Dodge Dakota

The Dakota is a midsize pickup truck from DaimlerChrysler's Dodge brand. It was introduced in 1987 alongside the redesigned Dodge Ram 50. The Dakota was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2000.

The Dakota has always been sized above the compact (Ford Ranger, Chevrolet S-10) and below the full-sized (Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado) pickups and Dodge's own Ram. It is a conventional design with body-on-frame construction and leaf spring/live axle rear end. The Dakota has also long been the only midsize pickup with an optional V8 engine. One notable feature was the Dakota's rack and pinion steering, a first in work trucks.

1987

The first generation of the Dakota was produced from 1987 through 1996. Straight-4 and V6 engines were offered along with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Four wheel drive was available only with the V6. Both 6.5 ft (2 m) and 8 ft (2.4 m) beds were offered. Fuel injection was added to the 3.9 L V6 for 1988 but the output remained the same.

1989 saw the unusual Dakota convertible. The first convertible pickup since the Ford Model T, it featured a fixed roll bar and complicated manual top. Just 2,482 were sold that first year. Another important addition that year was Carroll Shelby's V8-powered Shelby Dakota, his first rear wheel drive vehicle in two decades.

An extended "Club Cab" model was added for 1990, still with two doors. This model allowed the Dakota to boast capacity for six passengers, although the rear seat was best suited for children and shorter adults.

For 1991, the front of the Dakota received a more aerodynamic grille and hood, and Dodge added the 5.2 L V8 as an option, inspired by the earlier Shelby Dakota option. This engine produced 170 hp (127 kW). Both of the V-configuration engines were updated to Magnum specs the next year, providing a tremendous power boost.

In 1996, the first generation's final year, the K-based 2.5 L I4 engine was out of production and had been considered vastly underpowered compared to the competition, so Dodge borrowed the Jeep 2.5 L I4 (rated at 120 hp) and installed it as the base engine in the Dakota. It was the only major change for 1996, and would be carried over as the base engine in the new, larger 1997 model.

Engines:

  • 1987-1988 - 2.2 L K I4, SOHC, 96 hp (72 kW)
  • 1987-1991 - 3.9 L LA V6, 125 hp (93 kW)
  • 1989-1995 - 2.5 L K I4, 99 hp (74 kW)
  • 1991 - 5.2 L LA V8, 170 hp (127 kW)
  • 1992-1993 - 3.9 L Magnum V6, 180 hp (134 kW)
  • 1991-1993 - 5.2 L Magnum V8, 230 hp (172 kW)
  • 1994-1996 - 3.9 L Magnum V6, 175 hp (131 kW)
  • 1994-1996 - 5.2 L Magnum V8, 220 hp (164 kW)
  • 1996 - 2.5 L AMC I4, 120 hp (90 kW)

1997

The second-generation Dakota was built from 1997 through 2004. It inherited the semi truck look of the larger Ram but remained largely the same underneath. 1998 saw the introduction of the R/T model with the big 5.9 L 250 hp (186 kW) Magnum V8.

Four-door "Quad-Cab" models were added for 2000 with a slightly shorter bed, 63.1 in (160.2 cm), but riding on the Club Cab's 130.9 in (332.5 cm) wheelbase. The smaller V8 was replaced by a new high-tech V8 as well.

2002 was the final year for the four-cylinder engine in the Dakota, as Chrysler was ending production of the former AMC design. Most buyers ordered the V6 or V8 engines, which were considerably more powerful and, in the case of the V6, which was made standard for 2003, nearly as fuel-efficient with a manual transmission.

2004 was the end of the old OHV V6 and the big R/T V8.

Engines:

  • 1997-2002 - 2.5 L AMC I4, 120 hp (90 kW)
  • 1997-2003 - 3.9 L Magnum V6, 175 hp (131 kW)
  • 1997-1999 - 5.2 L Magnum V8, 230 hp (172 kW)
  • 1998-2003 - 5.9 L Magnum V8, 250 hp (186 kW)
  • 2000-2004 - 4.7 L PowerTech V8, 230 hp (175 kW)
  • 2004 - 3.7 L PowerTech V6, 210 hp (157 kW)

2005

The redesigned 2005 Dakota shares its platform with the new Dodge Durango SUV. This model is 3.7 in longer and 2.7 in wider, and features a new front and rear suspension, and rack-and-pinion steering. There are one V6 and two V8 engines available: The standard engine is a 3.7 L PowerTech V6 (specs below). Two 4.7 L V8 engines are available as well. The Dakota is built at Warren Truck Assembly in Warren, Michigan.

