1998 Dodge Dakota User Reviews

1998 Dodge Dakota Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 49 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" 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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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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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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1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB Review
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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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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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I have over 200,000 with one power train.

Cons

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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1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB Review
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What's not to love. Excellent condition for a '98. Nuff said. Very powerful engine. 3.9 liter magnum v6.

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Hmm if I had to pick out a negative, I guess I would have to say gas mileage. Also, if you're looking for a family car/truck, then this probably isn't for you but that goes for all 2 door trucks.

Basketballpro032
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This Was My First Truck, And It Was A Great One! — This was a great truck and I will miss it. However, I will enjoy the sports car I'm getting. I hope whoever the new owner of this truck will be loves it as much as I did. It was very reliable going to and from college/work/long trips. It can definitely withstand long drives also if anyone's curious. It's definitely a fun truck to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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its handling

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the back seat is too small

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Quality Vehicle — i love this vehicle it was my fathers truck before i bought it from him to commute back and forth to school wouldn't sell it for the world. it is a great vehicle to drive. i wouldn't sell it for the world.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Awesome — Good acceleration/ poor brake Fuel consumption & efficient 22 mille per gallon city/ 26 hwy milles Great body Good towing force nice exhaust sound borla Good ligths and curves HID Top speed 118 MPH Very fun drive with a lot of power under the hood

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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i like everything about the truck

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nothing

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Good Truck — i am very happy with the truck and do not regret buying it has a lot of power for its size the cost of owning it is low and it is very fun to drive around and putting some accessories on it make it look good

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

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