1997 Dodge Dakota Overview

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1997 Dodge Dakota Overview

Despite the introduction of a new generation of the popular mid-size pickup, not much had changed for the 1997 Dodge Dakota. Its look was slightly more muscular, taking its cues from the successful Dodge Ram. But underneath the big rig-like exterior, it was really the same old Dakota drivers knew and loved.

Dropping the WS trim, the 1997 Dakota came now in base, Sport, or SLT models. The three wheelbase options remained unchanged (112-inch, 124-inch, and the Club Cab's 131-inch) as did the engines -- the 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder, 120-hp, the 3.9-liter 175-hp, V6, and the 5.2-liter V8 Magnum, which returned to its former 230-horsepower. 2WD, rear anti-lock brakes, and 5-speed manual came standard, with 4WD, 4-wheel ABS, and 4-speed automatic optional.

A new addition for 1997 was dual front airbags, reinforcing the Dodge Dakota's lead in safety. Inside, the dash got an update, but still looked plastic and cheap. The cab comfortably fit three up front with standard bench seats. Optional bucket seats made room for a well-designed center console with extra storage compartments. The rear bench seat was still basically unfit for humans over the age of ten or over the size of Mini-Me and was hard to access with only the two doors, but it did provide extra storage beneath the seats.

Aside from the poor gas mileage, uncomfortable rear seats, and wide turn radius, most drivers praise the Dodge Dakota's handling and hauling capabilities. The other big selling point is the cab's roominess and driving comfort. Reviews mention the excellent braking response and relatively quiet interior.

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Rear Bumper

Hello I was wondering if a rear bumper (mounts brackets and all ) off of a 2006 dodge dakota would fit on my 1997 dodge dakota

Black Fluid

What does it mean when you check your transmission fluid and it is black instead of red? If it happens to be a clogged fuel filter would that cause it to not go into drive?

No Drive

My 97 dodge dakota v6 3.9 automatic will not shift into drive. It will go into reverse and neutral just fine but when I put it in Drive it's just revs up and doesn't move. I can't even feel it go...

Oil Pressure Gauge Drops To Zero

My 97 Dakota has had an oil pressure gauge issue,since I bought it a year ago.The gauge drops to zero when stopped and it happens while driving sometimes.Also the engine sounds like the lifters are ...

1997dodge Dakota Stl V8 Codes P0305 P0300 P0301 P0303

Truck runs great no loss of power no stalling no surgeing replaced wires. Plugs.rotor distributor cap all were real bad still getting codes p0300 p0301 p0305 p0303