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2005 Dodge Dakota Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 15 reviews
It's a new generation for the Dodge Dakota in 2005, but this mid-size pickup that drives like a car, yet tows like a full-size truck isn't going through any growing pains. It's only getting better, faster, stronger.
Set on a redesigned platform, the 2005 Dakota is offered in three new trims -- ST, SLT, and the high-end Laramie with extra options and leather seats. The 2-door regular cabs are history, leaving only the extended Club Cab and 4-door Crew Cab, which seat five and six respectively. At four inches longer, nearly 3 inches wider, and 600 pounds heavier, the Dakota is the biggest pickup in its class. It's also the most powerful, still the only mid-size to offer a V8 and 4WD. In 2005, engine options are the holdover 3.7-liter, 210-hp V6 and the 4.7-liter, 230-hp V8, as well as the new 4.7-liter, 260-hp High Output (HO) V8. Six-speed manual comes standard on all models, with a 4-speed automatic option on the V6 and standard V8 and a 5-speed auto tran on the HO.
New front and rear suspension and a new rack and pinion steering system mean a more comfortable ride and better handling around turns. Dodge has lately sold the Dakota on its car-like characteristics, appealing to families as an alternative to an SUV. It's as functional as any full-size, with new tie-downs and hauling power, but rides quietly and comfortably like a sedan. To this end, Dodge also worked on reducing wind and road noise in the 2005 Dakota, even within the HO V8. New exterior styling, including a more angled hood, grille, and fenders, enhances the aerodynamics of the truck.
The 2005 Dakota is also the roomiest pickup in its class. The Club Car has new rear doors that open towards the rear, but do not open independently of the front doors. Instead of a 3-passenger bench seat, the rear has two individual seats to supposedly provide more comfort. The Crew Cab has 60/40 folding bench seats to accomodate any configuration of passengers and cargo, and easy access.
The 2005 Dodge Dakota is rated highly by adoring drivers, for its look, it's handling, it's towing capacity, and its engine power. The only down spots are fuel mileage and the smaller bed in the Quad cab. But it remains a top choice for people looking for a family truck.
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Dodge Dakota Questions
I Have An 05 Dakota 4.7 Liter V8 With The 8th Vin Number As A "n" But It Ne...
need to know which engine I need. the engine with the egr valve or the engine without the egr valve.
Where Is The Speedometer Cable Located
We has the truck worked on and the speedometer doesnt work
All The Exterior Lights On My Truck Would Not Stop Flashing Like When The A...
2005 Dakota Speedometer Stopped
I changed the rear end gears , not the ring & pinion ,used the same ones. I checked the fuses all ok, the only sensor I could find is the one on top of the rear end. When putting in The gears I did ...
I Have A 2005 Dodge Dakota 4x4 With 4.7 V8, Have A Brake Problem, Front Bra...
i have a 2005 dodge dakota 4x4 with 4.7 v8, have a brake problem, front brakes are dragging bad, replaced calipers and mounting brackets all new hardware.,pads(2 times)wheel bearings,soft hoses, mas...