1996 Dodge Dakota User Reviews

1996 Dodge Dakota Review Ratings

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  • 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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1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Extended Cab SB Review
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It's a very decent truck and maintenance is very cheap, also very reliable.

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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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1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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Mine has been quite dependable, unfortunately salt in winter has taken it's toll on it.

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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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1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Standard Cab SB Review
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Just really like this truck. Has been very reliable.

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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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1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB Review
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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

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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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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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1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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fast powerful, not to bad on gas

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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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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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1996 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr STD Standard Cab LB Review
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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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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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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

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2008 Dodge Dakota Reviews

A Good Daily Driver For Light Jobs By Cory

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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

Best Truck Ever! By eells

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

Work And Family Truck. By hombretto

I am overall satisfied with this truck. It was great for family outings as well for carrying and hauling materials to work. The sporty dodge look will catch the eye. Paint and shine is still strong. T... Read More

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

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2005 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Great Midsize Truck Overall For The Price By Danielo00

One thing that I liked about this truck is that it looks great. Another thing that I like is that this midtruck feels like I was driving a much larger truck. The truck has a strong engine and is rel... Read More

I'm trying to get spare off and it won't be lowered to the ground as the manual says. Otherwise it is OK Just 69,000 miles. Front wheel drive went last year. Replaced this year under warranty. Lo... Read More

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