2008 Dodge Dakota Overview

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2008 Dodge Dakota Overview

The Dodge Dakota pickup truck rolls into 2008 with a new look and a more-powerful V8 engine. The Dakota's updated exterior includes a more aerodynamic front end with a new hood, grille, headlights, and front fascia. Many drivers and reviewers like the Dakota's makeover, noting that it's an improvement over the previous year's flat front-end look. In addition, Dodge adds three new Dakota trims for 2008, including the SXT, TRX4, and Sport (which join the existing ST, SLT, and Laramie trims), and the exterior front-end look changes subtly for each trim.

The Dakota's new 4.7-liter V8 engine produces 302 hp, an increase of 72 hp over the previous year's base V8 engine, and 42 hp more than the previous year's high-end V8. The new engine incorporates two spark plugs per cylinder, which results in more power under the pedal as well as improved fuel efficiency. For an even greener driving experience, the new V8 can be equipped for E85 fuel, making the Dakota a Flex Fuel vehicle. The Dakota comes standard with a 210-hp, 3.7-liter Magnum V6 engine, which remains unchanged from the previous year.

The midsize Dakota has been a favorite with drivers for years due to its flexibity, since it can serve as a family-oriented vehicle or a work truck capable of towing up to 7,050 pounds when equipped with the V8 engine and the Trailer Tow package. To add to the Dakota's flexibility, it's available in either six-passenger crew-cab or extended-cab versions, with either two-wheel or four-wheel drive.

Inside, the 2008 Dakota offers good comfort and functionality, yet it's not overly luxurious. An MP3 input jack has been added to the AM/FM stereo system, and the center console now includes a flip-out bin for electronics devices like cell phones or MP3 players, as well as other items.

The Dakota rides on a hydroformed ladder frame and an updated heavy-duty suspension designed for strength and rigidity. It results in improved handling and a firmer ride, though some drivers and reviewers find the ride to be too rough at times. Overall, though, drivers like the updates made to the 2008 Dakota, although some would like to see more extensive interior updating.

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    Schreck13
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    Speakers/radio

    When I am driving my speakers just randomly shut off. Today it was screaming static and it was only at 10. What could it be? Help please!!!

    2 views with no answers yet
    Jamie Richardson
    10

    Driving Lights

    Is there a way to keep my driving lights on while on high beam?

    4 views with 1 answer (last answer 6 months ago)
    Jamie Richardson
    10

    Automatic Transmission Service

    What should I expect with a transmission service?

    21 views with 2 answers (last answer 6 months ago)
    Jamie Richardson
    10

    My 2008 Dakota Has Had A Vibration In The Front End That I Cannot Fix I Hav...

    Vibration at around 90-110

    46 views with 7 answers (last answer about a year ago)
    Jamie Richardson
    10

    I Have A 2008 Dakota With A 3.7 Ltr V6. It Runs A Hotter Than It Should The...

    These tricks also come with a v8 and use the same platform so a b8 would stick out further forward

    21 views with 1 answer (last answer about a year ago)