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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    Dodge Dakota Questions

    Can I Move My 93 3.9 Liter Transmission To A 2001 3.9 Liter Engine

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    2001 Dodge Dakota 4.7

    This pickup has 243,000 miles no major repairs until now..#2 valve seat went out so I removed both heads to get them redone, installed new timing chains with tensioners and guides along with new l...

    18 views with 5 answers (last answer 6 days ago)

    Dodge Dakota V8 Transmission

    So i have a manual dodge dakota v8magnum 318 01 and i was driving it and went to shift out of 4th gear and it said i went to neutral but it was really still in gear any other gear you put it in whe...

    2 views with 2 answers (last answer about a week ago)

    Engine Swap

    Will a Dodge 318 from a 99 ram 4×4 work in a 2001 dakota 4 door 4x4 with 4.7l as original motor?

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

    Dakota Dieing When Cold Won't Start When Hot

    My 2001 dodge Dakota has to reach the half mark in temp or else it dies at stops. Once I reach destination I have to let it cool for an hour to be able to restart. Trani also slips when cold but n...

    3 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)