Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: hi, I need some help to decide weather to purchase a 2000 dodge ram 1500 magnum or a 2003 dodge ram 1500 small engine

asked by on

hi, I need some help to decide weather to purchase a 2000 dodge ram 1500 magnum or a 2003 dodge ram 1500 small engine. they are around the same price, the 2000 has 109000 miles and it's really clean, tires need to be replaced. the 2003 belongs to a friend, had overheating problems but radiator and pump were replaced, tires and brakes are new, it has 125000 miles.

A: On the 2000 magnum you can expect to pay $5...

On the 2000 magnum you can expect to pay $500 on tires. If the 2003 had an overheating issue, whether or not it get fixed is a concern. The 2003 is a newer vehicle even though it has 15k more miles. My best guess could possibly not be very accurate, since it comes down to the condition and how good they look to me.

I would recommend having a professional mechanic do a complete pre-purchase inspection on both trucks in order to give you an idea of the problems they may have. Afterwards you’ll have the information to make an informed decision.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Do you need to remove radiator to replace water pump

You may not have to, however it will make getting to the water pump much easier. This is a job where it is a matter of convenience if you have the time and patience, however if you are in a...

Q: Transmission not shifting, overdrive button on dash doesn't work

Hello, thanks for writing in. I'd be happy to offer my insight. It sounds like your car has an electrical problem. I would start by checking the signal going to the transmission from the computer. It may not have the...

Q: There is an awful clunking rattling noise when the engine is running.

Hi there. There could be either the engine is having a bearing slap on the rod bearings with too much wear causing the noise or an accessory on the engine is locking up making the belt tensioner pop back and...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.