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Dodge Dakota Future Models



  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Regarding the transmission availability with the 287 (4.7) HO motor, I would guess that the lack of a manual transmission is due to emissions certification. I believe the HO version 287 is not available with manual transmission in any platform that uses it.

    Best regards,
  • The lack of the manual on the HO is a bummer. but I can live with the auto.

    I would have liked to see a diesel version of the new Dak. With a six speed... and more ground clearance :-)

    ...and congratulations to Dodge for having the creative vision of finally putting back doors on the club cab. The only reason I now have a quad cab instead of the club cab (for the longer box) is because of that lack of vision on Dodge's part. Even a third door would have been good, but... required too much plant retooling, I guess...

    ...OK, I'm done grumbling about Dodge designers and engineers... for now.

    Somebody out there start developing a 6 inch suspension lift for that thing :-)
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    You know that's one thing I can't say I've ever seen is a lifted Dakota. Hard to believe someone doesn't make a kit for them.

    But, there is a local Dakota around here with something in it that is very, very, very fast. I've been told that it's a 318 with a blower, a hyper 360, and one report it was a 383 (which I doubt).

  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 501
    I've actually gotten stuck riding in a government issue 4wd Dakota when the vehicle went into some deep muddy ruts and it bottomed out, with all 4 wheels spinning. Seeing that ground clearance has dropped is troubling.

    I could have steered around and made it through the mud bog, but I had a woman driver, which is another story....
  • There are a couple lift kits... or sorry, lift systems available out there, but they're a little involved which = fairly expensive ( too many $$ for me to justify to the spouse, anyway).

    Speaking of fast Dakotas... there's a guy in my hometown who took the 340 (with Predator carb, NOS, etc, etc...) out of his 4X4 race truck and dropped it (with tranny/transfer case) into his '01 club cab. That's one stock looking Dakota you don't want to challenge for pink slips, on or off the road.

    ...and atlgaxt, now be honest, was it the truck, the driver, or the navigator ;-)
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 501
    I had a highly attractive, highly intelligent and highly educated U.S. Forest Service Rangerette touring me through the property.

    However, driving (especially off road) was not one of her fortes. The funny part was after we were stuck as soon as she called in on the radio and before she even told why she was calling, the guy on the other end started laughing and said "all right (Name deleted to protect the innocent) - where do I have to go to come get you?"
  • nothing like a highly attractive, highly intelligent and highly educated U.S. Forest Service Rangerette helplessly stuck in the mud... buddy was probably a little disappointed you were there with her. ;-)

    ... enough about that now.

    Hopefully the new Dakota just "sounds" low to the ground... like I mentioned before, I think the Toyota Tacoma Prerunner is a good idea. It would sure be nice if they had a "Rubicon Edition" of the new Dakota... I know, it ain't a Jeep, but it's the concept. Maybe call it the "Appalachian Edition"
  • roblrobl Posts: 1
    Gives good detail on upcoming model. See link: 2004&aff=national

    Select "2005 Dodge Dakota" from list
  • sunburnsunburn Posts: 319
    I was reading an article on the Mercedes E320 turbo diesel today. It has a 3.2L, 24 valve, 6 cylinder diesel. It produces 201 HP and 369 Ft-Lb torque. Something like that would be great in the Dakota. Maybe some of the diesel technology from DC's parts bin on the other side of the Atlantic will make it over here some day. Of course, DC would probably charge an extra $3K for it.
  • ford_biiford_bii Posts: 120
    Any idea what kind of mileage that diesel would get in the Dakota? I definitely be interested in that configuration.
  • spike50spike50 Posts: 481
    ford_bii - Seems that you're falling for sunburn's pipe dream. I too have pined over the idea of a small turbo diesel powered Dakota. Plenty of Benz power plant / transmission combos to choose from.

    A friend of mine had a Ram 1500, traded it for a F150 crew cab, and recently traded it for a diesel Ram 2500 (I think) so he could pull a trailer of 4-wheelers. Although the diesel part is OK, the rest of the truck is so heavy-duty that it is uncomfortable as a daily driver (unloaded). I'm just remembering how other Dak owners have complained about a harsh ride.

    My rambling is coming around to the point that maybe we wouldn't like the end product (too rough). I'm sure that a more pleasant (mama bear) version could be produced but DC would only do it if the sales were there. I also think that diesels are restricted to fewer models than in the old days for environmental reasons, which is another hurdle. DC would probably prefer you buy their Ram 2500 / 3500 versus all that extra work.
  • ford_biiford_bii Posts: 120
    Yes, a pipe dream it most likely is.

    BUT, with rising gas prices and emissions, you have to wonder if more manufacturers won't try a diesel soon. If Ford/GM/Honda/Toyota are willing to invest research in Hybrid vehicles, why not diesels?

    Why do people pick hybrids? Usually it's gas mileage (I think). I think most people like myself are turned off on hybrids when we think of the cost to repair and the fact that they've pretty much only been small vehicles (and are not as powerful as their gas equivalents). I found an article on the E320 diesel and it gets 30 mpg in the Benz. That translates to low to mid 20's in a Dakota. So, if you were told that you could get 30% better gas mileage using proven reliable technology, with the only caveat being you have to pump from a different pump, would you do it? I sure would. Not to mention I get 68 more lb-ft of torque to boot.

