1998 Dodge Dakota Overview


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2 Dr R/T Sport Extended Cab SB
Avg. Price: $4,597
2 Dr R/T Sport Standard Cab SB
2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB
Avg. Price: $4,738
2 Dr SLT 4WD Standard Cab SB
2 national listings
2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB
15 national listings
2 Dr SLT Standard Cab LB
2 Dr SLT Standard Cab SB
4 national listings
2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB
5 national listings
2 Dr Sport 4WD Standard Cab SB
1 national listing
Avg. Price: $3,741
2 Dr Sport Extended Cab SB
6 national listings
2 Dr Sport Standard Cab LB
1 national listing
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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

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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


Flat Rate Book Hours For Changing Out 3.9l Long Block Engine In 1998 Dodge ...

I am looking to change out my 3.9L engine with a new rebuilt 3.9L engine. How many hours does the book say this should take? I want to know this to get an idea of what a garage in our area with compe...

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Beverly Sturch

How Much Does It Cost To Get A Key Made For 1998 Dodge Dakota?

The key for my truck unlocks the doors and starts the truck, same key. I only have one key and need a second key made.

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What Are The Dimensions Of A 1998 Dodge Dakota Long Bed Truck.

Could someone please tell me what are the Dimensions of a 1998 Dodge Dakota Long Bed Truck from bumper to bumper and from side to side.

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Kent Sicotte

Hi I Have A 1998 Dakota 3.9 5 Speed 4x4 Will A 318 Bolt To My Transmission

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Why Does My 98 Dodge Dakota Keep Randomly Shutting Off?

I have a 98 Dodge Dakota v6 that randomly just stops running. I can either be parked with it idling or driving down the road and sometimes it shuts down as though it has run out of gas. Every time t...

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