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A new Stampede package was added during 2003; offered on regular-cab and Club Cab Sport models, this option group includes ground-effects side moldings, wheel flares, 16-by-8-inch aluminum wheels and a rear stabilizer bar.All-disc brakes are standard in four-wheel-drive and high-capacity models. Dodge offers a five-speed-automatic transmission that features a dual-ratio second gear; it teams with the 4.7-liter V-8 engine.
A value-priced but boldly styled SXT model is available for budget-minded shoppers. The lineup also includes base, Sport, Sport Plus, SLT and SLT Plus trim levels.The Dakota was last redesigned for the 1997 model year, and the automaker is expected to redesign this truck for 2005.
Regular-cab models use a 6.5-foot cargo bed, and they have shorter dimensions than the Quad Cab. Each measures 196 inches long overall on a 112.1-inch wheelbase.Unlike other extended-cab compact trucks, no rear doors are offered on the Dakota Club Cab. The SXT model includes deep gray bumpers, upper and lower fascias, body-colored fender flares and sporty 16-inch aluminum wheels.