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1996 Dodge Dakota User Reviews

1996 Dodge Dakota Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 21 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5

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

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 21 1996 Dodge Dakota reviews.

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

Pros

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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Matthew writes:
1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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3

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Good for hauling, great engine, very reliable.

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Bad breaks, handling, and safety.

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If You Need A Midsize Truck With V8 Power — Over all it was a pretty useful pickup truck for what I needed it for. Pulled out some stumps, threw crap in the back (hockey bags). Interior was pretty bland. Comfortable seating two. Extended cab allowed for additional cargo space. Fuel effiiciency was certainly lacking, but hell....gas was about $1.25 a gallon back then. Performance was mediocre, but that's expected. Handling didn't exist and breaking distance was quite long. During emergency breaking you'd be better off jumping out and abandoning ship.

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

Pros

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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Harry writes:
1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB Review
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5

Pros

Versatility, simplicity, power

Cons

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

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fast powerful, not to bad on gas

Cons

interrior is old style

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Good Little Truck — Good little truck, can do anything most half tons can. I get about 16-19 mpg with a 5.2 V-8. 5-spd. has a few minor problems but it's worth it. Its the biggest little truck of its time.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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Dustin writes:
1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Standard Cab SB Review
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good motor

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nothing

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Car Is Great — i love this truck it may be small but it packs a punch even with its v6 magnum motor. its accelleration is great with the five speed manual transmission. braking is ok. ga mileage is decent if matenance is kept up and it is extremely fun to drive wink wink

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Melissa writes:
1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Standard Cab SB Review
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good, strong, reliable truck

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not enough interior room

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I Love My Truck, It's Name Is Travis — 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 and drive it to death. It was pretty cheap at 4200 and only has 49 K miles on it right now. DRIVES AMAZING!! couldn't ask for a better truck

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I Pulled 10,000lbs Across The Continental Divide. 1600 Miles 2.5 Days!! By Tex75023

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2007 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Great Clean, Dependable, Flame Read,pick-up. By Grandpa7

I like the ability to be able to run in 2 wheel drive most of the time and have the ability to get into 4 wheel when the snow blows. Great looking truck with the SXT strips and decal on the side. ... Read More

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We love this truck! We had no trouble hauling our children around, even in heavy snow. It has done everything we expected. The gas mileage wasn't pleasant, but it's a truck... what else would you e... Read More

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2006 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Nice Truck Wish It Didn't Have The Transmission Problems By Megan

great performance, build could be better been in the shop twice for the transmission love the appearance of both the exterior and interior gas guzzles like no ones business. It is fun to drive th... Read More

Excellent Little Chick Magnet By sunnygas

Great little fun to drive truck. Stick shift is extremely fun. Looks good, basically a chick magnet. Reliable and fair gas mileage for a truck. Not a man with a lot of words, so this will have to d... Read More

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2005 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Power To Spare-magnum V-8 By horseygal

Big truck power-Sport truck handling-Luxury car ride. Was sister's truck and she passed on. Being a constant reminder, it needs to go to someone that needs reliable power and dependability in an Ameri... Read More

Smooth, Powerful Truck By zlane2

For the first vehicle I bought myself, it was a great truck! I play a lot of hockey and travel all around the midwest, and having all that cargo room was very efficient. The ride is super smooth and i... Read More

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2004 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Great Little Truck By Wolfknyte

I inherited this truck when my dad passed away. It is great for what it is; a small truck. I am just not all that fond of the styling or the size. I prefer something a little bit bigger. For anyon... Read More

All Around Great Truck To Own. By Steven

Props, it really gets up and goes for only having that little 4.7 in her. Gas mileage is terrible, but its a truck. It gives you that truck feeling with out the high placed seating from a Ford f ser... Read More

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