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AngliaGT
10-12-2011, 01:01 AM
Our '94 Dakota needs work,& am looking at replacements.
I came accross this - but it needs engine work.
What do I do?

- Doug

https://medford.craigslist.org/cto/2590479008.html

NutmegCT
10-12-2011, 05:28 AM
Doug - what are some of the pro's and con's about it?

Tom

Gray_Cat
10-12-2011, 09:37 AM
Obviously you have to factor in the cost of transporting it and replacing the engine - my biggest worry would be; will it pass CA smog inspection after the engine replacement? Just saying; is the required smog equipment at least still there etc.? Would you consider putting a diesel in it - maybe it is a diesel???

TRMark
10-12-2011, 10:12 AM
A modern engine should not crap out at 113000 miles. What did they use the truck for? I would also worry about having to replace the tranny also.

Guest
10-12-2011, 12:43 PM
IIRC, they had engone problems but don't hold me to it. Hey, I have an idea, instead of replacing a broke truck with a broke truck, why not buy one that works! :laugh:

rick_ingram
10-12-2011, 01:33 PM
I know you like Dodge....but the Ford F150 is one heck of a vehicle!

TOC
10-12-2011, 02:02 PM
And my F-1 is still trucking along after 60+ years.....

John Turney
10-12-2011, 06:57 PM
.... Hey, I have an idea, instead of replacing a broke truck with a broke truck, why not buy one that works! :laugh:

What a CONCEPT! :banana:

AngliaGT
10-13-2011, 01:03 AM
Can you find me a nice truck witin my budget?

- Doug

NutmegCT
10-13-2011, 05:12 AM
Doug - give us some examples of what you're finding and what you need, and we can give you some comments.

Tom

PAUL161
10-13-2011, 06:02 AM
My Chevy step side I bought new in 93 has 227,000 miles on it and the engine has never been touched. Just had the front end rebuilt. Sorry, but I don't like Chrysler products. Bad experiences over the years. PJ

aeronca65t
10-13-2011, 06:17 AM
It sounds like you'll have to fork out at least $5K in cash to get that 11 year old Dakota up and running.

The MSRP on a new Chevy Colorado 2WD pickup is about $17K (and my local dealers have even better deals than this)
And interest rates on new car loans are close to zero.

These days, I'm inclined to buy a new, base-model vehicle rather than a fancy used one. Then I don't have to even <span style="text-decoration: underline">think</span> about my daily transportation for at least 5 or 6 years.

Your mileage may vary. <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

Guest
10-13-2011, 07:57 AM
It sounds like you'll have to fork out at least $5K in cash to get that 11 year old Dakota up and running.

The MSRP on a new Chevy Colorado 2WD pickup is about $17K (and my local dealers have even better deals than this)
And interest rates on new car loans are close to zero.

These days, I'm inclined to buy a new, base-model vehicle rather than a fancy used one. Then I don't have to even <span style="text-decoration: underline">think</span> about my daily transportation for at least 5 or 6 years.

Your mileage may vary. <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

Play your cards right and get a program vehicle with only 20K on the clock for thousands less. I haven't kept up while I was working, but there was a time when new was a better deal than used. With today's economy you should be able to work a pretty good deal. Used trucks bring TOP dollar down here.

20K program cars are lease returns and 50K are rental buy back units and are by no means new but still may get a great deal. If you want to go new, PM me. I have a trick that will get you a great deal.

jessebogan
10-13-2011, 01:24 PM
First of all, does this broken truck run at all? If not, are you sure the tranny works? or anything else for that matter. Second, how did they kill a truck engine in 113K? What kind of maintainence did it get? None? I have a buddy w/ a Dodge van (full sized) with a V6. It is over 250K and still runs... Find a better truck.

AngliaGT
10-13-2011, 11:51 PM
I've got around $2500 + my old Dakota to spend.
I've thought about this truck - I'd have to pay for
an engine swap,or it'd take me forever to get it done.
I'd love to have a Ford F150,but most of them are
way out of my price range.
And I'm not fond of GM stuff - owned a '94 Suburban,
&amp; don't want another (cheap plastic dases,etc.).

- Doug

Guest
10-14-2011, 07:20 AM
Can you thin the herd some more to get more cake?

AngliaGT
10-14-2011, 08:17 PM
Billy,

Looking into that,but I need to do this to the Cortina before I
can sell it,&amp; I have LOTS of work to do to the B210,&amp; I need to get
the bumper fixed on the '60 Chevy panel truck,and....

- Doug