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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    My Son Has A 1997 Dodge Dakota And His Signal Lights Don't Work. When They ...

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    What do I have to do to put a 96 3.9 into a 97. I noticed the computer is different is it compatible?

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    I have a 97 dodge Dakota with the 318 2wd. When i drive it it will shift through all the gears but when i kick down on it just revs up real high and when i drive it long distance it stops shifting

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    Will 97 V6 Magnum Tranny Bolt Up To A 97 Dodge Ram 5.9

    I have s 97 dakota with v6 magnum and also have a 97 ram with 5.9 will tran from v6 bolt up to 5.9 v6 is locked up

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    Troubleshooting Extremely High Engine Idle While Driving Or In Nuetral

    How can I fix a very high idle even while driving, on my 1997 dodge dakota sport, 2.5 litre engine

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