I'm not a fan of that brand period, besides IMO all their products are junk!
I think I’ll let primrose answer that , it’s her post . I was just adding my two cents like you .
Yes, Ram needs a midsize truck and a compact truck, but they need to be actual Ram designed and built here in America and not a warmed over Stellantis/Fiat brand from Europe or South America. Despite some opinions, the Ram 1500 is a great truck. I've driven full size Fords, GMCs, Chevys, and Dodge/Rams over the years. For toughness, the Ram is great. Again, but I'm not a great fan of Stellantis and their global brands. Too bad Ram/Dodge/Jeep are not owned by an American based company.It looks like the Dakota might be coming back to life according to new reports. It's probably going to be bigger than the Maverick, like a Ranger, but it'll be interesting to see what Ram can come up with.
Dodge Dakota Revival Might Not Be Dead After AllRam currently lacks a midsized truck in the United States, but that might change. Dealers want it, and the market seems ready for the vehicle.www.motor1.com
Maybe the project to revive the Dakota or whatever Ram calls its future midsized truck isn't dead after all. An insider source now tells Automotive News that the work is still happening to give the brand a smaller pickup.
The Ram Dakota went away after the 2011 model year. Rumors were already swirling in 2012 about a return for the nameplate. Although, it never happened.
Instead of introducing a new Dakota, FCA (now Stellantis) seemed to test the waters of returning to the midsized truck segment by launching the Jeep Gladiator for the 2020 model year. In its first full year of sales, the vehicle moved 77,542 units.
Ram dealers are reportedly clamoring for a midsized truck to sell that would slot below the 1500. The desire is understandable when rivals are rapidly expanding their pickup lineups. Ford is a notable example because it's about to have a full range with the compact Maverick, midsized Ranger, the venerable F-150, and brawny Super Duty. Plus, there are new contenders like the upcoming Hyundai Santa Cruz unibody pickup.
I was considering finding a low mileage 2003 Dakota to restore for my last truck, then the Maverick was introduced. Of course the Dakota was a true midsize pickup the last two generations. They were great trucks.I’ve had a 2004 Dakota since it was new, before their fiat deal. It’s been a great own, never a lick of trouble with it, very dependable. I only wish the Maverick was as nice an interior and will be as trouble free as this truck.
I had a 2004 Dakota also and drove it for 10 years and 158K miles, proving the statement of my mechanic that with enough money anything is possible. It was a real money pit the last 3- 4 years but there is nothing like an 8 and that engine just growled to the end. I traded it in for $3k on a Hyundai Elantra that will be replaced after 7 years with my Maveriick.I’ve had a 2004 Dakota since it was new, before their fiat deal. It’s been a great own, never a lick of trouble with it, very dependable. I only wish the Maverick was as nice an interior and will be as trouble free as this truck.