But that's another story entirely. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of this truck while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. Replaced battery at 20k miles no problems since. The gas tank level was not operational. Good points about this truck is highly dependable.
It had rack and pinion steering, instead of a vague and woolly steering box like the Ranger. But for all of that it had front and rear bumpers, something that Rangers and S10s didn't, as well as a frame that looked twice as strong as the others. I have 207,500 miles on this truck and expected another 100,000! This puts its somewhere between a full-size truck like the Ford F-150, and a traditional compact like the Chev S-10. General Comments: The truck drives like a dream and easily outmatches most vehicles around in power and reliability. Very comfortable and spacious interior room especially the head room. Model year 1996 Year of manufacture 1996 Most recent year of ownership 1999 Engine and transmission 2. I have pushed mud a couple of times.
Dealer has many things, but remedy has not been found for problem. Mirror knocked off by car wash design flaw - they don't fold in. Towing capacity is 6800 pounds 3084 kg , which also puts it head and shoulders above most of its competitors. Dealer said no problem found several times, later after several requests, confirmed problem, replaced they said the transmission. We can also expect Dodge to fit dual opening rear doors on the Dakota sometime soon, but not this year. Oh, and a flimsy cup holder, which I think the parts department only sells in packs of 3 now. 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.
Being a 'work special', it was not loaded. The high torque of the wheels send mud and road tar up the side of the truck and if you want to save your paint job it's a good idea. Well, have we got the truck for you. Glad Dodge fixed problem with the 1997 model. My mom drives it once in awhile as well as my dad and they both love it to death. I wanted a cheap new car, and there were two on the lot that fit the bill - a basic Neon coupe, and the red Dakota. Replaced front dash cup holder at 25K.
Needless to say, they saw me coming. This truck is great for anyone in my opinion. The chassis on the truck was built to a high standard, the brakes were excellent, and for a 2wd truck, it really handled the snow well. Later the consumer was told the battery was bad, the transmission was blown out due to flat bearing also, the check light engine kept flashing. The Dakota comes with a 2. Dodge has forced Chevrolet and Ford to sit up and take notice in full-sizetrucks now that consumers are buying just about every Dodge Ram that thefactory can build. Ignition barrel broke at 60K - fixed myself.
I drove the thing everywhere - off road, through the Rocky Mountains, through 2. A simple little 4 cylinder with a 5 speed and enough space for the dog and stuff in the bed. Truck has consistently shifted from overdrive to 2nd gear on hills or moderate inclines, instead of 3rd gear, causing engine to race red line and cruise control to disengage. 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. I accidentally deleted this post. It goes through mud really well.
Trucks rear wheels get eaten up due the the high torque. Yes Review Date: 11th July, 2003 Faults: Installed after market alarm system at 5k miles electrical system acted funny. Truck wouldn't turn over then eventually killed battery. Furthermore, I really appreciated the rubber floor instead of carpet - far more practical for truck use. It's a lottery though, and I won. I suspect the idle air control valve may be dirty.
I also found the interior to be comfortable, with a good cloth bench seat, a dashboard with full gauges including temp, oil and amp needles - all on a base model. But it sure does look good. The thing about Chrysler, is that they design and engineer excellent cars. Not sure if was installations fault. Alas, some drunk kid has taken my beloved truck form me, he totaled it on Dec 12. Our Take on the 1996 Dodge Dakota We didn't drive a Dakota to Dakota, but we did drive it around town and hadthe chance to employ four-wheel-drive and found the compact pickup a pleasantlittle cruiser. As soon as I put it in drive it wants to die and will not even move forward.
Compared with the S-10 or Ranger, which I think looked a bit round and girly, the Dakota was a proper truck. I don't remember having a single Oh Crap moment, even in the weather mentioned above. Dodge hopes to gain some attention with its optional V-8 inDakota. To put this into perspective, the full-size Dodge 4x4 Ram Club Cab is about the same price, give or take, and the Ford F-250 similarly equipped, is in the same ball park, even if it does lack the V8 engine. Has more that enough power for me and the V6 doesn't suck down the gas. Rarely go that fast, but easily remedied; roll down the windows a bit. Previous times could cut vehicle off for 1 minute, it started it back up, and it would be fine.
General Comments: I chose this truck because it reminded me of my 89 Dakota, which I loved. Intermittent, but I still need to figure out what it is. Being young and stupid, I can say that I paid too much, and got ripped off on the finance deal. Not sturdy enough ripped bolts right out of plastic. In this video I give a full in depth tour of a 1996 Dodge Dakota V8. Especially since it's a extended cab. Yes Review Date: 25th October, 2011 Faults: Nothing has really gone wrong with my truck.