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1995 Dakota SLT Automatic with OD 3.9
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By stlramsfan
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1995 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB


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I got this truck about three weeks ago and I think it all ready deserve's a good review. I got this truck from a friend of my grandpa, his grandson had busted out the cab glass and passenger side window, so he decided that he would give it to me for free questioning if it still runs. It had sat for two years, so I pulled it home, hooked up a battery not expecting anything but trouble and to my surprise with two year old gas it fired right up. I've now drove it about 700 miles, and can say there are no problems with 189,000 miles on it. I can say it gets about 20 in town 25+ on the highway, I have either 323/355 gears the owners manual didn't give the exact gears but it has plenty of power.


Favorite Features

I like the power, like I said I have 323/355 gear ratio, I like how smoothly the transmission shifts out with 189,000 miles, tires are cheap, cost to repair anything on these old dodges are cheap, for an Example I owned a 1987 Bought a good starter for 55 dollars, a radiator for 125, the 87 was hard to work on but in this 1995 there appears to be much more space to work on any problem everything is spaced apart so working on it shouldn't be a problem. The seating is nice and comfortable I'm 18 and 5,10 150 lbs, but my dad is 6,4 280 and said he had plenty of leg room, The SLT model has cruise power mirrors and power windows which from what I've heard don't have problems.


Suggested Improvements

Well as far as Improvements I think dodge made a mistake making the 4X4 V6 dakota with a 383 gear ratio "Which I don't have" I knew someone with the 383 gears and he said it had no power bad fuel economy and destroyed transmission "He went through 3" Other than that though I have drove a lot of trucks Chevy GMC Ford, toyota, and I can say Dakota's from 1985-1997 are gem's dodge has a bad reputation because of there newer model trucks and I can say I wouldn't drive a new one, but I'll take advantage of first, second, and third generation dodge trucks any day, I've owned three of these trucks one first gen, one second, gen and now one third, and they all run well.


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'95 Dakota SLT
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By John W
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1995 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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Fun to drive, does everything asked, and beats those hemi Dodges at the lights! Hauls boat with no problem and is excellent at boat launch-easy to maneuver and great traction coming out of the water.


Favorite Features

Easy to use 4 wheel dr and seems to go anywhere. Comfortable driving position and handles GREAT on high speed highways! Mileage is good on mine, 14-17 mpg depending on conditions and use of 4 wheel drive.


Suggested Improvements

Left-hand mirror blocks view when making turns and has "blind spot" immediately along side of bed.


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Love This Truck
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By Sailorboy3309
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1995 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB


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I got this truck from my grandmother after my grandfather passed away. I used it for 2 years then put it in the back yard when I bought my 02 Ford Focus. I never had a problem with the truck but had constant problems with the car. I joined the navy a year ago and sold the car because I wouldn't need it. I just got back home and went to my grandmothers house and saw my old truck back there and offered to buy it again from her because it was so great. I only have to replace a battery and after all the years it hasn't been run I started it up and she runs great. I also had a flowmaster exhaust put on her and boy does she purrrr. I love this thing.


Favorite Features

The fact that this thing is a tank and runs forever. It is also a smooth ride and decent on gas.


Suggested Improvements

NONE!!!!!


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Great Truck
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By Gavin
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1995 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab Sport 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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I loved this truck from day one. I need to write a review now that I had to get a diffrent one. My family grew. Where can you find a truck that gets 18-19mpg at 85mph & get 17.5mpg pulling 1500lbs and I've put about 1700Ibs in the bed and still have alot of power if the ac is on? This Dakota you'll find it.The 318 I think is was ahead of it's time. It is one my favorite motors I have ever had. The 5 speed manual is great as well. This truck handles just great. It went up against every task I asked of it and never broke down. It was very compfortable as well. I rode in a Galant and when I got back in my truck it was like sitting on the couch again. I truly loved this truck.


Favorite Features

318 motor, 5 speed, 4x4, compfort, payload. Sweet truck


Suggested Improvements

The only complaint I had was in the snow the ABS wasn't very good. That was it.


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Awesome truck!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By gavin
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1995 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab Sport 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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I bought this truck when it had 82300. I loved it. I have sold because we had a baby. But I really enjoyed it. I had the 5.2 with 5speed manual. It had a lot of power for the truck. Gas mileage was great. It would get 20 on the highway easy if empty. I towed a trailer and had a load total of about 1200 to 1500 pounds. I drove 240 miles at 75 to 85 and it still pulled out 17.5 mpg. You don't find that very often. Just be sure to take care of it and it'll take care of you. My first problem was at125k with a fuel pump, than after that at146k. But over all a awesome truck! This truck was one of my very favorites. You'll enjoy it!


