2004 Dodge Dakota Overview


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Average User Score

4.15 stars

Based on 18 reviews

I Love My Truck by Ellery
 — I really like my truck. Crew cab is the only way to go. Fun to drive with manual trans. I like the look of the 2nd Gen Dakotas alot more than the ugly new ones. Really awesome truck. The only thi... Read More
Best Dodge Dakota Ever Made by Danieljay
 — I love my truck the only thing wrong is I didn't get the tow package with it but oh well, I got the 4.7L V8 which is an awesome motor and it was under $20,000 for my truck, it is also a 4X4 which is w... Read More
Sweet Dodge Dakota by wes604
 — This truck has exceptionally low miles for a 2004 truck (less then 9,000 miles avg. per year) and has every extra you could want with the addition of an after market exhaust. It's in excellent mechani... Read More

2004 Dodge Dakota Overview

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2004 Dodge Dakota

Poor fuel economy probably ended the life of the R/T performance trim.  Its 5.9-liter, 250-hp engine was discontinued in the 2004 Dodge Dakota, though speedy drivers and tuners loved that extra power in a mid-size truck.  More practical, yet still packing a wallop, was the top of the line 4.7, 235-hp V8.  It could haul like the full-size pickups and was fun to drive on open roads (or off-roading as well).  The 3.9-liter, 175-hp V6 was updated to a 3.7-liter, 210-hp V6 as the standard engine on all models.  

Introduced midyear in 2003, the Stampede package returned, available on both regular and extended cab Sports trims.  The name is probably more exciting than the features, which included rear stabilizer bar, body-colored front and rear bumpers, and a Tire and Handling package.  All models came with ABS standard, 2WD, with 4WD optional.  Bed sizes hadn't changed.  Regular and Club Cabs featured a 6.5-foot bed, while the 4-door Crew Cab had only a 5.3-foot bed, to account for the 13 inches of extra space in the cab for rear bench seats.

The 4-door Dodge Dakota was definitely the most successful pickup in its class, offering comfort and personality, a family car dressed up in a powerful pickup truck package.  Though roomy and burly, resembling the larger Dodge Ram, the 2004 Dakota handled easily like a car, and with the 4.7 V8 and an empty bed, could kick up some considerable dust.  High marks for the look, suspension, engine power, and the easy access to seats and storage in the 4-door models.  Low marks for gas mileage (15/20), pricey options, and repair records.


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Dodge Dakota Questions


2004 Dodge Dakota Turn On Turn Signals And The Radio Goes Off

The turn signal does not work. When I attempt to turn it on the radio goes off any suggestions?

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DeWayne McDaniels Sr.

I Have A 04 Dodge Dakota 6cyl. I Have A Random Misfire Problem For Months. ...

changed wires coils, computer, sparkplugs the problem hasn,t gone away H E L P

28 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 months ago)

Hard Shifting - 2004 Dodge Dakota - 3.7l Uad Cab 4x4 - Automatic Transmissi...

My truck is shifting very hard from 1st to 2nd gear. The other gears seem to be working fine with no trouble in shifting. When shifting into 2nd it is very rough but seems pretty normal going throug...

84 views with 2 answers (last answer 3 months ago)

When Key Is Turned In The Ignition, Takes Up To A Minute To Start

I have a 2004 dodge dakota 4wd manual trans., Sometimes it starts right away. Other times I have to leave the key turned in the ignition for a minute before it starts. While the key is turned nothing ...

42 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 months ago)

My Heater/ac Blower In My 2004 Dodge Dakota

My heater/AC blower has stopped in my 2004 dodge dakota. It was running perfect to a place but when I started my truck up to leave the place no air will flow. I have always had a great heater and an...

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