Dakotas: 1st Gen vs. 2nd Gen?
Okay, let's say just for the sake of argument that I will be gaining a family member in the near future and will therefore need a truck that can carry three people and a dog comfortably. I have narrowed it down to a Dakota with the 3.9l V6, 5 speed, and part time 4wd. I want the MPFI, so 1992 or later. Don't really care about the looks between the two, and ergonomics aren't a huge deal for me, nor will I be wheeling Moab, but seat comfort and quality are important. I just need a truck that will get okay mileage and be reliable and comfortable for the aforementioned passengers and have a 6' bed or thereabouts. No quad cabs, no longbeds. This truck will see double duty - sharing daily driver status, towing a 14' sailboat, and camping/roadtrips. It will have a cab-height camper shell on it.
That said, why would I want to spend the extra $1500-$2000 on the next-gen Dakota? Is it a lot quieter? More refined? Better turning radius? Does it smell better or perhaps sing sweet songs when you're going to sleep?
Also, how common is the "optional" 22gal tank in the first gen?
I am aware that the Toyota Tundra is in most peoples' opinions vastly superior, but I just hate Toyotas. Always have.
BKCowGod - Northern, CA
'93 Range Rover LWB - Finally...
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