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Dodge Dakota Model Overview

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Dodge Dakota Questions

Matt Burcham
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I Have A 99 Dodge Dakota And When I Turn My Dome Light On My Turn Signals D...

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Loki100
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Cannot Turn Key.

Steering wheel locked with wheels at 11 o'clock position no amount of jingling will allow key to turn

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shawnb985
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My 96 Dakota Almost Stalls When Taking Off Sometimes. No Check Engine Light...

I assumed it would be the IAC, MAD, or TPS but there is no check engine light. I've allready completely cleaned the throttle body and sensors. Could it be a fuel system issue? I plan on cleaning the i...

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neu104
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When Did Chrysler Stop Making The 383 Cu.in. Engine? I Am Looking At A 199...

when did Chrysler stop making the 383 cu.in. engine? I am looking at a 1995 Dakota that the owner insists has an original 383.

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pd2candles
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I Only Get Heat Or Ac When The Truck Is Coasting The Min The Rpm Goes Up N...

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Older Dodge Dakota

1991 Dodge Dakota Overview
1991 Dodge Dakota
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1991 Dodge Dakota reviews:
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1990 Dodge Dakota Overview
1990 Dodge Dakota
40 pictures
1990 Dodge Dakota reviews:
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1989 Dodge Dakota Overview
1989 Dodge Dakota
47 pictures
1989 Dodge Dakota reviews:
4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 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.