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Old 03-20-2011, 04:10 PM
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I am somewhat convinced it's cheaper to maintain than most vehicles after 100k, or even worth it if I had to replace the engine (cheaper in the long run). My wifes VW Beetle was a nightmare in repair costs. All of mine were 1/5 the cost to fix hers. Am I in dream world here that 2nd generation Rams (despite gas costs) are the most efficient trucks on the road?

It's running sluggish with a bad Cat. Should I replace it along with an exhaust upgrade? What would be cost effective? Should I hold out on the tune-up until the Cat replacement. Should I replace the headers as well? Are there additional upgrades required beyond that? I am not looking to drive it like a road warrior (or wake neighbors, but perhaps not reving it at 2am) , just want to have fun every now and then and keep the other guy busy trying to cut over into my lane. And desiring more MPG (I'm getting 200 per tank driving like an old man, 5 years good tread on tires).

Cost here is somewhat a concern, but is it worth it on an old Ram, and is it totally worth it to keep this truck in the long run?

How do I find all the posts such as replacing plenum gasket with all of the parts needed and where to find them? And other such posts.

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My friends '98 has close to 500,000 miles on it, of course he has had to replace or rebuild almost every part that attaches to the engine, he has kept up with all servicing
they have a better plenum gasket now, some people have used the Hughes kit, but replacing just the gasket should make it functional for years to come

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Are their any upgrades I should look into along with replacing Cat? What is cost effective if I want a little extra power now or down the road? Is the Cat something I'd have to change out with an exhaust upgrade later on?

I'm looking at what I can get done while a mechanic is down there. Or if the Cat be done myself with basic tools (I have limited mechanical skills but not afraid to take on something myself)?

What performance increases (and on mpg) could I gain from upgrading an exhaust for about $500-$750? What can anyone recomend?
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It depends. Are you up to the task to fix the things that are going to break or need to be replaced? The 2nd gens are dependable trucks. I love mine, i'll keep it going until they don't make parts for it. I believe first in keeping the truck clean and not abusing it. Abusing it will cut down on the life span of parts or the truck itself. Changing all fluids, keeping it clean, etc will cut down on the cost of maintaining it too. I always buy the best part for the buck. I hate buying cheap parts and later replacing it due to the quality of the part. I'm glad Mopar still makes parts for the 2nd gen crew. With enough demand, they will keep supplying us quality parts. Sure, they cost 3x times as more than what you can pick up at the local auto parts store but most manufactures don't make quality parts. Again, buying quality parts will cut costs of maintaining your truck.
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Well I got a new high flow cat and exhaust for the old truck, it runs like a dream come true. It feels like a big truck, will definitely put up a good fight passing, and I'm getting an extra 100 mile on a full tank (was getting 200 full, but this is how it was when I got it). My wife thinks it runs and sounds really sexy. All for around $550, which will pretty much pay itself off. Now I'm going to probably get a CAI and of course the tune up, maybe a programmer (not too sure though if all of that will pay itself off or not. Any suggestions let me know.
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