1987 Dodge Dakota Overview

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1987 Dodge Dakota Overview

Dodge's entry into the light-duty pickup truck market, the 1987 Dodge Dakota fit the gap between compact pickup and full-size truck, great for carrying large loads but without the sometimes awkward handling of a bigger vehicle. In 1987, the Dakota was a two-door truck available in two wheelbase and bed sizes. The smaller 112.9-foot wheelbase featured a 6.5-foot bed, while the 123.9-foot wheelbase had an 8-foot bed. Each size was offered in base, SE, and LE trims.

Engine choices in the 1987 Dakota were either an underpowered 2.2-liter, 4-cylinder 96-hp or a 3.9-liter, 125-hp V6. A 5-speed manual was standard, but a 3-speed auto was available as an option. A four-wheel drive option could be had on the V6. Even though it was a mid-sized truck, neither engine was stellar in terms of acceleration power for the Dakota's size. Inside, the truck sat two comfortably, with plenty of leg and headroom and a convenient and easy-to-read dashboard. The Dakota also handled very easily for a pickup, featuring excellent braking capabilities.

Dakota engines seem to last forever, no matter how hard it's been tested, say many owners. The pickup is tough and durable, needing few repairs, making it an excellent cargo hauler that doubles as a personal car. Drawbacks are the extremely poor gas mileage (what do you expect from a truck?) and a weak engine if you're hauling aything uphill. The interior is also very cramped for anything more than two people.

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Carberated Dodge Dakota Runs For A Few Minetes Then Shuts Off

this truck is carberated it will run for a few minetes then just shuts down

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Dodge Dakota Engine Replace

My 1987 Dakota has the 3.9 V6. The motor gave out and I would like to put another but maybe newer. What years do you know of that I would be able use without having to change much? I have access t...

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After 2 starters in 3 weeks .on my 3.9 87 dodge dakota. Why does it try to engage while going down the road .and then quit working?

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Replaced Water Pump, Will Not Take Required Coolant 13.5

drained 13.5 qt. but want take in but 5.5qt. why and what could be stoping it. does not run hot.

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1987 Dodge Dakota

I pulled up to a traffic light the truck died I haven't been able to started since I have replaced the voltage regulator I have replaced the coil still no spark my fuel pump is running I can hear ...

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