Replacing the fuel pump is expensive, and it's not gauranteed to be any
better. The shop manual has the spec for how long the system must hold
it's pressure, and I think it's only about 15 minutes.
I bought my '95 Dakota new and it has always been like yours. I just
got used to turning the key to on, waiting for the click, then starting.
Two separate things. If you don't mind pressurizing the fuel system for a
couple of seconds prior to starting the engine, then that's fine. It'll
just be one of those "old vehicle quirks". My '95's got a bunch of 'em.
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