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

Overall User Score

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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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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...

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Kyle Farage
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Brake Lights

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.

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klbreighner
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I Have A 96 Dodge That Runs And Drives Shifts Fine But Won't Go Over 45 Mph...

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Jesse Mamell
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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...

29 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)
boatguynpt
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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...

16 views with 2 answers (last answer 2 months ago)