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2000 Dodge Dakota

   
 
Dodge Dakota Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.9 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 250 hp @ 4400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 11/16 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 2000 Dodge Dakota

  • A new V8 and the availability of a four-door version make the handsome 2000 Dodge Dakota the hands-down choice for those who need the utility of a full-size truck in a more reasonably-sized vehicle.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Four full-size doors, tons of interior room, great-looking pickup.

  • Cons

    The 5.9-liter's fuel consumption, interior material seems cheap.

  • What's New for 2000

    The biggest change this year is design oriented -- the 2000 Dodge Dakota is now available with four full-size doors, and with that comes…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (3 total reviews)


My little dakota r/t

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Vehicle: 2000 Dodge Dakota R/T Sport 2dr Regular Cab SB

This is a very fun little truck to have. It is a sport truck so the ride is a little stiff but that is to be expected from a performance model. This seems to be a well built truck, I haven't had a single problem with it in the little over a year that I have owned it. At this point and time the only thing that I wish was better about the truck would be better gas mileage at highway speeds, in town seems to be consistent and in my opinion not to bad for a large 5.9L V8. If Dodge would of went with 3.73 or 3.55 gears the motor would be at a much happier RPM for high way speeds.




Rt is for me

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Vehicle: 2000 Dodge Dakota R/T Sport 2dr Regular Cab SB

This Sport-Truck is all encompassing! It performs and handles like a Vette; but with the utility of a truck! A 360 engine stuffed into a Dakota..ahh the possibilities!!!! As a woman driver I can appriciate the stealth of "just another Dakota"! But look out brother when I come alongside!




No problems yet

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Vehicle: 2000 Dodge Dakota R/T Sport 2dr Regular Cab SB

I have had mine for about 6 months, it is a great ride and very enjoyable. My last car was a mustang, and this is a nice trade.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 11
  • cty
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  • 16
  • highway
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Full 2000 Dodge Dakota Review

What's New for 2000

The biggest change this year is design oriented -- the 2000 Dodge Dakota is now available with four full-size doors, and with that comes a family name: Quad Cab. A 4.7-liter V8 has been added, but the 8-foot bed is gone. You can select from five more colors as well.

Introduction

Finally! We've been waiting with bated breath for this day, and now, a four-door Dodge Dakota has arrived. And even better, the engineers went above and beyond the call of duty, making the Dakota's new doors full-size, which means getting people and cargo in and out is a no-brainer. This did force the bed to be downsized, but the vehicle length remains virtually the same as the Club Cab, 215.1 inches.

There's another bonus for the 2000 Dakota - it brings the Jeep Grand Cherokee's next-generation 4.7-liter V8 to its Magnum-power lineup. The two-wheel-drive Regular and Club Cabs get a mini-Magnum 120-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, but all Dakotas have access to a 3.9-liter that cranks out 175 horsepower, a 5.9-liter making 245 horses, and that 4.7-liter, which makes a whopping 235. Only the 5.9-liter cannot be mated to a manual transmission, and the 2.5-liter is without an automatic option. If you're worried about having to tow with a compact truck, keep in mind the Dakota's 6,200-pound towing capacity. In other words, no problem.

You'll likely have to keep reminding yourself that this is indeed a compact pickup - everything from its towing capacity and stance to its power and interior seems bigger than the norm. A 40/20/40 split seat is standard (but you can opt for high-back buckets), and rear passengers travel on a 60/40 split-folding bench seat, creating seating for six in Quad Cabs. The interior is quiet, and Dodge has improved the comfort level of the seats this year, none too soon. Both two- and four-wheel drive are available, and on the four-bys, the independent front suspension was recently revised to improve an already solid ride quality. Steering was also switched to rack-and-pinion for better response. Underneath you'll find front disc brakes with optional ABS and rear drums with standard ABS (you can upgrade to slightly larger rear brakes with ABS). The transfer case remains in lever form, not a button, but is simple to engage. Three body styles are available: Regular Cab, Club Cab, and Quad Cab. Want the ultimate attention-gettin' Dakota? The Regular and Club Cab two-wheel-drives can take advantage of the R/T Sport Group that includes a 250-horsepower 5.9-liter V8, a lowered suspension, and a high-performance tire-and-wheel combo. The Dakota enters the new millennium with looks, power, and a much-desired four-door configuration. It sure seems like it could be a very happy new year for Dodge.

Talk About The 2000 Dakota

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skmorris
skmorris
03-18-2000
negative report about the Dakota. I ordered mine...


red_dodge
red_dodge
04-25-2008
the Clear Coat on my 2000 Dodge Dakota is peeling off. Ive noticed that this is a common problem with Dakotas and Rams. I was wanting to know how other Dakota and Ram owners have dealt with this prob...


johnboy9
johnboy9
02-03-2000
Dakota Quad Cab 4.7 ,A.T. I bought it in Detroit...