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Hello all. A first time Dodge owner here. Couple weeks ago my I took my daughter out driving my Grand Cherokee on her shinny new permit. Light turns yellow about 30 feet from it and guy makes a shot at a left cutting in front of us. Well the Jeep was totaled and no one hurt.

So yesterday I went to dealership to check out a replacement Jeep. While waiting around I asked to drive this beautiful black durango RTjust out of curiosity. Holy mother of god..... I feel instantly in love with this thing. I was going for a newer model Jeep but this Dodge blew me away. I got the truck for $13500. Previous owner must have kept it in garage. This is absolutely NO rust, dirt or anything on this truck anywhere. Interior looks so close to new I couldnt believe it. It has 57k miles on it. Thing runs flawlessly. They put new brakes on for me before I drove it home. Also talked him into brand new tires. They put on some Goodyear wranglers. Very nice wide tires.

My questions for you is; What should I do first thing in next couple weeks owning this truck?

I don't know what type oils and fluids was used previously. Should I take it to a shop and have oil drained and replaced with a Good Synthetic oil? Same for trans?
Should I replace the air filter with one of those K&N ones? If so, where can I buy one? Napa?
Should I throw away the plugs and wires the dealers install and get some high performance ones?
Or even a complete tune up from a good specialist shop?

Any other things I should do right away to get best performance/mpg out of truck?

They did give me a 2 year limited warranty. So I'm not sure what I can do to not screw up my warranty. It was from a local 5 star chrysler dealer.

I dont have a picture to show you but I can incluse the link to dealership showing the truck. Until the remove it that is.
http://www.telegraph.fivestardealers.com/Chrysler/index.cgi?dc=1a

sorry cant link directly to the truck but its under used vehicles. The black 2000 durango RT
 

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Welcome to the site first,Enjoy your new Ride
I would do the tranny,30,000 miles for every service on it,Who knows if it was done before
Oil changes are cheap enough,Mobil 1 or a Amsoil would be Great
Flush cooling system,Then you know whats in there This coming COLD Mi winter
Diffs should be serviced as well,Quailty Mobil 1 or Amsoil
K-N drop in will do as good as a FIPK-II and save you some Change
Tune-up with a colder plug (autolite 3923) brass cap-rotor from Napa

That will keep you busy for a few nights

RICK
 
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Thank you. I'll be getting this stuff done this weekend. Won't do the fluids myself though. Wouldnt I need proof of service to have in case of warranty problems?

Also, I'm nervous about that oil sludge thing I keep reading about. I removed the oil cap and it looked like a little old oil residue sticking on cap under side. Wiping it removed it but maybe I'm just getting paranoid. Never really looked so close at a oil cap before. If I have that sludge problem that causes blown engines.... will I get enough warning somehow to forsee it happening and advoid it? Would the high grade synthetic oil help stop that from happening?
 

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Congrats on the new truck!! ...... what was the name of the dealer??....i live near you and i baught my truck at Bruce Campbell Dodge on telegraph.....

If you want I can help you out with some of the stuff you want to do with your truck....Im a ASE certified tech at a chevy dealer so i sorta kno my way around a truck.....just dont wanna see you get ripped off
 
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Great :biggthump

I bought it at Telegraph cryrsler jeep. They seemed to be really helpful. Was nice enough to have a mechanic drive it with me and recommend new brakes before I took it home. Mechanic was very honest and told me it had been serviced with new ball joints per a recall and to bring it in in a few months to have it checked out if I wanted to. I don't know a whole lot about automobile repairs. I would be happy to get in touch with you t discuss this awesome new truck and how I should go about upgrading it. my email is: [email protected]. Live in Allen park. Probably going to have the oil drained and filled with Mobil 1 synth. And the tranny drained and filled with a good fuild also. Not sure what other type fluids to use for other areas. I will put a K7N filter in also.

I might just do the fluid changes myself because I just bought it so this change won't really need to have a recipe for it since its just off the lot. I might try and remove the oil pan to look for sludge also. Any advice on what to look out for removing the pan?
 

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congrats on your new D
 
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