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. The other major fashion capitals are London, New York and Milan which together with Paris each host a bi-annual 'Fashion Week' where both established and new designers showcase their latest collections. Two 4.7 L V8 engines are available as well. The ultimate world capital of fashion is Paris, which is home to the premier fashion houses of the world including Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton. There are one V6 and two V8 engines available: The standard engine is a 3.7 L PowerTech V6 (specs below). Modern underground fashion:. 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. Ethnically-based fashions:.

The redesigned 2005 Dakota shares its platform with the new Dodge Durango SUV. Fashion can operate differently depending on gender, or it can promote homogeneity as in unisex styles. Engines:. Image consultants help people revamp or create fashion sense. 2004 was the end of the old OHV V6 and the big R/T V8. Designers show the public what is new and in style by using fashion models to display the clothing. 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. Some people style themselves as "fashion consultants" and charge clients to help the latter choose what to wear.

2002 was the final year for the four-cylinder engine in the Dakota, as Chrysler was ending production of the former AMC design. Since the entire notion of fashion depends on subjectivity, so does the question of who possesses "fashion sense". The smaller V8 was replaced by a new high-tech V8 as well. "Fashion sense" consists of the ability to tell what clothing and/or accessories look good and what do not. 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. Conversely, a person who exhibits a fashion style that rejects or deliberately tries to offend the current trend may also have an advantage in finding other like-minded individuals. 1998 saw the introduction of the R/T model with the big 5.9 L 250 hp (186 kW) Magnum V8. Perhaps even more importantly, it sends a signal of superiority to potential competitors of the same gender, who are frequently better informed about what's fashionable than the potential mates are.

It inherited the semi truck look of the larger Ram but remained largely the same underneath. As well as showing certain features of a person's personality that appeal to prospective mates, keeping up with fashion can advertise a person's status to such candidates. The second-generation Dakota was built from 1997 through 2004. Many people often use fashion as an indicator of what a person is like. Engines:. Fashion can help attract a partner. It was the only major change for 1996, and would be carried over as the base engine in the new, larger 1997 model. Adherence to fashion trends can thus form an index of social affluence and an indicator of social mobility.

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. Because keeping 'in fashion' often requires considerable amounts of money, fashion can be used to show off wealth (compare conspicuous consumption). Both of the V-configuration engines were updated to Magnum specs the next year, providing a tremendous power boost. Groups with high cultural status like to keep 'in fashion' to display their position; people who do not keep 'in fashion' within a so-called "style tribe" can risk shunning (see also peer pressure). This engine produced 170 hp (127 kW). Fashion can suggest or signal status in a social group. 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. Fashion houses and their associated fashion designers, as well as high-status consumers (including celebrities), appear to have some role in determining the rates and directions of fashion change.

This model allowed the Dakota to boast capacity for six passengers, although the rear seat was best suited for children and shorter adults. The global village has reduced the options of exotic novelty in more recent times. An extended "Club Cab" model was added for 1990, still with two doors. In the past, new discoveries and lesser-known parts of the world could provide an impetus to change fashions based on the exotic: Europe in the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries, for example, might favor things Turkish at one time, things Chinese at another, and things Japanese at a third. Another important addition that year was Carroll Shelby's V8-powered Shelby Dakota, his first rear wheel drive vehicle in two decades. Practically every aspect of appearance that can be changed has been changed at some time. Just 2,482 were sold that first year. (These or similar fashions may cyclically come back 'into fashion' in due course, and remain 'in fashion' again for a while.).

The first convertible pickup since the Ford Model T, it featured a fixed roll bar and complicated manual top. At the same time there remains an equal or larger range designated (at least currently) 'out of fashion'. 1989 saw the unusual Dakota convertible. Materially affluent societies can offer a variety of different fashions, in clothes or accessories, to choose from. Fuel injection was added to the 3.9 L V6 for 1988 but the output remained the same. Note too though that fashion can change to enforce uniformity, as in the case where so-called Mao suits became the national uniform of Mainland China. Both 6.5 ft (2 m) and 8 ft (2.4 m) beds were offered. Others, especially young people, enjoy the diversity that changing fashion can apparently provide, seeing the constant change as a way to satisfy their desire to experience "new" and "interesting" things.

Four wheel drive was available only with the V6. For some, modern fast-paced change in fashion embodies many of the negative aspects of capitalism: it results in waste and encourages people qua consumers to buy things unnecessarily. Straight-4 and V6 engines were offered along with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. The change may proceed more rapidly than in most other fields of human activity (language, thought, etc). The first generation of the Dakota was produced from 1987 through 1996. Fashion, by definition, changes constantly. . (Compare some of the work of Roland Barthes.).

One notable feature was the Dakota's rack and pinion steering, a first in work trucks. One can regard the system of sporting various fashions as a fashion language incorporating various fashion statements using a grammar of fashion. The Dakota has also long been the only midsize pickup with an optional V8 engine. The term "fashion victim" refers to someone who slavishly follows the current fashions (implementations of fashion).. It is a conventional design with body-on-frame construction and leaf spring/live axle rear end. If, for example, an older person dresses according to the fashion of young people, he or she may look ridiculous in the eyes of both young and older people. 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. Fashions may vary significantly within a society according to age, social class, generation, occupation and geography as well as over time.

