1988 Dodge Dakota Overview

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1988 Dakota, My Best Purchase by Stephane
 — i have this truck since 1988, i have to change the pick-up coil every 90000km the engine is original, never been overhaul, the 5 speeds transmission was change at 160000km, the differential was change... Read More
Good Ol' Truck That Never Dies by Johnathon
 — Performance of the truck is overall good it could use restoring and i plan on doing that when i get the money for it, Appearance of the truck is sortof bad the interior needs work, and the exterior ne... Read More
Will Not Trade Or Sell It by Edward
 — the only thing i don't like about this truck is the fact that it is an automatic. other than that the truck is great. it has a stock 5 in lift sitting on thirty ones. this truck hopefully will have a ... Read More

1988 Dodge Dakota Overview

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1988 Dodge Dakota

Proving to be a big success in 1987, the Dodge Dakota filled an obvious niche for drivers who wanted the cargo capacity of a truck with the smoother handling of a smaller pickup.  The two-door 1988 Dakota received only minor tweaks, primarily a fuel-injected engine in the 3.9 V6, though the horsepower remained at 125.  The 2.2-liter, 96-hp engine in the base model remained the same.  

Available in either 2WD or 4WD (V6 models only), the 1988 Dakota offered a choice of a 6.5-foot bed or 8-foot bed, with seating for two.  A Sports Package for 1988, offered with the 3.9 V6 pickups, featured 15-inch wheels, fog lights, offroading lights, a leather steering wheel, remote side mirrors, and an air dam.  

Drivers love the durability of the 1988 Dakota, which can take a beating and come out unscathed.  The engine and powertrain seem indestructible and the exterior does not suffer from rust over time.  The length of the Dakota makes it easier to maneuver around the city and in parking lots than the more unwieldy larger pickups.  Most negative comments focus on the poor fuel economy (15/19 mpg) and the desire for more interior room in the form of an extended cab.  The lack of engine power was also cited, with the 2.2 almost useless if you're carrying anything in the bed.

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Dodge Dakota Questions

Edward7676
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Dodge Dakota 88 3.9 2wd

Will parts from a 96 Dodge Dakota fit my 88 Dakota

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PlainsRider
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Any Ideas What May Cause Left Turn Signal/brake Filament To Not Light?

Left turn signal/brake light does not light. Replaced bulb, cleaned socked in case the old grease was acting like an insulator, no change. Following the harness I find a two wire plug, white/purple ...

24 views with 5 answers (last answer 2 months ago)
Davidweatherford
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How Much Weight Can A 1988dodge Dakota Tow

I'm looking for the tow weigth of a 1988 dodge dakota truck?

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nene1808
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Can I Use My Same Axle To Put Dually Tires..

Can I use my same axle to convert from swd to a dually. Or what do I need ,what pieces expecially..thinking of removing the bed and putting a diamond plate in the middle pf the frame whit a 5th wh...

102 views with 2 answers (last answer 6 months ago)
Wayne Thomas
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88 3.9l Dakota Motor And Tranny

I have 2 88 dodge Dakota's. One has the 3.9 V6 five speed combo. The other has the 3.9 V6 auto combo. Will the motor from the 5 speed bolt up to the auto transmission. The 5 speed is 4WD. THE auto...

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