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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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On A Dodge Dakota Speedometer Cable Is There Any Way To By Pass The Crusie ...

can you use a splice blook too by pass the cruise contol and go directly into the dash speedometer? 1988 dodge dakota 6 cylinder, automatic.

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I was driving home tonight when I noticed a funny smell comming from my heater. Almost smelt like coolant. While I was driving my truck started to squeal almost like a serpentine belt would. I figur...

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93 Dakota 3.9 Auto. Replaced O2 Sensor Still Getting 27 Code Idle And Stal...

need code listings...getting a 27 code hard start and stalls . starts easy when cold

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My 2002 Dodge Dakota 4.7l V8 Auto Is Having Problems Starting When I Leave ...

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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.