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Dodge Dakota Questions

Terri Talley
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Can't Find Front Seat Cup Holders

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Evan Richardson
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Three Mechanics Couldn't Figure Out What's Wrong

My 2002 Dodge Dakota runs fine until 150 degrees then it starts to chug backfire wont take gas until it gets up to 200 degrees and then it levels out and runs just fine..... the original problem w...

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Bigbryan468
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Motor Swaps

We have attempted to put a 4.7 in our 2000 Fakota. Motor mount problem. Any one else done this.

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Evan Richardson
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Three Mechanics Couldn't Figure Out What's Wrong

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kandykain
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Valves

I just bought a 2004 2wd dodge Dakota and the valves in the head don't work. But I also had a 2001 4wd dodge Dakota that I wrecked, but the motor and everything still work. Will the valves from my ...

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Older Dodge Dakota

1992 Dodge Dakota Overview
1992 Dodge Dakota
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1992 Dodge Dakota reviews:
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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
48 pictures
1990 Dodge Dakota reviews:
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1989 Dodge Dakota Overview
1989 Dodge Dakota
74 pictures
1989 Dodge Dakota reviews:
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1988 Dodge Dakota Overview
1988 Dodge Dakota
27 pictures
1988 Dodge Dakota reviews:
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1987 Dodge Dakota Overview
1987 Dodge Dakota
18 pictures
1987 Dodge Dakota reviews:
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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.