Please give advice on if we should buy 2001 dodge 4x4

We have been looking for a used 4x4 truck for several months. Our old truck has 180,000 miles and is a ford. We have had lots of maintaince on this old ford. I always hated the way it drove with to
much play in the steering.
We have found a 2001 4x4 dodge crew cab with 60,000 miles. I called the previous owner and he said he never had any problems. I have been doing searches all night and I keep seeing things about people having to replace transimissions frequently. Sorry for the spelling it very late. We buy autos and take care of them and keep them forever. We would rather pay cash and with our truck being this age we have a good offer on trade.
Is a dodge something that will last as much as a ford or chevy 4x4 truck. Please let me hear something. I am suppose to take it to the shope and have our mechanic look it over in the am. Thanks, suttles
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===========I always have and always be a Chevy Man... (lol) have 5 in the Garage right now...
But my wife has 160,000 miles on her 96 Dodge Grand Caravan...which she had to have since she liked the sytling so much .. and who am I to argue with my wife over her choice of her own vehicles....Anyway its been pretty much completely trouble free...at least nothing comes to mind right now that was a royal pain or expensive...and I too was very leary about the transmission...but its been fine...
I drive a 2001 Dakota every day...only 41,000 on its clock now...but with a 5 speed... again no problems.... it however is not much of a truck..ok for very light hauling which is all I needed...
Bob G
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Suddenly, without warning, feel better exclaimed (14-Jun-05 8:51 AM):

Well, I love my 2001 Dakota Club Cab, it has just shy of 50k miles. I've had relatively few problems - had to replace the front rotors, and have had to replace a part in the heat/ac assembly twice. Other than that, and the not-sterling gas mileage, I do love my truck, and I also buy vehicles "for life".
It's had rough points in it's life: I picked it up and within about 3 weeks put 3k miles on it - drove it from MT to VA and then to NY and back to VA. After a couple of years there, it was shipped to England, land of damp, where I live now. It's still doing fine.
As with any vehicle, I'd take a close look at it's service and maintenance history, and be suspicious and cautious if there isn't one. Good idea to have a mechanic look at it too.
jmc, who's off to Scotland with the Dakota, Hubby and Cat tomorrow am.
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"feel better" wrote: > We have been looking for a used 4x4 truck for several months. > Our old truck has 180,000 miles and is a ford. We have had > lots of > maintaince on this old ford. I always hated the way it drove > with to > much play in the steering. > > We have found a 2001 4x4 dodge crew cab with 60,000 miles. > I called the previous owner and he said he never had any > problems. > I have been doing searches all night and I keep seeing things > about > people having to replace transimissions frequently. Sorry for > the > spelling it very late. > We buy autos and take care of them and keep them forever. > We would rather pay cash and with our truck being this age we > have a > good offer on trade. > > Is a dodge something that will last as much as a ford or chevy > 4x4 > truck. > Please let me hear something. I am suppose to take it to the > shope and > have our mechanic look it over in the am. > Thanks, > suttles
The 4wd drive train in a dodge is very sturdy and simple as well and I am guessing that you Ford was one with a TTB front end that are well known for getting "loose as a goose" about steering and such when they get some miles or wear on them. Dodges are kinda known for have little nickle dime problems with body and interior hardware and sueaks and rattles and such when they get old but they have improved in more recent times. They are also not known for getting the best MPG either but the drivetrain is durable and will go the distance without major repair with normal maintance.
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Tea, except for the POS rear axle that the Dakota and 1500 series Rams use.
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"TBone" wrote:

Not sure which axle they use in a Dakota but they use a pretty stout axle in a 1500 4x4s (A lot stronger than a POS axle that GM uses in their 1500 series trucks which can be traced back to the 70s for use in midsized cars before that started puting then in trucks too around 79.
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The DC axle used in the 4X4 1500 is the same one used in the wheel drive and the Dakota. The axle design itself is not bad, it is the low quality bearings they put in them to save about $5.00 per axle.
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