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Average User Score
4.2 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 16 reviews
1997 Dodge Dakota Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 16 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...
Got Bad Gas In Our 1997 Dodge Dakota It Gets Gas To Top Of Motor And Wont S...
got bad gas in our 1997 dodge dakota and the fuel pump hums like its working but the truck wont start its fuel injected
Our 97 Dakota Seems To Have Some Sorta Energy/electrical Draining Issue. W...
Dodge Dakota 1997 Battery Draining, And Idle Drops Till Shuts Off. Could I...
Battery was dead, jumped it. runs if hold rpms up. dies when let off accelerator. battery gauge drops at low idle.
1997 Dodge Dakota, Won't Start
Once when I tried starting my truck, I got a small 'click' but nothing, when I turned the key. A co-worker found that the battery cables were too big, not making a tight, secure connection to the pos...