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2008 Dodge Dakota Truck

2WD Crew Cab Sport

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  • $27,600 original MSRP
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2008 Dodge Dakota Truck

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Dodge Dakota Truck

The 2008 Dodge Dakota is one of just a few mid-size pickups, more practically sized for city driving yet almost as capable as the full-size trucks. It offers the only available V8 in its pickup class, and has a best-in-class towing capacity of 7,050 pounds. It is also the only mid-size pickup to offer full-time four-wheel drive, and has the longest and largest standard cargo bed among its competitors, at 6'-6' for the extended cab.

What's new for 2008?

For 2008, Dodge's mid-size Dakota pickup gets a new optional V8 that's much more powerful than the one it replaces, yet it is also more refined and fuel-efficient.

Model Strengths

  • Manageable size
  • hauling and towing capability
  • powerful available V8.

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The new 4.7L V8 that's available on the Dakota makes 302 horsepower--a 31 percent increase versus the previous V8--and 329 lb-ft of torque. With two spark plugs per cylinder, an increased compression ratio, a new electronic throttle, and improved airflow, the new engine actually gets improved fuel economy. The V8 is also capable of operating on E85 fuel.

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SANDY, Tex. -- When gully-washer rain falls on the Hill Country of Texas, so many ranch roads graded with dust and sand turn into tire-sucking troughs of mud.

So let's plow through that soppy sluice to test the off-road dexterity of Dodge's mid-size Dakota pickup.

We're outfitted well for trucking through mud because the particular Dakota we're steering stocks a full-time four-wheel-drive (4WD) system and a powerful new flex-fuel V8 engine which runs on gasoline or E85 ethanol.

Our test version of Dakota works well as a sturdy truck capable of serious off-road action with all tires scrambling for traction but it's also comfortable as a pavement cruiser.

Cast one step below the full-size Ram 1500 truck and sporting the stepped-hood prow of Ram for a family resemblance, Dakota earns a fresh exterior design and cabin upgrades for 2008 issues plus the new class-capping V8 with tow ratings hiked to 7050 pounds.

Introduced in 1987, Dakota always charted a different course in pickup design. Neither full-size, like classic American pickups, nor compact, like some itsy-bitsy trucks from Asia, Dakota measured somewhere between those extremes to provide benefits of both.

The 2008 editions, based on generational designs from 2005, ride on a stiff boxed-rail platform.

There are two formats for the cab:

Dakota Extended Cab contains two rows of seats for four and two rear-hinged access doors, while the Crew Cab stocks four full-size doors and seat space for up to six.

Extended Cab becomes the standard cabin for Dakota 2008.

The pair of individual rear seats fit a full-size adult, but seat cushions fold away when not needed for passengers and the area behind front seats converts into a storage compartment with 30 cubic feet of space.

Dakota Crew Cab carves out the largest cabin among mid-size trucks. A bench-style backseat holds up to three adults and the seatback tips rearward at a slight angle so riders may sit comfortably with ample room for heads and legs.

The truck bed behind the cabin varies in length, depending on cab style.

Extended Cab has a long-bed design stretching to 78 inches, while Crew Cab uses an abbreviated bed cut to 64 inches long.

Dodge builds the Dakota trucks of 2008 with a choice of V6 or V8 engine, manual or automatic transmission, 2WD or 4WD traction mode plus six trim designations so the truck projects a different personality with each level of equipment upgrade.

The suspension configuration -- upper and lower A arms in front with coil-over-shock and a link-type stabilizer bar -- improves handling, while a rack and pinion steering mechanism -- not a common component on a truck -- brings crisp steering traits.

Dakota also benefits from smaller overall body length (about 18 feet long) when compared against a full-size truck like Ram. That advantage of having several less feet of steel to move around in traffic makes a big difference in terms of maneuverability and practicality.

Brakes with front discs and rear drums provide power assistance plus standard anti-lock brake system (ABS) for the rear wheels, or the option of four-wheel ABS.

Frontal air bags for front-seat riders are also standard, and curtain-style side air bags concealed above windows for both rows of seats are on the option sheet.

More choices come for trim, powertrain and traction: Dakota's trim designations are the ST, STX, SLT, TRX/TRX4, Sport and Laramie. Powertrains range from a Magnum V6 to the new flex-fuel 4.7-liter Magnum V8 prompting best-in-class power points and tow capacity.

The six-pack displaces 3.7 liters and runs up to 210 hp at 5200 rpm with torque numbers climbing as high as 235 lb-ft at 4000 rpm.

A sweet Getrag 238 manual six-speed transmission is standard for the V6, with a four-speed Dodge 42RLE automatic optional.

The new single-cam 4.7-liter V8 bumps way up to 302 hp at 4600 rpm and 329 lb-ft of torque at 3600 rpm, then links exclusively to an automatic five-speed (5-45RFE).

Pick a 4WD package for off-road forays or the 2WD mode for trailer-haul chores.

Actually, there are two choices for 4WD action -- either an on-demand 4WD system with 2WD plus 4WD high and 4WD low-gear settings or a full-time all-wheel-drive (AWD) system (also with 4WD high and low) for TRX/TRX4, Sport and Laramie.

Styled with a bold exterior form for that chin-forward face, the Dakota trucks look strong and assertive -- and impossible to miss, should the image of one suddenly appear in your rearview mirror.

A massive prow dominates the design with the stair-step hood of a big-rig Peterbilt and a flat-faced horse-collar grille thrust forward and marked in cross-hair chrome for all trims save Sport, which wears a body-colored rim.

Trimmings for the trucks show preferred standard equipment such as air conditioning and a four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio kit even in entry-grade Dakota ST.

Dakota SXT adds 16-inch aluminum wheels and cabin upgrades like power controls for windows and door locks and mirrors, a tilting steering wheel and cruise control.

Dakota SLT goes further with foglamps and a body-colored back bumper, a sliding rear window with defroster, power to motivate front seats, a security alarm and an overhead console with compass and trip computer.

Dakota TRX/TRX4 flashes black headlamp bezels, fender flares and bodyside moldings, front tow hooks and special 16-inch wheels with P265/70R17 OWL Rugged Trail tires.

Dakota Sport gets a body-color grille with chrome billets, 18-inch painted silver wheels capped by P265/70R18 BSW on/off-road tires, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and two-tone cloth bucket seats with firmer bolsters.

Dakota Laramie carries premium gear such as chrome bodyside moldings and automatic headlamps, leather seat upholstery and upgraded audio gear with a six-disc CD changer and MP3 capability.

The cool new option: MyGIG, a multimedia audio, navigation, entertainment and hands-free communication system with 20-gigabyte hard drive for music and video storage.

Expect MSRP for 2008 Dakota trucks to stretch from $19,435 to $31,100.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Rollover Resistance
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System 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.

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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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