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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
96 Dakota W/ 318 Auto Trans No Reverse
I have a 96 Dakota 4x4 with a 318 auto transmission. I have looked and looked and can't find a reasonable transmission for under 1400.00, the one I have has all forward gears but the reverse went ou...
I have a 96 dodge dakota sport all my lights work except my brake lights and i dont know why if someone can help me asap i cant drive it without.
I Have A 96 Dodge That Runs And Drives Shifts Fine But Won't Go Over 45 Mph...
96 Dodge Dakota. V6 Magnum. Auto Trans.
Intermittently dies after starting. Sometimes will stay running when holding thottle open for a few seconds, or placing in gear and applying thottle. New fuel pump. New fuel filter. New plugs and w...
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...