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