2003 Dodge Dakota Overview


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2 Dr R/T Extended Cab
2 national listings
Avg. Price: $8,849
2 Dr R/T Standard Cab SB
2 national listings
Avg. Price: $7,562
Avg. Price: $8,479
Avg. Price: $6,795
Avg. Price: $6,531

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Average User Score

4.35 stars

Based on 27 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 27 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

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My Brake Lights Don't Work ..

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Ted Weaver

How To Remove Governor In 03 Dodge Dakota

Got a 03 Dodge dakota 3.9L V6 manual trans 4x4. Was wondering how to take off the governor. (i.e. where to find the sucker, where to rip it out, etc)

2,152 views with 10 answers (last answer 4 months ago)

Why Does The Door Ajar Light Go On And Off

The door ajar light and bell keeps going on and off for no reason and also the dome acts up at the sane time? It seems to do it worst when it is wet out side.

65 views with 2 answers (last answer 5 months ago)

2003 Dodge Dakota-3.9l, Starts But Has Backfire When Going Down The Road, R...

What could cause the vehicle to back-fire (rpms go up n down, barely makes it up a hill because it keeps backfiring); it almost runs as if it isn't getting sufficient fuel (fuel pump was replaced a ...

118 views with 2 answers (last answer 7 months ago)

How To Fill The Coolant System After A Water Pump Change

I just change the water pump on my 3.9L V6 03 Dakota SXT. The reservoir is full though it only took 1.5 gallons to do so. I have ran the engine till the temp got hot and opened the cap to allow air an...

101 views with 1 answer (last answer 8 months ago)