Buying a 2003 Hemi quad cab 4x4 with 78k on it this week. This is my first ram with this many miles on it. What service should I do on it? What things should I check out?
If you google it, you'll get some vendors. It replaces the Y style linkage with a stronger T style, new tie rod ends, new pitman arm, and new steering dampner. It;s a TSB through Dodge. It's a stronger design, and very reccommended.Well... thats a long list. Whats the 09 steering upgrade?
Perhaps in a perfect world. Negotiate the best deal based on the vehicle's condition. I would personally perfer seeing the vehicle before it being prepared for resale and do the service work myself. Not all 03/04 have bad valve springs, the problem is it is impossible to know which do or don't. Changing them is cheap insurance. Good luck....Well everyone should do the oil change, air filter and fluid flush for you when you buy a new or used car/truck
Nothing against the guys that own them but after seeing all the info on this and other websites I wouldn't buy an 03.
If you are going to get it I would have to agree with all of the above items and unless the seller has proof the valve springs have been replaced I would factor that into the purchase price.
The rear end issue is a C clip on the 1500s. It really doesn't even need to be in there. My 03 has no rust, or bubbling, and I live in MN with plenty of snow/rain/salt. A weekly carwash and detail to drying it out can solve this problem. IMO I would get the 03, less miles and cheaper. Springs are a "safety net". Some are defective, MOST are not. I didn't wait, at 52k I swapped them over to 6.1 springs. I now have 52,700 miles on itOk thanks for all the input. I like the 04 better but its got some bubbles of rust and the drivers seat is in poor condition, its got 36,000 more miles and its almost 3grand more so I'm liking the 03 alot better so far. I've also heard that the rear ends issues are very common in these trucks as well as rust. Keeping my fingers crossed I pick the better one lol