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Old 11-27-2011, 08:33 AM
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Vehicle: 2003 Dodge Ram 1500
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IN2H2O will become famous soon enough

I think these engines can go alot longer than this. I got it with 120k miles and it was already consuming a bit of oil and had a few other signs of cancer. The rad and heater core were full of holes and needed to be replaced before 145k miles.

I put a ton of miles on it myself with regular oil changes but wasn't as diliigent with topping off the oil as I should have been so it ran quite a bit low on oil. apparently the bottom end still gets adequate oil but the top end suffers and wears the valve guides prematurely.

Had I been better at keeping the oil up to full, I feel this engine could have made another 100K miles easy.
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