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
6 national listings
2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB
10 national listings
2 Dr SLT 4WD Standard Cab SB
2 national listings
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
1 national listing
2 Dr SLT Plus 4WD Standard Cab SB
2 Dr SLT Plus Crew Cab SB
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Average User Score

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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Dodge Dakota Questions


2000 Dakota, 5.7 Mag 4x4 4-door Dinging /alarm Sound?

while im driving every 10 min or so a random ding sound will go off 5 times or so. it varys. also the air bag light stays on while driving. whats up with that?

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2000 Dodge Dakota..put New Starter In.started Right Up Used All Day The Wen...

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I Have A 2001 Dakota Slt,that Is Leaking Fluid Baaaad Especially When Its N...

put on a new pump...still leaks i took off the power steering pressure switch,cleaned it with break cleaner...still leaks ......HEEELP IM PUTTING MORE POWER STEERING FLUID IN IT,THAN I AM GAS

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What Causes The Drivers Side Window To Stop Moving When Using The Power Win...

I bought a new master power window switch and installed it and tried it to see if it would work as I had hoped but it did the same thing as the old one. Any ideas as to what else it could be?

158 views with 1 answer (last answer 5 months ago)

What Is Causing My 2000 Dodge Dakota Voltage Gage To Quit Working

My truck seems to be running fine, starts okay but when I drive a little ways the voltage gauge quits working.

38 views with 3 answers (last answer 5 months ago)