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Long story short: I'm thinking about 'pulling the trigger' and getting a later model Dakota/Mitsu Raider 2WD QC V8 (4.7L). I believe that the 2008 and higher models are the best due to the much higher performance/MPG of their Eights. Can someone clarify if true or not?
 

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Bob Lincoln said:
All I can contribute is that I rented a new 2004 Dakota QC with 4.7L V-8 and 5-speed auto, when my 92 Dakota was in the shop. I drove it 240 miles in 3 days, commuting, so it's consistent with the way I drive my 92.

My 92 gets 19-20 mpg highway on this ride. The best I could squeeze out of the 2004 was 17 mpg highway. It did ride exceptionally well, it was like a sofa on wheels, very car-like. But then again, for a 21-yr old truck, my Dakota rides beautifully.

Shifted fine, handled fine. Power felt about the same in that heavier truck as with my 92 with V-6.
Interesting about the hwy MPG's: I had a 2000 Dak QC 4,7L 2WD that I bought new and it returned an honest 18 MPG running at 75 MPH on level terrain.
 
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