NOT a Jeep Question, but I know you guys can help me!!!
Ok here's the story thus far:
I have a 98 Dodge Ram, see below, Which i bought brand new in july of 98. It has been a great truck, almost troublefree. Couple minor things like trim pieces and all, but nothing major...until now. The truck has a 3 year 36,000 mile warranty on it. To date its got about 34,500. My owners manual recommends auto trans service at 60,000 miles, but everyone i talked to said to drop the $60 and get it done at 30,000 miles if i want it to last. I do very little 4 wheeling with it, except pulling buddy's jeeps out the mud. (Yes Yours, Ted!!!) I towed with it once, but only a u-haul trailer. Anyways i got the trans serviced by the local Dodge Dealer and have had nothing but problems with it since. In the first 30,000 miles of ownership, i had 0 problems with it, in the last 5,000, almost all of which I-95 miles, it has been to the dealer 3 times and goes back monday. They keep telling me its my imagination. It has been in twice for leaks, and once for slipping. Each time it was my IMAGINATION. Well, after my last 1200 mile trip, somewhere along the line, the trans decided to make its mark on 95 and spill its guts. It started acting funny about 900 miles into the trip, but i wasnt about to stop where i was. I get back, check the dipstick and its bone dry. This long trip could not have been good on that trans. What could this have done to the Trans Internally? Is it toast? Now it slips, wont go into gear, and you say a Hail Mary before shifting into reverse. Am I wrong to go to the dealership tomorrow morning with all the service orders insisting the problems were my "Imagination" and that i request a new Trans? Those are my intentions. I would like all of your opinions, thanks guys, I appreciate it...but i think i may need the Moonguys on this one, CJDave, tell them the beer's on Ice and waiting!!
PS-> Looking for a project CJ-7, Cheap, Have tow-rig (sans transmission) will travel!
1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 Laramie SLT Sport Plus--5.9L 360, auto, 3.92s, antispin, BFG A/Ts.