1996 Dodge Dakota User Reviews

1996 Dodge Dakota Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 22 reviews

  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Overall: 3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5

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PROS
"power" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"reliable car" 6 reviews
"build quality" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews

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brentian123 writes:
1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Extended Cab SB Review
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3

Pros

It's a very decent truck and maintenance is very cheap, also very reliable.

Cons

not a big truck at all, and also gets awful gas mileage to be small.

brentian123
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Decent Truck — Its very reliable and maintenance has been very cheap. Hit 212xxx miles and its still running strong. Looks very good and clean if you like the box style truck, however isn't big or comfortable with more than 2 adults and also does crap on gas i average 14...

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dakota1234 writes:
1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB Review
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3

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the 318 has plenty of power to haul any thing i put beyond it, and get 13 or 14 mpg when empty and a long trip

Cons

but it sucks the gas when pulling something

dakota1234
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Bad Ass — like the look and feel of the dakota, its has plenty of power to pull almost anything, i've yet to find anything it can't pull. one thing u would have to choose between buying this is, do you want the power of the v8 and sucks on mpg, or do i want the v6 and better fuel economy, but not enough power to pull? either way, i love it!!

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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elsievo writes:
1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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3

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Mine has been quite dependable, unfortunately salt in winter has taken it's toll on it.

Cons

Gas mileage could have been better. Always had difficulty getting it in and out of 4 wheel drive.

elsievo
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Dependable Shetland Workhorse — There weren't many maintenance issues over the life of the vehicle. It never left me stranded. I always had a problem getting it in and out of 4wd. Might have been a manufacturing defect in this particular truck. Turning radius is more like a diameter if you get what I mean. (Give me 40 acres and I'll turn this rig around). But, I could load it with tools, gravel etc for trail work and it never complained about the load even for a V6. I even hauled a printing press with it.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Randy65Ranchero writes:
1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Standard Cab SB Review
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5

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Just really like this truck. Has been very reliable.

Cons

The acceleration is lacking with the 2.5 4 cylinder engine.

Randy65Ranchero
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Best $2500 I Have Ever Spent On A Used Vehicle. — 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 precaution replace the belt & hoses. Has never let me down, now has 75,000 miles and still looks & runs great. Interior is holding up well in the Arizona heat. AC is ice cold but the heater is weak, only ever gets luke warm. Runs smooth & quite, and ride quality is good as is the handling.

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Crystal writes:
1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport 4WD Standard Cab SB Review
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Great for plowing over manitoba snow piles!

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Cab too small...not enough places to store your beer...

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Feeling Quite Neutral On This Truck... — I had this truck while spending time in Manitoba. Very good when the 4-wheel drive was needed but that was about it. The steering was quite touchy, and the interior cab was way too small. If you were a front passenger or a rear passenger, it didn't matter, because your knees would still be touching your chin...

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Jim writes:
1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Extended Cab SB Review
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Gas mileage, power

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rear seat, tranny

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Great Fuel Economy, Seen Some Abuse, Lol — 3.9L V6, strong engine, alot of power even at 290,000 miles. tranny leaks a little, but that's a minor problem. The "rear seat" is more like a torture device than a passenger compartment, lol. Solid truck, governs out at 105mph.

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hotwheels_96 writes:
1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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strong V6, cold A/C great handling

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Really can't think of any

hotwheels_96
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Over All A Great Truck For Anything I Need To Do — Just the right size truck, great V6. can do and has done everything I need in a truck. with Automatic it averages 18mpg city- highway. the club cab gives lots of extra room inside, still have the factory radio cassette and cd everything works great at 155k miles

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ty writes:
1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr STD Standard Cab LB Review
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3

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it is quiet fast and has a bit of tourqe

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doesnt have a good paint job

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Awesome Truck — this truck is a very reliable vehicle. it gets great milage, fast, and fun to rip around in. the only repairs it has to get is the reverse redone. it is kept up on all fluid changes. the only thing about this truck is that it has a few dents on it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tom writes:
1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB Review
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4

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runs good nice and smooth

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bad on gas needs new paint

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Idk — my truck has a lot of power and it corners well it has the 318 v8 and auto trans. i added glass packs and cut out the cats. it has an alpine deck and 2 12's in the back

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Harry writes:
1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB Review
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Versatility, simplicity, power

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Economy, handling, clear coat is peeling

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Great Truck That Can Do Almost Anything A Full Size Can But Is Smaller, More Agile, And Efficient. — 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 loved the looks of these trucks. It stops on a dime. This truck has most of the capabilites of a full size in a package small enough to fit in your garage.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Love This Truck By mnbrat

I have owned my dakota for 4 years now and i am in love with it. I had bought it off a family member who had had it since it was new. This thing has never left me stranded and because it is a carburat... Read More

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1988 Dodge Dakota Reviews

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i have this truck since 1988, i have to change the pick-up coil every 90000km the engine is original, never been overhaul, the 5 speeds transmission was change at 160000km, the differential was change... Read More

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Performance of the truck is overall good it could use restoring and i plan on doing that when i get the money for it, Appearance of the truck is sortof bad the interior needs work, and the exterior ne... Read More

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1989 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Grate Little Truck By Charles

i liked every thing, not really any dislikes truck drives grate solid after all these years ,built so i can work on it not vary many truck that could have lasted this long of the newer built ones, th... Read More

A Mediokre At Best Little Truck By Coronajeep

With enough blankets in the bed of the truck, you could actually lay down and sleep if you needed to, and it never did leave me stranded anywhere, but almost several times. horrible mileage & runningn... Read More

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1990 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Money Pit By Bob

fast in a line, high build quality, great acceleration, not so great deceleration (always fun to see if it stops in time), looks dusty, costs too much to use, loud and lumpy cam, not much interior a... Read More

Above Avg By Elvis

It's not extended cab but it has the extra [8 ft] long bed Previous owner most have hauled wood or something because of the location of the dents.I can't complain it get me from point A to B. mpg is g... Read More

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1991 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Best Truck In The World By Colton

It is the perfect truck dont want another one for a long time. It handles good and it breaks good. It will get up and go if you want it to. I have had alot of fun and good memories in this truck. Read More

Lots Of Power In A Lil Truck By David

I picked this truck up for $600. im a scrapper and this truck can handle alot of weight for a lil truck. its got the v8 in it so it has plenty of power when u hit that throttle. unfortunatly its sitti... Read More

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