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    This is a discussion on Preparing for the inevitable... within the Dodge Dart GT forums, part of the Dodge Dart GT Forum - Dodge Dart GT Discussion category; Haven't posted in a while, but have been hoovering around, picking up tips here and there for my Dart. As it's a 2014 GT with ...

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      Preparing for the inevitable...

      Haven't posted in a while, but have been hoovering around, picking up tips here and there for my Dart. As it's a 2014 GT with a manual transmission, I know that it was a roll of the dice whether the touch screen, or the clutch gives out, especially since when I first got it, it had close to 130k miles on it. However, I've been lucky so far. The touch screen hasn't glitched out on me, and the car is still running well, even with all the miles I've been putting on it (I have an hour commute to and from work on the highway), but I'm not naive enough to believe this will last forever. It's like I can hear the clock ticking when it comes to the transmission, and I don't want to be caught off guard when it happens.

      So I've been thinking that it would just be a good idea to buy the parts I need now, bit by bit, so when any slipping starts to happen, I won't have to deal with a huge expense up front. I know that the usual advice would just be to get rid of the Dart and get something else, but I actually do really like this car still, and want to hold on to her for as long as I can. So I figure just preparing for a breakdown is better than just getting hit with one and having to deal with the price of repair right then and there.

      So how crazy am I?
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      not crazy at all in my opinion. i think its great you want to be prepared for the future issues. only thing is that you really dont want parts like that just sitting around. get them as they are needed
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      If you haven't replaced the clutch delete valve with the Deyeme CDV delete, do that. As far as buying parts, check the inventory of any self serve junkyards in your area for wrecked Darts. Junkyard parts are oem quality for way cheaper than a dealer. Look for things like struts, axles, and engine sensors but if you see anything that can be pulled in good condition, go for it. I have seen wrecked Darts with less than 40k miles and the parts are barely dirty. Since FCA doesn't really care about Darts, expect to see discontinued availability for dealer parts very soon.
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      I also have a 2014 GT, manual, but only 38k miles. Not sure if you replaced the battery yet, but I did several months ago with a H6 Duralast AGM from AutoZone. Have not had one screen flicker since where I used to have the screen reboot about once a month.

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      You're not crazy at all; I've been preparing for things to break apart for two years before I even purchased the car (and I'm just now about to pay it off). 68K and I've been very lucky: some tires that wore out way too quickly, a trunk that tries to "open" when it's already open and a slight issue with the Nav.

      IIRC, alpinegreenneon made a post about grounding wires which might help prevent electronic issues in a proactive fashion. The only parts I keep on-hand myself are consumables: oil filters, K&N cleaning kit, oil, cabin air filters, etc.

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      I would definitely NOT pre-emptively buy parts. If anything, just start setting money aside in a saving account. Say you bought transmission parts for the transmission to fail, and then your block cracks instead....see what I mean? Be prepared for anything and be flexible rather than worrying about one thing and putting all your apples in one basket. That and like Archangel said, you don't wanna have extra parts laying around getting dusty and rusty.

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      Good place for parts though is Modern Performance. Replaced my clutch to an upgraded Clutchmasters FX100, OEM Flywheel, slave cylinder, and Deyeme CDV delete kit for about $1100 a couple years ago

     

     

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