1998 Dodge Dakota User Reviews

1998 Dodge Dakota Review Ratings

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  • 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" 21 reviews
"ride" 17 reviews
"handling" 7 reviews
"interior" 6 reviews
"speed" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 13 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"seat" 4 reviews
"small power" 3 reviews
"doors" 2 reviews

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jili writes:
1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Standard Cab SB Review
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4

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Love the styling of this truck.  Handles good.  Good performance for a V6.

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With the standard cab, the seats cannot tilt back at all, making you drive in a bit of awkward position.

jili
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Nice Truck, Looks Good And Peforms Well. — Overall, I like the truck's styling more than anything. It has a lot of potential for customization, both interior and exterior Mine already has sun roof and I intend to customize entire interior. As for towing, it is fine to tow small trailers, but I would not pull anything too heavy. Cargo bed is nice size.

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

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buhmannm writes:
1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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Was reliable in the beginning and was a mean looking truck.  The 318 is practically indestructible.

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was a high mileage vehicle, paint starts to peel, and started to rust bad

buhmannm
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Very Reliable And Does Good Work — Dodge trucks have been in my family since the beginning. When it came time to buy my first truck I wasted no time in my decision. The 5.7L 318 is one of the most durable engines and as long as the fluids are kept up they will last for a really long time.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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Andy writes:
1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr R/T Sport Extended Cab SB Review
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3

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A inexpensive to buy sport truck

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bad with todays 4.00 gas

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Dakota R/t — Truck is very quick, tops out at 115 Will eat up cheap brakes every 3k miles Standard sport look, they just dropped the front 2 inches Gas mileage is horrible, I barely squeak out 13 mpgs It was a fun truck in its day, but not to practical for a married man with a kid.

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

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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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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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Steve writes:
1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr STD Extended Cab SB Review
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Sturdy, nice interior, good ride.

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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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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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Dan writes:
1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr R/T Sport Extended Cab SB Review
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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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Matthew writes:
1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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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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1990 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Fun Little Truck. By Frederick

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