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1998 Dodge Dakota Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 47 reviews
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 Is Causing My Radio To Cut Out And On?
I recently bought a stock radio for my 1998 Dodge Dakota. Got it in ok and it works but there is a drop off in power ever so briefly and then it comes back. Could it be the speakers are bad, or is the...
I Need A Power Steering Fluid Reservoir For My 1998 Dakota 2.5l. Have Done...
I Have A 1998 Dodge Dakota 3.9 Liter.i Replaced Fuel Pump,still Not Working...
Doing same before replacing pump?
1998 Dodge Dakota Sport Truck Well Not Start, Changed Plugs Wires Coil Pack...
Changed plugs wires coil pack, Parked it then 20 minutes later would not start
Are The Parts On A 1996 Dakota Slt The Same As The 98 Slt?
I have a 98 Dakota SLT V8 4x4 with a bad transmission. I found a 96 SLT V* 4X4 that I can take the transmission from. Will it work?