1997 Dodge Dakota User Reviews

1997 Dodge Dakota Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 19 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: 4.1 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

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"power" 5 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews
"reliable car" 3 reviews
"storage" 2 reviews
"comfortable car" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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mustlx90 writes:
1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Extended Cab SB Review
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4

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Perfect size truck. Small enough so it's easy to park, but big enough to handle full sized loads.

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The 1990's engine management system can have occasional "quirks"

mustlx90
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Good Truck To Keep For The Long Haul. — I've had the truck for 15 years. I've never had any "major" repairs done to it. I've replaced 3 iacs, two batteries and a heater core. All of the rest just regular wear and tear stuff. Living in the snowy north east, I know my next one will be 4 wheel drive. I just hope that Ford or Ram gets back in the mid sized market before this one dies. This one is running great, so I think I still have some time.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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Gmarquis90 writes:
1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB Review
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3

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Cool body style, comfortable, nice drivabilty, room for cargo, great for towing.

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Hard on fuel, small back seats. Small unassuming repairs are actually a pain at times.

Gmarquis90
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All In All, This Dodge Is Fun To Drive, Looks Good, And Has Never Left My Stranded... — The front end designs on these trucks are poor, much like the transmissions... Most of my maintenance revolves around those two issues and the charging system. Annoying as they are to fix, this truck has never left me stranded and always has started up for me every day. My friend's dad bought it new, then he bought it off of him, then sold it to me for $2,000 to help me out of a jam. I love a vehicle with history, especially a good one, so this truck is very valuable to me. I love looking at it and driving it. It's still showroom quality clean inside. It's was the best $2,000 I've ever spent! lol

Primary Use: Family transportation

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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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Matt writes:
1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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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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Matthew writes:
1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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powerful for as little as it is

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gas milage

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Tuff Little Truck — This truck has done some pretty astonishing things.

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

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The bumpers are very cheap and rusted thru.

58benny
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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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Ben writes:
1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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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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Dustin writes:
1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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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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i liked every thing, not really any dislikes truck drives grate solid after all these years ,built so i can work on it not vary many truck that could have lasted this long of the newer built ones, th... Read More

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1990 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Money Pit By Bob

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Above Avg By Elvis

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1991 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Best Truck In The World By Colton

It is the perfect truck dont want another one for a long time. It handles good and it breaks good. It will get up and go if you want it to. I have had alot of fun and good memories in this truck. Read More

Lots Of Power In A Lil Truck By David

I picked this truck up for $600. im a scrapper and this truck can handle alot of weight for a lil truck. its got the v8 in it so it has plenty of power when u hit that throttle. unfortunatly its sitti... Read More

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