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Old 12-31-2012, 09:55 PM
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Hey guys, I am thinking of upgrading vehicles. I'm currently running around in a 94 Dodge Dakota v6 5spd 2wd and have found a 96 Dodge Ram 2500 v8 5spd 4wd. Reason for the upgrade is to keep up with my friends and just recently bought a Snowmobile, I was getting a lot of grief that my 2wd v6 Dakota would not be able to keep up and do as well at climbing mountains with a sled in the bed. So I was wondering if anyone has had any problems with this Make/Model/Year of truck and if I should be weary of any stock problems that it may have. I've talked to the dealer once for a little bit and don't fully remember the details, but he wanted 3100 for it, anyone have any opinion on whether that is to steep or anything? I know the truck has new tires, he said the previous owner did some work under the hood, don't fully remember what he said he did but was to the tune of cleaning it up. Also can't recall the mileage he said on it. I Kelley Blue Booked it and it ended up with the results of in good condition a value of $3,375 and it looks in pretty good condition, next time I'm down there I'm going to take a test drive, see how she runs. Any help would be greatly appreciated, and I will reply with more info about it as I find out more.
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One problem all Magnum V6 and V8 engines suffer from is the intake plenum gasket. This testament to stupidity causes various issues, all resulting in poor performance. When you test it, pop the hood, grab a flashlight and open the throttle blades for a look-see. If the bottom of the intake (on the inside) is oily, you're already failing and it'll need to be replaced.
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:29 PM
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Ok, and the throttle blades would be where exactly?
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:28 AM
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They are in the throttle body. The throttle body is on top of the engine, looks like a short carburetor. There are two round blades. Take a look:
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:57 AM
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Alright thanks! Hopefully I will get to take another look at it tomorrow, pop the hood, and test drive it.
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