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dansuter
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In Hot Conditions The Coolent From Rad Is Pushed Into The Resivour. The Rad...

Mileage 180,000.

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dofher4421
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Truck Starts To Over Heat When Sitting Or Idling

When I'm sitting in traffic idling truck starts to over heat . Once I'm moving again it cools down.

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Beverly Sturch
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Need Diagram Of Front End Suspension For 98 Dodge Dakota Sport.

I need to see what it is supposed to look like underneath my front end of my truck.

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I Have An 87 Dakota. 2.2 Liter With A Five Speed. I Have A Very Annoying Oi...

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Dodge Dakota Idling And Dying

My dakota will start then idle down and die. I can pump the gas and it will stay running but if i hold the peddle down or let off it will die. I have replaced the fuel pump, fuel filter, and the idl...

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Older Dodge Dakota

1993 Dodge Dakota Overview
1993 Dodge Dakota
88 pictures
1993 Dodge Dakota reviews:
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1992 Dodge Dakota Overview
1992 Dodge Dakota
96 pictures
1992 Dodge Dakota reviews:
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1991 Dodge Dakota Overview
1991 Dodge Dakota
15 pictures
1991 Dodge Dakota reviews:
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1990 Dodge Dakota Overview
1990 Dodge Dakota
48 pictures
1990 Dodge Dakota reviews:
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1989 Dodge Dakota Overview
1989 Dodge Dakota
74 pictures
1989 Dodge Dakota reviews:
4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars
1988 Dodge Dakota Overview
1988 Dodge Dakota
16 pictures
1988 Dodge Dakota reviews:
4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars
1987 Dodge Dakota Overview
1987 Dodge Dakota
18 pictures
1987 Dodge Dakota reviews:
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars

About the Dodge Dakota

As Goldilocks would say, the Dodge Dakota is just right.  Dodge introduced it as a compromise between their compact trucks, which had limited hauling capacity, but were easy to handle, and it's full-size Ram, which had the powerful towing and hauling capacity, but could feel bulky and unwieldy behind the wheel.

Enter the Dodge Dakota in 1987, which fell somewhere in between.  The first pickup to feature a V8 engine, and the first to offer rack and pinion steering, the Dakota's horsepower, 4WD option, and aggressive styling suited those who used it as a workhorse, but its durability appealed to families looking for an alternative to a minivan.

Over the years, the Dakota evolved into more of a family truck without giving up any of its engine power, available in a V6 or a V8. The cab had always been roomy for front seat passengers, with controls that were easy to read and operate and storage room between and under seats.  The introduction of a four-door Dakota and a lengthened cab (achieved by shortening the bed length) to seat three people comfortably in back placed it firmly in the family car realm.  The heavy-duty suspension, precise handling, and unpenetrable sturdiness of the Dakota made it comfortable for transporting family, while the V8 engine and the 6.5-foot bed made it ideal for transporting cargo.

Owners love their Dakotas for the combination of look, feel, reliability, and strength.  The biggest gripe is with the poor gas mileage, but really, it is a truck after all.