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Old 5th February 2009, 17:36   #1
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just bought a new 98 Dodge Durango over the weekend, havnt had chance to really try it off road but it handled 11 inches of snow with ease.

Anyways its a 5.9 liter V8 (meaning 11mpg avg oops), leather interior and 3rd row seating. needs a little bit of work such as a new passenger side headlight but i have that ordered, also the heater core needs back flushing because the blowers are not getting very hot, all minor problems which i will fix as soon as the weather gets a bit warmer.

needs a good cleaning but what do ya think?
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just bought a new 98 Dodge Durango over the weekend, havnt had chance to really try it off road but it handled 11 inches of snow with ease.

Anyways its a 5.9 liter V8 (meaning 11mpg avg oops), leather interior and 3rd row seating. needs a little bit of work such as a new passenger side headlight but i have that ordered, also the heater core needs back flushing because the blowers are not getting very hot, all minor problems which i will fix as soon as the weather gets a bit warmer.

needs a good cleaning but what do ya think?
Mean look. Luv this look than the one of the present Durango.
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Look of the mean machine suggests that it has got a long way to without any major hiccups.
By the way, what is the fuel capacity? Rephrase: What is the range with a tank full?
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Old 5th February 2009, 19:40   #4
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ha ha ha just realised i wrote "new 98 durango", that doesnt make sence lol, i meant new to me.

anyways, it has a 25 gallon tank (thats us gallons 3.8 liters) so at the current 11mpg im getting that would take me 275 miles on a full tank. hopefully i can raise that 11mpg average a little once i service it with new plugs, air filter, etc

heres a couple more snaps, for a truck with 120k miles it looks like it has been taken care of by its previouse owner as all of the interior is in tip top shape
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This must be the one with the Hemis engine and to save fuel cuts off 4 cylinders at slow speeds. Right?

A bloody mean machine but a fuel guzzler. Marry a Sheikh's daughter to enjoy the Durango to the fullest...

And can't see the other snaps. Says invalid attachment...

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just bought a new 98 Dodge Durango over the weekend, havnt had chance to really try it off road but it handled 11 inches of snow with ease.

needs a good cleaning but what do ya think?
Congrats on the new-ish truck
The interiors seem to have held up well for an older model.

Yes, keep washing it atleast every 2-3 weeks or so. The road salt will lead to rusting quickly.
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This must be the one with the Hemis engine and to save fuel cuts off 4 cylinders at slow speeds. Right?

A bloody mean machine but a fuel guzzler. Marry a Sheikh's daughter to enjoy the Durango to the fullest...

And can't see the other snaps. Says invalid attachment...
Its not a HEMI.

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Congratulations dude,its a nice truck. My longest non-stop drive (Luray Caverns,VA to Boston) was a in a durango and I absolutely loved it.

I guess you must have got a good deal for the truck coz of the slow down here. I could see KBB values for used cars slumped atleast 30% compared to last year this time!!

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yeah its not a hemi, i think they started putting hemi's in them in 2004 so this is pre hemi.

wasnt a bad deal tho for the condition its in, paid $4,000 for it and all i can see it needs is a new headlight and the core needs a back flush (heat isnt getting as hot as it should, at worst it needs a new core)
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Congrats.

Being a Dodge,do make sure you take good care of it.Four of my friends have owned varios Dodge cars in the past (mostly 1992-2000 models). All of them had either transmission or suspension problems.

Good luck,and drive safe!
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Nice ride. Next upgrade should be the whole mad Shelby package.

My Durango -- yeah
Number 95 -- yeah
Kick boots and ultra live...

Where's Sam Kapasi when you need him?!
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Being a Dodge,do make sure you take good care of it.Four of my friends have owned varios Dodge cars in the past (mostly 1992-2000 models). All of them had either transmission or suspension problems.
The automatic tranny has been a weak link in many of the Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep models.
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The automatic tranny has been a weak link in many of the Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep models.
Absolutely. But there are a few odd cars/SUVs that go trouble free for over 150k miles.
Lets hope tin23uk has picked up one of those trouble-free wheels..
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......and the core needs a back flush (heat isnt getting as hot as it should, at worst it needs a new core)
Looks clean and well maintained.

If the heater core is cracked (this almost always happens when they get corroded) you will smell the sweet smell of coolant in the cabin and you will see film building on the inside of your windshield. This is coolant also. A bad core will eventually burst and you will lose all your coolant. About $300 to $500 for a new core unless they have to remove the dashboard to get at it. If so, be prepared for a shock.

You can have a mechanic block the hoses to the core as a temporary fix.

You may want to keep checking your water temperature gage to see if you might have a bad thermostat. Clogged or leaking heater hoses could do it, too. And, of course, keep checking your radiator coolant level.

Befriend an Arab with oil wells.

Almost forgot, 4x4addict is quite right. Dodge trannies of this era had lots of problems.

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In Indian terms, you bought the vehicle for 2 lakhs and it gives a mileage of 4.5 kmpl.

Now is that Petrol or Diesel?
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