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Average User Score
4.1 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 18 reviews
1997 Dodge Dakota Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 18 reviews
Despite the introduction of a new generation of the popular mid-size pickup, not much had changed for the 1997 Dodge Dakota. Its look was slightly more muscular, taking its cues from the successful Dodge Ram. But underneath the big rig-like exterior, it was really the same old Dakota drivers knew and loved.
Dropping the WS trim, the 1997 Dakota came now in base, Sport, or SLT models. The three wheelbase options remained unchanged (112-inch, 124-inch, and the Club Cab's 131-inch) as did the engines -- the 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder, 120-hp, the 3.9-liter 175-hp, V6, and the 5.2-liter V8 Magnum, which returned to its former 230-horsepower. 2WD, rear anti-lock brakes, and 5-speed manual came standard, with 4WD, 4-wheel ABS, and 4-speed automatic optional.
A new addition for 1997 was dual front airbags, reinforcing the Dodge Dakota's lead in safety. Inside, the dash got an update, but still looked plastic and cheap. The cab comfortably fit three up front with standard bench seats. Optional bucket seats made room for a well-designed center console with extra storage compartments. The rear bench seat was still basically unfit for humans over the age of ten or over the size of Mini-Me and was hard to access with only the two doors, but it did provide extra storage beneath the seats.
Aside from the poor gas mileage, uncomfortable rear seats, and wide turn radius, most drivers praise the Dodge Dakota's handling and hauling capabilities. The other big selling point is the cab's roominess and driving comfort. Reviews mention the excellent braking response and relatively quiet interior.
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Dodge Dakota Questions
97 V8 Standard Will Not Shift Into Any Gear
Noticed at first it was getting harder to shift into 1st, but within a couple days, l wasn't able to shift into any gear - up or down. I was slowing down to turn off hwy & tried to shift into 3rd & it...
97 Dokota V8
Would a muffler off a 4cylinder couse it to start sucking gas like. Bad
97 Dokota. Vibration
I rotate d tires don't feel no knots or see anything. That looks wrong, pretty new tires. Less than 1000 miles what else could it be
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I HAVE A 1997 DODGE DAKOTA 3.9L V6 4X4. MY MECHANIC REPLACED THE ENGINE BLOCK WITH A 2004, BUT HE PUT MY 1997 TOP ELECTRICAL BACK ON. FOR ALMOST 2YRS TRUCK WILL NOT WORK RIGHT. I HAVE A BRAND NEW T...
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MY TRUCK IS A 1997 DODGE DAKOTA 3.9L V6 4X4, MY MECHANIC REPLACED IT WITH A 2004 ENGINE. THEY SAID THEY USED THE TOP PART OF MY 1997 ENGINE & PUT IT ON BOTTOM OF 2004 ENGINE. FOR ALMOST 2YEARS, THE ...