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WardenJ
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2/15/2001
02:14:33

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Hey all, just a few questions that have been on my mind. Other than exterior looks (grille, bumpers, decals), whats the difference between the Sports and the SLTs? I am looking to buy a Dak real soon (98 or 99, 2000 if the price is right) and I really like the look of the SLTs, but I have encountered many a Sport (2000 model year) that are in my range, but the SLTs of the same year are much more expensive. Why are the SLTs so much more expensive? I doubt that the grille and bumpers really make the difference in price, but I may be wrong? Anyone have any thoughts as to why the SLT is so much more $$? And whats different between the two packages? Thanks in advance!

Dan

P.S. Out of curiosity, is it feasible to take a Sport and make it look like an SLT with factory aftermarket grille and bumpers? or is the cost not worth it? Thanks again.



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2/15/2001
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You can get the 2001 Sport in Flame Red, Amber Fire, Black, Electric Blue, White and Silver but not the other colors and thats all I know and I can prove it





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2/15/2001
06:58:18

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Hey Warden,

I thought the same thing about the SLT I loved the look of the chrome but didn't like the price and the fact that the lower part of the front and rear were not painted. So I ordered a sport. I got a 2000 4.7 5 speed Club Cap power everything no diferent than the SLT but I didn't want the overhead computer (waste of money). then I went out and bought a chrome grille and bumpers. Total cost of the truck was 20,600 sticker price. The total of the change over to chrome was around 300.00 then I sold the factory bumpers abd grille on e-bay and made all of my money back. Click on the link below to see photos of the transformation. E-mail me if you want the info on how to get the bumpers and grille.
My 2000 Sport/SLT

Later
Chris



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2/15/2001
10:11:00

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When I was looking, I really didn't find any difference in price between the SLT and the Sport. In fact, pricing brand new Dakotas, the most expensive was a loaded red Sport. I bought a 98 Sport last year, because that was best deal I could negotiate. In fact, there was the exact pickup with the SLT trim up the street that had the same asking price on it. I am talking about 4x4, the 2x4's may be different. If you are buying used, I would say hang in there. The SLTs are out there and after negotiating, the price difference between the two shouldn't be a factor.

Manuel J Baca
98 Sport
5.2 4x4

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2/15/2001
11:53:35

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When I bought my SPORT new in 98 they had a promotion going for most of the year where the SPORT package was free. (I would have bought it anyway) So this means in reality the SLT was much more expensive (and rarer).



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2/15/2001
16:10:55

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The differences between SLT and Sport packages are minor...it is possible to equip a sport exactly the same as an SLT, except for the chrome and the availability of 2-tone paint on the SLT. It comes down to a matter of preferring one look over the other. For a complete rundown, see the following address:

http://www.4adodge.com/dakota/specs/feature7.html

Dan
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2/15/2001
16:26:46

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The difference in price that I found when I factory ordered was the SLT was $1500 CDN more than the Sport and all you get is chrome bumpers, trim etc. SLT badges and engine hood liner. That's it! Stick with the Sport model you will save yourself $1000 US easy .......... unless you like chrome.

Garth
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Christopher
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2/16/2001
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Hello, I recently bought my new 2001 Dodge Dakota 4X4(AWD) SLT Club cab 4.7 V8 Automatic, two tone (black and silver) and I love it much more than the Sports. I found that the options my Dakota SLT came with were far more than the sports. But the price at $22,250 was not that overly expensive. My SLT came almost fully loaded minus (Leather,Power Seats,CD changer) But it did come with alot of extras like Bigger Tires/Wheels heavy duty towing package, SLT PLUS package, Bigger battery and Alternator, Overhead computer, Heavy duty suspension. I used to hate the look of the SLT over the Sport but when I saw my truck at the dealership and the price in the window I knew that I had to have it.





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2/16/2001
16:03:05

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When I was looking around last year for my dakota I priced out a fully loded SLT and a fully loaded Sport and the sport was $300 canadian cheaper and the only difference was the chrome,2 tone paint and slt badge. No other difference.

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2/16/2001
19:02:06

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The only difference in the two trucks is the SLT has two tone paint as a option and the SLT has some chrome,you pay a little more for the chrome on the SLT.All you need to do is look at a sales brochure and the truth be told

Bob

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Russ
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2/16/2001
20:07:40

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There is a road test in oct truck trend stating that as chrome has a much better drag coefficient than a painted surface the slt is slightly faster than the sport.

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2/16/2001
21:36:57

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That does it. I'm going to get my whole truck chrome plated!



