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2003 Dodge Dakota 4.7 V8 5-speed manual 4X4 #4674540
02/22/18 03:28 PM
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Going to look at one of these tomorrow and hopefully bring it home.

Highlights:

1. Low miles (less than 70k)
2. Minimal if any rust
3. Oil sprayed underneath
4. New tires
5. Interior looks mint

Iím having a dealership inspect it tomorrow, and if allís well I am buying it.

Anyone familiar with these trucks?

Re: 2003 Dodge Dakota 4.7 V8 5-speed manual 4X4 [Re: oilpsi2high] #4674557
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The older 4.7s had some sludge issues so make sure to check for sludge and use a good oil.

They were not that strong and still got bad gas mileage but if taken care of were not to bad. I think some early ones may have also had some timing chain issues but not super common.

The biggest issue is usually the transmission. But a manual fixes that.

I have a 2007 Dakota with the 4.7. About to hit 100k this year.


yup
Re: 2003 Dodge Dakota 4.7 V8 5-speed manual 4X4 [Re: oilpsi2high] #4674558
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I had a 2 wheel Drive 5sp V8 Dakota. It was trouble free for 128,000 miles.


2009 Honda CR-V
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1994 Jeep Wrangler 2.5L
2016 Chevy SS Sport Sedan
Re: 2003 Dodge Dakota 4.7 V8 5-speed manual 4X4 [Re: oilpsi2high] #4674562
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Did the 4.7's not have issues with dropping valve seats as well? I'd be worried about that, especially if the engine has ever been overheated.


2015 RAM SXT Crew Cab 5.7 with 6 speed tranny.

2008 Mazda 3 GS Sport Hatchback 5sp MT (Girlfriend's car)

Re: 2003 Dodge Dakota 4.7 V8 5-speed manual 4X4 [Re: oilpsi2high] #4674568
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It was owned by a business for 10 years. The guy has all maintenance records. I plan to use M1.

Re: 2003 Dodge Dakota 4.7 V8 5-speed manual 4X4 [Re: oilpsi2high] #4675682
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Bought it. This thing is in great shape. Zero rust, everything works. No dents.

If I can get 60k out of it Iíll be a happy man.

Re: 2003 Dodge Dakota 4.7 V8 5-speed manual 4X4 [Re: oilpsi2high] #4676229
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Sounds like a good deal. Good luck!


2011 Toyota Camry, base, 2.5L/6MT, 179k, hers
2010 Toyota Tundra DC, 4.6L/6AT, 147k, ours
1999 Toyota Camry LE, 2.2L/4AT, 203k, his
Re: 2003 Dodge Dakota 4.7 V8 5-speed manual 4X4 [Re: oilpsi2high] #4676963
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Here's a few [censored] pics from the ad:




Re: 2003 Dodge Dakota 4.7 V8 5-speed manual 4X4 [Re: oilpsi2high] #4677012
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Transmission tended to overheat easily, so think about changing the fluid when you get a chance.

Re: 2003 Dodge Dakota 4.7 V8 5-speed manual 4X4 [Re: oilpsi2high] #4677027
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It's a manual...

Re: 2003 Dodge Dakota 4.7 V8 5-speed manual 4X4 [Re: oilpsi2high] #4677037
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We still have a few 2002 4.7 1500's in our fleet at work. The few that have checked out were lost to leaking radiators/unchecked coolant levels, overheating/head gasket failures. The remaining trucks we have left are pushing 120k miles on low bidder bulk conventional 10w30 at 5-6k mile intervals.


Currently running...
2011 Ford F250 4x4 6.7L, 2011 Toyota Camry SE 2.5L, 2002 Dodge Caravan 3.3L,
2012 Honda Rincon,2012 Honda Rancher AT,09 Honda Trx90
Re: 2003 Dodge Dakota 4.7 V8 5-speed manual 4X4 [Re: xxch4osxx] #4677051
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Originally Posted By: xxch4osxx
Did the 4.7's not have issues with dropping valve seats as well? I'd be worried about that, especially if the engine has ever been overheated.


Yes. That's exactly the issue right there.


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17 Maserati GranTurismo Cabrio
Re: 2003 Dodge Dakota 4.7 V8 5-speed manual 4X4 [Re: Soggydog] #4677061
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Originally Posted By: Soggydog
We still have a few 2002 4.7 1500's in our fleet at work. The few that have checked out were lost to leaking radiators/unchecked coolant levels, overheating/head gasket failures. The remaining trucks we have left are pushing 120k miles on low bidder bulk conventional 10w30 at 5-6k mile intervals.


Good to know!

Re: 2003 Dodge Dakota 4.7 V8 5-speed manual 4X4 [Re: oilpsi2high] #4689000
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First thing I did was install BFG Winter Slalom's on some cheap 5-spoke tirerack wheels. Night and day difference in the snow.

Funny story, I had to move an old Toyota through about 8" of snow. [censored] near got that thing stuck. Open front and rear diffs with cheap knockoff all-season tires.

I still think my Cobalt SS is better in the snow, unless there's more than 6" on the roads or so. The rear end on this thing is very light. Regardless, it's still fun to drive with the V8 and the 5-speed.

I did find some rust under the bedliner and under the rear fender flares. Fortunately it isn't too bad and can be saved with a patch panel and some POR15/fluid film. The frame is good which is the important part.

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