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2000 Dodge Dakota Truck

Reg Cab 112' WB Base

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  • $13,655 original MSRP
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2000 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab

Source: The Car Connection

Ladies and gentleman, Elvis has left through the back doors.

by Jill Amadio

If anyone can bring Disneyland into the compact pickup market, it's Dodge. Their new six-seater, full-size four-door truck focuses on people who have fun and fantasy in mind but who also want plenty of under-the-hood power and lots of towing capacity.

Dodge's new pickup is for those whose lifestyles might include never needing a truck bed, but who enjoy the macho aura it projects, who like shouldering aside wimpy SUVs in the fast lane, and for anyone whose lifestyle must morph from work to family to playtime using a single vehicle that can be parked inside the average garage.

If you're a first-time truck buyer and a compact is plenty large enough for your needs, the 2000 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab is the kind of machine that can turn you off sedans, minivans and sport-utes forever. With a model lineup that boasts the largest, most powerful range of engines and the widest measurements in its class, and with just two models from which to choose - and two-wheel or four-wheel part or full-time drive - it's no gamble to go check them out.

Dodge offers more engine choices in the Dakota than in any other compact pickup. They include the base engine, a 3.9-liter Magnum V-6 with 175 hp, and two V-8s: the 4.7-liter delivering 235 hp, and the massive 5.9-liter with 245 hp.

Transmissions include a five-speed manual, a four-speed automatic, and a four-speed multi-speed automatic that has alternate second-gear ratios for better fuel efficiency and smoother power flow. Anti-lock brakes are optional. Both the 2WD and the 4WD come in two decor versions: the Sport with body paint-matching bumpers, and the SLT with shiny chrome trim. Payload capacity is 1450 lb, and the trailer-towing capability is a very reasonable 6350 lb. Cargo volume is 38 cubic feet.

Dressed to haul

There's no doubt it, this Quad Cab is one good-looking vehicle. A young cousin to Dodge's phenomenally successful Ram truck and the Durango SUV, the Quad Cab leans heavily on their aggressive grille styling for front-end appeal. The cab itself, though, is what arouses the curiosity, with its more-cab-less-cargo-box design.

Fortunately, there is no resemblance to a chopped-off sedan stuck onto a truck bed. In fact the cab, stretched by nearly fifteen inches, and its cargo area, present an integrated, well-proportioned design. The two front-hinged rear doors open wider than any other truck and maybe some sedans, and all four doors have roll-down windows.

To accommodate Grandma and the kids, the cab itself has increased and the cargo bed hanging out in back has shrunk. Well, there's room for your hunting dog and a couple of dead deer, or seven Elvis Presley impersonators, as Dodge demonstrated during a recent introduction in Las Vegas. In fact, the bed is 63 inches long, and 81 inches with the tailgate open and the addition of a bed extender. Front and rear cargo tie-down loops are standard and support up to a thousand pounds.

One neat convenience is the series of horizontal ridges in the wheelhouse and box sides for a divider that creates two-tier loading, while vertical ridges serve as slots for a bulkhead divide. Even the Quad Cab's roof can be utilized for cargo, supporting up to 150 pounds on a roof rack.

Cabin fever

Here's where civilization really kicks in and it's difficult to remember you're in a down-and-dirty pickup. Everything that meets your eye shouts "Surprise! You're really in a car!" Keyless entry is standard, the overhead console has map lights, an electronic compass, and small storage spaces. Door panels hold books or notepads just like the poshest Jaguar, and on the 4WD models, a floor console can hold a cell phone or a small container of caviar. The dashboard, seats, steering wheel, and trim are nicer than in some passenger cars, and the rear seat cushions flip up for hiding packages either under the seats or in optional bins. The front bench seat is separated by a center folding armrest, or you can choose optional buckets seats.

Safety features focus on second-generation airbags, side impact protection, and three child-seat tether anchors in the back seat, plus child-proof door and window locks.

Dodge is expecting thirty percent of its Dakota Quad Cab buyers to be women, and judging from my test drive, Dodge might well exceed that estimate. This is one smooth and well-handling ride. Again and again, one must remember there's a cargo bed in back. In fact, at one point, when I was hauling two Sea-Doos I felt a small thump while cornering. A quick glance in the rear view mirror reminded me I'd been seduced by the firm but gentle suspension and ease of handling into thinking I was in a car. There's little sense of heaviness, even with the 5.9-liter Magnum engine and towing three-quarters of a ton of trailered Sea-Doos, and everything is so well buttoned-down I could have been in a high-priced SUV import. In fact, the absence of squeaks and rattles, even off-road, is a little unnerving.

Dodge says that weight-saving is part of the reason for smooth on- and off-roading, as well as responsible for excellent fuel efficiency, which is rated at 15 city/20 highway on the 2WD automatic transmission model, and one mile less per gallon on the 4WD model.

Much of the romance of this Quad Cab is in its versatility. Aftermarket accessories such as tents and covers that fit perfectly over the cargo bed provide living space anywhere you decide to park, and the wares available from Mopar Accessories for the Dakota Quad Cab are a riot of wonderfully innovative items. They include jungle-style brush guards, skid-resistant bedliners, side-rail bike carriers, electric motor winches, and steel dog houses.

Dodge has done its homework with this pickup and has produced a vehicle that can supply the fun you may have been missing in a truck that only holds two people. Having five friends along for the ride makes all the difference - even if they're all Elvis impersonators.

2000 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab

Base Price: $19,490 (2WD), $22,135 (4WD)

Engines: 3.9-liter V-6, 175 hp; 4.7-liter V-8, 235 hp; 5.9-liter V-8, 245


Transmissions: five-speed manual; electronically controlled four-speed automatic; electronically controlled four-speed automatic with alternate second-gear ratio

Wheelbase: 131 in

Length: 215.1 in

Width: 71.6 in

Height: 66.3 in

Weight: 4124 lb (2WD, base engine), 4391 lb (4WD, base engine)

Fuel economy: 15 city/ 20 hwy (2WD), 14 city/19 hwy (4WD)

Major standard equipment: Power brakes, heater, air conditioning (SLT), full-size spare tire, cigar lighter, voltmeter, tachometer, AM/FM stereo/cassette, split bench seat/center armrest, tilt steering column (SLT), tinted glass, engine compartment lamp.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Passenger On/Off Std

Road Visibility

Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

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 Model Years 2010-2016 & Less Than 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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