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al cole
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4/25/2004
13:02:18

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Hello, i am a huge dodge fan, have been all my life. i currently drive a 96 intrepid 3.3L and am proud of the 150k miles i have on her. i do feel however it is time for something new. i am planning on purchasing a dakota in not too long, and am concerned about how long the motor will last. How many miles should i expect to get out of the 3.9 magnum. thank you.

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4/25/2004
14:13:09

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I have a 1988 Dakota with a 3.9. It has 295,000 km (about 183,000 Miles) original motor, tranny and clutch still in it.



vern
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4/25/2004
18:24:18

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200 thousand miles and more is heard of.
you,ll find alot of guys and gals on this sight
over 150 thousand on their 3.9s and still running strong.



draugluin
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4/25/2004
19:04:00

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just 124487 miles on mine, and still running good, just got through changing the 02 sensors, and the Water Pump But other than that everything seems to be satisfactory.

Good luck with the purchase.



al cole
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4/25/2004
19:11:23

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thats reasuring. about when should i expect problems from the transmision if any? i know some dodges get problems around 70k with theirs.

al



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4/26/2004
07:55:24

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trans are a hit or miss deal,some have some problems early on others no problems at all.

heat is the down fall of a trans,don,t use the od under 45mph,towing etc and use a trans cooler.



spt
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4/26/2004
09:37:16

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Get a standard, as long as you don't run them out of oil they will last a long time. Like I said in my earlier post 295,000km and still has original tranny and I have not had any problems with it.



mhall02
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4/26/2004
09:53:40

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Do you still have the original tranny in you Intrepid? My parents had a 94 or 95 and the tranny dumped around 40,000 miles, and my in-laws had one about the same year that dumped at around 95,000 miles. My Dakota is a stick, I think they are less trouble prone (mine has 128,000 miles on it), if you have the vehicle 150,000 to 200,000 miles. I guess sometimes you can get lucky w/ an automatic, the guy I work with has a 92 Grand Caravan with 130,000 miles, original tranny still in it.



al cole
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4/26/2004
11:03:26

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the intrepid has its origninal tranny, barely anything goes wrong in that car. except for the EGR valve but thats no big thing.

al



mhall02
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4/26/2004
12:06:11

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The only problem that these engines seem to consistently have are timing chain rattles (do a search on this web page). Now whether or not this means they will break I haven't really heard, I can hear mine rattle now and then, so I'm assuming until the timing is off /runs bad, this is OK, just annoying. The 3.3 in your Intreped is an awesome engine!! Lots of friends have these in their mini-vans with minimal engine probs and good gas milage. Oh yeah, don't expect the same gas milage, my 2 wheel drive, stick 3.9 gets around 14-16 city and 18-20 highway (mostly 19 highway). Its a chopped 318 so its all in all a durable engine.



Josh
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4/26/2004
13:37:45

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My Dakota Has taken very hard abuse in the last fiew years and with nearly 150,000 miles on it, in the middle of winter, covered in snow, at -5 degrees she still starts within the second I turn the key.

Was my fathers truck which he bought brand new and I bought it from him. In its entire lifetime we have replaced the exhaust system (Due to NY salt during winter), water pump (Which is a common thing), Timing Chain (which the other guy said), and a clutch (from me smoking the tires too much).

This truck does not owe me a thing.

96 Dakota Sport
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K+N Intake
Dynomax Super Turbo Exhaust System



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4/26/2004
16:12:08

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98 cc auto 3.9, 140000 miles the only repairs have beem replacing the tensioner on the serp. belt and the water pump ( just last week).

'98 cc auto /Home brew cold air with K&N,Dynomax, Superchip Tuner, 1.7 RR,, F&B tb. NAPA cap and rotor, 3923 plugs,tps mod,relocated iat, 180 t'stat, Crankshaft sensor mod.,PVI

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4/26/2004
18:17:46

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93 dakota 3.9 4x4 122000 on her and runnin strong. changed timing chain, waterpump and muffler, stock exhaust pipe still in good shape though. mileage:14-18 love the truck



flowmaster 40 series
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chilton
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4/27/2004
20:41:29

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i have an 89 3.9L dakota with 217000 miles on it. im the second owner and as far as i know the owner before me did no work to it and the only thing that ive done to it is replace the carrier berring and the rear end. my dad knows a guy that works for UPS and he says 3.9L are what they use in thier delivery trucks and the only major work they do to them is replace the timing belt at 200000 miles and they get an average of 400000 out of them, but that is with regular maintainance work every 3000 miles without fail.



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4/27/2004
22:00:02

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the UPS brown trucks use a diesel engine, no way in heck is it in anyway related to the gas 3.9 we have in our Daks.



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4/27/2004
23:09:48

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Gas mileage is horrible in the 3.9 v6 dakotas. If you have the money, get the v8. You'll see better gas mileage and have more power. I should have just waited and got the v8. I have an 02 dakota sport regular cab 5 speed. Gears are a little whiny and seem to have alignment problems but nothing with the engine so far after 27000.



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4/28/2004
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I have an 87 3.9l with 245,000 and the darn thing just won't stop. I've owned it since it had 197,000 miles on it and it has only given me one problem and that was at 231,000 the alternator went bad but thats nothing. This truck is me and my wife's ONLY vehicle because I'm in tech right now and my funds are low so I need a dependable vehicle. when I get out of school I plan on getting a new one.



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4/28/2004
22:16:17

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"Gas mileage is horrible in the 3.9 v6 dakotas."

1992 Dak, 3.9L V-6, 128K miles, 4-speed auto 4WD club cab with cap:

16 mpg city, 20 mpg highway.



Ralphie
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4/28/2004
22:18:39

s-10 kicks dakotas ass anyday
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everyone at the www.s-10forum.com is saying that everyone that owns a dakota is a flamming fagg and would never be able to come cloose to a s-10 in a race if u think ur dakota is worth talking about go to the s-10 site and talk it over with ppl who have real trucks



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4/29/2004
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"Gas mileage is horrible in the 3.9 v6 dakotas."

1999 Dak, 3.9L V-6, 70K miles, 4-speed auto 2WD club cab: 12.5 mixed driving and never better than 15.7



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5/01/2004
00:50:05

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Humm bad mileage

I just put 500 miles on my 1995 4X4 it has a stock
92 3.9 with all the bolt ons and the PVI injector
system and driving between 60 to 70 got 23.8 mpg

city 20 to 21 mpg

3.55 gears jet 2 chip and 29.5 cooper st tires
also all amsoil sythetic fluids

Larry
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