1988 Dodge Dakota Overview


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1988 Dodge Dakota Overview

Proving to be a big success in 1987, the Dodge Dakota filled an obvious niche for drivers who wanted the cargo capacity of a truck with the smoother handling of a smaller pickup. The two-door 1988 Dakota received only minor tweaks, primarily a fuel-injected engine in the 3.9 V6, though the horsepower remained at 125. The 2.2-liter, 96-hp engine in the base model remained the same.

Available in either 2WD or 4WD (V6 models only), the 1988 Dakota offered a choice of a 6.5-foot bed or 8-foot bed, with seating for two. A Sports Package for 1988, offered with the 3.9 V6 pickups, featured 15-inch wheels, fog lights, offroading lights, a leather steering wheel, remote side mirrors, and an air dam.

Drivers love the durability of the 1988 Dakota, which can take a beating and come out unscathed. The engine and powertrain seem indestructible and the exterior does not suffer from rust over time. The length of the Dakota makes it easier to maneuver around the city and in parking lots than the more unwieldy larger pickups. Most negative comments focus on the poor fuel economy (15/19 mpg) and the desire for more interior room in the form of an extended cab. The lack of engine power was also cited, with the 2.2 almost useless if you're carrying anything in the bed.


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    1988 Dodge Dakota 3.9l V6

    What motors are easily interchangeable with my truck ? It has 307k miles on it and just blew the head gasket. I would like to upgrade to a V8 if at all possible.

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    Can I Use An 78 A-904 In My 2wd 3.9 Liter 88 Dakota To Replace The Original...

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    L Turn Light Does Not Work Even With New Bulb

    L turn signal is out even with a new bulb

    14 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 months ago)

    Idels Ruff Does When I Give It Gas

    I can start it then it will idel when I give it has th sounds hollow and it trying to die pump has and it comes back as I lay of gas it will idel then die then flams out of throttle body

    5 views with 1 answer (last answer 6 months ago)

    Transmission Swap

    I have a 88 dodge power wagon 4x4 with a v8 5.2L engine with a bad tranny. I also have a tranny from an 88 dodge Dakota 4x4 v6 magnum. Would these two items be comparable ?

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