1988 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9 Liter V6
A solid, reliable, tough looking truck for work and play
The transmission replaced 3 times.
Rebuilt engine at 153,000.
Replaced fuel pump at 158,000.
Drive shaft dropped at 160,000.
Four wheel drive failed at 200,000.
Headliner worn off completely.
Seats have rips, not unusual for age.
This truck has been a solid little workhorse that's been abused and still just keeps on running.
The 3.9L engine is not a very powerful motor, but what it lacks in power it makes up for in reliability.
I am now starting to hear rocker arm clacking inside the engine, probably a sign of wear.
This truck suffers from usual old-age problems like creak sounds from the chassis, sensor failures, frequent tune-ups. The oxygen sensors on these trucks are hard to locate and fix.
The oil pan drain bolt is located right over some type of metal bar, it looks like a stabilizer bar, so when you drain your oil, you better excpect a lot of oil splashing and cat litter on hand.
The body on this truck I've been very impressed with. This truck has never been garaged in it's life and the original paint job is just now starting to show oxidation.
There is only one little spot of rust on a body panel. That's pretty good for suffering seventeen Utah winters!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th December, 2005
5th Dec 2005, 01:15
You'd have better luck with a standard tranny. Chrysler makes horrible auto trannys up until this day, and probably for many days to come.
5th Dec 2005, 08:27
Wow, no rust!
2nd Jul 2008, 12:29
My 88 3.9 long bed in white is good work truck, so my bed is all banged up, and what rust comes through isn't much.
13th Sep 2009, 08:37
I have an 88 Dakota with absolutely no rust besides replacing the motor @ 200 thousand. Wouldn't get rid of it for nothing.