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Average User Score
3.8 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 22 reviews
1996 Dodge Dakota Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 22 reviews
1996 was the last year for the first generation of Dodge Dakotas, a mid-size pickup that proved very popular because of its storage capacity, hauling power, engine options (the first mid-size to house a V8 Magnum), and safety record. It proved to be a great compromise for people wanting all the options of a full-size truck without the unwieldiness of trying to maneuver one through city streets and parking lots.
The only major change for the 1996 Dodge Dakota was a revamped base engine, which always seemed too weak for a pickup of this size. Still a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder, it received a boost in horsepower from 99 to 120. It's not necessarily going to win any races, but for those on a budget, it got the job done (as long as it was a small job). The 3.9-liter V6 and 5.2-liter V8 remained the models of choice.
Not many complaints from drivers. The Dakotas seem to last forever, have great braking, handle well off-road and in the snow (the 4X4s), and have a comfortable cab up front. Downers were the poor gas mileage, a cheap-looking plastic interior, and the difficulty in accessing the rear seat since it is only a 2-door truck.
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96 Dodge Dakota 3.9 Liter V6
my 96 Dodge Dakota was backfiring,skipping and sometimes shutting off. never had problems before. changed plugs,wires,distributor cap, rotary button,crankshaft sensor. Had fuel injection cleaned exp...
Where Is The Radio Fuse On A 1996 Dodge Dakota Sport
My 96 Dakota Idles Rough An Dies
changed all the sensors and it still idles rough and has no acceleration when you push on the gas. it seems to run for a minute then just dies keeps doing same thing over and over