Bullet proof engine and tranny!
I have had this truck for about 13 years. I am a GM truck person, and the only reason I bought the Dodge was the price was much cheaper than a GM short bed. So I settled for the LE150 long bed. Below is what work has been done. Also the original owner used this as his farm vehicle, which was worked hard. Also he put in a second used 318 motor with about 45K on it.
1). Driver side electric window motor
3). Starter motor
5). All belts and hoses
6). Rear brakes all components replaced
7). Front brakes all components replaced
8). A/C - new compressor, hoses, evap and expansion valve
9). Tie rods & center link
10). Engine & transmission mounts
11). Fuel pump.
Most of the above done within the year. I did 50% of the repairs myself.
I drove the truck little except in the last year when my other truck was totaled in an accident. I know that I put a lot of time and money in the truck, but I can assure you it is still much cheaper than an auto loan.
I plan on keeping this truck forever. I mean the engine compartment is so easy to work with. None of those emission sensors to go bad. I get almost 16MPG on highway. The engine and transmission work great! There are no leaks or burning oil. The engine idles as well as any new car or truck out there, and believe it or not, it has the carburetor not fuel injection to boot.
As I said, I am slowly putting this truck back to new because I shall keep it forever. The only disappointment is that it keeps on going so I don't need a Chevy SB! What other car or truck can you buy a used engine for 500 and have it put in for the same!
I had a buddy quote me to rebuild the transmission if needed. It will cost 875.00 with a warranty! So for less than 2K you can get back on the road for another decade or so. The only original parts are the alternator, master cylinder, brake booster and steering pump.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th December, 2009