Very sturdy and reliable truck, especially with the manual tranny and no power options. Has never left me stranded and 4x4 works well. The interior is more comfortable and spacious than a similar year Tacoma/Ranger/S10. The seats are very comfortable and A/C blows very cold.
My only gripe with the vehicle is that the MPG with the 3.9 magnum V6 (and definitely any V8 you can get in a Dakota) is absolutely abysmal, especially with the manual trans. The trans is very sturdy (NV3500), but it is very rough down low.