2003 Dodge Dakota Overview


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2003 Dodge Dakota Overview

If it was truly being used as a truck, to haul anything heavier than grocery bags, the 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder, 120-hp base engine of the Dodge Dakota was useless, and really you'd only buy one because of cost concerns. In 2003, Dodge conceded defeat and got rid of the 4-cylinder, making its 3.9-liter V6 standard on all models, except for the R/T (the 5.9-liter, 250-hp V8 was standard on this performance model).

Also for 2003 was a new transmission, a 5-speed automatic which was paired with the 4.7-liter, 235-hp V8 to enhance the engine's capabilities and make the driving experience that much more fun. All models got 16-inch wheels, except for the R/T which came standard with 17-inch. A new midyear Stampede package for regular and Club Cab Sport trims added extra sportiness by including body-colored bumpers, a rear stabilizer bar, and the Tire and Handling Package.

Available as either the two-door regular and extended cabs or the 4-door Crew Cab, the Dakota trims remained the same in 2003 -- base, SXT, Sport, Sport Plus, SLT, SLT Plus, R/T. The 2003 Dakota, like its predecessors, was characterized by heavy-duty towing capacity with the comfort of a family sedan. The interior offered all the creature comfort options (Plus models come with power windows, locks, keyless entry), plus standard bench seats or optional buckets. Ceiling and floor consoles provided extra storage, and the dashboard was easy to read and convenient to use. The rear bench seats in the Quad provided plenty of headroom and ample leg room for the average sized person, and folded down 60/40 to make room for extra storage.

Plus, the aggressive Ram-like Dodge styling for the Dakota looked great, and a lot of drivers mention that they receive envious comments from people. Poor fuel economy is the biggest gripe, but who out there is buying a truck for its gas mileage?


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    Automatic Transmission Shifting

    My 2003 dodge Dakota shifts smoothly and on time during normal in town or city driving. Occasionally though it does seem to miss 3rd and not shift until it reaches 4th. But most of the time it's just ...

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    Where Is The Thermistat On A 2003 Dodge Dakota V6

    I am trying to replace my thermostat on my 2003 doge Dakota but I do not no where it is I cant find it can some on that has experienced this can you please tell me where it is located under the ...

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    Acceleration Problems

    I have a 2003 4.7L V8 Dodge Dakota. When I'm doing around 30-40 kms/hr and need to accelerate quickly, like to merge, the engine revs high and doesn't accelerate. When I don't need to accelerate quick...

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    Vehicle Stalling

    my 2003 dodge dakota has a good charge and idle's well. but when i drive it and stop put it in park it can stall out occasionally. if it does not stall many times it comes very close and other times i...

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    Motor Swap

    I have 03 dodge Dakota pickup want to upgrade and get more power was wondering could I get a motor from one of the bigger dodge 1500 5.7 liter pickup trucks and put it in the 03 dodge Dakota witho...

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