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tropical breeze
10-09-2009, 11:17 PM
1997 Dodge 1500 club cab does anyone have this truck ? I am looking at one to purchase my issue is it has 171,000 miles on it. Is this kinda mileage to high.

10-11-2009, 10:45 PM
Those trucks are known to have a lot of transmission problems. Ask the owner if it is the original tranny, have had any problems, if the tranny fluid was regularly changed, etc.

Kennedy Landscaping
10-17-2009, 08:10 AM
I've heard this as a rumor so don't hold me to it. But I always hear that the transmissions go to crap about 80,000. Our 03 Dodge was just in the shop about a month ago for transmission problems. And I know another guy who had transmission issues in his Dodge.

10-18-2009, 02:22 AM
You need at least a 3/4 ton to pull a trailer full time, that's a 1/2 ton.

tropical breeze
10-19-2009, 11:27 AM
Thanks for the info I will keep looking.

10-22-2009, 01:52 PM
I have a dodge 3/4 ton 4x4 extended cab diesel.. about 180k miles on it.. transmission is just starting to have issues and it has pulled a gooseneck trailer all its life! :)

Dodge AUTO transmissions are the weak link.. a new suncoast or similar will run about $3-6k installed.. and most seem to go out around 80-120k miles.

Get a diesel even used.. the torque will be VERY helpful in pulling a trailer and if you want get a bio diesel setup going and you can make your own diesel for under $1/gallon!

tropical breeze
10-22-2009, 10:30 PM
wow thanks. Hey your not far from me is business tough in the winter for you there in Tampa I live in North Port next to Sarasota.

10-23-2009, 03:03 AM
Yeah, it IS the transmission...

Glad someone's taking notes :p

And if you think 3/4 tons don't last...
Wait till you get into a 1/2 ton.
I've seen those burn out in 6-12 months.

The problem with replacing such a transmission, is the cost of that is more than the truck is worth...

As of now I get 4-5 years out of a 3/4 ton, seems none of them last forever.
Really a full ton would be nice, but the problem is as we step up in the models, so does the price...

My current truck is a '95 D-2500, best working transmission yet but I also change the trans fluid and filter every 10,000 miles.

I will say this...
Better off getting a slightly older 3/4 ton than a newer 1/2 ton, here I am assuming the price for the truck staying the same.
That is, if you have x thousand dollars you can spend, you will see how you have
to get a slightly older 3/4 vs. a 1/2, because the 3/4's cost more.

Mileage is a big thing, try and get one not much over 100,000, less is better.

10-25-2009, 02:42 AM
i would pass on that deal and try to find something with fewer miles on it