Lefteez
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2/17/2001
16:07:08

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The SLT and the Sport a few different packages specific to each model, but in the end you could get a Sport equiped exactly as a SLT except for two tone paint, chrome bumber/grill, and some badges. With the SLT you can get a few more colors to choose from also. FYI, all this info is going off the 2001 models. I just liked the look of the Sports, but saw a SLT that had some options I wanted. Dealer said no problem, just order what you want. So I did. The only option I don't have is leather seats.

Steve
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2/17/2001
18:01:35

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That is the craziest dam thing I ever heard of,chrome is faster.All one needs to do,is put a good wax job on the paint.I was always told if it don't run chrome it.Not many chrome race cars out there.To say a SLT is faster than a Sport is just plan goofy.

Bob

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Russ
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2/17/2001
18:30:30

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Just a joke he he he

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2/17/2001
18:36:43

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Bob - The reallity is the sport is for the young and the slt is for old bastards like you and me!(young at heart though)

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Bob
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2/17/2001
21:15:30

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Ken..How old would you be if you didn't know how old you where?I was ready to order a red sport+,but my sales person said I got a 2000 SLT+ with all the things you want on it,ck it out.Man It was love at first site.My truck is forest green with driftwood bottom,I bout the driftwood fender fairs and had the door glass tinted like the factory tint and added the R/T exhaust.It get's more dam looks from people[maybe its the old driver HeHe].If I could get the dam cat of my Mustang,I would get it out of the garage and have some real fun. See ya wouldn't want to be ya. HeHe

Bob

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Bernd
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2/18/2001
00:08:27

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You're all forgetting about the extra layer of sound deadening material under the carpeting. It's part of the SLT packages. Not found on the Sport models. Also, check under the hood...the SLT comes with a hood liner and a light and the sport doesn't. (At least that's how they were from '97 -'98.)


Bernd D. Ratsch
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2/18/2001
01:16:04

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99 sport w/light group had underhood light. no liner.



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2/19/2001
19:52:04

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What do you mean the 2001 Sport is not available in certain colors? I was never told that it could not come in Patriot Blue or Forrest Green.
Greg



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2/19/2001
19:55:52

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Read the brocure and surf Dodges website NO GREEN AND NO PATRIOT BLUE in the sport

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2/19/2001
19:56:23

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I believe they're referring to the fact that you can order the SLT with two-tone paint, different color paint at the bottom of the truck. Can't do such a thing with the Sport package.



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2/19/2001
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Ahhhh ... yep ... I see what you mean. No hunter green in the sport dak. But when I built one online it still listed patriot blue as a color option? Guess if you're hung up on hunter green ya gotta go with the SLT, eh?




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4/25/2003
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Does anyone know what the SLT stands for? (Sporty Luxery Truck?) Dumb question...I know...But I just wondered.
Rich



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4/26/2003
00:20:18

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Like most acronyms it's true meaning is probably debatable but I seem to recall it's (S)pecial(L)imi(T)ed.

Here's some more:

ACURA:
Another Crummy, Useless, Rotten Automobile
Asia's Curse Upon Rural America

AMC:
All Makes Combined
A Major Cost
A Mutated Car
A Morons Car
Another Major Catastrophe

AUDI:
Awfully Unsafe Designs Implemented
Accelerates Under Demonic Influence
Automobile Under Demonic Influence
Another Ugly Deutsche Invention
Always Undermining Deutsche Intelligence
Automobile Unsafe Designs, Inc.

BMW:
Big Money Works
Bought My Wife
Brutal Money Waster
Break My Window
Break My Windshield
Babbling Mechanical Wench
Beastly Monstrous Wonder
Beautiful Masterpieces on Wheels
Beautiful Mechanical Wonder
Barely Moving Wreck
Big Money Waste
Big Money. Why?
Big Money Works
Born Moderately Wealthy
Breaks Most Wrenches
Bring More Wrenches
Brings Me Women
Brings More Women
Broken Money Waster
Broke My Wallet
Broken Monstrous Wonder
Bumbling Mechanical Wretch
Blasphemous Motorized Wreck

BUICK:
Big Ugly Indestructible Car Killer
Big Ugly Imitation Chrome King

CHEVROLET:
Can Hear Every Valve Rap On Long Extended Trips
Cheap, Hardly Efficient, Virtually Runs On Luck Every Time
Cracked Heads, Every Valve Rattles, Oil Leaks Every Time
Constantly Having Every Vehicle Recalled Over Lousy Engineering Techniques

DODGE:
Drips Oil & Drops Grease Everywhere
Damn Old Dirty Gas Eater
Dead Old Dog Going East
Dead On Day Guarantee Expires
Dead On Delivery, Go Easy
Dead On Delivery, Guarantee Expired
Dead Or Dying Garbage Emitter
Dear Old Dads Garage Experiment
Daily Overhauls Do Get Expensive

