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1999 Dodge Dakota Truck

Club Cab 131' WB 4WD Sport

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1999 Dodge Dakota R/T

Source: The Car Connection

by Bob Plunkett

WITTMAN, Ariz. Chryslers Arizona proving ground spreads for miles across the desert west of Phoenix. Its enormous black lake of flat asphalt, like a dirty pancake flipped into the skillet of the Navajo Desert, is immense enough to allow vehicles to romp around at top speed without hurting so much as a Gila.

Put a muscle machine like the Viper RT/10 on that tarmac, arrange some orange traffic cones in a torturous, circuitous course, and you can push your wheels through tight turns to your hearts content.

It used to be, if you were a truck fan, you had to be towing a race car on back to make a trip to grounds like these worth anything. But Dodge doesnt think that sports coupes and hot supercars should have all the fun. By tuning up and tightening down the handling of the Dakota midsize truck, it has emerged with a pickup thats nearly as fun to navigate around a test track as one of its sports sedans.

Dakota R/T is the new iteration for the hot Dodge truck. Its got a beefy V-8 under its sculpted Ram-like hood. And to signal its intentions, its decked out with racing stripes that mimic the Viper supercar.

The R/T badge (for road and track, all deference to the print mag given) reflects Dodges muscle car heritage, which traces back to the 1960s when it was tagged on the most powerful and sporty Dodges, Chargers and Challengers alike.

In 1999, the R/T badge applies not only to the Viper but also to a performance-geared Neon with a twin-cam engine, stiff sport suspension, rear deck lid spoiler and racing stripes that reproduce the streaks of Dodges pavement-ripping Viper GTS coupe.

A racy Viper or even the Neon, cast as a competition coupe, may be easy to comprehend. But what, you might wonder, can you do with what commonly amounts to a work truck only now dressed out with racing stripes, all sorts of performance gear and heady V-8 power?

Rev its big engine as it musters those throaty cranked-up sounds from the low-restriction exhaust system, and youll know.

The Dakota R/T is unquestionably a show-off machine, but its also capable of producing some sport-pitched maneuvers on pavement. And in terms of raw acceleration, this truck can kick butt most definitively over any stock competition.

Look beyond those flashy racing stripes and youll find that the meat of this machine comes down to its humongous V-8 engine, low-profile 17-inch tires, and a stiff-but-sporty suspension that drops the vehicle by an inch to make it look like a customized hot rod. Dakotas in more conventional dress tote a variety of engines, up to a 5.2-liter V-8 rated at 230 horsepower, but the Dakota R/T plumps the power numbers by installing Dodges 5.9-liter Magnum V-8.

That plant, built with a cast-iron block and heads and equipped with overhead valves and sequential electronic multiport fuel injection, fattens the power curve to 250 hp.

The Magnum 5.9 also spits out massive torque the engines ultimate measure of muscle that translates into linear propulsion to 345 foot-pounds. Tied to a free-flowing exhaust arrangement with performance tuning, you get some serious notes played on those pipes every time foot pumps throttle.

The only transmission for this R/T, Dodges 46 RE electronic automatic, carries four forward gears with overdrive lock out and converter clutch. Its smooth in shifting and controllable with limited-slip differential.

Outside, the R/T wears those brassy racing stripes, plus body-colored fascia, grille and front and rear bumpers. To top off the glitz, Dodge ladles on the decals here, spelling out Dakota R/T on the doors. Inside, the Dakota wears cloth and vinyl on its seats, beams out information via analog instruments, and threatens your eardrums with a four-speaker AM/FM cassette stereo. You can add air conditioning, power windows, locks and mirrors, and a truly ear-blistering 100-watt stereo upgrade with Infinity speakers and a CD player, plus equalizer.

Although theres no four-wheel-drive edition, the Dakota R/T comes with either a regular-size cabin with twin high-back bucket seats or a Club Cab edition with an area added behind the front seats to put a split/folding bench for three.

Even the barest Dakota sports good-handling equipment such as rack-and-pinion steering, power brakes with front discs and rear drums with anti-lock control, as well as an independent front suspension and a rear live axle with four leaf springs, gas-charged shocks and a stabilizer bar. For R/T, the ride height is reduced, and the rear stabilizer bar increases in diameter to 21 mm, for less body roll during hard corners.

The R/T rolls on oversized 17-inch aluminum wheels with low-profile Goodyear Eagle LS black sidewall tires (P255/55R17), which plant an extravagant footprint on pavement and improve the trucks curve-hugging grip.

Drive it down the road and R/T feels tight and precise. It rides with firm suspension damping that works well on a winding route but may feel downright hard when managing more mundane pavement grooves and bumps.

The Dakota might be a lot of flash, but its also got the hardware to back up its sport-truck challenge. The latest member of the R/T family proves the old racer adage once again theres no substitute for cubic inches.


© The Car Connection

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Driver Air Bag Std
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Fog Lamps Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

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Alarm Opt
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Dodge Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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