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Old 02-17-2013, 11:35 PM
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Default WTB Ram truck, what to look for?


I'm thinking about getting a second or early third Generation dodge ram, but finding one in a good condition seems to be impossible, especially with a standard transmission ... But anyways, I found one that I'm looking at next Tuesday.

It has about 180.000km on it and a 4.7l Magnum V8 in it.

Is that the same Motor as the one that I got in my 2000 Jeep grand Cherokee? (4.7l V8)

I read that a lot of people hat a lot of problems with this engine.


Is it really such a bad engine?

What should I look for on Tuesday?
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:46 AM
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I dont think its a bad engine. My ram been serving me very well. Im live in florida but the truck came from Rhode Island. Besides from a bit of minor rust spots starting to form, shes running like a champ. What you have to realize is that these trucks are 10 years you will have to do a bit more maintenance than newer trucks (obviously).

Some things i looked for when i got my truck was condition of the uderside. appearant oil leaks, suspension noise/appearance, and how the engine ran at idle and how it sounded driving and how the transmission shifts.

Its my belief that if you treat a vehicle right and follow recommended service plans, it'll treat you good with little or no upsets.

if you do plan to purchase one, i would have the dealer flush the coolant and transmission fluid. Reason being, i trust OEM fluids over parts store crap autozone sells. and god knows the true condition of those fluids....

oh and in reference to that website, most of those complaints are from poor maintenance practices. oil sludge comes from the lack of oil changing, and additives into the oil (which you should never do). oil has plenty of detergents to do the same thing.
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