Cost of plugs is minor. There are 16 plugs. I have not changed mine
but am told at least two cylinders are major buggers to get out and new
ones installed for the average home mechanic with limited amount of
tools. My dealer quoted 2 hours labor @ $90/hour plus the costs of the
I'm pretty sure Durango's are throw away trucks. Once you need maintenance,
you throw them away and buy another one. I do the same thing with my
Toyota's. Course Toyota's don't need service until somewhere around a
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Not sure why you say that! The 2nd generation 2004+ Durango's are far
better than the original Durango's. I use it for 4x4'ing in the snow as
well as pulling my 25' trailer. One of the best vehicles I've owned.
Plus much of the drive train is the same as found on the Ram.
As a Hemi Ram owner, I sadly have to admit my neighbor's Nissan Titan
kicks my trucks ass in about every way, performance wise. The Titan is a
POS truck, but it does run GREAT. Dodge should copy or buy the Nissan
tranny, and they could drop the gear ratio to say 3.5 or so, and have
better performance than either truck does now, with a slight milage
My truck is faster than most Hemis, as I have 17" wheels with the 3.92
gears, and runs better than any other stock hemi I have driven.
I've pulled with my Hemi Durango 4x4 against a Nissan Aramada with the
same engine as the Titan (5.6L V8). The Armada will out accelerate from
a stop. Once up at highway speeds my Durango will run away from the
Armada with ease. Climbing moderate to steep grades has the same
results. The only area where the Nissan is faster is from a dead stop.
Just had 30,000 mile maintenance done.on my 04 4X4.in Dec. The break
down for that part was, $56.20 for parts and $119.95 labor, for a total
of $175.15. This was in Wisconsin.
The whole 30,000 mile maintenance, as required in the maintenance
schedule came to $636.91!!
Last time I went to a dealer, they did a five plug tune up on my
1989 S-10 Blazer. Cost me about $250, and they told me that the
last plug was in real tight. I did my own tune up a year or two
later, the plug turned right out. Nice and easy. They just didn't
want to pull the wheel off to get at it.
Christopher A. Young
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