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1997 Dodge Dakota

Dodge Dakota Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.9 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 175 hp @ 4800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Dodge Dakota

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Dual airbags, tight turning circle, Ram styling, roomy cab, simplified model lineup, optional V-8 engine, optional ABS

  • Cons

    No third door option, cannot use rear facing child safety seat in front seat because passenger airbag cannot be switched off

  • What's New for 1997

    Powertrains are carried over, but everything else on the 1997 Dodge Dakota is new. Distinctions? Tightest turning circle in class, roomiest cabs and dual airbags are standard. Faux pas? No third door option, and the passenger airbag cannot be deactivated, so a rear-facing child seat is out of the question unless you cram it into the rear of the Club Cab.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Great truck

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB

I bought this truck with 200 miles on it and have loved putting every mile on it. This truck has never given me any problems. The only maintenance that I have ever done has been due to normal wear and tear. Replaced oil pump and water pump around 200,000 miles. I have taken this truck from SC to HI to WA and finally here to Va. I can't say enough how much I have enjoyed this truck. God has been so good to me with it. I would definitely buy another one as soon as I see fit to replace this one. Maybe at around 500,000 miles.




Dakota keeps up with big

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB

Great design and layout but with POOR MPG and a weak transmission. Have had no major problems just ball joints and new paint.




Dodge, never again!

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB

This was my first new vehicle purchase and my last Chrysler product purchase. While the truck always got reasonable mileage and was comfortable to drive, it was a maintenance nightmare. I went through three power steering pumps, replaced the ball joints, fuel pump, cruise control, and had the rear rebuilt by 50000 miles. The truck also ate brakes every 15- 20thousand miles. I never owned a vehicle that was this hard on brakes, even my old Trans-Am which I drove hard. A am happy I never really used it as a heavy hauler as I am sure I would have gone through many more parts.




Dodge dakota

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB

I have had my Dodge Dakota in the shop numerous times and nine of those times where for design flaws. I have only been able to receive compensation on one items, the misalaignment of the front end at time if manufacture.




Got to love dodge!

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB

Me being a dodge fan I have always wanted a truck like this and now that I have I couldn't be happier. I love my truck, when i'm driving it I feel like i'm on top of the world. I couldn't possibly ask for more in a truck!




Good for the first five

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB

After my initial purchase and subsequent visits to the dealer for various quality control problems, the truck worked very well for three years. Shortly after this a series of problems has made me question my purchase of a Chrysler product. Three sets fo brakes in less than 75,000 miles, various electrical gremlins, suspension problems, and cracked exhaust studs have jaded my initial opinion of the vehicle. The recent condition of peeling paint has made me consider selling the vehicle and purchasing one of foriegn manufacture.



Full 1997 Dodge Dakota Review

What's New for 1997

Powertrains are carried over, but everything else on the 1997 Dodge Dakota is new. Distinctions? Tightest turning circle in class, roomiest cabs and dual airbags are standard. Faux pas? No third door option, and the passenger airbag cannot be deactivated, so a rear-facing child seat is out of the question unless you cram it into the rear of the Club Cab.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
/
  • 20
  • highway
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