Originally Posted by nismothunder
Engine and tranny are fine. The rear axle is the weak link in the early models. I don't remember if they ever did fix it. But the Spider gears in the rear axle (Dana 44) were cast using a cheaper methed. But from what I remember that was roughly the 04-07 models.
I have a 2004 and the engine and trans are fantastic 155000 not one mechanical problem. The spider gears did fail in mine as well as the axle seal. I replaced the chuck with a Detroit limited slip rear end and it will go now.