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3.9 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 21 reviews
1996 Dodge Dakota Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 21 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
My 96 Dakota Almost Stalls When Taking Off Sometimes. No Check Engine Light...
I assumed it would be the IAC, MAD, or TPS but there is no check engine light. I've allready completely cleaned the throttle body and sensors. Could it be a fuel system issue? I plan on cleaning the i...
1996 Dodge Dakota Replaced Fuel Pump Cables, Spark Plugs, Rotor Cleaned Out...
I Have A 1996 Dodge Dakota It Turns On Good Drives Good But Out No Were It ...
How Can I Test The Fuel Pump In A 1996 Dodge Dakota
Why My Fuel Wont Turn On When I Turn The Key
checked the relay when i turn the key it's only sending 1.2 volts to my fuel pump, changed relays, I can put a paper clip in my holder and my fuel pump will come on but cannot smell gas and it still ...