Nice truck, but way too many expensive repairs
After buying it, went for state inspection at about 7 months, cost $646.00 to get it out of the shop. Most disturbing was the steering shaft was bad at 27,000 miles! Brakes needed new rotors (dealer said the last brake job was done wrong).
Also had problems with an 'improperly installed' door lock, and a mis-aligned gear selection indicator.
Now at almost 36,000 miles, more problems.
Coolant gauge would peg at the "hot" end of the scale, then return to normal a minute or two later. Dealer says it was a coolant leak around the thermostat housing. $110.
They performed a "courtesy check", replaced part of the throttle body and the serpentine belt. $92 in parts, $65 in labor for the belt, and $78 in labor for the throttle.
They adjusted the brakes, for another $32. Guess Dodge either doesn't have slack adjusters, or has ones that don't work.
Most irritating was the news that the transfer case seals were bad, and should be replaced ASAP before it dumps it's lube and seizes up. This they can take care of for $350 plus parts, and they were trying to find me a rental car so that I wouldn't be 'inconvenienced' by them having the truck for another day or so.
Total bill this time (without the $350 for the transfer case seal job, which I'm getting a second opinion on), $562.00.
Overall, the wife and I like the truck. Gas mileage sucks, but kind of expected that. Big mirrors are great, but create big blind spots. Lots of room, great power, handles well, goes great in the snow, nice looking. Just can't keep shelling out the $$$ in maintenance.
Not happy with the dealers service department either. Not very responsive, seem to evade solid answers to questions, seem pretty disorganized, bordering on the run-around.
Would not buy another Chrysler product.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th June, 2002