    A pipe dream, certainly, but I think smaller diesels are going to become an interim step to hybrid technology in the future as gas prices continue to rise and emissions become stricter.
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 501
    The RAM is a heavy duty truck that is not going to be plush. However, putting one of Daimler Chrysler's excellent European diesels in a Dakota would not hurt its comfort level one bit while providing an efficient engine with decent hp and strong torque. Sounds like the perfect midsized pickup to me.

    The thing to remember is every diesel being brought to the market right now is a gamble that somehow the manufacturers will figure out a way to meet the new tougher 2007 pollution requirements, or that these requirments will be softened. If either is the case, you will see a much larger investment in diesels. If it is not the case, diesel usage will retreat back to being only for heavy duty pick-ups.
  • spike50spike50 Posts: 481
    I was reading the most recent Four Wheeler mag tonight and they had a mini-debate about gas versus diesel. Their two biggest points were the environmental pollution (only available on 3/4 ton and bigger) and cost. They weren't specific about engine sizes or manufacturer but they were quoting that there could be as much as a $6000 price increase for a diesel rig and that the pay back period wouldn't be worth it.

    Personally, I wish Dakota had a diesel option but remembering back to the fall/winter/spring or 1999/2000, gas was only $0.85/gal. Ahhh the good old days.
  • I'm still dreaming too... but if they will do it in a Liberty, then why not a Dakota? There's a reason (sales and marketing motivated, I'm sure) why they're offering a diesel in the Liberty, I'm hoping that same reason will encourage DC to offer a diesel in the new Dakota, too.

    One thing I'm certain of is that the ol' girl's Cherokee is gonna get traded in for a Liberty CRD, asap., while in dreamland, can we have a 6" suspension lift in the new Dak too? :-)
  • ron35ron35 Posts: 134
    Below is a link to an interesting article comparing the 05 Dakota and Frontier.
  • bookittybookitty Posts: 1,303
    Ron, thanks for the link. Very interesting article. I noticed on the comparison specifications, that Nissan had a 6 speed manual as standard, versus a 5 speed automatic for Dodge, unless that was a typo.

  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    who's supplying the frame for the new Dak? Tower? Magna? AO Smith?
    Also, will it feature full box hyrdroformed sections?
    I also read that the torsion bar setup will be gone on the 2005 models. Not sure on this one but I caught wind of it somewhere.
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926

    It will incorporate a full box hydroformed frame, be lighter than the current Dakota backbone, and approximately 35% stiffer in multiaxis. There's nothing wrong with the current Dakota frame, by the way, which is stiffer torsionally than the current GM versions.

    I do not know who will be manufacturing the Dakota frame.

    Yeah, I think they are using coils to replace the torsion bars, too.

    Best regards,
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    as they currently have the Ram and Current Generation Dakota.

    Oh well, suffice it to say its much easier identifying who makes what for Dodge than it is Suzuki.
  • bigrockbigrock Posts: 2
    i was looking through that article in truck trend about the upcoming 2005 dodge dakota, and i was shocked to see in the specs page that it lists that premium unleaded is required in the new truck. i know that motor trend has typos and that the 4.7 in the current dakota runs on regular, but does anyone know if this is true? if it is, that would totally suck. that's what keeps me from getting a ram w/ a hemi, i couldn't stand pumping midgrade into a truck. i would save that for those crap audi's.
  • haselhasel Posts: 64
    I believe there will be two versions of the 4.7liter V8 in 2005, one will need premium fuel.
  • iowabigguyiowabigguy Posts: 552
    The Ram 1500 with the Hemi does not require premium grade gas. The owners manual suggests 89 octane mid grade for optimal performance but says 87 octane can be used. I have just turned over 15,000 miles on my 2003 Ram 1500 Hemi and other than a couple of tanks trying to see if there was an advantage using 89 octane (there wasn't) it has lived on a steady diet of 87 octane with no ill effects. My average MPG over the 15,000 miles is 14.2. Rick
  • ron35ron35 Posts: 134
    Hasel is correct there are two versions of the 4.7, regular and High Output. The High Output has about 15 more horsepower and requires premium. I believe that I also read that if you get the HO version you can only get an automatic transmission with it and don't have the option of a manual transmission.

  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 501
    Here it is already in August. Has anyone heard a due date for the 2005 Dakota?

    Also, has anyone heard any reliable info regarding towing?
  • sunburnsunburn Posts: 319
    The Detroit News had an article on the 2005 Dakota today. Here's the link for those that are interested:
  • glzr2glzr2 Posts: 70
    Good articles. Has anyone ordered an '05 model? I didn't see any info on the Dodge web site? October isn't that far away, and I didn't know if the dealers were taking orders.
  • iowabigguyiowabigguy Posts: 552
    Chrysler Adds Even More Horsepower to HEMI® with New 2005 Chrysler 300C SRT-8

    Additional 85 horses - 25 percent more power - builds more momentum for HEMI® and Chrysler 300

    Chrysler reveals 425-horsepower Chrysler 300C SRT-8, powered by new 6.1-liter HEMI V-8

    Now I want one of these shoehorned into a 2005 Dakota Quad Cab. <grin> Rick
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926

    A year-and-a-half ago it was revealed that Chrysler was working on TWO larger displacements versions of the 5.7 Hemi engine. That may now be down to one with two or more horsepower versions instead. I thought that it would be a 6.0 liter engine, but I guess they decided to go 6.1.

    I'm pretty sure you'll see a 6.1 in the RAM series at '05 announcement or just after, but I don't think it'll be 425 HP. Unfortunately, I don't believe you'll ever see the 353 Hemi block in a Dakota.

    Best regards,
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