Favorite Features

5.2 V8 5speed, payload 2000 pounds, gas mileage, 4x4 great traction in winter


Suggested Improvements

My seat broke once. Needs a better ABS system. Not too many Improvements. Great truck.


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Second time around
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By Superdj
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1995 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB


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I purchased this truck from a co-worker who had it brand new from the dealer. I had a 1988 LE and loved it except for the lousy leg room. With the extended cab, I am comfortable and secure in it at all times. the V6 has all the power i need and then some!


Favorite Features

I like the extended cab for the leg room and room for my grandsons to sit behind me in comfort, as well as the stow and go compartments to hide things


Suggested Improvements

It needs a paint job bad, as someone egged it and ruined the paint. The rear bumper seems to rust out really quickly, like my 88 did, but overall, it's a Dodge!


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Gonna miss my Dodge
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By Loved My Truck
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1995 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB


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This was a great truck. I bought it with 65,000 miles on it from a private owner here in Michigan and it may have been the best vehicle I have ever owned. Finally, at 152,000 miles, the repair to the main oil seal and other small stuff it needs are too much for the value of the truck. Time to put her out to pasture.


Favorite Features

Radio system, power accessories, and storage under the rear seats.


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i love my truck
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By chee wee
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1995 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab Sport 2dr Extended Cab SB


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i bought my 95 sport extd cab with 219,xxx on it from a good friend of mine who had owned it for 8 years and for its age and miles it is a great truck i have had it for 2 1/2 months and have put 5,000 on her so far and the only problem i have had is the master cylinder just went out oh well it cost me $50 to replace since i have had the truck it has not let me down the 3.9 has pulled everything i have put in it and behind it on my 14 ft double axle trailer has good power and rides pretty good for a small truck although i plan on beefing up the suspension and putting some bigger tires on the 215/75/15 ain't good enough for me


Favorite Features

the full bench seat in the back and storage bins underneath are great runs great on the highway and around town big enough for me the wife and our newborn with enough room inside to still put groceries inside


Suggested Improvements

could get better gas mileage i only get 16 mpg on the hwy and thats it i must say it is a great truck i plan on keeping this truck for a long time to come and would suggest to anybody looking at one to buy it


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Another Dodge lemon... What a pc of POO!
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By Whammo77
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1995 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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I got this truck NEW & have always had problems with it. The motor runs good but has no power whatsoever (this is the "MAGNUM" v6 model). Having a towing package on this thing is a waste of money. The thing is slower than slow. A Geo metro 3-banger can outrun this turtle. My 4 cylinder Sentra looks and feels like a race car compared to this truck! But that's the good news. I now have 122,000 miles on it, and I am yet again about to put in another transmission! This will be transmission #7! No, I don't pull trailers. No, I don't go off-roading! No, I don't haul heavy loads! All this truck is used for is to drive to and from work! I baby the heck out of it! What a pc of dog poo!!!


Favorite Features

Well, having 4x4 is nice... downside to that is you need a working transmission to use it! I do love the look of the truck and always have. I like the cabin, other than the overhead light placement. With a V8 Chevy or Ford motor and transmission, this thing would ROCK!!!! As is, it sucks.


Suggested Improvements

Get a better transmission!!! This is JUNK! I have to replace the transmission every 9400 miles (every year and a half at the minimal rate I am driving it). On top of that, get better paint. Improve MPG... I only get 14 MPG with this pc of crap. Biggest improvement: Close down Chrylser!!!


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great truck
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By yankeeinthemud
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1995 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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I had bought the truck with 114,600 miles on it, and now have a lil over 153,900. All I had to do with it was replace the battery, and the radiator. Though now it is due for an alignment. Overall though this truck has had the snot worked out of it by me, and the previous owner. It is fitted with the Reese 3/4 hitch so it can manage 7500 lbs though I wouldn't attempt this without making sure yours is properly prepared for it. Mine has built with the tow package and 42rh trans giving it the towing ability. Off road the truck doesn't know the word stuck and has pulled other trucks w/trailers out of soft sand with a/t tires. I'm debating about fixing up this one, or getting another, ill probably fix


Favorite Features

Solid feel, ride quality, performance, off road characteristics, ease of maintenance, I pretty much love the whole truck, and have wanted one similar to this for several years prior


Suggested Improvements

Not really much that can be improved. Most of the things wrong with mine are just due to the age, and the way it was used. Sure the carpet could use a change, and the suspension squeaks, but I'm sure you'd do the same if you worked the same way


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