The Dakota was nominated for the award for 2000. First is a reworked 2. Bolt-on wiper arms assured accurate alignment of the blades to the glass. A fairly extensive revision of the Dakota's interior was made in 2000 for 2001 year models, including a completely redesigned dash, door panels, and revised seats. Fluidic nozzles provided a spray of fine droplets that oscillates rapidly across the wiped area. Mounting brackets on both frames for suspension, cab and box were stiffer than those on prior frames.
I've been told that it's really a dynamite unit in the Dakota and the combination is really quick off the line. Copyright 1996— The Auto Channel. It will reduce my off-road departure angle a little, but I need a better rear hook anyway. The cuffs provided a tight seal that contributes to low induction noise and keeps dust from bypassing the air cleaner. The first American convertible pickup since the , it featured a fixed roll bar and a simple manual top.
The electronic module included operating electronics, a collision detection sensor and system diagnostics. So we had the challenge of taking the 2. In addition to accommodating larger tires, the wider track reduced body lean. There are 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmissions, three rear-end ratios with or without limited-slip, three wheelbase lengths and three tire sizes. After driving Jeeps for the past 6 years, driving such a quiet and well sealed vehicle can be quite a learning experience. Throw in some tight, bumpy corners and the driver has to pay attention to keep the rear end from trying to pass the front, particularly a driver in a hurry. Body Exterior body panels were designed to resist denting in parking lot and cargo loading situations.
Engineer Pete Hagenbuch added: The 3. Yes, I had to leave the torque wrench home. The localized stiffening assured that the overall frame stiffness improvement was used effectively. People use them to haul snowmobiles, personal water craft, surf boards. Conventional tinted glass was standard in all door windows and the windshield on all models. Archived from on January 10, 2012.
The 1997 Dakota achieved a balance that allowed the springs, shock absorbers and rubber mounts to be effectively tuned for quietness, a smooth ride and responsive handling characteristics. Our test machine had the 3. A radio was also available, eliminating the need for a separately mounted unit located elsewhere inside the truck. There is also a 15x10 rim now available. Another important addition that year was 's -powered , his first vehicle in two decades.
The standard cab base seat had a new, better-feeling heavy-duty vinyl. Got to tow this summer, hauled my sailboat around. Perhaps I'm getting used to the truck, or the softer rubber is gripping better, but I'm just not spinning these tires much. The last time we checked, Dodge was offering cash rebates on these models. The Dakota has always been sized above the compact , and below the , pickups and Dodge's own. Engines 1987 - 1988 2.
. The Dakota straddles the fence. It featured the classic-looking step-side bed and also had dual vertical exhaust stacks just behind the cab, which were purely cosmetic though they could be made to be functional. The low axle gear combined with the low first gear in the transmission makes the gear almost useless. It was the only major change for 1996, and would be carried over as the base engine in the new, larger 1997 model.
Laser-welded sheet metal blanks for the front fender inner panels provided added stiffness, reduced weight and increased dimensional accuracy compared to a conventional welded assembly. Pre-'91 have slightly smaller dimentions as nose was extended for Magnum Engines. The convertible sold slowly in the south, but basically nothing changed. First is a reworked 2. Both frames provided tire clearance to assure a tight turning circle.
For 1992, the V6 got the Magnum treatment, dramatically raising horsepower and torque; the major changes were sequential multiple port fuel injection, which increased responsiveness across the full range of engine operation, airflow, and head design. Assuming an intact electrical system, it automatically unlocked the doors and turned on the interior courtesy lights if the crash was severe enough to deploy the air bags. Straight-4 and V6 engines were offered along with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Finite Element Analysis stress models helped determine where and how to make the improvements. I tend to start in second often. The choice of engines is interesting, though.
The 1996 four-cylinder was unique to that year. Beware of front shock spacing, its tight. Steering arms were located to reduce toe change across the full range of suspension travel over 65% - from 3. Oh well, I guess I'll get used to talking to my passengers at normal tones, and will stop doing 85mph because of the lack of road feel. The arms and linkage were also stronger than before to prevent packed snow buildup at the base of the windshield from damaging the mechanism. New extended-tip spark plugs having a 0. This generation was also assembled and sold in from 1998 to 2001.