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2WD OR 4WD? To buy or ot to buy!

We are looking into purchasing a used 2000 Dodge Dakota Club Cab.
It is a 3.9L engine, V6 Automatic Transmission, 2Dr and only 63,063 miles.

My Question...This has RWD,( 2WD) and I was told by a source I trust that if it is not 4WD then it is a waste of money. Anyone have any thoughts on this or does anyone have or had a RWD that they were happy with?
We live in the North East so driving on snow and ice cannot be avoided. I don't want to make a mistake purchasing this vehicle if I can avoid it.

Any comments, pro or con will be appreciated.

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I'm living on Florida.
I have a Jeep G. Cherokee.
But I had a Dakota 2WD.
And because I'm a Mechanic.
I drive all Kind of vehicles.
The DIFERENCE on a 2WD and 4WD. is:
4WD- Better traction than 2WD.
4WD- better power for hauling. than 2WD
4WD- Better stabilitly and handling than 2WD,
4WD- are 4 wheel ABS. 2WD only few , some only rear ABS.

If you live on SNOW and ICE.
I recomend buy a 4WD vehicle.
It's gonna be BETTER on your zone..

I hope this work for you.
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On the plus side, 2wd gets better gas mileage, is cheaper to operate over time (no 4x4 transfer case or any 4x4 components to wear out or maintain). With a good set of snow tires and weight in the back, winter traction should be ok. The mileage 63k, is good too. If u live in southern New England, as I do, u can probably get by w/out 4x4.
On the negative side, If you have a job that requires u to be there no matter what the weather, and u live where there's a lot of snow, then maybe 4x4 is really necessary. How many days over the last few winters did you REALLY need 4x4? Around here, I'd say maybe 6 days a year. Do you really need it for 6 days?(or however many for your area). It is great to have when u need it, but u have to justify the extra expense for occasional need.
On a personal note, my 1st truck was 2wd, and I hauled a lot of stuff to the dump when I purchased a run down house. After loading up to overflowing, I got stuck in the yard, and had to unload everything to get out. I swore I'd never own a 2wd truck again. But gas was about 45 cents a gallon then, and now, 2 4x4's later, I avoid driving the truck due to gas prices, (I do plow snow, haul firewood, lumber, etc, buts after all this blah blah blah, I probably have u more confused than ever! GOOD LUCK, and let me know what u decide. countrycurt0

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