Dodge Dakota Models And Generations
Dodge Dakota is a mid-size pickup truck from Chrysler’s Ram group. From its introduction through 2009, it was sold by Dodge. The first dodge truck was displayed in 1986 as a 1987 model besides the redesigned Dodge Ram 50. The truck was chosen for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2000. The Dodge Dakota has always been sized above the compressed Chevrolet S-10 and Ford Ranger, but below the full-sized pickups such as Dodge’s Ram. The Dodge Dakota is the first mid-size pickup truck with an optional V8 engine. It is a popular design with body-on-frame production and a leaf spring/live axle rear end. One notable specialty was the Dakota’s rack and pinion steering which was attached as a part of the 1997 re-design, a first for work trucks. Dodge Dakota has been used by police and fire departments, as off-road transportations, patrol trucks, or even brush trucks.
First Generation Dodge Dakota (1987 – 1996)
Dodge Dakota was manufactured from 1986 through 1996, that was the start of first-generation Dakota. It was lightly upgraded for the 1991 model year. Two types of engines were offered, that is Inline-four and V6 engines, along with either a five-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive was available only with the V6. Both 6.5- and 8-foot beds were introduced. Fuel injection was attached to the 3.9 L V6 for 1988 Dodge Dakota, but the output remained the same. In 1988, the Sport package was attached as a mid-year release. Exterior colors appeared in Bright White, Black, and Graphic Red.
AM/FM radio receiver with cassette player Superimposed logo floor mats
Mopar light rail with Bosch off-road lights Euro-style blackout grille and bumpers
Sliding rear glass 3.9-liter V6 engine
15″ aluminum wheels Center armrest bench seat
Deluxe wipers Twin remote control outside reflectors
Floor Carpet Mopar air barrier with Bosch fog lamps
Twin remote control outside reflectors Floor Carpet
Mopar air barrier with Bosch fog lamps Diminished suspension
15-inch chrome rims Chrome rails along the bottom
Leather seats Sunroof
Sliding rear glass Chrome fenders
V8 engine Infinity sound system
Color-keyed leather-wrapped sport steering wheel
AM/FM radio with cassette, and (optional) CD player
Chrysler was still healing from their near-bankruptcy and support were in short supply. Sperlich challenged the N-Body team to search for all possibilities to reuse current equipments to create the Dakota. The resulting extremely investment-efficient program equipped Chrysler to create an all-new market division at a low price. Key individuals included in making this product an actuality included Robert Burnham, Glenn Gardner, Jim Hackstedde, Glen House, Don Sebert, and Clark Ewing. The basic Dakota vehicle was eventually utilized as a support to create the Dakota elongated cab version and the Durango SUV.
Second Generation Dodge Dakota (1997 – 2004)
The second-generation Dodge Dakota started developing in 1991, with an exterior scheme design by Dennis Myles under design director John R. Starr being accepted in mid-1993 and fixed for production in January 1994. 1997 Dodge Dakota was revealed through a press release in the summer season of 1996 and manufactured from July 1996 through 2004. It acquired the semi-truck look of the bigger Ram, but remained largely the same underneath although steering was modernized to rack and pinion as a part of the re-design. That year had the dedication of the ‘R/T’ model with the big 5.9 L 250 hp (186 kW) Magnum V8 engine.
At the time of its inception, it was seen as one of the most progressive in its class, not only for its styling, but also because it outlasted the only truck in its class with an accessible V8 engine that resembled many V8s obtained in full-sized trucks with payloads up to 1,500 lb (680 kg). A new limited-edition RT package was prepared as an alternative on the Dodge Dakota Sport model from 1998 to 2003. This version is supposed a true sport truck, only available in RWD. Factory upgradations such as a 360 cid/5.9-liter V8 engine which produced 250 hp (186 kW) at 4,400 rpm and 345 foot-pounds of torque at 3,200 rpm.
The only transmission selection available was the heavy-duty, performance axle, performance exhaust, monotone paint, sport suspension and steering, upgraded brakes, bucket seats with R/T in the headrests, and many other standard options came with the package. Chrome wheels were available on Dodge Dakota 2002 & 2003 Dodge Dakota models. Some of the last models manufactured in 2003 appeared with the new stampede lower body cladding package and a chromed version of the original cast 17×9 aluminum wheels at no extra charge. This version of the Dodge Dakota RT was manufactured through 2003, with the newer 2003 R/T trucks assigned as their trim line and no longer as part of an alternative package on the Dodge Dakota 2004 Sport trim.
Third Generation Dodge Dakota (2005 – 2011)
The redesigned 2005 Dodge Dakota still assigned its program with the new Durango SUV. This model is 3.7 in (94 mm) longer and 2.7 in (69 mm) wider, and emphasizes a new front and rear suspension, and rack-and-pinion steering. The Dodge Dakota is manufactured at the Warren Truck Assembly plant in Warren, Michigan. This new generation Dodge also regressed to five-lug wheels from the previous generation’s six-lug wheels due to cost and manufacture time-saving measures.
A V6 engine and two V8 engines were available: The conventional engine is a 3.7 L Magnum V6; the two 4.7 L V8 engines are the conventional Magnum V8 engine and the V8 High Output. The high-output 4.7 L V8 engine generates 260 hp (194 kW) and 310 lb-ft (420 N⋅m) of torque. The standard-output 4.7 L V8 generates 230 hp (172 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 N⋅m) of energy. Both the 3.7 L and standard output 4.7 L V8s were available with the six-speed manual transmission in 2005 Dodge Dakota and 2006 . That option was not available for 2007 V8 models.