1994 Dodge Dakota Overview


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2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB
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2 Dr SLT 4WD Standard Cab LB
2 Dr SLT 4WD Standard Cab SB
2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB
2 national listings
2 Dr SLT Standard Cab LB
1 national listing
2 Dr SLT Standard Cab SB
1 national listing
2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB
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2 Dr Sport 4WD Standard Cab SB
2 Dr Sport Extended Cab SB
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2 Dr Sport Standard Cab SB
2 Dr STD 4WD Extended Cab SB
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Average User Score

4.15 stars

Based on 20 reviews

I Built The Perfect "sleeper". by Mike
 — Muscle truck, baby! This one had the Magnum 5.2L V8 with a 5-speed manual transmission, regular cab, short bed, with no power options or even air conditioning! Lightest possible truck with the bigge... Read More
I Know Vehicle Well. Bought It From My Dad. It's A Real Workhorse! by davecc
 — Great ride height w/ excellent visibility. Comfortable ride; Huge turn radius (full length bed w/ ext-cab); fuel mileage in town suffers; 172-k miles and virtually NO squeaks or rattles! (SOLID). I in... Read More
Dakota Style by Terry
 — This is a sweet Truck! The 318 with fuel injection can really haul; ass and trash. Very versatile the SLT package with chrome wheels and two tone paint looks sharp on the town. Hook a load up to the r... Read More

1994 Dodge Dakota Overview

Overall User Score

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1994 Dodge Dakota

Once again, the Dodge Dakota has to be first at everything.  Rack and pinion, V8 engine, anti-lock brakes.  In 1994, the Dakota is the first pickup to install a driver's side airbag.  Additional safety measures included side door guard beams and extra knee padding.  Not that the Dakota necessarily needed it.  Most drivers proclaim its sturdiness, both truck and passengers able to emerge unscathed from accidents and collisions with animal, vegetable, or mineral.

The 1994 Dakota's engines had a slight decrease in horsepower, with the 3.9-liter V6 reduced from 180 to 175-hp, and the V8 down ten horsepower to 220-hp.  The V8 is still the favorite, despite its poor fuel economy.  It turns this mid-size truck into a full-size cargo hauler, able to compete with the big boys.  And it's fun to drive.  The roomy cab makes for a comfortable ride, with optional bucket and split-folding seats.  The rear bench is cramped, but offers extra storage under the seats.  New this year is a high-mounted center brake light in the rear.  WS trim (Work Special) replaced the SE, and the LE trim was renamed SLT.

2WD comes standard and 4WD is optional, and Dakota drivers compliment its off-road handling.  Along with high marks for safety, comfort, and dependability, low marks were given for the wide turning radius and repair record.


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Dodge Dakota Questions


Dodge Dakota Idling And Dying

My dakota will start then idle down and die. I can pump the gas and it will stay running but if i hold the peddle down or let off it will die. I have replaced the fuel pump, fuel filter, and the idl...

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The Transmission Shifts Fine Until About 55mph Then If Feels Like It Needs ...

94 Dodge Dakota 4x4, 5.2 motor, previous owner claimed to have replaced the transmission prior to selling it.

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Ac Compressor

I have a 94 dakota with the 318 My ac stopped working and after looking under the hood I noticed the ac compressor clutch was not spinning. Been looking and can't find just the clutch so figured the...

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Billy Pierce

Can A 1994 Dodge Dakota 4x4 With Automatic Be Flat Towed Without Removing D...

I want to tow a pickup behind my Motorhome and want to know if I can tow a 1994 Dodge Dakota with 4x4 automatic

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Bryan Phillips

How To Remove Bed Off 94 Dakota

I took all the bolts out but the bed still wonnt come off!!

177 views with 3 answers (last answer 4 months ago)