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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
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Performance
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Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
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Exterior Design
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By J. Garcia
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Vehicle

1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 2dr Regular Cab SB


Review

The Good: Good interior, lots of truck for the money. Fairly decent fuel mileage. The Bad: Ball joints were completely worn out. Replacing them requires chiseling and/or grinding steel rivets off. Cheap plastic interior pieces, not very well put together. The Ugly: Designed by an accountant. Control-arm bushings are not replaceable. The whole control-arm needs replacing at over $300 per. Rubber plug in the differential cover. Non adjustable clutch master/slave cylinder. Very notchy 5-speed, with completely wrong ratios for the 4 cylinder engine. Will not pull even a moderate incline at highway speeds in 5th gear. 50 year old pushrod engine design. Not even a crossflow cylinder head.


Best Features

Even the shortbed has a fairly good capacity. Nice highway ride. Parts are relatively cheap and plentiful. Decent interior room even in the standard cab version.


Worst Features

Move the ignition coil location from the side of the engine block where it absorbs great amounts of heat. My coil was lazy and weak. Replaced it with an Accel high performance coil, which improved acceleration and overall engine performance. I also raised the drivers seat i inch.


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Nice vehicle
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By nsp98
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Vehicle

1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 2dr Regular Cab SB


Review

Plenty of space in the cab and decent headroom. The cloth seats are durable. The truck had 41,000 miles. The engine fan bearing was replaced so I checked for heat damage on the block. The gaskets and seals were original w/ no leaking. Rides nice, even when I pulled a lawn tractor/trailer.


Best Features

Auto/V6/Air, heats-up fast


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