1997 Dodge Dakota User Reviews

1997 Dodge Dakota Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 17 reviews

  • Performance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5

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"power" 5 reviews
"reliable car" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 5 reviews

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 17 1997 Dodge Dakota reviews.

Ben writes:
1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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4

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Fast

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Stock Radiator Is Too Small

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Great Truck — Great truck if it could keep cool while off roading. Love the bullet proof 5.2L Magnum V8, quick acceleration and lots of torque for a 318. The tranny is not so hot though, I've not had any trouble but i've heard from many people that they can barely handle the stock power from the V8 let alone a modified motor.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Matt writes:
1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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3

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sick sound system

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old

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3.5 Out Of 5 — All around and good reliable truck, fun to drive, sounds great. Comfortable and spacious inside, many accesories and perfect clarity for the sound system. Looks very nice and is very fun to drive. Built like a work truck and can go off roading almost anywhere

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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58benny writes:
1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB Review
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the handling and performance is outstanding.

Cons

The bumpers are very cheap and rusted thru.

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I Will Buy Another One If I Am Able To. — 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 Dakota at a very reasonable price. I took it for a test drive and was very impressed. The truck had 181,000 miles on it and drove like it was new. I should have purchased one years ago.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Ryan writes:
1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr STD Extended Cab SB Review
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4

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5.2L V8 (with lots of modifications), hard to break, gets lots of stares

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It has to be smogged and it has bad bump steer.

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It's Different Than Most Vehicles — This is a good truck. I've put a lot of work into it and it still has a ways to go but as it is right now it's definitely fast for a truck and it looks good plus it can still haul, tow and get me from point A to B in most terrains.

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crywolf_3 writes:
1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB Review
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4

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Its got a ton of power and torque! Lots of storage. Huge interior to be a smaller truck.

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needs a 3rd door for easier access to back seat. front seats dont lock in place.

crywolf_3
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Love My Truck, Wouldnt Own A Different One. — I love everything about this truck except that the front seats dont lock in place sometimes. Other than that i wouldnt change alot about it. Oh yeah and the access to the back seat should be easier with maybe a 3rd door or something.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Dustin writes:
1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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4

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I love the fact that it is a mid sized truck with a 318 very powerful and it is also very comfortable in the front seats

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i hate the gas mileage,the back seats are very uncomfortable not very reliable its almost to powerful for its own good it produces to much power for the stock parts and it breaks

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Its An Ok Vehicle For A Single Guy Or A Couple That Doesnt Have Kids — I love the fact that it is a mid sized truck with a 318 very powerful and it is also very comfortable in the front seats,i hate the gas mileage,the back seats are very uncomfortable not very reliable its almost to powerful for its own good it produces to much power for the stock parts and it breaks overall this truck is not very reliable for gorcery shopping but it can haul things very well and can pull a trailer pretty good

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Joey writes:
1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Standard Cab SB Review
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5

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Color was black and red and it was sharp

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Speed sencors went out and it shifted bad high rpms, plus crashed it

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My First Car — I loved it. I used this car to deliver pizzas. Was a really nice car was very sharp. I got into a accident is why i no longer have it. But it was a really nice truck. :) Buy one is you have a chance.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ryan writes:
1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport 4WD Standard Cab SB Review
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train horn......5.2Lv8

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11mpg

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Truck — Performance- Cat back exhaust, new pads,Tain horn Build Quality- Solid like a ram should be Apperance- Black on gray cloth, 2-10in. subs 900 watt amp Cost Of Ownership- Lot.s of gas Fun Factor- fun when wet outside and muddy out

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Stephen writes:
1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Standard Cab SB Review
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4

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its a stick

Cons

its slow

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Not Bad For A Fisrt Vehicle Looks Great It Can Pull A Flats Boat. Id Recommend Getting One — Its fun to drive had to replace the engine and clutch gas milleage isn't great its black color fade like you wouldn't belive has a tunnel cover that looks like crap i don't want it but my dad does it'll spin the tires but its horrible to drive in the rain if you dont have new tires

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Josh writes:
1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Standard Cab SB Review
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3

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reliable

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4 cyl

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Eh — point a to point b vehicle. its a 4cyl so its slow, but it gets 25 mpg's! solid truck only problem in 2 years is a busted a/c compressor. i put 215/55/16's shoes on her so now she handles like a car.she can be a little tail happy in the rain, but that just adds to the funn factor.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2007 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Great Clean, Dependable, Flame Read,pick-up. By Grandpa7

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We love this truck! We had no trouble hauling our children around, even in heavy snow. It has done everything we expected. The gas mileage wasn't pleasant, but it's a truck... what else would you e... Read More

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2006 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Nice Truck Wish It Didn't Have The Transmission Problems By Megan

great performance, build could be better been in the shop twice for the transmission love the appearance of both the exterior and interior gas guzzles like no ones business. It is fun to drive th... Read More

Excellent Little Chick Magnet By sunnygas

Great little fun to drive truck. Stick shift is extremely fun. Looks good, basically a chick magnet. Reliable and fair gas mileage for a truck. Not a man with a lot of words, so this will have to d... Read More

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2005 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Great Truck- Ram Tough By mgrahamf8964

Love the looks of this vehicle and price point is excellent compared to other crew cabs out there. It has been very reliable and the maintenance cost are reasonable. I found my F150 to be too large fo... Read More

Power To Spare-magnum V-8 By horseygal

Big truck power-Sport truck handling-Luxury car ride. Was sister's truck and she passed on. Being a constant reminder, it needs to go to someone that needs reliable power and dependability in an Ameri... Read More

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2004 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Great Little Truck By Wolfknyte

I inherited this truck when my dad passed away. It is great for what it is; a small truck. I am just not all that fond of the styling or the size. I prefer something a little bit bigger. For anyon... Read More

All Around Great Truck To Own. By Steven

Props, it really gets up and goes for only having that little 4.7 in her. Gas mileage is terrible, but its a truck. It gives you that truck feeling with out the high placed seating from a Ford f ser... Read More

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