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V6 or V8 Dakota

I am looking at a used 2003-2004 Dakota as my next truck as my Silverado's time has come for retirement. I am getting some conflicting information on the capabilities of the engine choices. Writeups I have seen on the 3.7L V6 have people getting 13-15mpg while others are reporting 18-22 (all people stating mixed driving conditions). I have also seen large fluctuations in the 4.7L V8 mpg reporting. I have seen as low as 11 which is worse than my Silverado's worst tank, and as high as 20.
I've checked Edmunds, ConsumerGuides, and Consumer Reports along with other forums and can't get any reliable information. Unfortunately that is not the impression I've gotten so far. If anyone can give me some insight on your experiences as far as average MPG, how well either powerplant performed for you, and how well the truck worked/works for you overall I would appreciate it.
Thanks for any help you may be able to offer.

Jared
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