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Old 11-22-2009, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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I have a 1999 Dodge Durango, which is all but dead in front of my house. I managed to blow the engine, transmission and radiator all in one fell swoop. This truck ran great until I neglected it, but my question is.... since I really can't buy anything new, would it be better (smarter) for me to get this car fixed, or to just get another used car?
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Earth
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What's the current market value of the vehicle? How much would it cost to repair it?

If the cost to repair exceeds book value then yes it's a lost cause, at least in my book. Neglect never gets you anywhere.
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Old 11-22-2009, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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s'bout 4k to get a similar truck in good condition... and in that, I'd have a truck that would still have mileage on it, so if I get a new engine/trans and radiator for a lil more than that and be done with it, I know i'd have it out of my mind.
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Old 11-22-2009, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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I have a 1999 Dodge Durango, which is all but dead in front of my house. I managed to blow the engine, transmission and radiator all in one fell swoop. This truck ran great until I neglected it, but my question is.... since I really can't buy anything new, would it be better (smarter) for me to get this car fixed, or to just get another used car?
NOT TO JUNK, BlackZappa.

Since you know and were happy with this truck . . . fixing it makes more sense than buying an unknown vehicle for probably more money than the repairs.
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Old 11-22-2009, 12:24 PM
 
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Yo , you wont in a million years get a new engine,tranny and radiator for "a little more" than 4 k. And this doesnt even include labor. If you are a good mechanic and have a shop you could come out ok if you got some good used parts and did it all yourself.
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Old 11-22-2009, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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you could buy two 99 durangos for the same cost as getting the old one fixed a new 5.9 or 5.2 V-8 and and a rebuilt 4 speed torqueflite will cost a bit it would be a waste of money you could get a newer model used 04-06 edition for around 8-10K I would look for a nice used hemi model that wat you got lots of power for passing and towing and better mpgs than the old 5.2 and 5.9's

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Old 11-22-2009, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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you could buy two 99 durangos for the same cost as getting the old one fixed a new 5.9 or 5.2 V-8 and and a rebuilt 4 speed torqueflite will cost a bit it would be a waste of money you could get a newer model used 04-06 edition for around 8-10K I would look for a nice used hemi model that wat you got lots of power for passing and towing and better mpgs than the old 5.2 and 5.9's
yeah, but my biggest concern is.... in 2-3 more years will I have to do the same thing all over again?

I'm worried about future repair cost... which seems to be a problem with American vehicles..
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Old 11-22-2009, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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yeah, but my biggest concern is.... in 2-3 more years will I have to do the same thing all over again?

I'm worried about future repair cost... which seems to be a problem with American vehicles..
I wouold get away from dodge and look for a decent used 99-06 tahoe or yukon witha 5.3 they are one of the best built full size suv's out there.
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Old 11-22-2009, 03:46 PM
 
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When Dodge makers wonder why they cant sell cars, Durango is one of the reasons. Ive never seen one that didnt give trouble. You might try a caravan,NOPE.they give trouble too...or maybe the liitle PT crusier ,,,,on second thought they also have problems according to the multitude of customer complaints........Gezzzz Lets face it, forget about anything made by this maker..
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:17 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Junk it!
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