1998 Dodge Durango 5.2 Magnum V8 from Russia
Great car if in good condition. Otherwise you'll spend a fortune repairing it
First off - I guess all the problems my Durango had was because the previous owners did not take care of it. If they had, maybe I'd have had a better experience with this car.
So it was the third day after I purchased it when the engine blew up (the piston rod broke), and I had a choice of whether to replace the engine or to overhaul this one. When the mechanic took it to pieces, he discovered the oil was the consistence of sour-cream, so he assumed nobody ever changed it. As it turned out, in the process of repairs the piston rod broke because the transmission were not working properly, and it looks like I was driving about 70mph on the second gear. So the transmission was reassembled, and a used Magnum V8 was put in my Durango. The cost for all these was about $4500.
The other problem I encountered - all the replacement parts are pretty rare, and all have to be ordered from the US, which is expensive.
Total including works:
The gear-shift knob had to be replaced because its cap cracked ($200).
The hydraulic boost system had to be repaired, because of multiple leaks, including replacing of a couple of pipes and repairing the pump ($300).
The headlight switch had to be replaced because it had totally burnt out ($250).
The side blinkers' switch had to be repaired ($50).
The motor of the rear screen-wiper had to be repaired ($150) - the new one would cost me about $300.
The whole suspension system had to be replaced (ball sockets, stabilizer links and plugs, shock struts, brake pads and brake plates, steering gear connection...) In the process the oil leak from the converter was noticed, and it also had to be repaired... The suspension work cost me $3500.
And after a year of owning and driving this Durango, the engine started to pound again and I was told at the service it had to be replaced or overhauled again (another $3000-3500)... That was the last straw and now I'm selling it.
So I bought the car for $14800, and I spent for repairs almost $10000. God, I'm saying this now and can't believe myself.
No matter how many problems I had with this car, and how much all the repairs cost, I liked it.
It's comfortable and big. You can fit anything you want in it.
It's pretty fast and accelerates quickly.
It's really all-terrain.
There's nothing in it I didn't like (except for the amount of money I spent).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 29th April, 2009