1998 Dodge Dakota Consumer Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugl

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Sport Regular Cab Pickup (2.5L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
By J. Garcia on


1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 2dr Regular Cab SB


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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