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Dodge Dakota Questions

Break, Tail Light, And Blinkers Are Not Working

I have an issue on my truck where my break, tail lights, and blinker are not working. I have reverse lights and flashers. Front blinkers come on but do not blink and running light work on the f...


Does Anyone Know The Length Specs And Diameter Of The Rear Driveshaft/prope...

I have a 99 dakota. ext cab. 5.2, 4wd. 9.25 rear-end. Broke a u-joint on the front slip yoke shot my driveshaft out the back flying across the highway off the bridge into who knows. Need to get a cu...

Replacing Manifold And Other Gaskets

Blew the intake manifold gasket on my 87 dodge dakota 3.9L v6. I'm not super mechanically inclined so was wondering what other gaskets (besides head gaskets) do you guys also recommend replacing?

4x4 Switching In And Out

I have a 2002 Dakota and it recently threw a service 4wd light I noticed that when I go to start the truck it will switch between 4hi and 2wd for 15- 20 seconds before staying in 4hi when the sele...

1987 Dodge Dakota

I pulled up to a traffic light the truck died I haven't been able to started since I have replaced the voltage regulator I have replaced the coil still no spark my fuel pump is running I can hear ...

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Dodge Dakota Overview

As Goldilocks would say, the Dodge Dakota is just right. Dodge introduced it as a compromise between their compact trucks, which had limited hauling capacity, but were easy to handle, and it's full-size Ram, which had the powerful towing and hauling capacity, but could feel bulky and unwieldy behind the wheel.

Enter the Dodge Dakota in 1987, which fell somewhere in between. The first pickup to feature a V8 engine, and the first to offer rack and pinion steering, the Dakota's horsepower, 4WD option, and aggressive styling suited those who used it as a workhorse, but its durability appealed to families looking for an alternative to a minivan.

Over the years, the Dakota evolved into more of a family truck without giving up any of its engine power, available in a V6 or a V8. The cab had always been roomy for front seat passengers, with controls that were easy to read and operate and storage room between and under seats. The introduction of a four-door Dakota and a lengthened cab (achieved by shortening the bed length) to seat three people comfortably in back placed it firmly in the family car realm. The heavy-duty suspension, precise handling, and unpenetrable sturdiness of the Dakota made it comfortable for transporting family, while the V8 engine and the 6.5-foot bed made it ideal for transporting cargo.

Owners love their Dakotas for the combination of look, feel, reliability, and strength. The biggest gripe is with the poor gas mileage, but really, it is a truck after all.

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