1996 Dakota

Consumer Reviews

1996 Dodge Dakota

$1,059 - $5,515  MSRP Range
1996 Dodge Dakota

Review Score

4.2 out of 5 stars

4.2

4 Reviews
Score Breakdown
4.2 out of 5 stars Comfort
4.5 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
3.5 out of 5 stars Interior Design
3.5 out of 5 stars Reliability
4.8 out of 5 stars Performance
3.8 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

great little truck!

by the viper fan from IL on Thu Aug 23 2007

this is a blend of a fullsized pickup and a compact pickup. the interior is roomy and open, athough the interior looks basic, everything is nicely placed and easy to reach. this truck with the 5.2magnum is a rocket! the engine athough inheritibly noisy produces tons of of torq (around 300ftlbs) at low rps. the ride is harsh on bad roads, but nice and smooth on the highway. cornering is wide, but sure footed and handles more like a car than a truck, which might be due to the rack and pinion steering. its very reliable, and very eaisy to fix, i do my oil changes at home and did the breaks, starter and tune-up all at home within a half hour each.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Great mid size

by Dodge fan from Quad cities, IL/IA on Sun Nov 23 2014

I find this truck very reliable my dad bought new in 96 and I was given the truck about 5 years ago it a little rusty now but it also has 336000 miles on it with regular fixes and oil changes the truck keeps going only thing we have replace was the tranny

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Dakota lover

by Dakota lover from Florida on Sat Jul 01 2006

Bought this '96 Dakota used in 2004, been a great truck. Very little problems and other Dakota owners have all good things to say about their trucks.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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3 out of 5 stars

Decent

by Corvette Mechanic from New Orleans, Louisiana on Thu Aug 09 2007

it is a very midrange truck, dodge has never been a very reliable company, but my truck lasted 180,000 miles with no major problems., it gets terrible gas mileage, my magnum v6 got 14 mpg. it is a good looking truck, especially with bigger tires on it, i had the sport edition so it was nice, just had no pickup at all, slow and burned alot of gas. They tend to run hot, but mine never overheated, mine in particular didnt have very many problems, but dodge generally uses substandard interior materials that break or tear in no time, but it is a decent truck.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
2 out of 5 starsInterior Design
2 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does not recommend this car!!

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Our Take on the 1996 Dodge Dakota

We didn't drive a Dakota to Dakota, but we did drive it around town and hadthe chance to employ four-wheel-drive and found the compact pickup a pleasantlittle cruiser.

Dodge has forced Chevrolet and Ford to sit up and take notice in full-sizetrucks now that consumers are buying just about every Dodge Ram that thefactory can build. Ford's F-Series pickups and Chevy's C/K pickups have someserious competition from Ram.

The Dakota hasn't gained similar popularity against the Ford Ranger andChevy S-10. Dodge hopes to gain some attention with its optional V-8 inDakota.

Ford offers a 4-liter, 160-h.p., V-6 in its compact Ranger, Chevy a4.3-liter, 200-h.p., V-6 in its compact S-10, but neither offers... Read More