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1998 Dodge Durango Overview

Based on the Dodge Dakota, the popular mid-size pickup, the 1998 Dodge Durango is an SUV that has the attitude and power of a full-size truck, but the handling and user-friendly interior of a classic SUV. Like the Dakota, which combined the best of both worlds, this mid-size SUV combines the towing capacity and interior space of a full-size SUV with the comfort and driveability of a compact SUV.

In 1998, the Durango came in two trims, the SLT and SLT Plus, which basically just added body-color bumpers, leather upholstery, and more power options. Two powerful engines were available -- the 5.2-liter, 230-hp V8, or the 5.9-liter, 245-hp V8, both paired with four-speed automatic transmission. ABS, front dual airbags, and on-demand 4WD, best used for off-roading or snow conditions, all came standard.

Inside sit two rows of seat, comfortably fitting five people, with a removeable third-row bench seat which adds two more. This third row is easy to access when the second row seats fold forward and flat. Both rows fold flat for lots of cargo space. The Durango is wider than the Dakota and has a dropped floor to add more interior room, more than any other SUV in its class. The roof raises up in the back to give extra headroom to passengers in the rear seats. Being the creator of the minivan, Dodge has not skimped on such things as rear climate control, storage and plenty of cupholders in the 1998 Durango.

Because it closely resembles the Dakota, the 1998 Durango has a more rugged look and personality than its suburban SUV counterparts, but underneath it maneuvers city streets and parking lots as well as muddy mountain passes. Drivers loved its 7200-pound towing capacity, storage, interior space, and easy to operate third row seating. What they didn't love was the poor 12/17 mpg, sometimes rough ride, and endless repairs, particularly with the brakes and ball joints.


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How To Disarm The Security System

We have a 98 Dodge Durango an the security system will not go off an allow the vehicle to crank. I have tryed everything an nothing seems to work. I called the dealership an gave them the vinn # an ...

98 Dodge Durango

My security system went off. I got to to stop flashing and honking. Know my car won't start. I don't have a remote just share key as I bought it used.

Dodge Durango 2wheel Drive And 4wheel Drive

I Wana know how to properly use the 2wheel drive and 4wheel drive I’m currently on side of road in va I just picked up and smoker trailer weighs about 1500-2000 pounds trying to see what should I ...

98 Durango Slt

So my horn isnt working I check the fuse but there isnt any metal like there should be for me to plug a fuse into also my ac isnt working and the ac compressor isnt spinning and i got a new fuse fo...

Repair Dashboard Light

My dashboard is dark during daylight hours and works only when I turn my lights on. Bulb or fuse out?