2003 Dodge Dakota Overview

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2 Dr R/T Extended Cab
Avg. Price: $8,287
2 Dr R/T Standard Cab SB
SLT
Avg. Price: $8,911
Sport
Avg. Price: $6,525
STD
SXT
Avg. Price: $6,383

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Average User Score

4.35 stars

Based on 28 reviews

Take It To The Track One Day, Load It Up And Haul The Next! by Adam
 — With 5 motor options, 3 cab options, 3 transmissions, 2 drive types, and 6 trim packages it's one of the most configurable vehicles built. Willing power plants, automatic transmissions that are rarel... Read More
Title Is Good by Jordan
 — Performance- Accelereation is amazing, and once you kill the governor, your speed seems almost limitless. You will crap your pants before you top out. Build- The only problem with this vehicle is tha... Read More
Lots Of Fun =) by Michelle
 — Love this Truck, it's a lot of fun. So far the only thing I don't like is how you change the oil. It's a really dumb place to be and hard to change. Luv driving it. It was in pretty good condition for... Read More

2003 Dodge Dakota Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 28 reviews

2003 Dodge Dakota

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

dwbrink
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Press Pedal To Floor Cuts Out

starts fine idles fine runs fine until you push gas pedal half way down or to floor then cuts out like its not getting gas let up off pedal and runs until you push pedal past half way point. fuel p...

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Leroy Ortiz
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I Have A 2003 Dodge Dakota It Only Goes In Reverse And In Park

ever 2003 Dodge Dakota and it starts good runs and state and park but only goes in reverse it will not going to drive or any other gear what's wrong with it

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dakota1208
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What Kind Of Millage Does A 2003 Dakota, V6

18 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)
strongnose
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How Do I Flush The Heater Core?

only warm air after engine has reached normal operating temperature. I think the core is clogged. replaced the thermostat found a lot of rust on top.

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bravemom4
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Rpms Jump When Cruise Control Is Set

When cruise is on or when maintaining a set speed the RPMs shoot up and then come back down. Some days it's every time you drive and some days doesn't happen at all? What could be the problem? Recom...

30 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 months ago)