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Average User Score
4.3 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 28 reviews
2003 Dodge Dakota Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 28 reviews
If it was truly being used as a truck, to haul anything heavier than grocery bags, the 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder, 120-hp base engine of the Dodge Dakota was useless, and really you'd only buy one because of cost concerns. In 2003, Dodge conceded defeat and got rid of the 4-cylinder, making its 3.9-liter V6 standard on all models, except for the R/T (the 5.9-liter, 250-hp V8 was standard on this performance model).
Also for 2003 was a new transmission, a 5-speed automatic which was paired with the 4.7-liter, 235-hp V8 to enhance the engine's capabilities and make the driving experience that much more fun. All models got 16-inch wheels, except for the R/T which came standard with 17-inch. A new midyear Stampede package for regular and Club Cab Sport trims added extra sportiness by including body-colored bumpers, a rear stabilizer bar, and the Tire and Handling Package.
Available as either the two-door regular and extended cabs or the 4-door Crew Cab, the Dakota trims remained the same in 2003 -- base, SXT, Sport, Sport Plus, SLT, SLT Plus, R/T. The 2003 Dakota, like its predecessors, was characterized by heavy-duty towing capacity with the comfort of a family sedan. The interior offered all the creature comfort options (Plus models come with power windows, locks, keyless entry), plus standard bench seats or optional buckets. Ceiling and floor consoles provided extra storage, and the dashboard was easy to read and convenient to use. The rear bench seats in the Quad provided plenty of headroom and ample leg room for the average sized person, and folded down 60/40 to make room for extra storage.
Plus, the aggressive Ram-like Dodge styling for the Dakota looked great, and a lot of drivers mention that they receive envious comments from people. Poor fuel economy is the biggest gripe, but who out there is buying a truck for its gas mileage?
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Dodge Dakota Questions
Abs And Brake Warning Lights On Dash
Driving tonight the abs and brake lights came on in my information center on my dash. I still had plenty of brake, was wondering what it meant?
I owned a 2003 dodge Dakota 3.6L V6 SLT Worst vehicle I have Ever owned! @50k miles: *Rear view mirror fell down *Anti lock brake error *Transmission began to skip 2nd, and 3rd gears *Intake Manifold...
Oil Pressure Gauge Will Not Register Until 2003 Dakota 4.7 Is Started Imm...
HAVE HAD TWO OIL SENSOR SWITCHES PUT ON AND NOTHING CHANGED. I HAVE GOOD PRESSURE ALL THE TIME ACCORDING TO THEIR TEST. TRIED DIFFERENT FILTER ALSO.
Will A 1993 Dodge Dakota 3.9 Engine Fit And Bolt Up To A 2003 Dodge Dakota ...
I found a 1993 dodge Dakota engine but I have a 2003 will it fit? Bolt up? Both 3.9 and 8th digit of vin is x
318 Block For A 4.7
I have a 2003 Dodge Dakota 4WD with a 5 speed transmission. Question I have for everyone is, will it bolt straight in or am I going to have to do some modifactions to make it fit?