Engines:
  • 2005 - 3.7 L PowerTech V6, 210 hp (157 kW) at 5200 rpm and 235 ft·lbf (319 N·m) at 4000 rpm
  • 2005 - 4.7 L PowerTech V8, 230 hp (172 kW) at 4400 rpm and 290 ft·lbf (393 N·m) at 3600 rpm
  • 2005 - 4.7 L HO PowerTech V8, 260 hp (194 kW) at 5200 rpm and 310 ft·lbf (420 N·m) at 5200 rpm

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The Dakota is built at Warren Truck Assembly in Warren, Michigan. He wrote a Narrative of Colonel Ethan Allen's Captivity (1779); a Vindication of the Opposition of Vermont to the Government of New York (1779); and Reason the Only Oracle of Man, or A Compendious System of Natural Religion (1784).. Two 4.7 L V8 engines are available as well. Two ships of the United States Navy have been named Ethan Allen in his honor, as well as Fort Ethan Allen, a cavalry outpost, in Colchester and Essex, Vermont. There are one V6 and two V8 engines available: The standard engine is a 3.7 L PowerTech V6 (specs below). Allen died in 1789, of a stroke, at the age of 51. This model is 3.7 in longer and 2.7 in wider, and features a new front and rear suspension, and rack-and-pinion steering. Allen's first wife died in 1783 and he remarried in that year.

The redesigned 2005 Dakota shares its platform with the new Dodge Durango SUV. Because of this, the US charged him with treason; however, because the negotiations were demonstrably intended to force action on the Vermont case by the Continental Congress, the charge was never substantiated. Engines:. Allen then negotiated with the governor of Canada between 1780 and 1783, in order to establish Vermont as a British province. 2004 was the end of the old OHV V6 and the big R/T V8. In 1778, Allen appeared before the Continental Congress on behalf of a claim by Vermont for recognition as an independent state. Most buyers ordered the V6 or V8 engines, which were considerably more powerful and, in the case of the V6, which was made standard for 2003, nearly as fuel-efficient with a manual transmission. Allen remained active in Vermont politics and was appointed general in the Army of Vermont.

2002 was the final year for the four-cylinder engine in the Dakota, as Chrysler was ending production of the former AMC design. Allen settled a homestead in the delta of the Winooski River near the modern city of Burlington. The smaller V8 was replaced by a new high-tech V8 as well. Vermont was also harboring a significant number of deserters from the armies of both. Four-door "Quad-Cab" models were added for 2000 with a slightly shorter bed, 63.1 in (160.2 cm), but riding on the Club Cab's 130.9 in (332.5 cm) wheelbase. Allen then moved back to Vermont, which had become a hotbed of anti-everyone sentiment, harboring little affection for either England or for the nascent United States. 1998 saw the introduction of the R/T model with the big 5.9 L 250 hp (186 kW) Magnum V8. Allen was later transferred to New York, where he was eventually paroled in a prisoner exchange.

It inherited the semi truck look of the larger Ram but remained largely the same underneath. He was shipped to England where he suffered considerable mistreatment. The second-generation Dakota was built from 1997 through 2004. As a result of miscommunication or misjudgment, he attacked Montreal with a handful of men and was captured by the British. Engines:. The Green Mountain Boys elected Allen's cousin, Seth Warner, as leader; however, Allen commanded a small military force in the American rebels' campaign in Quebec in 1775. It was the only major change for 1996, and would be carried over as the base engine in the new, larger 1997 model. The comic opera aspects of this campaign notwithstanding, the huge stores of cannon and powder seized at Ticonderoga allowed the American rebels to put in place an effective siege of Boston which caused the British to evacuate in October of 1775.

In 1996, the first generation's final year, the K-based 2.5 L I4 engine was out of production and had been considered vastly underpowered compared to the competition, so Dodge borrowed the Jeep 2.5 L I4 (rated at 120 hp) and installed it as the base engine in the Dakota. Allen/Arnold's rebels also quickly captured forts at Crown Point, Fort Ann on Isle La Motte near the present Canadian border, and (temporarily) the town of St John (now Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec). Both of the V-configuration engines were updated to Magnum specs the next year, providing a tremendous power boost. In a dawn attack, Ticonderoga was taken from the 22 British troops that held it and who were not aware that a war was in progress. This engine produced 170 hp (127 kW). What is clear is that the rebels moved north, managed to get a few dozen men across Lake Champlain (they had considerable trouble finding a boat and the one they found was quite small). For 1991, the front of the Dakota received a more aerodynamic grille and hood, and Dodge added the 5.2 L V8 as an option, inspired by the earlier Shelby Dakota option. Nor is it clear to what extent the campaign was formulated by the strongly anti-British faction in Connecticut, to what extent it was the idea of the Green Mountain Boys headquartered at the Catamount Tavern in Bennington, nor how much of the enthusiasm was fueled by alcohol rather than by patriotism.

