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Old 08-09-2014, 03:40 PM
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So I found a 2011 Citadel priced well and am thinking hard about it. My big concern, it has 135k miles. I figure you guys are the best to ask, how concerned should I be about that high mileage. I'm buying it so I can pull a camper which will be at least 5k lbs., several times a year, possibly on long trips.

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Old 08-09-2014, 03:45 PM
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It's probably a great deal. I drive close to 40,000 per year myself and at that mileage you know it's all highway driving so the truck is probably pretty much like new
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Old 08-09-2014, 07:36 PM
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don't know where you are but I just traded in an 11R/T in Alvin with 49k miles on it.
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Old 08-09-2014, 07:54 PM
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So I found a 2011 Citadel priced well and am thinking hard about it. My big concern, it has 135k miles. I figure you guys are the best to ask, how concerned should I be about that high mileage. I'm buying it so I can pull a camper which will be at least 5k lbs., several times a year, possibly on long trips.

Thanks in advance for helping out the newbie!

Shawn
Given the issues with the TIPM that were supposedly resolved in 2014, the quirkiness of the 5 and 6-speed automatics, and the LED lights new in 2014, I wouldn't buy anything pre-2014 myself. Regarding miles - my 2012 has 47k. Had the rack replaced under warranty, and numerous service bulletins applied mostly for transmission. Just getting ready to replace the tires for the first time.

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Old 08-09-2014, 10:11 PM
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Carfax shows it was a local trade and dealer says it was almost all highway miles. I just don't have experience with Durangos so I'm not sure if 135k miles is a concern, or if with proper maintenance they'll run for 250k without an issue. This one has a the Hemi engine as well. I'm in Wisconsin.
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Another big question, how much?
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Old 08-09-2014, 10:52 PM
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Carfax shows it was a local trade and dealer says it was almost all highway miles. I just don't have experience with Durangos so I'm not sure if 135k miles is a concern, or if with proper maintenance they'll run for 250k without an issue. This one has a the Hemi engine as well. I'm in Wisconsin.
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Misread your original post, thought you said 13.5k and wondered why that worried you. The other poster is right - all depends on the price. I'd be concerned about the transmission and the TIPM. If the TIPM fails, you will be spending over $1,100 to fix it. Transmission will be more. If the vehicle is cheap, those costs will be a significant portion of it and will be painful to do.
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Another big question, how much?
Just under $21k without any negotiation having been done.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:29 AM
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Is it a stealership with a shop and might they include some warranty, even 30-90 days? Tires OK? Brakes been done? If they can't tell you when the transmission/transfer case/axles fluids were last changed then get them to throw that in. Same with coolant.

Blue Book price for a loaded 2011 Hemi AWD Citadel with average mileage of about 44k miles prices out at about $33k. Pricing is based on actual sales examples, and since few have 135k miles, there is no real pricing data. Obviously talk them down as much as possible and get as much thrown in as you can. If it is from a Dodge/Chrysler dealer get them to apply all of the available TSB's which are just patches. If it hasn't had TSB 09-002-13 for oil burning after parking uphill, that is worth doing. It involves replacing the oil pan, and when they did mine at 35k miles, they discovered and replaced a bad rack.
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It is at a Dodge dealer. Thanks for the ideas everyone. I think the price is good but I'm just not sure I want to risk buying something with that many miles on it.
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