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1996 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab

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10 years and still kicking
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By John
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Vehicle

1996 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


Review

I have owned this truck since new and will not be getting rid of it any time soon. The 1996 Dakota is a true mid size with all the guts of a full size. The v6 I have pulls and hauls as well as any small 8, and wile fuel milage around town is not great (who buys a truck for fuel mileage?) open road mileage is in the 20 mpg range. Over all I am very happy with my '96, both in performance and style. Just try to find a truck with chrome on both ends these days.


Favorite Features

The over all look of the truck. It looks like a truck, boxy but not so much that it doesnt have style.


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Reliable
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By Reggie
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Vehicle

1996 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab Sport 2dr Extended Cab SB


Review

Bought my Dakota new in 1996, has 140,000 on it and still going strong. Uses no oil to speak of and has not given me any problems other then the poor quality interior. Comfort is great considering I'm 6'6". Gas milage could be better, could use a split heat defrost option. Exterior is holding up to Maine winter very well considering the truck was purchased in Arizona. Does very well in the snow for a 2wd, I use a 70 lb sand bag in the bed and good all season tires, so far no problems. Probably the best vehicle I have ever owned.


Favorite Features

Comfort, ride and good arrangement of dash and controls.


Suggested Improvements

Interior is falling apart, plastic breaks around screws and trim is cracking and breaking. Dash lights and speedometer short out after about 200 miles of continues travel. Add a split heat/defrost option.


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My Baby
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By Greg Svatora
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Vehicle

1996 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB


Review

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.


Favorite Features

EVERYTHING. Quick, powerful, reliable, good ride for a truck, easy to manuver...just awesome.


Suggested Improvements

Stronger transmissions but I think Dodge may have finally figured that out. Wish mine had factory fog lights, but thats just a luxury.


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1996 Dodge Dakota
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Bob
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Vehicle

1996 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB


Review

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!!!


Favorite Features

The storage space under the back bench seat is very handy. the cruise controls on the steering wheel are very convienent.


Suggested Improvements

For a compact pickup this is darn near perfect!!! I wouldn't change a thing!


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Dakota was great
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By S
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Vehicle

1996 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab SLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


Review

My Dakota was always a good truck


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