2004 Dodge Dakota

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$17,200

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2004 Dodge Dakota

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Interior space
  • Sturdy construction
  • Performance
  • Side-impact crash-test ratings

The bad:

  • Fuel economy
  • No side-impact airbags
  • Antilock brakes aren&amp
  • #8217
  • t standard
  • Aging design

11 trims

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Notable features

  • New 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6
  • Available V-8
  • Larger than most compacts
  • Three cab configurations

2004 Dodge Dakota review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Measuring close to the midsize truck category in dimensions, Dodge’s smaller pickup truck comes with V-6 or V-8 power and is offered in a variety of configurations. For 2004, a 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine replaces the prior 175-hp 3.9-liter. The 5.9-liter V-8 power plant and the R/T edition have been dropped. Front bucket seats are now standard in Quad Cab models.

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.

Exterior
Basic Dakota styling is patterned after the company’s full-size Ram pickup. Regular-cab, Club Cab (extended-cab) and Quad Cab (crew-cab) body styles are available. The Quad Cab and Club Cab models both ride a 131-inch wheelbase and measure 215 inches long overall. Because the Quad Cab devotes more space to passengers, it comes with a shorter, 5.5-foot cargo bed as opposed to the Club Cab’s 6.5-foot bed. The Quad Cab version can tow as much as 6,100 pounds, while a regular-cab model can tow as much as 6,600 pounds.

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.

Interior
Dakotas may be equipped with either a front bench or a pair of front bucket seats. Bucket seats are now standard in the Quad Cab. Club Cab and Quad Cab models have split rear benches with cushions that fold for extra storage space.

Because the Quad Cab’s interior is about a foot longer than the Club Cab’s, its backseat is vastly roomier. Space for adults in the Quad Cab’s rear seat is adequate, but they will likely be cramped in the Club Cab. Tall rear doors that open 90 degrees on the Quad Cab ease entry and exit.

Under the Hood
A new 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 serves as the base engine, but Dakotas are unique among compact pickups because they can be fitted with a V-8 engine. A 230-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 is available for all three body styles with Sport or SLT equipment. Three transmissions are available: a four-speed automatic for the V-6, a five-speed automatic for V-8 models and a five-speed manual that can team with either engine. A dashboard switch controls transfer-case operation on four-wheel-drive trucks.

Safety
Four-wheel antilock brakes are optional, and side-impact airbags are not offered.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

Best vehicle I have ever owned

Bought this truck in 2006 with 140,000 miles on it. It now has 300,000 miles on it. Has never left me hanging. I will miss her when she finally gives up.

4.7

I love my truck. It drives so smooth and so comfo

I love my 2004 dodge Dakota v8. It's so fast and drives so smooth. I love working on it as well it's my baby and my beauty.

4.3

Reliable

The dodge I have was one tbst was sitting for years. The entire truck would run, lights would turn on, nothing broke except for expected rusting and some wear. Put a new exhaust and fuel pump on, has been running well!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Dodge
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
3 months/3,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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