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212K on the odo. previous owner claims there's 60K on a rebuild but no paperwork... the longblock looks minty fresh, but all under hood components are very aged. No issues except for a battery drain over night which is NOT the rear windshield wiper motor :( Still draining from the interior circuit though.
 

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Can I play too? Almost 262K on this 03' Dakota, which is basically a Durango with a bed. 4.7L with the 545RFE 5 speed automatic. Both engine and tranny are running flawlessly. In the past year or so, I had a rough idle but solved that with a new mopar TPS and IAC valve clean. It idles smooth and quiet now and I can't see any noticeable oil consumption.

I think the heavy duty tow package had a lot to do with the tranny lasting so long, because it has a large cooler up front. I also added a drain plug last time I pulled the pan and now I drain it every 25K.

Here is a 1998 Dakota that was sold with 623K on the clock. I would like to think it's still going today.

http://www.allpar.com/cars/stories/shatto.php
 

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2000 r/t sc

Pushing 266,000 On my motor. Only replaced wear and tear parts so far. No major drive train issues. Still scream 130mph on the highway on occasion. lol
 

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MoparMe Update

2001 Durango SLT 4x4 w/the original 4.7.

257k & rolling strong. Full front end rebuild at 252k w/all new upper/lower a-arms & bushings, inner/outer tie rod ends, upper/lower ball joints, Powerstop drilled slotted rotors w/matched pads, NAPA rack and pinion, and Monroe Reflex shocks. Approx. $950.00 (Mevotech kit + all other parts from Rock Auto) in parts and 2 full days in my garage (92 degrees) that took about 5 years off of my life!! The D looks and drives like new without a car payment!!

Other than the rack and pinion, not too bad of a job. Living outside of Memphis for the past 14 years so the truck is very clean underneath...no corrosion or rust.

Transmission Control Module went out....$35 dollars at the U-Pull It and all is back to normal.

Leaking Cam Position Sensor (repeat issue) replacement this weekend.

Very happy with my Durango......XM radio next.
 

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MoparMe Update 2

268k on the original 4.7 and trans. Front cv joints are noisy....otherwise the truck is moving towards the 300k goal.
 

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4/10 Mechanic....in my opinion :p

Just wondering....

What is the highest mileage 1st gen durango with a 5.9 without a rebuild? I know i don't hold the record obviously but some friends and I were just wanting to know just to know.

Sitting at 236,000 and purring like a kitten...

What ya got :) Thanks
 

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Hi, my 2002 5.9 R/T (California) had/has 313,000 miles on it......and blew a head gasket passenger side between cyl 6 and 8. Not a huge surprise, this seemed to be a weak point back in the day on the LA blocks as well. Instead of replacing the gasket and resurfacing the head, since I had so many miles on it (hard miles), I went with rebuilding the whole engine......AND since I was at it, I pulled the 46RE and had it rebuilt (and pulled the exhaust and had MagnaFlow custom build me a replacement). Here is my issue: It was Aug 2020 when I started and now its Feb 2021 and I am slowly buttoning up. However, there are parts that are just impossible to find (thanks Dodge!). The heat shield (53031043AB) in particular. Does anyone know of a source that is now making aftermarket parts for my beast...particularly the heat shield? Or do I gotta make this damn stamped aluminum heat shield myself? Cant even find a replacement engine wiring harness anymore (which would really be helpful since all of those plastic connections are cracked due to heat and age)....so sad.
Any info would help.
Thanks,
Rick
 
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