I just rebuilt the engine for the second time (read general comments).
The frame rail cracked because I installed stupidly large tires.
I bought this truck in high school and drove the odometer up to 140,000 miles. The rings were worn so I rebuilt the motor, then sold it a year later when I got married because my wife hated it.
A year ago (25 years later) I found it for sale on a corner with 230,000 miles on it. It had been through 4 owners since I owned it the first time. The engine was tired so I just finished the second rebuilt on the old slant six.
I'm tickled to have my first truck back, and even more tickled to be without my first wife.
It's a big, old, rattly truck. It gets decent gas mileage, and has always been a dependable workhorse.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd April, 2004
1972 Dodge D100 Long Bed Stepside 360 2-bbl
This truck will eat you alive at the gas pump!
- Starter solenoid
- "Park" on transmission
- Oil sending unit
- Rusted floorboards
- Wooden bed slats rotted
- Myriad electrical gremlins
- Speedo/odo never worked
I had this truck when I turned 16. I bought it for $600 and drove it until the gas prices ate me alive. It got a whopping 6-8 miles/US gallon, and gas prices in my area were $1.50/gallon at the time. My girlfriend was embarrassed to be seen in it, it was a particularly putrid shade of green.
I traded it for an '80 Datsun 310GX (Sunny) that got 35mpg.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th June, 2000
9th May 2001, 22:40
D100s run forever if you don't neglect them. Sheesh.
11th Oct 2001, 18:40
There are many things you can do to an engine to improve gas mileage. And there are many body shops where looks can be improved. A 28 yr. old truck can't be expected to look and act like a new one. I would say for $600, that truck was a steal. I'm sure there are a lot of Mopar people who would pay that for the engine.
21st Jan 2003, 01:18
$600 is a very good price for that truck. 6-8 mpg? Did you ever do a tune-up on the thing? It should've gotten better mileage than that.
28th Oct 2005, 15:53
Even with a 360 in a big 4x4, it should have been possible to get 12-15 mpg. However, it does require a committed maintenance program to achieve this, staying current on tune-ups, filters, and oil changes. Given a choice between the MoPar and the girlfriend...well, sorry Baby!
Average review marks: 5.2 / 10, based on 2 reviews