Dodge Dakota Quad Cab
The second-generation Dakota was built from 1997 through 2004. It inherited the semi truck look of the larger Ram, but remained largely the same underneath....More »
Dodge Dakota Quad Cab
The second-generation Dakota was built from 1997 through 2004. It inherited the semi truck look of the larger Ram, but remained largely the same underneath. That year had the introduction of the 'R/T' model with the big 5.9 L 250 hp (186 kW) Magnum V8. At the time of its introduction, it was seen as one of the most radical in its class, not only for its styling, but also because it remained the only truck in its class with an available V8 engine that rivaled many V8s found in full-sized trucks with payloads up to 1500 pounds.
Four-door "Quad-Cab" models were added for 2000 with a slightly shorter bed, 63.1 in (160.2 cm), but riding on the Club Cab's 130.9 in (332.5 cm) wheelbase. The aging 5.2 L Magnum V8 was replaced by a new high-tech 4.7 L SOHC PowerTech V8. The Quad-Cab featured a full-sized flip up rear seat to provide room for three passengers in the back or lots of dry, interior room for cargo.
In spring 1998, a new limited-edition R/T package was available as an option on the Dakota Sport model. This version is considered a true street/sport truck, only available in RWD. Factory modifications such as a 250 hp 360 cid/5.9 liter V8, heavy duty 46RE four-speed automatic transmission, performance axle, limited-slip differential, sport suspension and steering, upgraded brakes, performance exhaust, special cast aluminum wheels, monotone paint, bucket seats, and many other standard options came with the package. Chrome wheels were available on 2002 models. Some of the last models made in 2003 came with the new stampede lower body cladding package and chromed version of the original cast aluminum wheels at no extra charge. This version of the R/T Dakota was produced through 2003, with the newer 2003 R/T trucks designated as their own trimline and no longer as part of an option package on the Dakota Sport trim.
Also in 1998, the Dakota R1 was released for production in Brazil through the efforts of a small team known as Truck Special Programs and featured a base four-cylinder engine and offered a 2.5L VMI turbodiesel along with a V8, all designed around a reinforced four-wheel drive chassis used on both two- and four-wheel drive models. Altogether, 28 roll-in-chassis R1 configurations were designed for the Brazil market to be built at the Curitiba assembly facility as CKDs. This program was cancelled when Chrysler was purchased by Daimler.
The 4.7 liter V8 and 45RFE automatic transmission were introduced in 2000.
A fairly extensive revision of the Dakota's interior was made in 2001, including a completely redesigned dash, door panels, and revised seats. Other minor trim revisions were made, including redesigned aluminum wheels on various models. All vehicles also got new radio options. Only the standard AM/FM radio (with no cassette deck) was discontinued, making an AM/FM radio with a cassette deck standard on all models. AM/FM stereo CD and cassette/CD variants were also available.
The 2002 model was the final year for the four-cylinder engine in the Dakota, as Chrysler ended production of the former AMC design. Most buyers ordered the V6 or V8 engines, which were considerably more powerful and, in the case of the V6, which was made standard for 2003, nearly as fuel-efficient with a manual transmission. Also, an automatic transmission was not available with the four-cylinder. SIRIUS Satellite Radio was also now available as an option, and revised radios with new wiring harnesses could accommodate this new feature. A CD changer radio was also available, eliminating the need for a separately mounted unit located elsewhere inside the truck. The drivers could load up to six discs into the unit at a time, and could switch out the discs at any time, something they could not do with the old unit. Radio Data System became standard equipment on some radios.
The 2003 model was the end of the old OHV V6 and the big R/T V8; the 2004 model year vehicles were available with a new 3.7 L Magnum V6 engine to go along with the 4.7 L V8 variant.
In 2004, the cassette deck option was discontinued, and a CD player became standard equipment on all models.
This generation was also assembled and sold in Brazil from 1998 to 2001.
The IIHS gave this generation a 'Poor' rating in the frontal offset crash test.
1997-2002 - 2.5 L (150 cu in) AMC I4, 120 hp (89 kW)
1997-2003 - 3.9 L (238 cu in) Magnum V6, 175 hp (130 kW)
1997-1999 - 5.2 L (318 cu in) Magnum V8, 225 hp (168 kW)
1998-2003 - 5.9 L (360 cu in) Magnum V8, 250 hp (190 kW)
1999-2000 - 2.5 L (152.5 cu in) VM-425 OHV I4, 114 hp (85 kW)
2000-2004 - 4.7 L (287 cu in) Magnum V8, 230 hp (170 kW)
2004 - 3.7 L (226 cu in) Magnum V6, 210 hp (160 kW)
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