, 16" factory wheels, etc..

We've had a few problems with it, but mostly caused by the 1st year of it's life
when it was owned by Enterprise Rental.. All covered under warranty, and we're
VERY happy with the truck..

It's comfortable, less expensive to drive than our 99 Ram, has good
power/acceleration and has been a quiet, comfortable truck..

We don't drive economically, and get maybe 10 mpg in town and 17 or so on
freeway trips..
I know we could do much better if we drove it easier, but then why have a V8 in
a mid-sized truck?
Gotta have fun, too..

From our experience, I'd recommend a truck like ours any time...
OTOH, I know nothing about the difference with the sport package or how reliable
the 4x4 is.. YMWV


mac

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(Msg. 6) Posted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 5:39 pm
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boB

More really good info ... thanks very much.

Fred

".boB" wrote in message

> Fearless Fred wrote:
>> Hi All!
>>
>> I'm looking at buying a 2001 Dodge Dakota Sport 4x4 with the Magnum
>> V8 ... guessing this is the 4.7 litre???
>>
>> Would appreciate any feedback from the group on experiences with this
>> model and year.
>>
>> TIA
>>
>> Fred
>
> --
>
> Could also be a 5.9l Magnum. This is a great engine for towing and
> working. Gas mileage stinks, but there's gobs of torque. The 4.7
> definatly gets better gas mileage. But it was one of the first years for
> the 4.7. In that year, the torque curve was not favorable for work.
> Where the 5.9 was wide and flat, the 4.7 was narrow and peaked. OK for a
> daily driver. Not so good for a work vehicle.
>
> The one big problem with any Dodge truck is the rear end. They often
> don't last beyond 60-80K miles. Place the truck in Neutral, and set the
> parking brake. Then place the trans in Park. Crawl under the truck and
> grab the drive shaft. If it turns back and forth any measurable amount ,
> it needs to be rebuilt.
>
> Some 4x4's came with a limited slip diff. And most did not. Obviously,
> the LSD is more desirable.
>
> Another issue with all Magnum engines with the "beer barrel" intake is
> the belly pan gasket on the intake manifold. After a while it gets
> brittle and starts to leak. If the engine knocks or pings under hard
> acceleration, that's probably the reason. Look down through the throttle
> body. If the bottom of the intake manifold has oil on it, that's where
> it's coming from.
>
> --------
> .boB
> 2006 FXDI hot rod
> 2008 Mustang Coupe
> 2001 Dodge Dakota QC 5.9/4x4/3.92
> 1965 FFR Cobra - 427W EFI, Damn Fast.
>
>
>
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Fearless Fred

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(Msg. 7) Posted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:21 am
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Thanks Mac ... appreciate the feedback. LIKE what I'm hearing so far.

Fred

"mac davis" wrote in message

> On Sat, 30 Aug 2008 18:39:54 GMT, "Fearless Fred"
> wrote:
>
>>Hi All!
>>
>>I'm looking at buying a 2001 Dodge Dakota Sport 4x4 with the Magnum V8 ...
>>guessing this is the 4.7 litre???
>>
>>Would appreciate any feedback from the group on experiences with this
>>model
>>and year.
>>
>>TIA
>>
>>Fred
>>
> I'd check the glove box plate, or even better, if it's sold through a
> dealer or
> you know someone in a dealership,ask them to get the "build list" for
> you..
> That will tell you what engine, gearing, accessories, etc. that it left
> the
> factory with..
>
> Might be apples & oranges because ours isn't a sport or a 4x4, but...
>
> We have an 01 dak, built in 2000... 4.7/auto/2wd/3:55 gears..
> Slt, CC, 16" factory wheels, etc..
>
> We've had a few problems with it, but mostly caused by the 1st year of
> it's life
> when it was owned by Enterprise Rental.. All covered under warranty, and
> we're
> VERY happy with the truck..
>
> It's comfortable, less expensive to drive than our 99 Ram, has good
> power/acceleration and has been a quiet, comfortable truck..
>
> We don't drive economically, and get maybe 10 mpg in town and 17 or so on
> freeway trips..
> I know we could do much better if we drove it easier, but then why have a
> V8 in
> a mid-sized truck?
> Gotta have fun, too..
>
> From our experience, I'd recommend a truck like ours any time...
> OTOH, I know nothing about the difference with the sport package or how
> reliable
> the 4x4 is.. YMWV
>
>
> mac
>
> Please remove splinters before emailing
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(Msg. 8) Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:22 am
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ya its ok but do not hurry up just check all things like engine, chassis and fuel tank, because my friend have problem in same truck.
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