2000 Dodge Dakota Overview

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2000 Dodge Dakota Overview

Slowly transforming into a family car that just happens to be a truck in its off-hours, the 2000 Dodge Dakota proves to be an alternative to the more traditional SUVs and minivans favored by suburban families.

The mid-size Dakota achieved this in 2000 by finally building a 4-door Quad-cab model, the Crew Cab, available in the Sport and SLT trims. Maintaining the 131-inch wheelbase of the extended Club Cab, it shaved off 13 inches in the bed to make room for comfortable rear bucket seats that fit three and flipped back to reveal more storage room underneath. The shorter 5'3" bed meant you were trading in hauling capacity for partying with five of your friends, but it was ample cargo space for the average person's needs. The 8-foot bed option in the regular cabs disappeared, so all non-Crew Cab models came standard with a 6.5-foot bed.

Why did it take Dodge so long to listen to the number one complaint of many drivers and create a four-door with easy access to the rear seat for loading both humans and cargo? No one knows, but everyone applauded the innovation.

The other big change in the 2000 Dakota was the replacement of the old 5.2-liter V8 with a more fuel-efficient 4.7-liter V8 that hit 235-horsepower (compared to the 225 in with the 5.2). It ran better and faster than previous versions of the V8 engines and came as either a 5-speed manual or a redesigned 4-speed automatic.

The 2000 Dakota, with its new roomy rear seats, heavy suspension, and car-like handling, offered a comfortable ride that was surprisingly quiet (unless you opted for the R/T trim, which proudly announced its engine power upon acceleration). Good visibility due to big mirrors and windows, and the easy access made the Dakota a safe family "car" choice, but it's optional 5.9-liter V8 Magnum engine appealed to drivers looking for the intense power of a sports truck. The biggest complaint, despite the convenience of four doors, was the shortened bed in the Crew Cab.

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Transmission Won't Shift

On the highway, my 00 Dodge Dakota, automatic won't shift into any high gear. Redlines going 50. It grabs the gear but falls back out when I give it gas. Any ideas?

Can I Put A 2 Wheel Drive Transmission In A Four-wheel Drive Truck And It J...

My four-wheel-drive Dodge Dakota Transmission went out it's a 2000 also have a two-wheel drive Dodge Dakota that's wrecked will that 2 wheel drive transmission go into 4 wheel drive truck and it j...

Cruise Control

Cruise control worked went down a muddy road and it won’t set light comes on. 4dr 2wd quad cap slt. 4.7L

What Other Vechical Rim Will Fit On A Dodge

Need to put rim on my dodge but don't have a stock rim on. I have other vechical model

Cluster Gages Not Working.

Replaced motor in a 2000 Dakota with a motor from a 2001 durango both 4.7. It start's and runs but none of the gages work now. No bus on odometer. How do i get the gages to work?