The 2003 Dodge Dakota is a compact pickup with the heart
of a full-size truck. It is offered in a wide variety of
different size configurations and trim levels, making it
one of the most diverse vehicles on the road. Able to do
the dirty work when needed, the 2003 Dodge Dakota also possesses
a nice set of on-road manners for everyday driving.
From 2003, the Dodge Dakota gets new transmission, brakes
and tires. It has evolved to meet the demands that modern
customers have for their pickups. Chief among these demands
is the characteristic of versatility, something which the
Dakota seriously prides itself one.
The 2003 Dodge Dakota is offered in a three-passenger regular
cab, a six-passenger two-door extended Club Cab and a six-passenger
four-door crew cab Quad Cab. Regular and Club Cab have a
6.5-ft cargo bed, while the Quad Cab has a 5.3-ft bed. In
addition, there are Base, Sport, SLT and R/T trims levels.
No matter which Dakota size and trim you buy, interior comfort
will not be an issue. Regular Cab and Club Cab are the largest
in the compact class, offering the roomiest front seating
areas in the class as well. In fact, the 2003 Dodge Dakota
Club Cab is the only Club Cab model in the compact segment
to offer a full-size, forward-facing rear bench seat.
The roominess doesn't end there. The 2003 Dodge Dakota
Quad Cab's interior is the largest among four-door compact
pickups. It has the most front and rear shoulder and hip
room as well. With 60/40 split rear seats that can fold
up together to accommodate large objects or individually
to accommodate a combination of people and cargo, the Quad
Cab is also very versatile. Standard features in all models
abound, while the options list is always waiting.
For 2003, the Dakota is available with a new 'Stampede'
package on Regular Cab and Club Cab Sport models. It features
unique monochromatic custom front and rear body color fascia
moldings, ground-effect side body moldings, 16" x 8"
aluminum wheels, wheel flares and a rear stabilizer bar.
There are three engines available with the 2003 Dodge Dakota.
The standard 3.9-liter Magnum V6 is rated at 175 horsepower
and 225 lb-ft. of torque. Customers can choose one of two
V8 engines as an option. Dakota is the only compact pickup
to offer V8 power. The first is a 235-horsepower, 295 lb-ft.
torque 4.7-liter Magnum V8 engine. The second, offering
250 horsepower and 345 lb-ft. of torque, is a 5.9-liter
Magnum V8 that has the distinction of being the most powerful
engine among all compact pickups.
These strong engines result in unsurpassed ability. Dakota's
6600-pound maximum towing capacity and 2160-pound maximum
payload capability places it far ahead of its compact competitors.
Safety and Security
4-wheel disc brakes are new for the Dodge Dakota. Front
and rear antilock brakes are optional. Dual front airbags
2003 Dodge Dakota Highlights
5-45RFE five-speed automatic transmission with 4.7-liter
engine provides a second overdrive ratio; optional
on Sport, Sport Plus, SLT and SLT Plus models
engine is discontinued
Four-wheel disc brakes with rear-wheel anti-lock (RWAL)
are now standard on 4WD models and 2WD models 5350
lbs. GVWR and over
x 7" cast-aluminum wheels are standard on all
models except R/T
Green exterior color
Ground Effects Group for Regular and Club Cab®
Sport models, (standard on R/T and optional on Regular
and Club Cab 2WD models) it includes:
Body color front
Front fascia extension
from front fender to rear of box
Rear body color
bumper with step pads
Tire and Handling
Safety and Security
Seat Anchor System added - Lower Anchors and upper
Tethers for CHildren (LATCH)
Upper Head Impact Protection - Front driver and passenger;
meets 2003 federal standard
Refueling Vapor Recovery System added to all Club
Vacuum Leak Detection Pump added (4.7L engine only)
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