1996 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
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2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB
2 Dr SLT Standard Cab LB
2 Dr SLT Standard Cab SB
2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB
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2 Dr Sport 4WD Standard Cab SB
2 Dr Sport Extended Cab SB
2 Dr Sport Standard Cab SB
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2 Dr STD 4WD Extended Cab SB
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3.85 stars

Based on 22 reviews

Best $2500 I Have Ever Spent On A Used Vehicle. by Randy65Ranchero
 — Bought the truck with 59,000 miles on it 2 years ago for $2500. Needed oil sending unit, front shocks, & tires. Other than oil changes, air filters, & gas that is all I have done except I did as a pre... Read More
Great Truck That Can Do Almost Anything A Full Size Can But Is Smaller, More Agile, And Efficient. by Harry
 — The Magnum V6 is much stronger than I anticipated. It also turns surprising well considering it's a truck. It seems to be well built. Gas mileage is about 20 mpg, not bad for a truck. I've always ... Read More
I Love My Truck, It's Name Is Travis by Melissa
 — I just bought my truck. I love it. It is a pretty bare bones truck but it does what I need it to. It is a manual so I am having alot of fun with it. I don't have to many plans for it but to pay it off... Read More

1996 Dodge Dakota Overview

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1996 Dodge Dakota

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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Dodge Dakota Questions

Ismael Garcia

I Am Not Getting Any Hot Air At All In My 1996 Dodge Dakota Slt

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96 Dakota Engine Replacement

I have a 96 Dodge Dakota with the 318 and automatic transmission. I need to replace the engine, and I'd like to know if I can use any 318 from any year Dakota or Dodge Ram pickup. Someone told me th...

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Jeremy Thornton

I Drive A 1996 Dodge Dakota 3.9l V6 Magnium Engine. I Have 140,000+ Miles....

I live in Texas where the weather is 90- 100°F during Summer months & on Average 50-60°F during winter months. Very rarely does the temperature drop below 40°F.

22 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)
Cassie Cox

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...

30 views with 2 answers (last answer 2 months ago)

Where Is The Radio Fuse On A 1996 Dodge Dakota Sport

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