I have a 2001 Dodge Ram and it has 90,000 miles on it. It is the 5.9 L
and is 4wd. I have done very little towing with this beast. No major
problems to date. One of my friends has pointed out to me a couple of
times that when my Ram reaches 150,000 to 180,000 I can expect to have
problems and have to shell out a lot of money. Is this going to be a
truck that I am going to want to get rid of when it hits 150,000?
180,000 miles isn't anything to be concerned about if it's the 5.9L diesel.
The truck will wear out before the diesel engine. If it's the 5.9L gas
engine your friend is probably right. It will probably be pretty tired by
then. Take care of it and stick to the maintenance schedule and you may be
able to stretch it out a bit longer.
Gee, I guess ythat means that everyone with a gas truck should junky
it at 180K?? I have run several gas motors well past 200K miles with
regualr maintainance with quality oil. Frequent oil change are key
here and if high mileage is your game, change oil about every 3000
miles or so and possible more often when engine gets a lot of miles on
it because oil get dirtier sooner and dirter oil promotes further
wear. One seriuos concern in the front axle bearings and axle shaft
bearing and seals and ujoint ut there as well because they are
constantly trying as Dodge has seen fit to no offer lockup hubs to
save wear and MPG when in 2wd. I would tear front end down around 100k
and inspect bearings and Ujoint and repack bearing with fresh grease
and install new inner of out hub seals too and then you will be set
for another 100k or so.
Well it is not really a strech to get past 200K, normal good maintain
will get you past 200k easy, at 300K and beyond you have to work at it
a bit more sometimes.
Any vehicle can last an indefinite amount of time and miles. It depends very
much on the way it is used and maintained. Wear increases exponentially with
speed. Only you know how well it has been treated and maintained.
Well perhaps that is correct.
I just had the infamous plenum leak on my '98 1500 at
146K miles. Been scrupulous in maintenance, so I'm a
bit disappointed with the failure.
Although fixed, the engine still studders a bit under
load at low rpm. I've been dumping Marvel Mystery Oil
in it the past few weeks and the problem actually seems
to be diminishing (engine getting better)!
My mechanics recommended doing that to see if a likely
valve fouling from the coolant leak might clear up, but
they were afraid perhaps a valve got burned or some
other damage that would require the heads to be rebuilt.
I'm going to be driving it around for another couple
weeks using the Mystery Oil to see if improvement
continues to the point of 100% fixed.
If not, since I really like the truck and intent to keep
it until it falls apart, I'll bite the bullet and have
the heads overhauled and the timing chain replaced.
It seems to me a vehicle should be easily capable of
200K miles now days. Certainly most cars (Japanese any
ways) can do that, and since body rust isn't the problem
it used to be, I would have expected better from my
I did tow with it the first three or four years and
maybe truck [gas] engines just don't hold up as well as
"car" engines (???).
Just about everything else on the truck is still original
(water pump, aircond compressor, alternator, etc, etc),
so I don't have a problem yet with keeping it longer.
Next vehicle might be a Jeep Wrangler! I know the I-6
is supposed to be a great engine but I'm more interested
in the little four. How does that one rate? I'm not
going to be doing the Baja or rock crawling in it. Seems
like a really fun vehicle.
Friend has a 97 4-cyl Wrangler, its awesome. Its been fairly reliable
considering it gets zilch for maintenance and gets beat on regularly.
Its definetly not going to win any races, but its light enough to get
through most anything and its not entirely too hard to get it un-stuck
if you really screw up...
Or as I say "if you need more power - slow down and downshift"... Its
unstoppable in 4lo, you just aren't going to get there extremely fast.
I've also been told theres a trick to run that transfer case in 2-Lo
(you get the torque, but no drivetrain wind-up on dry pavement) but we
haven't ran into an occasion to do it.
It absolutely *sucks* on the road, but thats to be expected (plus I'm
sure everything in the front-end is worn out).. its too light, too much
tire, and enough power to get it going but not enough to be comfortable
in traffic... But, since you have a truck and obviously know how to tow
a trailer I think you know how to handle that situation ;)
Back when this Jeep was much newer it towed a 6x8 u-haul box trailer
from Lufkin, TX to somewhere on the other side of Denver, CO... They
survived but it took about 3 days, and I'm sure it was WELL beyond the
On 19 Jun 2006 19:07:49 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
remanufactured engine complete with heads was around $2500 iirc. It still ran
fine. Transmissions are another issue though. When the third one went out and
it was out of warranty I had AAMCO rebuild it and bought the lifetime warranty.
They have rebuilt it two times now for free.
Never a problem?
Tell that to my old one, the one that had complete gear teeth falling
out of the drain plug after it left me stranded... Luckily they're
cheap and plentiful at junkyards, and Dodge gave you plenty of space to
Theres a reason why GM didn't stick the NV3500 behind a V8. Chrysler
should have taken a lesson...
Shock loads can shoot way beyond that. It's a manual transmission,
driving style makes all the difference.
"You can see warping in the hood of my 99 1500 at 125ish. Speed
governor kicks in around 129"
Anybody here want to let Jacob borrow their truck?
many have gotten over 200k. I have almost 150k on my 98 Ram 4x4 with a
5.2L. Uses 1/2 quart between 3k oil changes, idles so smooth you have to
listen when stopped to see if it is running. Used Mobile 1 from day one
and changed oil at 3k.
I have a 1996 1500 4X2 Ram, with 283K on it, and it is still running strong!
Doesn't burn oil, gets 12 MPG and I drive it every day. I have rebuilt the
rear at 250K, blown head gasket at 242K. and other minor crap... Bottom line
is: I plan on keeping it till can't be fixed anymore, and no, it is not
nickel and dime-ing me to death. Plus it is paid for and at $25,000 + for a
new one, it is still cheaper than a new one... Good Luck
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