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Joe
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8/01/2004
15:00:18

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I have a chance to buy a 1993 auto ext cab dakota with the V6 Magnum engine and 156,000 miles. I was wondering how good this engine is and how reliable is it? I will use it for hauling a few things about it, any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Joe



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8/01/2004
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Think of it as this....simple equation

239 = 318 - 2 cyl

318 = One of the best and most popular derby engines as well as one of Chryslers best motors

One of the best and most popular derby engines as well as one of Chryslers best motors = RELIABILITY



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8/01/2004
16:01:47

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I like to use the 239ci or 318ci in my chrysler cars for derbies. Both run great the times Ive used them. I had one of my 239 blocks with 213,000 miles on it go to the feature and finish 3rd overall! As long as they have fuel they will run! I would say that 93 has some life left on her but how much are they wanting? Some more info would help.



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8/02/2004
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My 3.9has 180,000 miles on it, and it still runs liek a top and hauls ass... but its a pre-magnum motor... so I guess that was pointless, lol
---Kracker



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8/02/2004
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I have a '95 Dakota club cab 4x4 with 3.9L Magnum. It has just over 142,000 miles on it. I've experienced a few things fail over the years (I purchased it in summer '98 with 39k miles).

I do regular mainteance / prevenative maintenance on it and it's been very good and reliable.
The biggest issues I've had so far

- a/c compressor just failed (see previous post)
- fuel guage failure (happened once, failing again) - i can't rely on gas guage to determine how much fuel, i reply on milage and gas low light.
- radiator / water pump, hoses, etc. (likely coolant system parts that i expected to fail)
- master cylinder which caused roters, calipers, etc to fail.
- replace brake pads 10-14 months, i do a lot of stop and go city driving.

I'll admit, i'm not johnny on the spot with the routine maintenance, sometims oil changes happen at 4,000 miles ,etc.

I've pulled trailers (2-3k lbs) with no issues other than horrible gas milage (10-12 mpg).

if the money is right, go for it.



Jolly90Dakota
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8/02/2004
15:11:54

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My '90 3.9L has 236,000. Still runs like a dream. doesn't use oil, just drips it a little :D
I love it. damn good Engine!



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8/02/2004
17:53:02

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ive got a 3.9L 91 dakota and i was wondering what would be the best number of boltons with out spray or boost in the list. i was planin on bolting on a set of headers a chip and trying to find some info on tb's any help would be great. my engine is a pre mag so i think i have like 170 stock im not sure?



Jolly90Dakota
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8/02/2004
18:16:01

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I think its more along the line of 125, That what my '90 has, and I'm fairly sure they didn't raise the bar untill '93 when the Mags where put in.



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8/02/2004
18:26:10

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so what boltons can i add a notice a considerable add gain.



Jolly90Dakota
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8/02/2004
19:07:40

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I noticed More torque from a hoter spark
MSD/Nology (You'll notice this and it's probably the cheapest)
and Underdrive pulleys help alot with HP
A new Cam, and Electric fan.
off the top of my head.



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8/03/2004
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i sold my 94 dak over two years ago for a new 02 smae truck. i had a 94 cc, 3.9 4wd, i dont remember what gears it had. but i liked that truck more than the one i have now. it had more room, more power, better gas mileage. more comfortable bench seats! more room under the hood. when i traded it in, it had just over 126,000. i bought it used it had 38,000. i got rid of it for two reasones.

1, the transmission was going bad. it it was the second one it had since i owned it. AND 2, it was starting to rust pretty badly, and i didnt want to send the time and money.

other than i made the mistake of letting dodge sell me another factory tranny, i would have kept that truck. i know there was little difference with the 93, 94, and 95s. my only suggestion is..... GIVE THE TRANSMISSION A GOOD LOOK OVER !!!!!!!



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4/07/2011
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I have a 92 dokota I wana swap to 318
what all would I need to do/ expect also
switchin fro fuel injected to carborated



Preston
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5/02/2011
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I have a 90' Dakota and it has 282k on it and its a pre-mag 3.9. It runs great and does everything I need it to do and more. All though it lacks power and fuel mileage it is a great engine. The best part is it is all orignal, even the 3 speed trans with overdrive. I only wish I could find some good performance parts for it to increase my overall HP and Tourque. Any ideas or comments?



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5/11/2011
16:38:43

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with over a quarter million miles the best bang for your buck will be a rebuild, sorry to say it but your compression is probably really low and nothing else will cure that.



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5/11/2011
18:05:49

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Drop in a Mag. 3.9 or 5.2



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6/15/2011
23:31:46

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I am looking at a 2008 chrysler t&c with a 3.9L engine and 6 speed tranny. It has 20,000miles on it. Would I be making a bad move if I bought it?



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6/16/2011
07:09:38

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that 3.9 is not the same as the one in the Dakotas.



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6/16/2011
08:18:37

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That's not a 3.9L in that car - it was discontinued by then. He might have a 3.8L, entirely different engine.



Jenna
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6/16/2011
15:25:59

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Hey there,
Wasnt 100% sure where to post.. I just had a question, im looking into getting a 2003 Dakota quad cab 2wd or a 2001 dakota sport 2wd both 3.9l v6 .. I dont know much about trucks .. at all but i was just wondering if those engines have timing chains or timing belts , and if its a timing chain how often to they have to be replaced? I keep hearing people say, make sure the timing belts been replaced if it has over 100 *** on it but now someone told me trucks have timing chains? Im confused !! lol

I know im likely in the wrong spot but any help would be greatly appreciated !!!

Thanks,
Jenna :)



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6/16/2011
16:57:51

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TIMING CHAIN, Chain



JB
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7/11/2011
13:08:12

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Can you put a 3.9 out of a 1992 Dakota into a 2000 Dakota? Will there be any issues to overcome?



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