I am seriously considering buying a 2000 Dodge Durango (75K mi) from a
private seller. Assuming the test drive and mechanic's inspection
don't turn anything nasty up, here's what I plan do do once I get it...
*I've done research on the net and have found that the biggest
complaint about this vehicle is the sludge factory engine
(http://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/dodge_dur_oil.html ). Since
I don't know the oil changing regimine, I have to assume the worst...
I was hoping to counter this by trying *(a)*
a severe treatment of Auto
Rx (http://www.auto-rx.com/pages/applications2.htm ) or *(b)*
(http://forums.probetalk.com/archive/index.php/t-4052.html ). I am
really leaning towards the Auto Rx, though I am sure someone is bound
to call it snake's oil, I figured that it looks legit, and I have yet
to read a negative comment, so I figure it can't be so bad. Obviously,
I would follow up with regular oil changes, which should keep it clean,
and visually check the pan after 25K or so.
***These are the other things I would do myself.
******"Tune Up" (new plugs, wires, and pcv)
******Add some fuel system cleaner for the first few tanks
******Replace belts (though not timing)
*A thorough detailing
***These are the things I would get the shop to do...
******Power steering flush
******Replace brakes & fluid flush (mainly for the warranty)
*Possibly timing belt if it looks the part
I am pretty capable, and have done my fair share of work on cars. Has
anyone got anything else that they think would be of benefit? I am
aware of the dangers of stirring up the sludge in the engine, but I
think it's worth the benefit. Same thing on the transmission, I don't
think it has enough miles to say "the gunk is holding it together"
quite yet. Any opinions, adds, subtracts, warnings are greatly