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This is the 6th dodge truck ive owned
By javelin on 04/23/10 21:41 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Dakota Regular Cab Sport 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

I bought this truck 3 months ago for $2500.00 and its the best $2500.00 I've ever spent.Truck has 180,000 and runs like a champ.The 6th dodge I've owned and as you can see it will always be this way. Dodge Dakota best truck on the road.
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All in all, a great deal at $8900
By Darren on 06/26/09 13:01 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Dakota Regular Cab Sport 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

Bought this truck in 98 for $8900. Paid off in 4 yrs and drove maintenance free (virtually) for another 6 years. Replaced the fuel pump at 100k miles. Replaced engine computer just after that. Engine light still comes on but dealership cannot figure out why. Truck runs great. Air still cold and it always cranks. Needs paint now but I'm debating whether to put anymore money in it. May use it for Cash for Clunkers bill just signed. Best car purchase I've ever made. not sure how to get it to pass inspection now that check engine light keeps coming on but have a few months to figure that out.
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the best first truck
By james tucker on 08/19/08 12:36 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Dakota Regular Cab Sport 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB

Review

I enjoyed my dodge Dakota truck and driving it where every I need to go. It has been dedicated to me and my family for 12 years. I want to restore it back to first look and more. Thank dodge for making a great truck.
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Amazing after 12 Years
By brasky98 on 06/08/08 19:59 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Dakota Regular Cab Sport 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

Received this truck after wrapping a Toyota around a telephone pole... This truck is amazing with its reliability. Turn the key and it starts right up. Gets me to work 5 days a week and hauls drywall, mulch or gravel the other 2. The worst I have had to do is complete brakes 3 years ago. Engine is strong, tranny tight, gets me where I need to be. Only dings, dents or rust is what I've caused. I'll drive this baby until the wheels fall of. Probably will subsidize her with a new sedan here in a month or two but its about time. 12 years and still running strong!
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A great truck -The 1996 Dodge Dakota
By Mike on 04/19/08 14:29 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Dakota Regular Cab Sport 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

My wife and I have owned our Dakota since September of 1995 when we bought it new. I will drive it 'til the day it dies , and I don't think that will be any time soon! It has been a SUPER truck! I have hauled all sorts of things in it, gone on vacation in it,driven it to work daily for years and it has never let me down. It has 132,000 miles on it, burns NO oil and runs as well as the day we drove it off the lot! Not counting oil changes and tires, I have probably spent less than 500 dollars in repairs and upkeep in all those years! If you need a great light to medium duty truck for daily use, if you can find one in good shape that has been well maintained , you can't go wrong here!
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This truck rocks
By sydbarrett1970 on 02/27/07 22:35 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Dakota Regular Cab Sport 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

I've had my '96 sport 2.5 4 cyl. for 4 years now, bought it when it had 103,000 miles on it, one previous owner, and let me you, this truck is seriously well built. Dodge apparantly used an engine that was unique to all the other Dakotas of the period, (at least for the 4 cyl model), a motor designed for Jeep, it was originally designed by a collaboration of engine makers, (Renault, Chrysler, and maybe a third party?) Anyway, anyone I have ever talked to says the same...this truck is really built to last. One person I spoke with said he sold his when it had 300,000 on it and it still ran strong. I absolutely love mine.
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Never let you down.
By broadripple1 on 08/28/06 14:55 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Dakota Regular Cab Sport 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

I bought this truck on Ebay, and thought I got stuck with a lemon. The gas guage does not work, but on everything else, my initial impression was flat wrong. This vehicle is a low maintenance winner. It hauls everything (bricks, lawn tractor, boards, etc), including long distance, and other than the normal maintenance, I have not spent an extra dime on this truck in four years of ownership. It's simple to operate, and I'll keep it forever.
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Great truck!
By Dave on 08/28/05 23:13 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Dakota Regular Cab 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

I've had my '96 Dakota for 8 years, and it still looks and runs great with 98,000 miles on it. I've replaced the water pump and the A/C system (I live in Florida), and I've made cosmetic repairs to the interior. The 4 cyl. engine does not burn or leak oil, and the 5-speed transmission shifts smoothly and is fun to drive. The original factory white paint still looks great. I drive it almost every day, and it is still excellent transportation. With the tough plastic bed liner, this is a VERY rugged and dependable truck!
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Excellent Choice
By Dallas on 07/29/05 13:50 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Dakota Regular Cab Sport 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

I bought my Dakota with 182,000 miles on it. The exterior was in great condition and it was a steal at $1,900. I lived in Maine for two years through the rough winters and my abusive driving. The truck really kept itself together. I did minor repairs and spent roughly $400 dollars on it, but never had to do repairs on the engine. I sold it to a friend for $1,100 dollars and I just talked to him recently. Its still going strong with 265,000 original miles! All he's done is oil changes. I had the best times of my life in that old truck and I'm searching everywhere to find another one. 2wd 3.9 v6 magnum 5 speed sports are fun and dependable. I wont buy another Ford again.
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Lov'n it!
By penelope on 11/03/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Dakota Regular Cab SLT 2dr Regular Cab LB

Review

From the 1st Dakota I owned, a totaled 1993 slt ext cab completely rebuilt salvage, to a perfect 94, to my current perfect 96 model. The center of gravity makes handling easy & safe. The ride is much stronger than a s-10 or ford ranger. I luv this truck it's safety, ride, looks, & dependability even into 200,000 ml. Gas economy is better in the 94 but still @ 20mpg. Anyone who wants to own one, buy w/as low mls, & limited transferred ownership as possible. Mine pulls a horse trlr, pop-up camper & small sailboat. It is low to the ground & easy for me to get in and out of. Stay w/ v6, v8, and 4x4 models, no sport.
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