The Dakota was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2000. When people who have cultural status start to wear new or different clothes a fashion trend may start; people who like or respect them may start to wear clothes of a similar style. It was introduced in 1987 alongside the redesigned Dodge Ram 50. What a person chooses to wear can reflect that person's personality or likes. The Dakota is a midsize pickup truck from DaimlerChrysler's Dodge brand. Modern Westerners have a wide choice available in the selection of their clothes. 2005 - 4.7 L HO PowerTech V8, 260 hp (194 kW) at 5200 rpm and 310 ft·lbf (420 N·m) at 5200 rpm. Fashion in clothes has allowed wearers to express emotion or solidarity with other people for millennia.

2005 - 4.7 L PowerTech V8, 230 hp (172 kW) at 4400 rpm and 290 ft·lbf (393 N·m) at 3600 rpm. By 1800, all Western Europeans were dressing alike: local variation became first a sign of provincial culture, and then a badge of the conservative peasant (James Laver; Fernand Braudel). 2005 - 3.7 L PowerTech V6, 210 hp (157 kW) at 5200 rpm and 235 ft·lbf (319 N·m) at 4000 rpm. The pace of change picked up in the 1780s with the publication of French engravings that showed the latest Paris styles. 2004 - 3.7 L PowerTech V6, 210 hp (157 kW). Men's fashions derived from military models, and changes in a European male silhouette are galvanized in theatres of European war, where gentleman officers had opportunities to make notes of foreign styles: an example is the "Steinkirk" cravat (see Cravat). 2000-2004 - 4.7 L PowerTech V8, 230 hp (175 kW). Fashions among upper-class Europeans began to move in synchronicity in the 18th century; though colors and patterns of textiles changed from year to year, (Thornton), the cut of a gentleman's coat and the length of his waistcoat, or the pattern to which a lady's dress was cut changed more slowly.

1998-2003 - 5.9 L Magnum V8, 250 hp (186 kW). But the local culture still set the bounds, as Albrecht Dürer recorded in his actual or composite contrast of Nuremberg and Venetian fashions at the close of the 15th century (illustration, right). 1997-1999 - 5.2 L Magnum V8, 230 hp (172 kW). The European idea of fashion as a personal statement rather than a cultural expression begins in the 16th century: ten portraits of German or Italian gentlemen may show ten entirely different hats. 1997-2003 - 3.9 L Magnum V6, 175 hp (131 kW). . 1997-2002 - 2.5 L AMC I4, 120 hp (90 kW). The remainder of this article deals with clothing fashions in the industrialized world.

1996 - 2.5 L AMC I4, 120 hp (90 kW). For a broad cross-cultural look at clothing and its place in society, refer to the entries for Clothing and Costume. 1994-1996 - 5.2 L Magnum V8, 220 hp (164 kW). This linguistic switch is due to the so-called fashion plates which were produced during the Industrial Revolution, showing novel ways to use new textiles. 1994-1996 - 3.9 L Magnum V6, 175 hp (131 kW). Of these fields, costume especially has become so linked in the public eye with the term "fashion" that the more general term "costume" has been relegated by many to only mean fancy dress or masquerade wear, while the term "fashion" means clothing generally, and the study of it. 1991-1993 - 5.2 L Magnum V8, 230 hp (172 kW). The rises and falls of fashions have been especially documented and examined in the following fields:.

1992-1993 - 3.9 L Magnum V6, 180 hp (134 kW). Fashions are social psychology phenomena common to many fields of human activity and thinking. 1991 - 5.2 L LA V8, 170 hp (127 kW). In this sense, fashions are a sort of communal art, through which a culture examines its notions of beauty and goodness. 1989-1995 - 2.5 L K I4, 99 hp (74 kW). The term is also frequently used in a positive sense, as a synonym for glamour and style. 1987-1991 - 3.9 L LA V6, 125 hp (93 kW). In this sense, fashions are essentially a relief from boredom, or a distraction from important matters, for the idle rich.

1987-1988 - 2.2 L K I4, SOHC, 96 hp (72 kW). The term "fashion" is often used in a negative sense, as a synonym for fads and trends. The terms "fashionable" and "unfashionable" are employed to describe whether someone or something fits in with the currently popular mode of expression. Inherent in the term is the idea that the mode will change more quickly than the culture as a whole. The term fashion applies to a prevailing mode of expression.

urban fashion. BDSM fashion. Industrial fashion. Black metal fashion.

Death rock fashion. Gothic fashion. Punk fashion. Cyberpunk fashion.

Primitivism. Orientalism. Chinoiserie. Baroque and Rococo Silks..

Thornton, Peter. Technology, such as the choice of programming techniques. Philosophy and spirituality (One might argue that religion is prone to fashions, although official religions tend to change so slowly that the term cultural shift is perhaps more appropriate than "fashion"). Politics and media, especially the topics of conversation encouraged by the media.

Etiquette. Entertainment, games, hobbies, sports, and other pastimes. Economics and spending choices, as studied in behavioral finance. Forms of address, slang, and other forms of speech.

Dance and music. Cuisine. Body type, clothing or costume, cosmetics, grooming, and personal adornment. Arts and crafts.

Architecture, interior design, and landscape design.

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