2008 Dodge Dakota Overview


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4.55 stars

Based on 11 reviews

This Is A Good Truck And I Truly Am Enjoying The Heck Out Of It. by Elkdog
 — This truck has 302 horsepower and rides better than most cars I have owned! I have owned a 2006 Ford Ranger, 2004 Chevy Silverado, 1999 Ford F-150, 1996 Ford F-250, 1996 Dodge Dakota, and a 1992 Dodg... Read More
I Love This Truck by Nathan
 — My truck has a 3.7 litre V6 with a 6 speed manual transmission. I bought this truck about a month ago with 4 kilometers on it, it now has 875 kilometers on it now. I have taken Lucas up Vedder Mt. 4x4... Read More
I Pulled 10,000lbs Across The Continental Divide. 1600 Miles 2.5 Days!! by Tex75023
 — Great truck, the first truck I bought for myself back when I was a river guide. It starts first time every time, looks better dirty, great power, great seats, overall fun to drive and always ready to ... Read More

2008 Dodge Dakota Overview

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2008 Dodge Dakota

The Dodge Dakota pickup truck rolls into 2008 with a new look and a more-powerful V8 engine. The Dakota's updated exterior includes a more aerodynamic front end with a new hood, grille, headlights, and front fascia. Many drivers and reviewers like the Dakota's makeover, noting that it's an improvement over the previous year's flat front-end look. In addition, Dodge adds three new Dakota trims for 2008, including the SXT, TRX4, and Sport (which join the existing ST, SLT, and Laramie trims), and the exterior front-end look changes subtly for each trim.

The Dakota's new 4.7-liter V8 engine produces 302 hp, an increase of 72 hp over the previous year's base V8 engine, and 42 hp more than the previous year's high-end V8. The new engine incorporates two spark plugs per cylinder, which results in more power under the pedal as well as improved fuel efficiency. For an even greener driving experience, the new V8 can be equipped for E85 fuel, making the Dakota a Flex Fuel vehicle. The Dakota comes standard with a 210-hp, 3.7-liter Magnum V6 engine, which remains unchanged from the previous year.

The midsize Dakota has been a favorite with drivers for years due to its flexibity, since it can serve as a family-oriented vehicle or a work truck capable of towing up to 7,050 pounds when equipped with the V8 engine and the Trailer Tow package. To add to the Dakota's flexibility, it's available in either six-passenger crew-cab or extended-cab versions, with either two-wheel or four-wheel drive.

Inside, the 2008 Dakota offers good comfort and functionality, yet it's not overly luxurious. An MP3 input jack has been added to the AM/FM stereo system, and the center console now includes a flip-out bin for electronics devices like cell phones or MP3 players, as well as other items.

The Dakota rides on a hydroformed ladder frame and an updated heavy-duty suspension designed for strength and rigidity. It results in improved handling and a firmer ride, though some drivers and reviewers find the ride to be too rough at times. Overall, though, drivers like the updates made to the 2008 Dakota, although some would like to see more extensive interior updating.


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Dodge Dakota Questions


Is Hupertech A Good Tuner For The 3.7 Liter Magnum

I bought a hupertech power programmer and it wasn't cheap. I hope it's all they say it is.

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Interior Lights Stay On

Switch to interior lights is turned off but there still on

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What Is The Best Way To Find A Vacuum Leak?

My 2008 Dakota has a rough idle and I was told it may be a vaccine leak but when I put a gauge on it the reading was within spec what else could it be ?

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