by jkf on Feb 24, 2010 Vehicle: 1996 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB
All things considered not a bad truck in a 140k miles. Bought used with 30k miles and 2k later transmission went and was repaired under waranty - no problems since. Have the 5.2l V8 with positraction. Used the truck for hauling a 4500lb boat just about every good weather weekend and commuting to work. Replaced dist pickup at 65k and 120K, O2 sensor at 120k due to a "21"error code, and blower resistor at 110k. Aside from normal wear items such as tires, brakes, plugs, fan belt, radiator hoses etc. no other problems - very reliable. Been using Mobil 1 at 7.5k oil changes and does not leak a drop of engine or tranny oil. As with all these dakotas, the headliner fails, and fuel gauge is whacky.
by Jack on Mar 10, 2009 Vehicle: 1996 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB
I got this truck for utility functions in addition to going to work and back. The engine purrs like a kitten, which truly amazes me. The tranny (auto) is a little slow to shift in extreme cold, but warm her up and she does just like you'd want. I replaced the brakes in their entirety and all 4 shocks (Rancho). It handles like new... and I got it at a great price. The heat is a little weak when it gets cold, but otherwise, you will have a hard time finding such a wonderful truck at such a great price. I'd drive this thing over a same aged Toyota any day. The engine sounds just like new and I have 113,000 miles on it. It has minor leaks, but, not enough to require servicing between maintenance
by BlAcK wIdOw on Nov 5, 2008 Vehicle: 1996 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB
My father bought this truck in 2002, my uncle got it after he died, and I recieved it almost 2 years ago. This truck has been put through its paces. It was an escort truck, hauling truck, towing people, wrecked twice (haven't had the money to fix it yet), it has 200,000 on her and still going strong. The only things replaced is the regular maintanance. Other than the headlight which happens to be a tin can since that area is caved in. The most durable and reliable truck ever.
by Greg Svatora on Dec 4, 2005 Vehicle: 1996 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB
Purchased truck in high school, drove through college, now married and still running. Truck is amazing in all weather. Only minor problems over 110,000 miles, including the standard crap Dodge transmission. I mostly drive unloaded but tow cars probably 1500-2000 miles/yr and it works great. Can't wait to get some money to put some performance stuff in her. I get great mileage, 20 mpg with the 5.2L on straight highway miles, 16-17 on normal driving. Little tip...Firestone Destination LE tires are amazing on this truck.
by Bob on Mar 15, 2005 Vehicle: 1996 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB
This has been a very reliable pickup. it has the most room of any truck in its class. it takes the corners very well and handles great. my first road trip with it (600 miles) rendered me 27 miles to the gallon which was pretty good at 75 mph going up and down hills!!!
by joshua on Jul 21, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB
i own a 96 dakota club cab slt with 3.9l
v6 auto 90k miles.reliability is its
biggest shortcomming.the transmission
went out at 30k fixed under warenty,and
has never really shifted smoothly.other
problems include the a.c.,water pump
leak,plenium gasket leak, alternator,
dash lights,fuel gage. the v6 feels
underpowered i would recommend the v8.
on the plus side it is larger then it
competitors, and averages a respectable
16mpg in mixed driving.