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Dakota Quad Cab 2002

when driving it just quits all gages turn off. if you turn on the key and the gas gage works it will run if gages are not working it will not start.

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I Have 2000 Dodge Durango That I Got New Rims For. I Have A 1995 Dakota Tha...

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96 Dakota W/ 318 Auto Trans No Reverse

I have a 96 Dakota 4x4 with a 318 auto transmission. I have looked and looked and can't find a reasonable transmission for under 1400.00, the one I have has all forward gears but the reverse went ou...

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2001 Dakota Quad Cab, V-6, Slt, Transmission Dosen't Always Shift To Low Fr...

Dakota has the big V-6. Never used for towing or hauling. Transmission does not always shift to low gear when stopped. When it does it is sometimes hard to get it to shift up. Pattern is not consi...

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2000 Dakota Quad 3.9. On Start Up And Sometimes After Driving A Few Miles T...

Mostly when first started but sometimes after driving a few miles oil gauge goes to max, alternator gauge goes to zero, ck gauges light goes on. Radio sputters or will not work at all. Truck will st...

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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.