$4,895 - $6,370
Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range

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Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
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Base Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,895 - $6,370
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
12-18 City / 17-21 HWY

Mechanical Features

  • 3.9L (239) SMPI V6 "Magnum" engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • NV231HD 2-speed synchronized shift-on-the-fly transfer case
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Four wheel drive
  • 3.21 axle ratio
  • 3.55 axle ratio
  • 600-amp maintenance-free battery
  • 136-amp alternator
  • 6.5' pickup box
  • 5000# GVWR
  • 5400# GVWR
  • 6010# GVWR
  • Independent front suspension
  • HD front/rear shock absorbers
  • Front stabilizer bar
  • P245/70R16 on/off-road SBR BSW tires
  • Conventional spare tire & wheel w/winch-type carrier
  • 16" x 7" styled steel wheels
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr front disc/rear drum brakes-inc: rear anti-lock
  • 4-wheel disc brakes-inc: rear anti-lock
  • 20 gallon fuel tank
  • 22 gallon fuel tank

Exterior Features

  • Painted front bumper
  • Black/gray rear bumper
  • Gray grille
  • Black 5" x 7" exterior mirrors
  • Tinted glass
  • Sunscreen glass on rear windows
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Interior Features

  • Cloth 40/20/40 split bench seat w/center armrest
  • 60/40 flip-up rear bench seat w/rear under seat storage
  • Black vinyl floor covering
  • Floor carpeting
  • Analog instrument cluster w/tachometer, 120 MPH speedometer
  • Air conditioning
  • AM/FM stereo radio w/cassette, (4) speakers, CD changer control
  • Cigar lighter
  • Vinyl door trim panels
  • Cloth covered sun visors w/RH mirror
  • Driver/passenger assist handles
  • Front dome lamp

Safety Features

  • Driver & front passenger airbags w/passenger on/off switch
  • Rear anti-lock brakes
  • 3-point outboard seating position seatbelts w/front height adjusters, center lap belts
  • Dual note horn

2003 Dodge Dakota Owner Reviews

32 Reviews
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The perfect light pick up truck.

2003 Dodge Dakota Base

I love my little Dodge Dakota. It's a small pickup truck with a lot of power and a comfortable ride. It has a nice design and a really good motor. I love having a pickup bed since I am outdoor person and I also do larger woodworking projects where the bed covers it handy. The only issues that I've had with this truck I'm mostly in the suspension. No of course my vehicle is an older one and it's high mileage however I've heard that Dodge suspensions are always a little bit flimsy. Luckily, suspension parts are fairly cheap and easy to replace So it's not that big of a deal to me. I'll mention one other thing that is not an issue for myself but it might be for some people is that the cab is very small. But if you're looking at a light two-door pickup truck said you have to assume that it's going to be a little cramped. I don't mind it though I love my truck.

- Terry T

My 2003 dodge Dakota review. Enjoy.

2003 Dodge Dakota Base

My truck is not all wheel drive, and is a stick shift. Transmission is going bad. Just replaced tires, wheel bearings and brake rotors. Bad MPG. Just bought new truck canopy. Still reliable, but may change as my drive is long to work everyday. Very basic model. Comfortable, but no fancy Interior. No AUX for audio. CD and AM/FM radio only.

- Ben L

Dodge: it gets the job done.

2003 Dodge Dakota Base

It is very reliable and gets me from point a to point b comfortably. The gas mileage is serviceable and I can last up to two weeks before filling my gas back up. The only two complaints I would have for it is that it is too small and the windows are hard to roll up and down.

- Caleb D

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