1998 Dodge Dakota Consumer Review: Dakota doesn't live up to it's

1998 Dodge Dakota - Consumer Review

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Dakota doesn't live up to it's billing
By benhunts on


1998 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB


Power is adequate for a V-6 but at the
expense of fuel economy. Had to
replace factory tires @ 19k miles;
battery @ 24k miles; brake pads at 27k;
backup lights haven't worked in 2 years
despite replacing wiring, bulbs, fuses,
etc.; rad.temp circuit chip at 55k; A/C
fail at 60k; fan clutch @ 63k; front
rotors, calipers, & pads.
Paint began fading on the roof and
tailgate at 43k and is now spreading
over the cab. Truck, with the
exception of the above, has performed
reliably well in spite of the above.

Best Features

Comfort, ride, low road noise. Power is acceptable for size truck.

Worst Features

too front end heavy; needs major engine improvements to improve fuel economy (I average 13 city, 15 hwy); improve build quality and QA of components; brakes need lots of help; A/C needs lots of help; paint is sketchy and not durable.
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