1998 Dodge Dakota Consumer Review: Stuck With It

1998 Dodge Dakota - Consumer Review

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R/T Sport Extended Cab Pickup (5.9L V8 4-speed Automatic)

Build Quality
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Stuck With It
By Blessed Anyway on


1998 Dodge Dakota R/T Sport 2dr Extended Cab SB


I rarely buy vehicles and only once bought new which was this one. Ball joints and brakes were bad news for this model. Several manufacturer recalls: steering, two exhaust related ones. Brakes warped (Underengineered). Oil pressure has been issue this past year. Had oil pump replaced and only slightly improved pressure. Overall, performance was great compared to other small trucks, especially power/acceleration from 4-cyl, but the quality of parts and durability was quite poor. Several interior items failed, some more than once. Emergency brake handle, glove box handle mechanism, and cup holder assembly all failed. Overall, it took a beating from me, but I feel I didn't get full value.

Best Features

Baddest 4-cylinder performance in a pickup!

Worst Features

Better beefier brakes, more reliablity on components.
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