The 1997 Dodge Dakota is offered in the following submodels: Regular Cab, Extended Cab. Available styles include SLT 2dr Regular Cab SB, SLT 2dr Regular Cab LB, and 2dr Regular Cab SB. Dakota models are available with a 3.9 l-liter gas engine or a 2.5 l-liter gas engine, with output up to 175 hp, depending on engine type. The 1997 Dakota comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual. The 1997 Dakota comes with a basic warranty, a roadside warranty, and a powertrain warranty.
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Vehicle SLT 2dr Regular Cab SB
Review My model is actually a Sport 2WD 3.9 5 speed manual that I bought with about 102,500 miles. I get plenty of snow in my area, but the truck is for occasional use. I wanted a truck with a V6 and a manual transmission, something not easy to find. I think the V6 with the manual is a great combination - and a rare find. The regular cab is a little tight for me - but that's ok. I do enjoy driving the truck. It rides well, and the interior is solid. With the windows up it's quiet - there's not one rattle in the truck. My first fuel calculation, highway and around town was 18.8 mpg. Very satisfied with that. I feel good about this truck. I was asked to update my review. I no longer have the Dakota, mainly because my son was living in an off campus area where the roads were steep. He had a AWD car, but it was getting up there in miles and if he needed repairs I wanted him to borrow something suited for snow, so I bought a 4WD truck with an automatic transmission. I will say, the interior of the Dakota was solid, not one rattle. I can't say the same about the 2001 GM truck that replaced it. I'd still recommend a used Dodge Dakota. I know someone who had about 230k miles on the 3.9V6 and it was still running fine.
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What options are available on the 1997 Dodge Dakota?
Available Dodge Dakota 1997 Submodel Types: Quad Cab, Club Cab, Crew Cab, Regular Cab, Extended Cab
Available Trims: SLT, ST, Base, Sport, Laramie, SXT, TRX, R/T
Exterior Colors: Flame Red Clearcoat, Bright Silver Metallic Clearcoat, Patriot Blue Pearlcoat, Bright White Clearcoat, Black Clearcoat, Mineral Gray Metallic Clearcoat, Atlantic Blue Pearlcoat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearlcoat, Inferno Red Crystal Pearlcoat, Graphite Metallic Clearcoat, Deep Molten Red Pearlcoat, Intense Blue Pearlcoat, Light Almond Pearl Metallic Clearcoat, Deep Water Blue Pearlcoat, Electric Blue Pearlcoat, Forest Green Pearlcoat, Timberline Green Pearlcoat, Bright Silver Metallic Silver Clearcoat, Graphite Metallic Clearcoat/Bright Silver Metallic Clearcoat, Sunburst Orange Pearlcoat, Dark Spectrum Blue Metallic, Flame Red, Flame Red Clearcoat/Light Driftwood, Forest Green PC/Bright Silver, Light Almond Pearl Metallic/Bright Silver Metallic Clearcoat, Light Khaki Metallic Clearcoat, Medium Bronze PC/Bright Silver, Moss Green Pearl Metallic
Interior Colors: Medium Slate Gray cloth, Medium Slate Gray, Dark Slate Gray, Dark Slate Gray/Medium Slate Gray cloth, Khaki cloth, Khaki, Taupe, Mist Gray, Agate, Dark Khaki/Medium Khaki leather
Popular Features: Rear Bench Seats, Fold Flat Rear Seats, AWD/4WD, Crew Cab, 6000lb Towing Capacity, 6ft Bed, Power Driver Seat, Upgraded Engine, Towing Hitch, Alarm, Aux Audio Inputs, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, 5000lb Towing Capacity, Leather Seats, Remote Start, Standard Cab, 2500lb Towing Capacity, Heated seats, Upgraded Stereo, Sunroof/Moonroof, 3500lb Towing Capacity, Bluetooth, Extended Cab, Navigation, USB Inputs