1997 Dodge Dakota Overview

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2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB
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Well Worth It!!!! by Drake
 — This truck has been exelent. I have driven this truck over 200000km and I have had only one thing happen to it. the belt started to squel at about 197000km so I took it back to the dealer for the... Read More
I Will Buy Another One If I Am Able To. by 58benny
 — I had been against Mopar products ever since I owned a 2001 Chrysler Town and Country mini van. I had a very bad experience with the quality of that vehicle. I had the opportunity to purchase the Dak... Read More
Shes A Beaut by Blake
 — 2in lift, 383 v8 , dua catbackl flowmaste exhaustr, 15in custom subwoofer box, 285 wide, 35in mudders, new paint job, K&N all around, 26 highway, 10 city, faster than hell, JVC Deck newly installed, ... Read More

1997 Dodge Dakota Overview

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1997 Dodge Dakota

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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Will A 1997 Dodge Dakota Transmission Fit A 2004 Dodge Dakota

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What Would Make My 1997 Dakota 4x4 Hop Driving Down The Road

as i drive down the road at any speed my truck will hop. You can see the bed bouncing but no shake in the steering. i have new tires,drums and several other parts but still not sure why.it seamed to ...

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No Radio Dash Lights

ii have o dash lights interior lights and no radio help

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Barlowlake
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1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Wd V8 Shut Down While Driving It. The Fuel Guage And He...

1997 Dodge Dakota V8.Was driving it and it just shut down.Checked all fuses at dash and under hood. all look good. Checked both sides of fuse that are at the dash with Tester, both sides show good ...

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1997 Dodge Dakota V8.was Driving It And Itjust Shut Down.checked All Fuses ...

1997 Dodge Dakota V8.Was driving it and itjust shut down.Checked all fuses at dash and under hood. all look good. Checked both sides of fuse that are at the dash with Tester, both sides show good on...

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