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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
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 ...
I Have A 1996 4x4 With The 5.2 What Year Motors Can I Use To Replace And Ca...
1996 Dakota Key Fob Programming
My truck has power locks and windows but I bought it used and it didn't come with a fob. I have a fob that should work but I'm not sure if it will even support keyless entry. If anyone has any ideas o...
Starting My Truck
I have a 96 dodge truck sometimes i have to bang on the stering wheel to get it to start?
My 5.2 Burns Rubber With Very Little Trottle.how Can I Stop This From Happ...
i just give it just a little gas and the back tires starts to spin.. with WOT the truck will spin till it shifts in to a high er gear.any ideas... Ron