2000 Dodge Dakota Overview


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2 Dr R/T Sport Extended Cab SB
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2 Dr R/T Sport Standard Cab SB
2 Dr SLT 4WD Crew Cab SB
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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 Crew Cab SB
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2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB
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2 Dr SLT Plus 4WD Crew Cab SB
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2 Dr SLT Plus 4WD Extended Cab SB
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2 Dr SLT Plus 4WD Standard Cab SB
2 Dr SLT Plus Crew Cab SB
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4.35 stars

Based on 47 reviews

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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2000 Dakota Motor Swap

i have a 2000 dodge dakota that has a blown engine by the vin it say 318 but was told it was swaped for a 360 and i have a 1999 durango that has a 360 but the front end is wrecked would like to know i...

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Color Of Wires For Overhead Digital Console

I'm installing an overhead digital console. Got console out of donor truck and wiring I can match up all the wires up on the ctm except 2 ! Where can I find out where they go?

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