Used 1997 Dodge Dakota Regular Cab

1997 Dodge Dakota

1997 Highlights

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.


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


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

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Features & Specs

Sport 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB2dr Regular Cab SB2dr Regular Cab LBSport 2dr Regular Cab SBSport 2dr Regular Cab LB2dr Regular Cab 4WD SBSLT 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SBSLT 2dr Regular Cab SBSLT 2dr Regular Cab LB
Transmission5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual
Horsepower175 hp @ 4800 rpm120 hp @ 5200 rpm120 hp @ 5200 rpm120 hp @ 5200 rpm120 hp @ 5200 rpm175 hp @ 4800 rpm175 hp @ 4800 rpm175 hp @ 4800 rpm175 hp @ 4800 rpm


IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Just bought a '97 in 2013
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. I was again asked to update my review. All I can add is the friend's Dakota mentioned above with 230k miles was sold with 320k. Last he heard it was running with 329k.
My truck
I liked this truck before I even bought it. I would borrow it from my aunt all the time, it is spacious, very dependable, has a lot of power, fast, and has a lot of torque. I have taken this truck off road without any problems. Even the gas mileage is good, I average about 20-25 mpg, it has a v6 magnum in it, so I thought it was gonna be a gas hog. The only problem, I have had with the truck is the ac system, I can get it recharged and three days later it would need recharged again. This truck has never let me down and I have had it for 4 years.
Handy to have around
I bought this for my daughter who always wanted a pickup. It has a teal color. It worked very well for her. She has moved to the city and a pickup is unnecessary, so I inherited it. I'm having trouble giving it up as it is handy to have around. Drives like a truck and gets the same kind of low mileage but that is what it is.
Used 1997 Dodge Dakota Regular Cab Overview

The Used 1997 Dodge Dakota Regular Cab is offered in the following styles: Sport 2dr Regular Cab SB, Sport 2dr Regular Cab LB, Sport 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB, 2dr Regular Cab SB, 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB, 2dr Regular Cab LB, SLT 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB, SLT 2dr Regular Cab SB, and SLT 2dr Regular Cab LB.

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