1997 Dodge Dakota Overview

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2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB
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2 Dr SLT 4WD Standard Cab SB
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2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB
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2 Dr SLT Standard Cab LB
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2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB
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Avg. Price: $4,198
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2 Dr Sport Standard Cab LB
2 Dr Sport Standard Cab SB
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2 Dr STD 4WD Extended Cab SB
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4.15 stars

Based on 18 reviews

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

Overall User Score

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Based on 18 reviews

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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Dodge Dakota Questions

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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...

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97 Dokota V8

Would a muffler off a 4cylinder couse it to start sucking gas like. Bad

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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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Dont Worry I'm Not Fbi I'm Just "from Big Island (fbi)" Of Hawaii

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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Where Is The Crankshaft Position Sensor Located On A 2004 Dodge Dakota 3.9l...

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 ...

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