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1996 Dodge Dakota Regular Cab

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Information shown for entry-level Pickup.

Fuel Economy:
City 19/Hwy 23/Comb 21 MPG
Max Seating: 3
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.5 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

1996 Dodge Dakota Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 339 Ratings for the 1987 - 1996 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

Very good, reliable truck.

By on Thursday, April 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable, tough, lots of torque for hauling"

Cons: "The Magnum Engine is weird to work on sometimes"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I actually have a '90 Dakota LE, but the only difference is the body shape as it's still the first generation. The truck is very reliable, can haul over its rated payload without trouble (though I would not recommend doing that too much). It's 25 years old, and the check engine light came on for the first time in its life about a week ago for a minor problem. Dodge knew what they were doing (and still do) during the manufacturing of this truck. The only other problems I've had with it were a control arm slamming because I forgot to grease it, and after I did there have been no problems with that. My radiator sprung a leak, but it was very easy to replace. Everything on this truck is super easy to work on and fix yourself if you feel so inclined. Yes, the engine is weird to work on but they also made it easy to work on at the same time. I would definitely recommend this truck, or it's RAM counterpart, for that matter, to anyone looking for a cheap and reliable vehicle."

totally awesome workhorse

By on Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 172,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "just about everything"

Cons: "no cup holders, the fading and peeling paint suck"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This truck has far exceeded any expectations I ever had. It's a comfortable ride. I am tall and there is plenty of leg and head room. It is powerful enough to handle any thing I throw at it. The 4 wheel dive is better than most I have ever driven. The ergonomics of the cab leave something to be desired, but hey, it is a 1994 we're talking about and we wouldn't know any better if some things had not been designed since then."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

95 Dakota SLT Club 4x4 V8 Auto. Good Middle Ground

By on Monday, November 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fast, Stong, V8 available stock"

Cons: "Cupholder badly located, too light, too small, MPG"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I've owned a 92 Dakota V8 & 95 Dakota V8(92 was 2WD) I think it's a great truck for somebody who just needs it twice a month for projects around the house. It's too small and light for any major use. Perfect for little or medium jobs. Beware of the cup holders!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Most dependable vehicle I've ever owned

By on Saturday, September 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 270,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "club cab provides extra room"

Cons: "headlight covers yellow badly without recourse"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this truck 5 years ago from a small independent dealer. It wasn't the prettiest one there but for my budget the best option. I thought to myself I'd be surprised if I get 6 months use out of it. Despite the fact that this truck sat under water for an undetermined amount of time as you could see the water line with the red clay residue under the hood and the fact this truck is so easy to work on that I replaced the water pump myself and had some help removing the bed so I could replace fuel pump (I am female), this truck turned out to be an outstanding value and quite pleased I've had it 5 years and it's still running like a champ. I drive a newer truck these days but I don't think I could ever part from my Dakota, it really held up for me in the most trying situations. It has become almost sentimental to me"

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

love my little truck!

By on Friday, August 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 152,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great little reliable truck. I get ok gas mileage for the v6 magnum with plenty of power.I use mine to commute to and from work and only problems I have ever had is a flat tire and it doesn't do great in deep snow/ice. only reason I am getting rid of mine is growing family need more room."

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

In Excellent mechanical shape, needs paint job...

By on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 116,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, handy, powerful, and fun to drive"

Cons: "Needs paint job"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Bought truck new in NC in Feb 1996, lived in MD, FL, and back to MD. Excellent mechanical shape, good for hauling, fun to drive. Truck shows well, runs well, and is very handy."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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