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2 Dr R/T Sport Extended Cab SB
Avg. Price: $5,903
2 Dr R/T Sport Standard Cab SB
2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB
Avg. Price: $6,087
2 Dr SLT 4WD Standard Cab SB
Avg. Price: $4,656
2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB
7 national listings
Avg. Price: $4,729
2 Dr SLT Standard Cab LB
2 Dr SLT Standard Cab SB
4 national listings
Avg. Price: $4,143
2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB
6 national listings
Avg. Price: $4,846
2 Dr Sport 4WD Standard Cab SB
Avg. Price: $4,191
2 Dr Sport Extended Cab SB
3 national listings
Avg. Price: $4,720
2 Dr Sport Standard Cab LB
Avg. Price: $3,448
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Average User Score

4.35 stars

Based on 46 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 46 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


What Other Thing Can Cause Battery To Die

3 weeks ago truck regular service was done drive perfectly 2 days ago had to jumpstart for battery to turnover (battery was good) what else can l check for before buying another battery could somethin...

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Beverly Sturch

What Can Cause My Truck To Quit Running Going Down The Road, Can Put In Neu...

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P0300, P0301, P0303,p0305 Codes

4 codes showing, TID $11 & $35 show failures.. But I wouldn't think O2 Sensors would throw a random and a whole left bank on a distributor fired vehicle. Wires, Plugs, Cap, & Rotor. Coil was replace...

40 views with 5 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)

98 Dakote Engine Pop Back And Looses Power.

all errors erased engine pop back and looses power. Stop and re start ok for a while. or gas to the floor fixes it for a while also.Once the check engine light comes on it will learn and...

19 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 weeks ago)

Can U Hook Up A Performance Chip To A 1998 Dodge Dakota Map Sensor

doesn't have a maf sensor

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