2001 Dodge Dakota Overview


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2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB
Avg. Price: $7,759
2 Dr SLT 4WD Standard Cab SB
3 national listings
Avg. Price: $6,832
2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB
20 national listings
2 Dr SLT Standard Cab SB
4 national listings
2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB
Avg. Price: $7,153
2 Dr Sport 4WD Standard Cab SB
1 national listing
Avg. Price: $6,297
2 Dr Sport Extended Cab SB
17 national listings
2 Dr Sport Standard Cab SB
Avg. Price: $5,615
2 Dr STD 4WD Extended Cab SB
2 Dr STD 4WD Standard Cab SB
2 Dr STD Extended Cab SB
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Average User Score

4.45 stars

Based on 37 reviews

2001 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab 4x4 Slt by Aaron
 — The truck has decent power, a very good ride for a pickup, and impressive interior quality for a Chrysler product and year. It will tow just about anything you can hook to it, but that sends the fu... Read More
The Truck Was Built Great. by Joseph
 — I use to have a Dodge Dakota sport it was great,had good acceleration,and great breaking power,handling was good.The quality was good only had to fix the window to the window track for the manuel roll... Read More
Best Vehicle I Have Ever Owend by reverend1735
 — Awesome power for the size of the truck. Does great in the snow/mud. LOTS of towing power. I have actually had the truck bed heaping full of coal, and had a 18 foot long 3 foot deep trailer full of... Read More

2001 Dodge Dakota Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 37 reviews

2001 Dodge Dakota

Outside it's a beefy mid-sized truck with the same lines and styling as its big brother, the Dodge Ram.  Inside, it is a family sedan, with the luxuries, convenience, and comfort you'd expect in a car.  Available in regular, extended, and quad-cab, the Dodge Dakota can be whatever you'd like, whether you're off-roading in the country, hauling equipment, or taking a family road trip.

Because of the huge popularity of its new Crew Cab 4-door truck, changes for the 2001 Dodge Dakota focused on the interior.  Both the dashboard, and overhead and center consoles were restyled to look and operate more like a car.  Sport and SLT models were given 16-inch alloy wheels.  Engine options remained the same -- 2.5-liter, 120-hp I4, the 3.9-liter, 175-hp V6, the 4.7-liter, 235-hp V8, and the 5.9-liter, 250-hp V8 option in the R/T trim.

Tests of the 2001 Dodge Dakota place it among the top pickups in the market, for its heavy-duty suspension that offers a quiet ride, its above-average braking, and its easy handling of both mountain curves or tight city parking spots.  Drivers still dislike the miserable fuel economy, particularly wtih a heavy load or when driving the 5.9 V8.  The best compromise in terms of engine power and fuel economy is the 4.7-liter V8, though even full out that will cost you at the pump.  Some owners complain about steady visits to the repair shop, while others have experience very few maintenance issues.


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Dodge Dakota Questions


Binding 4x4 Dakota

My Dakota binds in 4x4 and I have put new half shafts and checked all the fluids, Transfer, and axle. Is this a transfer case problem or a differencial problem?

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Randall Hopson

I Have A 2001 Dodge Dakota With A Blown Up 3.9l Can I Put A 3.9l From A 92 ...

5 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 weeks ago)

Oil Pressure Drop

I had the oil pump and sending unit replaced but after warming up the pressure drops to 0 then after a few more minutes the lifters and rockers start rattling I'm thinking cam bearings any other ide...

24 views with 4 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)

I Have A 01 Dodge Dakota 4.7 That Starts And Runs Well But After Warm Up Wo...

To start I changed the exhause manifold and gasket also head, intake, valve cover, and timing cover gaskets. I was very careful to put everything back together as to not screw up the timing. The f...

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How Do I Find A Vacuum Leak On A 3.9 Ltr Engine

my truck is lacking power when in drive , it will rev up when not gear, but will not rev up when in gear, told of a possible vacuum leak, ive replaced all the vac lines,, whats next

30 views with 4 answers (last answer about a month ago)