Ok so I may be in the market here soon for a new truck and these are the 2 that I've decided I could afford. I am looking at something in the '01-'03 era, both with ext cab. The Ranger would have to have the 4.0L V-6 and the Dakota I would want the 4.7L V-8. Right now I think I would prefer the Dakota because of the extra size and power, but the Rangers are a little more common and they have that nice supercab with the access doors. With kids those doors would be nice to have, not that my kids will ride in the truck all that often. On the other hand I could even maybe buy the Dakota Quad cab, but that has such a short bed. What I am curious about is which of these 2 trucks is the most dependable and trouble free, and which get's the best mileage?