The Dakotas are a bleak place at times. In the winter it
is downright frigid, while summertime temperatures can soar
into the 100s. The expanse is large and the terrain rough.
It is in such a hostile environment that the 2004 Dodge
Dakota was designed to thrive.
Dodge's compact pickup truck sees a number of changes for
2004. The Dakota gets a rugged new V6 engine and loses the
larger of its two V8s. Last year's 175-horsepower 3.9-liter
V6 is replaced by a 210-horsepower 3.7-liter V6. In addition,
the 245-horsepower 5.9-liter V8 has been discontinued, leaving
a 230-horsepower 4.7-liter V8.
The 2004 Dodge Dakota is offered as a three-passenger regular
cab and as a six-passenger extended Club Cab, both with
two doors. The crew cab Quad Cab has four doors and sits
six as well. Regular and Club Cab have a 6.5-ft cargo bed,
the Quad Cab a 5.3-ft box.
The 2004 Dodge Dakota is offered in three model trims: base,
Sport and SLT.
The 2004 Dodge Dakota was a pioneer when it first introduced
the Quad Cab in the compact pickup segment. Its interior
continues to be the largest among four-door compact pickups,
with the most front and rear shoulder and hip room as well.
Designed to seat up to three rear passengers comfortably,
the Quad Cab's convenient 60/40 split rear seats can fold
up together to accommodate large objects that need to be
Some of the options for 2004 include an AM/FM radio with
an in-dash 6-disc CD changer and steering-wheel radio controls.
A Stampede package is offered with Regular Cab and Club
Cab Sport models this year. It features a 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.
Here are three things the Dodge Dakota can offer: the best
payload, towing ability and power in the compact pickup
segment. What more do you want in a work truck?
The base engine on all models is the new 3.7-liter V6.
It produces its 210 horsepower at 5200 rpm and up to 235
lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The optional 4.7-liter V8 is
what really sets the Dakota apart, however. It cranks out
230 horsepower at 4800 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque at 3200
2WD and 4WD configurations are available.
Safety and Security
Safety features include dual front airbags and rear antilock
brakes. Front and rear antilock brakes are optional.