Re: Slightly OT: Dodge Dakota tow rig
Mopars are known for being tough as nails. Nobody I know personally has ever had any significant problems with their Dodges, etc. Our 98 Grand Cherokee has the 360 (5.9 liter) V8 and in 80,000 miles we haven't had any problems with the engine, tranny, t-case, or anything else. It's the same motor as the 318, just larger, and I've towed my Sammy and my 69 Dodge Charger with it effortlessly. When I do a brake stand, the driver's front wheel lifts off the ground and the other three peel out. It'll lay to waste any SUV besides the old GMC Typhoon, the new Porsche Cayenne, and the Infiniti FX45.
A friend has a 98 Durango with the 318, never had any problems, and another friend has a Dakota with the 4.7 and despite lots of heavy trailer towing, he hasn't had a single problem.