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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1996 Dodge Dakota

I replaced the ignition. Now nonlights will come one. Its a 1996 dodge dakota

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Does The V4 Dakota Have A Schrader Valve? I Don't See It, Can You Show Me A...

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96 Dodge Dakota Is Stalling

I have replaced everything can think of including the fuel pump as well. I can drive my truck for a few miles 3-4 and then it all the sudden just shuts if while I'm driving or starts bogging in and...

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Dodge Dakota

My dodge dakota only has 65××× miles onit and engine is strong. Rmp runs at about 800 rmp wile in park, and runs just fine, never had it die on me in park. But rpm is gets lower when i put it in dr...

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Can a 93 dodge dakota engine be interchanged with a 96 dodge dakota 3.9 v6 magnum engine?

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