1998 Dodge Dakota User Reviews

1998 Dodge Dakota Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 47 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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PROS
"power" 19 reviews
"ride" 17 reviews
"handling" 6 reviews
"interior" 6 reviews
"speed" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 12 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"seat" 4 reviews
"small power" 3 reviews
"doors" 2 reviews

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Dan writes:
1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr R/T Sport Extended Cab SB Review
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5

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Fun, fun fun fun fun

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Cant think of any really

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So Fun I Have Had 3 :) — 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 changes. Build quality is ok. There are a number of known issues with these vehicles, the main being the transmission and the upper control arm bushings along with the balljoints. The transmission one is easy, just change the fluid regularly, and if it starts shifting odd, then put the solenoids/sensors in the valve body, and that will usually save you a ton of money in the long run. One of the most beautiful vehicles ever made in my opinion, and definately the best looking truck ever. Ya dont buy these things if mileage is your main concern.. hahha fun factor? How about handling thats on a par with alot of muscle/sports cars? Its fun to see the look on peoples faces with you keep up with them in the twisties ( or just flat go by em )

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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James writes:
1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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5

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Power, handling, gas mileage

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Doesnt have back doors

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Dakota Sport — This is a great truck. Handles excellent in the snow. Impossible to get stuck. It gets great gas mileage. Hasnt needed any work. Its awesome to drive, feels very stable around corners. doesnt lean much at all. Highly Recommended to anybody wanting a truck.

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cjantczak writes:
1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB Review
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5

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good power for a v6 that has been used since 1991(3.9 V6 Magnum). Very reliable, handles heavy loads around town pretty good. low maintenance cost, perfect size if you dont need a 1/2 ton. All the accessories are easy to use. Absolutely love the styling.

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I feel dodge could have squeezed a few more horsepower and torque from the v6. 1st and 2nd gear for the automatic transmission could be a little better but not a huge deal.

cjantczak
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All Around A Good Reliable, Working Pickup Truck — 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 used truck for the price i got it at. It is the 3.9 v6 magnum, automatic transmission, 2wd, club cab. I have used this truck mainly for work, I have driven it from NW Indiana to Memphis, Tennessee a few times and its done great, averaged 24-25 mpg going 65mph and 22mpg going 70mph, not to shabby, and it gets 16mpg around town, best ive gotten was 17.8mpg. ive towed quite a bit of weight with it too, a popup camper with a dry, no loaded weight of 3400 lbs (helped a friend move it from his campsite back home, bout a 90 mile drive) and it handled good, on flat land it maintained a speed of 55mph in overdrive(speed limit was 55mph), coming up to hills i shut the overdrive off and it climbed them doing 55mph. In town i have towed a trailer with concrete,1,000 lbs trailer, 5,000 lbs of concrete and roughly 1400 lbs concrete in the bed, she was squatting but she pulled it good! granted we didnt have to get over 40mph it still pulled great taking off from stop signs and stoplights. Ive hauled numerous loads of sand in the bed( a yard to be exact, which weighs 2600 lbs dry, and roughly 3400 lbs wet, all this in the bed!) Needless to say my point is this truck is pretty strong for its size, it may have its quirks(just like every other vehicle out there) and people may call dodge junk but i disagree with them 100%(im not a brand hater either). I also use the truck for my lawn business so just about everyday its loaded up. From the time ive owned it i have done the regular maintenance the truck has needed and replaced parts you would expect to wear out with 200k miles plus. The truck handles well in snow, as long as you have weight in the bed and decent tires(just like any other pickup). Brakes are ok, i have the 9 inch brakes instead of the 10 inch, i think 10 inch should have been standard and either 11 or 12 inch optional. I think the anti-spin(limited slip or posi traction as some people know it as) differential should be standard on all dodges! But needless to say its a very reliable truck, whether your commuting, doing road trips or towing/hauling and dont need a full size, this is the truck for you. I have already recommended this truck to a friend of mine and he got a 2004, same exact specs as mine but he has the 3.7 v6 magnum.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Steve writes:
1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr STD Extended Cab SB Review
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4

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Sturdy, nice interior, good ride.

Cons

The small engine putts along.

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My Everyday Car. — It is the base 4 cyl. engine while weak it rev's nice and the 5 sp. manual tranny pulls it quite well. Nice ride. The cab is roomy and it sits up high enough. I am enjoying my new ride.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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corair89 writes:
1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB Review
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5
corair89
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Wet Floor Boards? Bad Vent Vacuum? — 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 just sitting (like in my driveway facing uphill), water pools in the driver and passenger floor boards as well in the extended cab portion of the truck. This doesn't seem to happpen hardly at all, if my truck is facing downhill though. Also in the past summer, the upper-body vents quit working. So now the A/C and heater air only comes out of the floor vents and the windshield vents. I can hear air escaping from the vacuum switch some where in the dash but I can't seem to find the source of the problem. If any one has any comments or suggestions please email me. thanks corair89 corair89@yahoo.com

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williaml writes:
1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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5

Pros

drives and hanles great,lots of power,lots of leg room behind front seats,

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factory paint not to great.

williaml
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All Around Good Truck — the factory paint is fading,this could be because I live in the desert. I was shocked the first time I drove it has a lot of power. the overall handling is great for a mid size truck. it does a great job off road in 4-wheel drive. lots of fun.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Matthew writes:
1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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5

Pros

the ride and look

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it wasnt good for the family

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I Loved It — it was mostly a show truck but it had a lot of money in it i bought it this way and i loved it i still miss it and i wonder where it is today but i wouldnt want it back

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Beverly writes:
1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Extended Cab SB Review
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4

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It is green, automatic, ac, easy to get in and out of

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not easy to put items in back seats

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My Ride — I like that it is green. I like that it is paid for. It gets good gas mileage. Paying for repairs are of average price I would expect to pay. I would love to find a bed cover so I could put items in the bed of the truck easily and keep items out of the elements that could damage items I put in the bed.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Hensley1178 writes:
1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Extended Cab SB Review
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I have over 200,000 with one power train.

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I have had to replace the A/C twice

Hensley1178
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Lasting Longer Than I Thought It Would. — Has been a good truck and I'm hoping to get another 60,000 miles on it before I get a newer car. The new cars handle better and get better gas mileage but this one has been paid off for 10yrs now so I have become a big fan of this truck.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Spencer writes:
1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Extended Cab SB Review
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3

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starts every day

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not much power in V6 but gas mileage of a V8

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Okay Truck — its an okay truck. for the fuel mileage you get might as well get one with a V8 and 4WD. only gets about 12 mpg city/17 hwy. i have owned this truck for about 4 1/2 years and it has started every day. strong battery

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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