I'm considering purchasing a used 2002 Dakota Quad Cab SLT 4x4 w/90,000 km
from a dealership. It has the optional AWD.
Body and interior appear straight and clean.
Dealer says the entire front differential, rack and pinion and rear axle
seal are being replaced before they let the truck go. Also a wheel
I'm comforted by the fact they have gone through it and are repairing any
problems before they resell it. However, some of my friends are warning me
off because they believe those problems are excessive for a vehicle with
that mileage. It still has a bit of factory warranty.
Can these problems be an indication of other pending mechanical failures or
are they simply coincidental? Are these problems related to each other
(perhaps caused by an accident)? Or maybe they are common with Dakotas?
Any constructive input would be appreciated.
theres an old saying...........
"rode hard, and put up wet".
Unless this thing can be had at an unbelievable discount, I would
seriously caution that you look at other vehicals that don't have
major repair issues at "time of purchase".
Yes, I believe the problems "may" be an indicator that the truck
has had a hard life, and underlying "future repairs" will be necessary
within the first 12-18 months of purchase.
A "bit of a factory warranty" isn't going to help you if that tranny
goes out on you in a year and a half. $2200 !!!!!!
And.....the tranny WILL fail eventually, and it's at the window now
for the mileage that I see them coming into the shop.
10-20 "mopop" trannies a month.
Unless your "bit" of a warranty will last for the next couple of years
at a minimum......run...don't walk.....to the next prospective vehical
that you're considering. Unless you get a thrill out of throwing the
dice...then go for it. It's your money.
Fact, not Fiction
~sips his mushroom tea~
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