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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 with the 3.9 V-6 and A/T Good or Not


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01-06-07, 08:51 PM   #1  
1998 Dodge Ram 1500 with the 3.9 V-6 and A/T Good or Not

I am looking at buying a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 with the 3.9 V-6 and A/T. The truck is a one owner and been taken care of but it does have right at 90,000 miles on it. How is the 3.9 engine and Dodges transmission? Does anyone have comments or opinions if this would be a good truck or not? Thanks ahead of time for any help with this.

 
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01-06-07, 11:26 PM   #2  
Dodge...

I dont know a whole lot about dodge but being a V6 engine that's too many miles IMO, usually V8's can go for over 150K with no problem when properly maintained but not so on smaller engines since they have to work harder all the time, and I've seen this first hand.

 
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02-22-07, 11:51 AM   #3  
I have the 3.9 in my '96 Dakota and I am happy with it although the mileage (15-16 city) isn't good. I would think that it may be a bit underpowered in a Ram... especially if you are towing with it.
90k seems high unless you ar getting it for a great price. My '96 only has 54k which is unusually low I know.

 
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02-22-07, 02:07 PM   #4  
Posted By: LouBazooka I dont know a whole lot about dodge but being a V6 engine that's too many miles IMO, usually V8's can go for over 150K with no problem when properly maintained but not so on smaller engines since they have to work harder all the time, and I've seen this first hand.
If you are towing a big trailer or constantly hauling a big load a v-8 will get better life usually (you know many diesel semis as well as the dodge cummins are 6 cyls) but in a light duty pickup that gets light duty use I don't see a problem with a v-6 and longevity. Plenty of inline 4 cyls, flat 4s, v-6 and inline 6 motors can rack up the miles with no adverse affects, I have seen this personally in my work as a tech.

Fwiw we have a 97 dodge 1500 with 3.9l and auto at work with 167k with much time spent idling and I believe it has had trans work done, as well as front end work and the a/c is inoperative. Its a decent truck for what we use it for.
If the truck you are looking at has had all maintainance done and has had and easy life I wouldn't shy away from it if the price is right and you can put aside money for inevetable repairs, Its almost always foolproof to just buy a new vehicle, but you can save alot of money if you get a used vehicle and take a chance.

 
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03-04-07, 05:17 PM   #5  
In response to Lou Bazooka's remark about a v-6 not lasting: I drive a '93 silverado 4.3L v-6 that's got 240,000 on it now and still going strong. I have used it for concrete construction work since I bought it new.
I also have a '98 astro with the 4.3 v-6 and it's got over 150,000 on it. As long as it's been taken care of, I wouldn't bat an eyelash buying that dodge truck. However, don't get stuck overpaying for it. And I do agree with the point about it depending upon what you're going to use it for.

 
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03-06-07, 09:03 AM   #6  
v-6s

I wasn't aware you could get a v-6 in 98 dodge? I've worked with many older dodges with lots of life in them well into the 100,000+ life range with sixes but I wouldn't call 98 the older model. As far as v-6 goes, I've put over 150,000+ miles on two different nissans (not dodges) both dating back to 1990 & 1995 models. Worked them to death and it wasn't their engines that gave out-trannies-even an ford 95 explorer that had a v-6 that ran like a v-8-well with 193,000 miles on it-
have the engine tested for compression in the cylinders, that will give you a pretty solid evaluation of engine strength-good luck

 
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