I've been looking for an old 4X4 pickup, and came across a 1991 Dodge Dakota
on a dealers lot.
A few details:
Automatic - 4X4
Decent Firestone tires.
You can see a photo of it here:
Pretty rough in person, but good enough for what I want it for.
Rust as you can see, also about a 4 inch hole rusted in the passenger door
near the bottom. The box and all fenders are very good. Just a normal amount
of dings. Don't see any rust under the floor and, what I think are the cab
mounts look okay.
I tried it out today and it wasn't too bad considering its age and miles.
Starts right up and runs down the highway decent.
Now the bad news: on a gravel road I engaged the 4WD. The noise is hard to
describe..sort of a grinding/scraping type sound. The sound may not have
It has the broken fuel gauge problem. The sender in the tank possibly?
Its Carfax report is unremarkable.
So of course I have some questions for those with much more 4X4 savvy than I
*If the transfer case or some other portion up front is shot, can I still
use it safely in 2WD?
*I'm half way mechanically inclined (have changed axles on my FWD autos etc)
so would replacing a transfer case be a major headache for me, besides being
a learning experience?
*What would you offer a dealer for this? It's gone down from $1575 to its
current price of $1275. I wouldn't care to invest much considering its
This would receive minimal use, so it's not like I plan to commute with it.
Just some local hauling etc. between tinkering with it. And if I could get
the 4X4 working it would be handy in the winter too.
Sorry for all the questions over a worn out truck, I just don't have anyone
here that I know of than can help me on a matter like this.
Many TIA for your advice!