EDSEL: Every Day Something Else Leaks

FIAT:
Failure in Italian Automotive Technology
Fix It Again, Tony!
Feeble Italian Attempt at Transportation

FORD:
Frigin' Old Rebuilt Dodge
Fix Or Repair Daily
Found On Road Dead
Fast Only Rolling Downhill
First On Race Day
First On Recall Day
Fabricated Of Refried Dung
Fails On Rainy Days
Fantastically Orgasmic Realistic Dream
Fatally Obese Redneck Driver
Fault Of R&D
Finally Obsolete Racing Device
Fireball On Rear Denting
First On Road to Dump
First On Rust and Deterioration
Fix Or Recycle Dilemma
Flipping Over Results in Death
Flipped Over Roadside Disaster
Follow Our Rusty Dogsled
Foot On Road Decelerates
Forced On Reluctant Drivers
Formed Of Rejected DNA
Forwarded Once; Return Denied
Forward Only; Reverse Defective
Forlorn, Old, Ratridden Dustbin
Fork Over Repair Dough
Fouled Out Re-done Dodge
Frequent Overhaul, Rapid Deterioration
Free Or Reduced Drastically
Frequent Opinion: Really Disappointed
Fumes and Odors Readily Detectable
Funny Old Rattling Dump
(backwards) Driver Returns On Foot

GEO: Good Engineering Overlooked

GM:
General Maintenance
Great Mistake
Garbage Motors
Generally Miserable
Grossly Misconceived
Gluteus Maximus

GMC:
Garage Man's Companion
Gotta Mechanic Coming?
Generally Mediocre Cars
Get More Chicks
Gets Mechanics Crazy
Gods Mechanical Curse
Got More Crap
Great Mountain Climber
Great Motor Car

GTO: Gas, Tires, Oil

HONDA:
Had One Never Did Again
Hang On, Not Done Accelerating
Hallmark Of Non-Descript Automobiles
Hallmark Of Non-Destructable Automobiles

HYUNDAI: Hope You Understand Nothing's Driveable And Inexpensive...

JEEP:
Just Eats Every Part
Junk Engineering Executed Poorly

MAZDA: Most Always Zipping Dangerously Along
MG: Money Guzzler
MGB: Might Go Backwards
MGF: Might Go Forward
MIATA: My Intention: Always To Accelerate

MOPAR:
Many Odd Parts Arranged Randomly
Miscellaneous Oddball Parts Assembled Ridiculously
Most Often Passed At Races
Mostly Old Parts And Rust
Move Over People Are Racing
Move Over Plymouth Approaching Rapidly
My Old Pig Ain't Running
My Only Problems Are Repairs

MUSTANG: Motor Under Strain, Transmission Almost No Good
OLDSMOBILE: Overpriced, Leisurely Driven Sedan Made Of Buick's Irregular Leftover Equipment

PINTO:
Put In Nickel To Operate
Paid Inspector Nicely To Overlook

PLYMOUTH: Please Leave Your Money Out Under The Hood
PONTIAC: Poor Old Numbskull Thinks Its A Cadillac
PORSCHE: Proof Of Rich Spoiled Children Having Everything

SAAB:
Send Another Automobile Back
Swedish Automobiles Always Breakdown
Sad Attempt At Beauty
Sorry Auto, Always Broken
Shape Appears Ass-Backwards

SUBARU: Screwed Up Beyond All Repair Usually

TOYOTA:
Too Often Yankees Overprice This Auto
Torturous On Your Old Tired Ass
The One You Ought To Avoid

TRIUMPH:
This Really Is Unreliable Man, Please Help!
Tried Repairing It Until My Parts Hurt!

VOLVO: Very Odd Looking Vehicular Object
VW: Virtually Worthless





Zach
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4/26/2003
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someone's got way to much time........



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4/26/2003
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In early 2001, the SLT had the insulation under the hood, and more in the firewall, just to name a few things. It's more than chrome bumpers.

I ordered my truck (is there another way?)
in Jan 2001, and I santed two tone paint, white over silver. Trailer towing, etc. etc. and I wanted the little driving lights.

They said 'NO Way', you can't have driving lights and two tone paint. WTF? I'll may add the PIAA's, already got a good webstie for the install.

I liked that one also, the chrome has less drag than the painted ones.

Todd Bouton



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4/26/2003
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Nice list, Tyler. Can't believe FORD: "From Old Rebuilt Dodges" or "Found On (the) Road Dead" was omitted. U R A BUS is Subaru backwards.



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