As pointed out they did have the engine. It was also known for some cam issues too. It was more common to the Jeep line.
Well my Canyon can carry 5 people, has 4x4 and 310 hp. The Dakota sport I drove with the 4.7 had less power and on a good day get 17 mpg in a 2WD standard cab short bed sport.
Note my mpg in the GMC is over 17,000 miles as an average.
Todays trucks as a whole are more efficient and powerful than any mid size in the past. Time and technology has seen to that.
Yes Tacos all rotted out here in the mid west. My buddies broke in half at 8 year.
I currently own (and recently purchased) a 1998 Dakota SLT 4x4 with the extended bed and 240K miles on it. This is my first pickup. After some major, past due work needed to pass state safety inspection, a fuel system rebuild, and replacement of both oxygen sensors it seems to be running fine. It was not cared for properly and the body is a bit worse for wear. Okay, no big deal since I’m using it as a “trash truck.” So far I’m happy with it. The biggest problem is rust and cosmetic (dents though none severe as to need major panel replacement/work).
Gas mileage on the 3.9 V6 is decent though not spectacular. It doesn’t like to go over 70 and requires bullying to get it up to that. No problem. It’s not going to be used as an over-the-road vehicle.
So, after we get it to 250K miles on it we’ll see.
I always thought this was a great idea poorly executed in some of its years. I have a friend with a Dakota I don't know what year with a 318 in it. He's had it forever and drives it several days a week depending on need. I've borrowed it and I don't like the ergonomics
but other than that it's a workhorse. He says he'll be buried in it........thanks for this.