2001 Dodge Dakota Overview


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2001 Dodge Dakota Overview

Outside it's a beefy mid-sized truck with the same lines and styling as its big brother, the Dodge Ram. Inside, it is a family sedan, with the luxuries, convenience, and comfort you'd expect in a car. Available in regular, extended, and quad-cab, the Dodge Dakota can be whatever you'd like, whether you're off-roading in the country, hauling equipment, or taking a family road trip.

Because of the huge popularity of its new Crew Cab 4-door truck, changes for the 2001 Dodge Dakota focused on the interior. Both the dashboard, and overhead and center consoles were restyled to look and operate more like a car. Sport and SLT models were given 16-inch alloy wheels. Engine options remained the same -- 2.5-liter, 120-hp I4, the 3.9-liter, 175-hp V6, the 4.7-liter, 235-hp V8, and the 5.9-liter, 250-hp V8 option in the R/T trim.

Tests of the 2001 Dodge Dakota place it among the top pickups in the market, for its heavy-duty suspension that offers a quiet ride, its above-average braking, and its easy handling of both mountain curves or tight city parking spots. Drivers still dislike the miserable fuel economy, particularly wtih a heavy load or when driving the 5.9 V8. The best compromise in terms of engine power and fuel economy is the 4.7-liter V8, though even full out that will cost you at the pump. Some owners complain about steady visits to the repair shop, while others have experience very few maintenance issues.


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    Jay Meones

    Rough Engine Idle

    Has anyone had this problem with their dodge 3.9L. I'll be driving at cruise speed and I can feel my truck chug, RPM's fluctuate, then goes back to normal. But continuously happens. I had the trucks f...

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    Charles Robinson

    My Belt Keeps Slipping Off After I Have Replaced The Tension Pulley

    I had a broken tension pulley that I replaced and belt keeps slipping off

    6 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 weeks ago)

    2001 Dodge Dakota Speedometer And Odometer Intermittently Stop Working

    My dodge Dakota runs great but from time to time the speedometer and/or tachometer will not be working and then suddenly while driving or when restarting the car they'll start working again but not ...

    6 views with no answers yet

    Dodge Dakota Truck Won't Start

    My truck will not start. Everything comes on but it just won't turn over. I tried to tap on the starter but that didn't work. Checked all wires. It just does nothing when I turn it over. No click ...

    16 views with 4 answers (last answer 4 weeks ago)