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well, i had a tow truck come pick her up this morning. it kinda sucked hearing the drivers comments - he owned a 2004' dodge ram, had it in the shop 33 times he said..( seems like alot to me) before going to arbitration and getting out of the loan. he said he forfeited the truck as he couldnt take it anymore. he must of had a real lemon. like i said earlier, this is the first problem i am having with this truck and it doesnt seem like too many of you know of problems with the 4.7 motor. it looks like i'll have the head gasket job done. i have to decide on monday.
i'm still curious to know how many 2002 trucks with the 4.7 motor are either going strong or have had problems. do any of you have over 120,000 miles on your motors yet? if so, how are they running? your comments are needed to help me decide what to do with my truck..
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I have an 03' Ram with the 4.7, right at 59,XXX miles, and absolutely no problems. My buddy has an 02 Dakota with the 4.7 and he has 157k on it, no problems whatsoever.. Still gets 18mpg, clean oil changes, regular maintenance. The 4.7 is a great truck engine, and should last forever. Sounds like you problem is just something that happened, don't be afraid to fix it. That engine isnt even broken in yet at only 77k miles...
I have a 2002 dodge 4.7 liter and also have a problem i had to replace the radiator because of a crack and i also have a crack in head (the motor was never overheated) behind the exhaust valve. she went to the dealer and they called me to say that not only do i have a cracked head but also the motor is bad (there was no cross hatch marks on the cylinder walls). i have 62,xxx miles on her and i wonder why after 62k the motor is bad. the dealer said that it would be 8,000 + to replace the motor and they had to send an independent inspector to look at the motor and see if it is under warranty.it has been there a week and so far no word on if it will be covered. i'm curious how could a motor be bad after 62k? i drive it 10-15 miles a day back and forth to work and have made a couple of trips to Arizona.