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Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota.....VIDEO added #1737220
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I pick it up tomorrow.

Here's the CL ad...... Dodge Dakota 93

Pics from ad....(and the ad in case the seller deletes it)





I have a truck for sale. It served as a work truck for me during the weekends and helped out when my main car broke down.

1993 Dodge Dakota 1/2 ton. half cab. smaller seats in the back.
159k miles - engine is still strong. V6- so it doesn't guzzle the gas, but still performs.
Transmission feels like it could be starting to slip, but still runs well.
It has a strong and powerful exhaust system - pretty loud. Magna flow, duel exhaust, brand new catalytic converter.
Nice new radio with remote.
Power doors and windows.
clean and well taken care of interior.

Exterior paint needs work. Chips and dents around the truck.
Also, the back window is shattered, but still in tact. Been driving like that for a couple months, don't want to pay to replace.

It's a great first truck for anyone starting to drive and a great work truck for weekend projects or taking the dogs to the park.


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Yes, it needs work, but, it drives out fine as it sits. I don't think there is anything wrong with trans. Truck doesn't have the 'snap' of a new car, so, he's taking it as the transmission is slipping. I didn't get above 45 MPH due to Friday traffic, but, it shifted up and down with no pause or lag. Reverse grabbed just fine.

The exhaust is new, but, it sounds too 'ricey' with the muffler they used.

The guy I'm buying it from bought it from the original owner a little over a year and a half ago. The truck comes with a 2 inch stack of receipts going back to day one for all maintenance and work done.

Most pressing issue for me is the AC not working. Everything is there and hooked up, so, hopefully not a big deal to get working again. Tachometer is 'stuck' at 3500 RPMS but speedometer works fine.

Paint is coming off in sheets on the roof. I'll probably end up doing a brush and roller job on it once the weather warms up.

Seller wanted $1750, I offered $1400, he countered at $1600 and I left it at that.

I'm all excited and can't wait to get it home tomorrow.


John

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Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: Satilite73] #1737221
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good score. dump a bottle of seafoam trans fluid into it, and see how it does. back window should be cheap. if it's too cold to paint, it's too cold for a/c.


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Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: Golden-Arm] #1737222
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No need to add anything to the trans if it's working right. Don't mess with a good thing. I have seen cleaners etc. loosen stuff up and cause problems that weren't there to begin with.

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Funny you mention using seafoam, the truck comes with a bottle of it. Seller claims he never put it in because he wasn't sure if there actually was a problem.

Fluid isn't bright pink, but, it doesn't look like tar and doesn't smell burnt, so I'm thinking it may just need new fluid and filter.


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Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: Satilite73] #1737224
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if you're going to replace the filter and fluid, use the seafoam. it will clean up the system, and remove varnishes and sediments, before you do the change.


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Funny you mention using seafoam, the truck comes with a bottle of it. Seller claims he never put it in because he wasn't sure if there actually was a problem.




Well he sure did not buy it to drink. I suspect there is clutch seal problems. Time will tell but I suspect a rebuild is in your future.

Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: NITROUSN] #1737226
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No new pics yet, but, I got the truck home earlier today.

At this point, I don't think anything is wrong with the trans. It shifts great, and the OD even works as it should.

Speaking of things working, everything BUT the AC works. The power windows, the power door locks, the power mirrors, the cruise control......

I drove it about 10 miles today, it tracks straight, doesn't pull or wander when you hit the brakes. Only issue I need to look into is slight vibration at certain speeds. I think it may be the old kinda chunky truck tires that are on it now, but I'm not sure.

One thing I missed when I looked the truck over yesterday in the dwindling sunlight I had, the blue is not the original color. The truck has been painted once already, it was originally a goldish color. Not a big deal to me, was probably painted to cover up the original crappy paint job.

All in all, I'm happy with it.

Now, I need to educate myself on all that is Dakota. Any good sites out there?



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Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: Satilite73] #1737227
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Decent truck for the money. I miss my '96 I just sent to the yard. I have a nice set of Lund taillight trim if your interested, PM me.


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Just drive it! mine got better after a week of daily driving, as it had been for sale for months, and unused a couple of years before that (I bought it thru a charity).

I gotta say, I am putting WAY more miles on my Dak than I thought I would! I REALLY like driving this thing! It rides decent, it's comfy enough, and I remain a truck guy at heart anyway!

The most sad part about it is when it finally does die, there really isn't anything to replace it but another one, and I'm already at the older side of truck life already!

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Service the trans... replace filter, add a couple turns to the line pressure screw, set the front band with about 1/8th inch play at the apply end, set the rear band for about 1/4 inch and refill with type f fluid NOT any of the high detergent super slipery synthetic modern fluids.

The trans will thank you


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I'm taking notes people. Any helpful tips or tricks are greatly appreciated!

Found this pic thru google. I think this is how the truck was originally painted, (but with dark blue).



Didn't get to really mess with it today. Most of the receipts that came with it are a bust because the ink has faded away. The oldest receipt I could read was from 2000 for an oil filter.

In the pile I did find a partial window sticker, I think it said it sold for almost $14K new? It was a pretty loaded out truck. It sold new in Waco. I haven't run a carfax, but, based on the receipts I can read, the truck has always been in this part of TX.


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Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: Satilite73] #1737231
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Any good sites out there?





Congrats on your purchase.
There's a ton of info on Dakota-durango.com if you wade thru the bullcrap there.

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Went out this morning and fired it up to see how it starts dead cold. No issues, fired right up.

BUT....two thing became readily apparent,

1) the exhaust/muffler have GOT to be changed back to stock (or at least something quieter)

2) the heater controls do nothing. The fan works, the heater hoses underhood get hot, but, nothing happens in the cab. No matter which button you push, air comes out of the defrost and floor vents. No matter where you slide the temp control, no heat comes out. Hmmm...


One nice surprise this morning regarding the truck, NO puddles underneath it. Yay! My ol' Caravan was always marking its territory (not a lot, but, enough). I HATE leaks!

I'm gonna have to find me a shop manual or at least a Haynes manual.


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Here's a quick video of the Dakota. Be sure to have your speakers turned DOWN because I do start it.

No driving shots yet as I still need to register it.


Dakota walk around



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Oil pressure looks good, but I would say your idle is a little high.

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Oil pressure looks good, but I would say your idle is a little high.




lol....driving it home, I smacked the dash once and the tach needle went from 3500 to where it is now, and stayed there.


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You did just fine! A good deal on the truck, John!

I see it's blue even low on the firewall. Your earlier comment about it being repainted from gold I don't think is correct.

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Have you checked for a vacuum line leak to fix the heater problem? And the idle does sound a little high(not going by the tach) which again may be a vacuum leak.

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Haven't checked anything yet. Was taking advantage of the weather and getting caught up on a few things around the house.....

Might have found a new issue. Turned the truck around and the passenger side floor mat moved. It was floating, there's standing water on the pass side. Doesn't smell like anti-freezw though......


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You did just fine! A good deal on the truck, John!

I see it's blue even low on the firewall. Your earlier comment about it being repainted from gold I don't think is correct.




On the sides of the truck, down low, and up high, where the paint has peeled, I see gold. In the middle, like on the above truck, I see just blue.



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