Dodge Dakota 4dr Short Bed
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Make: Dodge
Model: Dakota 4dr Short Bed
Dodge Dakota 4dr Short Bed

In 1987 the Dodge Dakota 4 Door Long Bed was introduced as a mid-size pickup truck from DaimlerChrysler's Dodge brand. It made its debut alongside the redesigned Dodge Ram 50. Seemingly, the Dodge Dakota did quite well and it was even nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2000. Perhaps part of the reason behind its success is that it has always been sized above the compact models such as the Ford Ranger and the Chevrolet S-10, and below the full-sized models such as the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado. The Dakota design is a relatively conventional design with body-on-frame construction and leaf spring/live axle rear end. Another reason for its popularity may be attributed to the fact that the Dakota has long been the only midsize pickup with an optional V8 engine. One prominent feature was the Dakota's rack and pinion steering, a first in work trucks. In 2005 the Dakota underwent some changes and as a result it no longer shares its platform with the new Dodge Durango Sport Utility Vehicle. This model is 3.7 in longer and 2.7 in wider, and features a new front and rear suspension, and rack-and-pinion steering. Drivers can select between a V6 or two V8 engines. The standard engine is a 3.7 L PowerTech V6 where as the two 4.7 L V8 engines are the standard Magnum V8 and the V8 High Output or HO. These reasonably powerful trucks can be found at the Warren Truck Assembly plant in Warren, Michigan. Drivers should know though that different from the previous production, the more powerful choices of engines and rear end ratios are only available with the automatic transmission. This seems to have been a problem with consumers and displeasure has been expressed in the matter. Nevertheless, this 4 Dr long bed truck still receives an overall positive vibe from prospective buyers.

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