And this year, Dodge has made a number of upgrades to make the truck more appealing. Two front-seat configurations are offered: bucket seats or a three-place bench that includes a flip-down center armrest. Not available with special finance, lease and some other offers. I can get 19mpg when using cruise, which surprised me since I have a steady foot. Maximum towing capacity is best-in-class at up to 7,050 pounds when properly equipped. I tested a V-6 truck with the six-speed manual and four-wheel drive. In those areas, the truck doesn't disappoint - acceleration and handling are impressive.
This is the third Dakota that I've owned and I've always liked the mid-size handling and the available V8 power. And the 05 to current dakotas sit too low to the ground, esp. However, when you consider that recreational buyers who purchase midsize trucks are sensitive to gas-price swings and most consumers who need a truck choose full-size models, midsize trucks in general appear to be left searching for buyers in today's market. Just to put the 2008 Dodge Dakota's optional 302-horspower 4. Features Extended cab Dakotas can have optional Full Swing rear-hinged half doors that open 170 degrees, making it easier to access the rear portion of the cabin in tight spaces. Forward of the front-door hinge, the 2008 Dodge Dakota is completely different than either its predecessor or its bigger sibling.
. The truck is almost unbearable to drive off road. Contact us to make an appointment or stop in to the dealership and take this vehicle for a test drive. Chrysler's number for this recall is S43. But while it may be the largest, the second whistle stop on the annual international auto show tour doesn't usually pack all that show floor space with a glut of spanking new….
Dakota in the Market With models like the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma having grown in size over the years, and new trucks like the Honda Ridgeline hitting the scene, the Dakota no longer has the midsize truck segment all to itself. There are exterior and interior changes as well. Standard is a capable 210-horsepower V6, while an impressive 302-horsepower V8 is available. I guess my 2 gripes with the 08 are the interior feels a little cheap few rattles from arm rest and more plasticky overall than my 01. Maximum capacity can increase to 1,710 pounds depending on trim level. I loved my 01, and this one is starting to grow on me. And true to form, thrust is produced quickly and calmly.
Note: This recall supersedes recall 14V817 in its entirety. The crew cab Dakota is unrated. Second Dodge Dakota I own. In side-impact tests, the crew cab earned five stars for the protection of both front and rear passengers; the extended-cab pickup earned five stars for front occupants only. Be sure to check them out as well before committing to this truck. Safety Side curtain airbags are optional, and seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats are not offered. Each is available with either aft-hinged rear doors - called Extended Cab - or the four conventional doors of the Crew Cab.
There's also a new Big Horn trim called the Lone Star in Texas for 2008. Storage spaces include large door pockets. Note: This recall supersedes recall 14V-7700. On top of that, the new V8 gets better fuel mileage and will operate on E85 ethanol-based fuel. Styling The Dakota's overall shape is largely the same as it was before, but the front is more streamlined thanks to a new hood, headlights and fenders. The recall began on March 27, 2017. Plan on getting 265 tires, from the 245 stocked next spring if it's no issue.
It's not as advanced as the three-rail system Chevrolet offers for the Silverado, which has an additional rail along the front wall and cleats that have a quick-release pin lock; Dodge's need to be screwed down using a knob. Turn mine in and had 12 miles before void warr. Remedy Chrysler will notify the affected Chrysler and Dodge owners and Mitsubishi will notify the affected Raider owners. It was ahead of its time in that regard, as most other once-small pickups have since grown to match the Dakota's size. Driving Impressions The Dakota's V6 offers adequate power, but the new V8 is the engine you want if you have frequent towing or hauling in mind -- or even if you simply want to best the powerful V6s from Nissan and Toyota.
It also manages to be more aggressive than the previous design's wide-eyed look, which is always good in the truck market. While its updated styling should enhance its appeal, and its base engine delivers acceptable performance, the Dakota's stiff ride may be an unappreciated surprise to first-time truck buyers. The split-bench seat provides good comfort. The V-6 provides decent power, and I didn't find myself longing for the V-8 I didn't, however, haul a heavy load or trailer with the truck, which is when the extra grunt of a V-8 tends to shine. What's New for 2008 The 2008 Dodge Dakota has a revised V8 engine this year. While it's easy to become infatuated with the Dakota's optional V8, the standard 3.
The Sport adds 18-inch painted wheels, a shorter rear-axle ratio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and unique two-tone bolstered cloth bucket seats; the Dakota Laramie adds a V8 engine, automatic headlights, chrome exterior trim, leather-trimmed bucket seats and premium audio. The tailgate is a little heavy to close, and the bed is 17. Each is available in rear- or four-wheel drive. Gas mileage average 16 to 18 on open highway, 3. The Dakota steers with light effort thanks to the highly boosted steering system. Despite mixed feelings on last year's V8, the new offering is well liked.
All are available with either rear-, conventional four-wheel drive or full-time four-wheel drive. Don't know any other truck that will fit in garage, with the power, Toyota can't be trusted now. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Outside, there's a new front fascia, hood, grille, headlights and fenders. Others may feel the Dakota rides as well as most cars. It can get jostling at times, and there's some slight cab shudder on rough roads, but overall it's not excessive for a truck.