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2 Dr R/T Sport Extended Cab SB
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Avg. Price: $7,084
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Is The Funnest And Best Car Ive Ever Drivin by John
 — th etruck is soo fun to drive with the performance diff in it. my parents gt it for $1,400 and that aint a type o thats real with taxes it was about $1,600. the truck isnt to great foe hauling stuff b... Read More
2000 Dodge Dakota R/t by John
 — This is for a 2000 Dakota R/T. Performance was a little less than thrilling in stock form. However it takes well to mods and can be a real powerhouse. One of the most important things to do is reflash... Read More
My Dakota 5.9 R/t by Mark
 — this is a 2000 dodge dakota 5.9 r/t this is not your normal dakota this truck comes with the 5.9 liter 360 cubic inch engine and it was a slug at first but i added alot of go fast goodies to it to bri... Read More

2000 Dodge Dakota Overview

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2000 Dodge Dakota

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

Kevin Choate

Dakota Wont Turn Over And Start

Have power to daah and all. Turn key nothing happens. Keep 5urning and sometimes it just starts. What is going on

6 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 days ago)
Juan Arevalo

Transmission Or Transfer Case?

When in gear (automatic) my truck makes a little noise like if something was loose. But when I put it in park it stops. Transmission fluid is good. Also I can move the 4x4 shifter without having ...

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Wes Cahill

Can You Put A V10 In A Dodge Dakota

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My Check Gauge Light Is On And My Battery Gauge Is Zero

Truck cranks with battery gauge at 14 but goes to zero after a minute

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How Do I Find And Replace Lifters On 2000 Dodge Dakota

i hear a ticking noise i dont think its push rods and i do not know where to loacte lifters or anything ive pulled valve cover off and seen springs what looked like rocker arms held in by a bolt and...

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