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2008 Dakota Passenger Carpet Wet

Pre 2008 Dodge Dakota have an issue with the drain line from the A/C Condenser leaking into the cab and getting the carpet wet. I can't find that tube on the 2008? Do you know what might cause the we...

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Cullenneely816
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Y Is My Transmission Shifting In And Out Of Over Drive

I have a 2006 dodge dakota I replaced the transmision because it was shifting in and out of overdrive and it was hard shift at haha RPMs so I put a brand new transmission in it and it's just fine ...

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Ted Weaver
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How To Remove Governor In 03 Dodge Dakota

Got a 03 Dodge dakota 3.9L V6 manual trans 4x4. Was wondering how to take off the governor. (i.e. where to find the sucker, where to rip it out, etc)

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Seanbob
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96 Dodge Dakota Starting Problems

I have a 96 dodge dakota and my transmission was bad the gears went. I got a used transmission an my mechanic put it in and now I'm having problems when it starts. Its cranks over but going down t...

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thatswho
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Mystery Parts

2000 Dakota. I can't find any info on what a couple of boxes on either side of the engine compartment near hood hinges are....there are three lights on the one on the drivers' side. At the moment the ...

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Older Dodge Dakota

1992 Dodge Dakota Overview
1992 Dodge Dakota
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1992 Dodge Dakota reviews:
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1991 Dodge Dakota Overview
1991 Dodge Dakota
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1991 Dodge Dakota reviews:
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1990 Dodge Dakota Overview
1990 Dodge Dakota
54 pictures
1990 Dodge Dakota reviews:
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1989 Dodge Dakota Overview
1989 Dodge Dakota
84 pictures
1989 Dodge Dakota reviews:
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1988 Dodge Dakota Overview
1988 Dodge Dakota
27 pictures
1988 Dodge Dakota reviews:
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1987 Dodge Dakota Overview
1987 Dodge Dakota
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1987 Dodge Dakota reviews:
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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.