This model allowed the Dakota to boast capacity for six passengers, although the rear seat was best suited for children and shorter adults. The relative roles of Allen and Arnold are not entirely clear. An extended "Club Cab" model was added for 1990, still with two doors. In the spring of 1775, Allen and Benedict Arnold led a raid against Fort Ticonderoga. Another important addition that year was Carroll Shelby's V8-powered Shelby Dakota, his first rear wheel drive vehicle in two decades. Now arrived the American Revolutionary War. Just 2,482 were sold that first year. A warrant was issued for his arrest by the government of New York, for the substantial reward of 100 pounds.

The first convertible pickup since the Ford Model T, it featured a fixed roll bar and complicated manual top. He was apparently reasonably effective in that role. 1989 saw the unusual Dakota convertible. In the early 1770s, he emerged as the military leader of Anti-New York dissidents, known as the Green Mountain Boys, who were fighting New York over the New Hampshire grants. Fuel injection was added to the 3.9 L V6 for 1988 but the output remained the same. He was married and had five children. Both 6.5 ft (2 m) and 8 ft (2.4 m) beds were offered. As a young man, he served in the colonial militia in the French and Indian War.

Four wheel drive was available only with the V6. He was outspoken and apparently quite articulate. Straight-4 and V6 engines were offered along with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Allen was well over six feet tall, in a time when most men were a foot shorter. The first generation of the Dakota was produced from 1987 through 1996. In April of 1755, Joseph Allen died, leaving Ethan to take care of the family farm and title claims. . This led to open rebellion among the population in much of Vermont.

One notable feature was the Dakota's rack and pinion steering, a first in work trucks. New York, which held substantial claim to the area, refused to honor the New Hampshire titles and sold competing titles to different people, who generally did not live in Vermont. The Dakota has also long been the only midsize pickup with an optional V8 engine. Joseph Allen was the leader of a rebellious group of land owners and speculators who held New Hampshire title to land grants in the New Hampshire Grants. It is a conventional design with body-on-frame construction and leaf spring/live axle rear end. His brother, Ira, figured prominently in the early history of Vermont. The Dakota has always been sized above the compact (Ford Ranger, Chevrolet S-10) and below the full-sized (Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado) pickups and Dodge's own Ram. He was the only one to be born in Litchfield, since the family moved to Cornwall shortly after his birth.

The Dakota was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2000. Ethan was the oldest of the eight children. It was introduced in 1987 alongside the redesigned Dodge Ram 50. Allen was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, the first child of Joseph and Mary Baker Allen. The Dakota is a midsize pickup truck from DaimlerChrysler's Dodge brand. He fought against the settlement of Vermont by the Province of New York. 2005 - 4.7 L HO PowerTech V8, 260 hp (194 kW) at 5200 rpm and 310 ft·lbf (420 N·m) at 5200 rpm. Ethan Allen (January 10, 1738 – February 12, 1789) was an early American revolutionary and guerrilla leader during the era of the Vermont Republic and the New Hampshire Grants.

2005 - 4.7 L PowerTech V8, 230 hp (172 kW) at 4400 rpm and 290 ft·lbf (393 N·m) at 3600 rpm. Sparks, Ethan Allen (Boston, 1834). 2005 - 3.7 L PowerTech V6, 210 hp (157 kW) at 5200 rpm and 235 ft·lbf (319 N·m) at 4000 rpm. Henry Hall, Ethan Allen (New York, 1892). 2004 - 3.7 L PowerTech V6, 210 hp (157 kW). 2000-2004 - 4.7 L PowerTech V8, 230 hp (175 kW).

1998-2003 - 5.9 L Magnum V8, 250 hp (186 kW). 1997-1999 - 5.2 L Magnum V8, 230 hp (172 kW). 1997-2003 - 3.9 L Magnum V6, 175 hp (131 kW). 1997-2002 - 2.5 L AMC I4, 120 hp (90 kW).

1996 - 2.5 L AMC I4, 120 hp (90 kW). 1994-1996 - 5.2 L Magnum V8, 220 hp (164 kW). 1994-1996 - 3.9 L Magnum V6, 175 hp (131 kW). 1991-1993 - 5.2 L Magnum V8, 230 hp (172 kW).

1992-1993 - 3.9 L Magnum V6, 180 hp (134 kW). 1991 - 5.2 L LA V8, 170 hp (127 kW). 1989-1995 - 2.5 L K I4, 99 hp (74 kW). 1987-1991 - 3.9 L LA V6, 125 hp (93 kW).

1987-1988 - 2.2 L K I4, SOHC, 96 hp (72 kW).

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