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
2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB
Avg. Price: $3,615
2 Dr SLT Standard Cab LB
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2 Dr SLT Standard Cab SB
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2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB
2 Dr Sport 4WD Standard Cab SB
2 Dr Sport Extended Cab SB
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Avg. Price: $3,652
2 Dr Sport Standard Cab SB
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2 Dr STD 4WD Extended Cab SB
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3.95 stars

Based on 21 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

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What's The Cheapest Way To Put A Locking Diff In A '96 Dakota, Has 3.9 And ...

I've checked around with aftermarket diff suppliers that can do one for $500 to $1000. Can one from a newer Dakota be switched out ? or maybe entire rear end ? Also... anyone know of dually rims and h...

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klbreighner
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I Have A 96 Dodge That Runs And Drives Shifts Fine But Won't Go Over 45 Mph...

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Wendy Lewis
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I Have A 1996 Dodge Dakota 4 Wheel Drive And I Rit Also Backfires Unit Actu...

do you think it might be the computer or the coil or the timing changes because stretch today finding different Signils to the computer to turn it on auto shut off relay off

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tjp993
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My Dakota Will Not Start Unless Gas Is Poored In The Intake Wonder If Lack ...

The truck has fuel pressure to the fuel rail , i checked all fuses and nothin is blone, the only thing that has changed since i drove it is i put a muffler and tailpipe on it and had to remove the b...

17 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 months ago)
Theminatar
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I Have A 1996 Dodge Dakota With Heating Issues..

The heat doesn't work on any other setting other than low or off. If it's off, the heat worked while I'm driving, it just kind of gets pushed out. But it's not enough to keep my truck warm at all. I...

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