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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
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
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...
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...
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...