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2000 Dodge Dakota Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 47 reviews
Slowly transforming into a family car that just happens to be a truck in its off-hours, the 2000 Dodge Dakota proves to be an alternative to the more traditional SUVs and minivans favored by suburban families.
The mid-size Dakota achieved this in 2000 by finally building a 4-door Quad-cab model, the Crew Cab, available in the Sport and SLT trims. Maintaining the 131-inch wheelbase of the extended Club Cab, it shaved off 13 inches in the bed to make room for comfortable rear bucket seats that fit three and flipped back to reveal more storage room underneath. The shorter 5'3" bed meant you were trading in hauling capacity for partying with five of your friends, but it was ample cargo space for the average person's needs. The 8-foot bed option in the regular cabs disappeared, so all non-Crew Cab models came standard with a 6.5-foot bed.
Why did it take Dodge so long to listen to the number one complaint of many drivers and create a four-door with easy access to the rear seat for loading both humans and cargo? No one knows, but everyone applauded the innovation.
The other big change in the 2000 Dakota was the replacement of the old 5.2-liter V8 with a more fuel-efficient 4.7-liter V8 that hit 235-horsepower (compared to the 225 in with the 5.2). It ran better and faster than previous versions of the V8 engines and came as either a 5-speed manual or a redesigned 4-speed automatic.
The 2000 Dakota, with its new roomy rear seats, heavy suspension, and car-like handling, offered a comfortable ride that was surprisingly quiet (unless you opted for the R/T trim, which proudly announced its engine power upon acceleration). Good visibility due to big mirrors and windows, and the easy access made the Dakota a safe family "car" choice, but it's optional 5.9-liter V8 Magnum engine appealed to drivers looking for the intense power of a sports truck. The biggest complaint, despite the convenience of four doors, was the shortened bed in the Crew Cab.
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Dodge Dakota Questions
Will Headers And "catgut" Removal Help Power And Fuel Mileage On 5.9 L In ...
I have a 2000 Dakota with 360/5.9 l. I need to know if performance headers and cat removal will help increase fuel mileage and horse power.
Cost To Replace Headgasket
Hi My 2000 Dodge Dakota Will Not Shift From Drive To Park Or Reverse!
A driver for AAA came and told my son that a clip under neath is broken and 'snapped' it back in so he could drive the truck home. Would any one be able to tell me what the "clip" is and if this is ...
My 2000 Dakota Was Low On Gas & The "check Gauges" Light Came On, Now It Wo...
Added some gas, it will start & run with a lot of gas peddle but will not idle & dies
What Kind Of Motor Oil Or Viscosity I Need To Use If My Truck Has More Than...
i am using the 15w 40 and much noise is heard in the engine as if they were the valve springs and no noise is removed even thoug if the motor is hot.