1998 Dodge Dakota Overview


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1998 Dodge Dakota Overview

What do you get when you leave a Dodge Ram truck in the dryer too long and it shrinks? It comes out as a Dodge Dakota. The new generation of the mid-size Dakotas, that drive like a compact, but have the power of a full-size, looked like a smaller version of the Ram, though underneath they were still very much true to Dakota. Since 1987, the engine options remained pretty much the same -- 2.5-liter I4, 3.9-liter V6, and 5.2-liter V8.

Until 1998. Mid-year, alongside the base, Sport, and SLT Dakotas, Dodge took the Ram's 5.9-liter Magnum V8 and put it into their Dakota. The Dakota R/T (I'll call it the Mini-Ram), only available as a 4-speed automatic, hit 250-horsepower and allegedly made 0-60 in seven seconds (for those must-have emergency plywood runs). Of course the 3.9-liter, 175-horsepower engine was still the most popular, but for people that appreciated the driving experience as much as the need to haul stuff, the 5.2-liter and 5.9-liter V8 engines were highly prized. There are claims out there that the 5.2-liter was able to tow up to 6700 pounds.

Other new additions to the 1998 Dakota were keyless remote entry and alloy wheels on the SLT. As always, drivers love the spacious cab, particularly for long trips, and the easy handling. Optional 6X9 power mirrors are recommended for extra visibility. Major complaints focus on gas mileage, the need for a four-door truck to access the rear seats, and constant repair shop visits.

They look sweet; if you bag 'em, shave 'em, body drop 'em, and chop the roof 3inches!!!


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    1998 Dodge Dakota V6 Sport

    Transmission won't shift from 3rd to 4th when cols it revs and true to kick down but sounds like it goes into neutral like it's slipping out of gear but once the transmission fluid is hot it works ...

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    Dodge Dakota

    Dakota 98 won't stay running when cold, after holding accelator for 5 minutes it runs fin the rest of the day.

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    Need Diagram Of Front End Suspension For 98 Dodge Dakota Sport.

    I need to see what it is supposed to look like underneath my front end of my truck.

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    Over Heating

    Wondering what the normal temp range for my truck. Just bought it climes over half I'm on the high way. Have the heater blowing full blast to keep it about half. But just wondering if it's normal. ...

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    1998 Dodge Dakota Wont Start

    The other day i was driving in the mountains and the overdrive light came on,then trans temp. I let the truck cool and went on the same thing happens again and i kept going next the transmission won...

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