I get 20+ mpg highway with my 07 Dakota, Quad Cab, SLT, V8 (4.7L) and 16-18
mpg city. I don't do a lot of highway but have noticed 21.1 mpg the last
time I drove about 15 miles highway time at 65-70 mph with cruise on.
I run Amsoil 5W30 synthetic and QT regular gas and I don't drive like a
grand pa. When I test drove the same truck with a V6 in it I felt like the
parking brake was on. There is not enough power in the V6 and almost not
enough in the 4.7L V8 but it's adequate - nothing more. My other Dakota in
a 98 with a 5.2L in it. That truck had the power when I needed it. The new
one is not as strong. It drives a whole lot more comfortable and sits
higher. I like both versions.
I see they changed the body style again on the 08 Dakota too. That stinks.
I would disagree with you about the 3.9 not having enough power. My
95 w/a 5 speen manual had pleanty of muscle behind it for what the
truck was designed/used for. Made many of trips with it through the
Appalacian (sp) Mountains with a moderate load in it and never had a
I will agree with you though about the 4.7, especially in a Ram, I
found it to simply be a dog.
The older 3.9V6 does have plenty of power. I never meant to imply it did
not. I also owned one of them and am sorry I sold it. I was referring to
the new 3.7L V6 - it drives like the brakes are on. I test drove one
because I couldn't find one like what I bought. That was hard to say. I
was looking for a V8 with a certain list of options. Mine has that list
except for the automatic rear view mirror.
No, the 3.9L V6 has nearly as much power as my 4.7L. The new 3.7L V6 has
comparable power to the 4 cyl. they put in some of the low end Dakotas. New
design - lack of power. Old design - plenty of power.
Suddenly, without warning, Rick Baldwin exclaimed (9/22/2007 11:19 AM):
That does seem low. I was getting an average of 17mpg with a mix of
really low speed and medium speed driving. More like 19 highway. These
days I'm getting around 16 hwy, but I'm working on fixing that.
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