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Old 06-02-2008, 10:51 AM   #1
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Proud owner of sweet used SMB loooking for free advice ...

Just picked up my 1995 SMB Dodge RB with 38K miles from original owner. I know it is not the 4WD Beasts usually discussed in this forum, but it will serve my purpose well (Mountain Biking excursions with the family).

I would value any "watch out for" or "tips of wisdom" from members with a similar vehicle.

Being that the SMB has such low mileage, and am not worried about to much at this point. I am thinking about getting a new radiator & waterpump installed just because of their age and my experience with amercian V8's.
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Old 06-02-2008, 11:49 AM   #2
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Congrats on the SMB purchase! If the original owner has taken good care of the SMB, you should get many miles out of such a low mileage vechicle.

And you don't need 4WD as often as you think.
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:45 PM   #3
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Re: Proud owner of sweet used SMB loooking for free advice .

I'm jealous, can you post some pics?

I have a 1995 Maxi 3500 130k miles, garage kept and in very good (for age) condition:
- The steering becomes loose because of a poorly designed coupler. Most shops will replace your front end. The coupler is made with rubber to absorb the road shock (similar to a 'rag joint' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rag_joint). I put some screws inside the coupler to stiffen the coupler....it works fine now.
- The fuel pump and filter are together. They are know to need replacement about 100k miles. You may wish to replace it due to age anyway. The pump cost about $300 and your have to drop the tank to get it out.
- Be carefull of the trans fluid you put in. Only use ATF+4 synthetic. Do not trust any shop to change your trans oil. I mistakenly put 1 quart of universal trans fluid and the trans acted funny(loosing overdrive). I flushed out and put in AFT+4... all OK now. The ATF+4 is $5/quart!
- The trans will shift funny in cold weather. This is normal. All the p/u trucks of that era had similar issues.
- The engine bearings/belts squeek like crazy in cold weather...this is normal
- The factory radio blew on me last month...this was a bonus as now i have a CD player with MP3 capabability. The stock Infinity speakers never sounded so good.
- I've been told that the cam chains tend to come loose over they years and effect performance.
- I get 14.5MPG driving 70MPH. If that gets worse I'll worry about the engine problems.

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Just picked up my 1995 SMB Dodge RB with 38K miles from original owner. I know it is not the 4WD Beasts usually discussed in this forum, but it will serve my purpose well (Mountain Biking excursions with the family).

I would value any "watch out for" or "tips of wisdom" from members with a similar vehicle.

Being that the SMB has such low mileage, and am not worried about to much at this point. I am thinking about getting a new radiator & waterpump installed just because of their age and my experience with amercian V8's.
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Also, the previous owner replaced the radiator at $130k miles. Its a tough pull since the radiator has to come out downward and the trans cooler is integrated. You might just want to inspect, flush and replace hoses instead.
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