1996 Dodge Dakota Overview

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1996 Dodge Dakota Overview

1996 was the last year for the first generation of Dodge Dakotas, a mid-size pickup that proved very popular because of its storage capacity, hauling power, engine options (the first mid-size to house a V8 Magnum), and safety record. It proved to be a great compromise for people wanting all the options of a full-size truck without the unwieldiness of trying to maneuver one through city streets and parking lots.

The only major change for the 1996 Dodge Dakota was a revamped base engine, which always seemed too weak for a pickup of this size. Still a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder, it received a boost in horsepower from 99 to 120. It's not necessarily going to win any races, but for those on a budget, it got the job done (as long as it was a small job). The 3.9-liter V6 and 5.2-liter V8 remained the models of choice.

Not many complaints from drivers. The Dakotas seem to last forever, have great braking, handle well off-road and in the snow (the 4X4s), and have a comfortable cab up front. Downers were the poor gas mileage, a cheap-looking plastic interior, and the difficulty in accessing the rear seat since it is only a 2-door truck.

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DodgeMan1996
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I Have A 1996 Dodge Dakota Slt With A 318 With 100,000 Miles. For Whatever ...

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Seanbob
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96 Dodge Dakota Starting Problems

I have a 96 dodge dakota and my transmission was bad the gears went. I got a used transmission an my mechanic put it in and now I'm having problems when it starts. Its cranks over but going down t...

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jerimeypeyton
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Dodge Dakota Sport 96 V6 2 Wheel Drive Automatic Transmission Overheated Lo...

had a kink hose coming off of radiator have to fix that but still no reverse all other gears came back when cool

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lanceman1
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Fast Idle Hard Starts

96 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9 V6 2 door 5 speed I put a new idle air control valve on plugs plug wires distributor cap rotor I've run fuel cleaner through it check for vacuum leaks but I still have a f...

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lanceman1
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Semi Erratic Idle And Hard Starts At Times

I have a 96 Dodge Dakota Sport with a 3.9 V6 5 speed I put a new idle air control valve on because it had hard starts and high idle didn't change anything now it wont idle back down at all used to ...

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