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1988 Dodge Dakota Overview


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S Standard Cab SB
Sport Standard Cab 4WD SB
Sport Standard Cab SB
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Avg. Price: $2,500
STD Standard Cab 4WD LB
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Avg. Price: $2,750
STD Standard Cab 4WD SB
STD Standard Cab LB
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Avg. Price: $1,950
STD Standard Cab SB

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4.15 stars

Based on 8 reviews

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


Fuel Systems

I just replaced the fuel pump and soleniod but still don't get fuel to injectors. If I pour fuel into throttle body it will start, but if I stop pouring the fuel in it stops running

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Lift Kit On A 1988 Dokota ?

Where can i find a lift kit atleast 3 inches for a 1988 dodge dakota 2wd?

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Need Help On This Question..i Know I Can Puta 4bt On My 1988 Dodge Dakota B...

I would put the 4bt in but i keep looking at ppl saying yes you can put a exhaust brake on it and other ppl say no you can not...but i know that the 6bt comes whit or you can put and exhaust brake...

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I Have An 88 Dakota 4 Cyclinder. Blew The Tranny. Was Wondering If I Coul...

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I'm Looking To Put An 4bt Cummins On My 1988 Dodge Dakota Se .3.9 Liter , I...

My 2 questions are does a 4bt Cummins have two exhaust exit making it to a Y exhaust pipe, and can i put and engine brake on it..Second question is can I put any other diesel engine in truck...

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