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
Avg. Price: $3,375
2 Dr SLT Standard Cab LB
2 Dr SLT Standard Cab SB
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2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB
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2 Dr Sport 4WD Standard Cab SB
1 national listing
Avg. Price: $3,375
2 Dr Sport Extended Cab SB
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2 Dr Sport Standard Cab SB
2 Dr STD 4WD Extended Cab SB
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3.95 stars

Based on 21 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


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...

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How Can I Test The Fuel Pump In A 1996 Dodge Dakota

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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 ...

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