1997 Dodge Dakota User Reviews

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    1997 Dodge Dakota Review
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    5
    I love the ram style dodge dakotas i own the 1997 base model v8 myself i have hauled horse trailers and hay bail trailers with no problem i recommend this truck for power,style,and handling its a beast i have the extended cab edition,if youre looking for more room i recommend the crew cab edition.
    Looks/Style Ranked 1995 Jeep Cherokee worse.
    "It looks tougher,yet more modern."
    Back Seats Ranked 1995 Jeep Cherokee better.
    "I had more room in the jeep only because the dakota wasnt crew cab edition."
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    1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Extended Cab SB Review
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    Good Truck To Keep For The Long Haul. — I've had the truck for 15 years. I've never had any "major" repairs done to it. I've replaced 3 iacs, two batteries and a heater core. All of the rest just regular wear and tear stuff. Living in the snowy north east, I know my next one will be 4 wheel drive. I just hope that Ford or Ram gets back in the mid sized market before this one dies. This one is running great, so I think I still have some time.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Perfect size truck. Small enough so it's easy to park, but big enough to handle full sized loads.

    Cons: The 1990's engine management system can have occasional "quirks"

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    1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB Review
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    All In All, This Dodge Is Fun To Drive, Looks Good, And Has Never Left My Stranded... — The front end designs on these trucks are poor, much like the transmissions... Most of my maintenance revolves around those two issues and the charging system. Annoying as they are to fix, this truck has never left me stranded and always has started up for me every day. My friend's dad bought it new, then he bought it off of him, then sold it to me for $2,000 to help me out of a jam. I love a vehicle with history, especially a good one, so this truck is very valuable to me. I love looking at it and driving it. It's still showroom quality clean inside. It's was the best $2,000 I've ever spent! lol

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Cool body style, comfortable, nice drivabilty, room for cargo, great for towing.

    Cons: Hard on fuel, small back seats. Small unassuming repairs are actually a pain at times.

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    1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB Review
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    Love My Truck, Wouldnt Own A Different One. — I love everything about this truck except that the front seats dont lock in place sometimes. Other than that i wouldnt change alot about it. Oh yeah and the access to the back seat should be easier with maybe a 3rd door or something.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Its got a ton of power and torque! Lots of storage. Huge interior to be a smaller truck.

    Cons: needs a 3rd door for easier access to back seat. front seats dont lock in place.

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    1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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    Its An Ok Vehicle For A Single Guy Or A Couple That Doesnt Have Kids — I love the fact that it is a mid sized truck with a 318 very powerful and it is also very comfortable in the front seats,i hate the gas mileage,the back seats are very uncomfortable not very reliable its almost to powerful for its own good it produces to much power for the stock parts and it breaks overall this truck is not very reliable for gorcery shopping but it can haul things very well and can pull a trailer pretty good

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: I love the fact that it is a mid sized truck with a 318 very powerful and it is also very comfortable in the front seats

    Cons: i hate the gas mileage,the back seats are very uncomfortable not very reliable its almost to powerful for its own good it produces to much power for the stock parts and it breaks

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    1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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    Great Truck — Great truck if it could keep cool while off roading. Love the bullet proof 5.2L Magnum V8, quick acceleration and lots of torque for a 318. The tranny is not so hot though, I've not had any trouble but i've heard from many people that they can barely handle the stock power from the V8 let alone a modified motor.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Fast

    Cons: Stock Radiator Is Too Small

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    1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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    3.5 Out Of 5 — All around and good reliable truck, fun to drive, sounds great. Comfortable and spacious inside, many accesories and perfect clarity for the sound system. Looks very nice and is very fun to drive. Built like a work truck and can go off roading almost anywhere

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: sick sound system

    Cons: old

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    1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB Review
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    I Will Buy Another One If I Am Able To. — I had been against Mopar products ever since I owned a 2001 Chrysler Town and Country mini van. I had a very bad experience with the quality of that vehicle. I had the opportunity to purchase the Dakota at a very reasonable price. I took it for a test drive and was very impressed. The truck had 181,000 miles on it and drove like it was new. I should have purchased one years ago.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: the handling and performance is outstanding.

    Cons: The bumpers are very cheap and rusted thru.

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    1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Standard Cab SB Review
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    My First Car — I loved it. I used this car to deliver pizzas. Was a really nice car was very sharp. I got into a accident is why i no longer have it. But it was a really nice truck. :) Buy one is you have a chance.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Color was black and red and it was sharp

    Cons: Speed sencors went out and it shifted bad high rpms, plus crashed it

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    1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport 4WD Standard Cab SB Review
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    Truck — Performance- Cat back exhaust, new pads,Tain horn Build Quality- Solid like a ram should be Apperance- Black on gray cloth, 2-10in. subs 900 watt amp Cost Of Ownership- Lot.s of gas Fun Factor- fun when wet outside and muddy out

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: train horn......5.2Lv8

    Cons: 11mpg

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    2010 Dodge Dakota Reviews

    Good Truck For The Money By Saomiguelazores

    Good midsize truck,spacious inside,decent looks,good powerful engine so far nothing went wrong yet,just change oil,gas and its ready to go. Cons seems very light on the back the tires slip when i star... Read More

    2008 Dodge Dakota Reviews

    A Good Daily Driver For Light Jobs By Cory

    This is a great truck for light jobs such as moving appliances. It handles great for a truck and it is fun to drive. It is a bit under powered at 210 bhp and with a 4-speed automatic its not getting m... Read More

    2008 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab. By Richard

    I like the truck because it serves the purpose I bought it for, and still has some nice amenities. The only thing I would have enjoyed more about it was a 5 speed manual transmission, but they are pre... Read More

    2007 Dodge Dakota Reviews

    Great Clean, Dependable, Flame Read,pick-up. By Grandpa7

    I like the ability to be able to run in 2 wheel drive most of the time and have the ability to get into 4 wheel when the snow blows. Great looking truck with the SXT strips and decal on the side. ... Read More

    Best Truck Ever! By eells

    We love this truck! We had no trouble hauling our children around, even in heavy snow. It has done everything we expected. The gas mileage wasn't pleasant, but it's a truck... what else would you e... Read More

    2006 Dodge Dakota Reviews

    Work And Family Truck. By hombretto

    I am overall satisfied with this truck. It was great for family outings as well for carrying and hauling materials to work. The sporty dodge look will catch the eye. Paint and shine is still strong. T... Read More

    Nice Truck Wish It Didn't Have The Transmission Problems By Megan

    great performance, build could be better been in the shop twice for the transmission love the appearance of both the exterior and interior gas guzzles like no ones business. It is fun to drive th... Read More

    2005 Dodge Dakota Reviews

    Great Midsize Truck Overall For The Price By Danielo00

    One thing that I liked about this truck is that it looks great. Another thing that I like is that this midtruck feels like I was driving a much larger truck. The truck has a strong engine and is rel... Read More

    I'm trying to get spare off and it won't be lowered to the ground as the manual says. Otherwise it is OK Just 69,000 miles. Front wheel drive went last year. Replaced this year under warranty. Lo... Read More

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