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
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2 Dr SLT Standard Cab LB
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2 Dr SLT Standard Cab SB
2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB
2 Dr Sport 4WD Standard Cab SB
2 Dr Sport Extended Cab SB
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2 Dr Sport Standard 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

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Where Is The Radio Fuse On A 1996 Dodge Dakota Sport

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spyder3
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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

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Joshua Hollon
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I Am Putting A New Muffler On A 96 Dodge Dakota But There Is A Sensor Right...

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Ed Hodge
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Truck Sputtered Then Stalled. Oil Light Is On. Will Crank But Not Start

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Where Is The 1996 Dodge Dakota Slt Located

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