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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Electrical

Can you tell me or post a diagram as to what color of wire should be "always hot" going into the back side of the instrument cluster on a 2000 extended cab, slt, dakota? It does not have a pink w...

What Type Transmission Fluid

2000 manual dodge dakota sport what type of transmission fluid do I use

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?

2000 Dodge Dakota 4.7 Magnum

Sometimes the truck drives fine but other times it will start to like chug around 55mph at half throttle like your just tapping the gas and sometimes dies when idling or revs up high replaced throt...

Manual Window

On my 2000 Dodge Dakota quad cab. The passenger side window will not move when I crank it. What is the cause. And what are the steps to fixing the problem myself