The front brake calipers would not float as they are suppose to. 12,000 miles the pads were gone on the inside, but not hardly touched on the outside. Dealer said this was normal!! I figured out that this was a common problem. The spindles were not surface ground from the factory and would not let the calipers float. Used a small grinder and file and works great since.
At 40,000 miles, I installed a K&N filter, Mopar Performance Computer and Accel Coil. This was a big improvement in power when towing.
At 140,000 miles had to replace the battery, thermostat, water pump and idler for serpentine belt.
Some of the small interior plastic pieces have started to break from wear and age.
This is a very reliable and powerful truck. I have kept it well maintained and it has been almost flawless. I would buy another if they were not so expensive. I plan to keep this one for a long while.
This truck has towed a 31 foot camper (approximately 8000 lbs loaded) for over 20000 miles since I have owned it. It is also used to tow cars on a trailer, as well as haul wood, stone, and anything else. I have worked this truck hard, but did do regular service on it.
I would recommend this truck to anyone looking for a hard working truck. I have not babied this truck at all and it has still been there every time I need it.
No the transmission has never been touched except for fluid changes (Mopar brand) and still works as it did when it was new!
A story to show how strong this truck is: I towed my camper with the bed 3/4 full of firewood to Gatlinburg from Indiana in 2002 when the weather was well over 90 degrees and very humid. I went all the way with the air running. On some of the steep inclines, I slowed to 55 MPH going up. The truck was in second gear pulling almost 5000 RPM's for about 5 miles (3.73 gear ratio). The water temperature never went over 210 degrees and the air conditioning stayed cold. I have pulled these RPM's several times since I have owned it with never a glitch!!! This is why I still have it and use it today!