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1989 Dodge Dakota Overview
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Ever curious to know how the cargo sitting out in your pickup bed feels as it's cruising along the highway? Well, in 1989 you could could find out, with the introduction of the Dodge Dakota convertible. That's right, realizing that the mid-size truck was being used just as much for fun and adventure as it was for hauling, Dodge produced the first convertible pickup since the Model T. Most buyers loved the addition of the manually operated top and roll bar, although it was difficult to see out of the murky plastic rear window when the top was up. Added to a Sports Package that included fog and offroading lights and a sports suspension, the convertible was purely a pleasure-oriented truck.
Amid criticims of underpowered engines, the 1989 Dodge Dakota got another new addition, the unique Shelby Dakota, built on the shorter 112-foot wheelbase and Sport suspension. This high-performance pickup got its extra zip from the same 5.2-liter, 175-hp V8 engine that sat in the Ram. It was paired with a new 4-speed automatic, that was also available in the other Dakotas, replacing the 3-speed automatic. The Shelby sported the Shelby badging and supposedly hit 0-60 in 8.7 seconds, solving the labored acceleration problems from previous years.
Another change in the 1989 Dakota was a base model upgrade to a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder, 99-hp engine. The 3.9, 125-hp V6 was still offered, and all models came as standard 2WD, with a 4WD option in V6 or higher engines. All Dakotas received rear-wheel ABS brakes in 1989.
The convertible was a big hit with those who bought it, saying it added an adventurous and fun spirit to the mid-size pickup. 4WD Dakotas were highly valued for their ability to conquer rough road and weather conditions. The fact that the 1989 Dakota handled like a smaller truck but had a large cargo bed was also a plus, as was the hard-to-kill engine. Drivers still complained of a lack of power, the sluggishness of the 4-speed, and problems with paint decay.
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Dodge Dakota Questions
Engine Quiting While Driving
after starting 89 dodge dakota automatic v6 runs ill drive it around and it just quits after rocking back and forth a few tines on the key switch and cranking it it will start for a few seconds an d...
Will The 3.9 Magnum Fit Into An 89 Dodge Dakota Sport?
I have an old 89 dodge dakota that just blew a head gasket, was just going to go ahead and replace the engine. Would it be possible to put the 3.9 magnum that Dodge made into the truck? or maybe even ...
Vine Plate Doesnt Match Title Vin Please Help
I traded my car for a 89 dakota. I got the truck titled and registered and insured. But 2 months later when i try to trade it me and the guy realize the vins dont match. The vin plate is a 87 dak...
Can U Put A Battery From An 89 Dodge Dakota Into A Gmc Sierra 1500?
I Have A 1989 V6 Throttle Body Auto Trans. 2wd. While Driveing Engine Spitt...
while driveing ,it will spitter and sputter then stall may start right back up may not but if I lift hood pull up air cleaner and move throttle it may start maybe by moveing throttle sen. acts like wa...