1998 Dodge Dakota Overview


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2 Dr R/T Sport Extended Cab SB
4 national listings
2 Dr R/T Sport Standard Cab SB
1 national listing
2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB
12 national listings
2 Dr SLT 4WD Standard Cab SB
2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB
12 national listings
2 Dr SLT Standard Cab LB
2 Dr SLT Standard Cab SB
2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB
5 national listings
2 Dr Sport 4WD Standard Cab SB
1 national listing
2 Dr Sport Extended Cab SB
8 national listings
2 Dr Sport Standard Cab LB
2 national listings
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Average User Score

4.35 stars

Based on 47 reviews

All Around A Good Reliable, Working Pickup Truck by cjantczak
 — I bought this truck used from a guy that used it as a commuter vehicle back and fourth to the mill, It had 198,000 miles and ran good (still does with 232,500 miles). I couldnt have asked for a better... Read More
So Fun I Have Had 3 :) by Dan
 — Performance was one of the reasons I bought this vehicle. It has been fairly easy to upgrade, and runs very strong. 11.59@118 is the best time Ive run with this vehicle, but that is with alot of chang... Read More
Wet Floor Boards? Bad Vent Vacuum? by corair89
 — I have had this truck since I bought it brand new from the dealership in St. Louis MO. I absolutly love this tuck, but it seem to have a few major problems: When it rains hard, and my truck is j... Read More

1998 Dodge Dakota Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 47 reviews

1998 Dodge Dakota

What do you get when you leave a Dodge Ram truck in the dryer too long and it shrinks?  It comes out as a Dodge Dakota.  The new generation of the mid-size Dakotas, that drive like a compact, but have the power of a full-size, looked like a smaller version of the Ram, though underneath they were still very much true to Dakota.  Since 1987, the engine options remained pretty much the same -- 2.5-liter I4, 3.9-liter V6, and 5.2-liter V8.  

Until 1998.  Mid-year, alongside the base, Sport, and SLT Dakotas, Dodge took the Ram's 5.9-liter Magnum V8 and put it into their Dakota.  The Dakota R/T (I'll call it the Mini-Ram), only available as a 4-speed automatic, hit 250-horsepower and allegedly made 0-60 in seven seconds (for those must-have emergency plywood runs).  Of course the 3.9-liter, 175-horsepower engine was still the most popular, but for people that appreciated the driving experience as much as the need to haul stuff, the 5.2-liter and 5.9-liter V8 engines were highly prized.  There are claims out there that the 5.2-liter was able to tow up to 6700 pounds.

Other new additions to the 1998 Dakota were keyless remote entry and alloy wheels on the SLT.  As always, drivers love the spacious cab, particularly for long trips, and the easy handling.  Optional 6X9 power mirrors are recommended for extra visibility.  Major complaints focus on gas mileage, the need for a four-door truck to access the rear seats, and constant repair shop visits.

***They look sweet; if you bag 'em, shave 'em, body drop 'em, and chop the roof 3inches!!!***


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Dodge Dakota Questions


My 98 Dakota Sport Idles At 1500 Rpm's Several Mechanics Have Told Me "...

if there is a way to "idle - down" the rpm's, is this something i can do??? i can go dn a level road at 50 mph without my foot on the gas. have to shut it off when at the bankdrive thru cause its ...

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1998 Dodge Dakota Pickup

when my 1998 dodge Dakota 4 cylinder has been sitting all day I put it into first gear to pull off and the wheels lock up like someone putting on breaks it goes in reverse ok but after 3 or 4 tries it...

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98 Dakota 3.9l 160k , Just Dies At Idle Or When Rpms Are Slowing Down To Id...

Symptoms 1.No check engine light on .(currently) 2.Check engine light will come on if lower than 91 octane is used (everytime) 3.Dies at idle (sometimes) 4.idles rough (sometimes) Parts Replaced s...

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Will A 46re Work In A 1998 Dodge Dakota Slt 5.2 V8, Pick Up?

I have the truck and the transmission is blown. I got a 46RE out of a 2000 dodge van with a 360. Will this transmission work with my truck?

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What Is A Governors Pressure Switch?

Reverse went out & it popped a code for the governors pressure switch. The switch was replaced but reverse still didn't work, why is that?

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