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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,…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (1 total reviews)


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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Dakota 2dr Extended Cab SB

Bought my truck new. Have driven 110 miles round trip to work daily for past 6 years. Now have over 257,000 miles and uses only a half quart oil between changes. Still runs great. No major repairs, only things that wear out on any truck, brakes, water pump, belts, rotors. Radio did go out and I replaced it with a nice one with cd, which I was going to do anyway. Plenty of power with the V6, gets about 21 mpg no mater how I drive or what gas I use.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 20
  • highway
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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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hd_lowrider
hd_lowrider
06-24-1999
I have a 1997 Dodge Dakota Sport 4x4 Extended Cab...


jjohns
jjohns
12-07-1997
Dakota? My experience has been incredibly...


handyd
handyd
10-14-2013
1997 Dodge Dakota 4x4 auto with 5.2 sport, cranks fine but will not start. Daughter was driving down the road and it just quit and will not start. Scanned with no codes. Gauges all work. Fuel pump ru...