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    This is a discussion on Higher mileage GT vs low mileage SE or SXT within the Dodge Dart Purchasing forums, part of the Dodge Dart Forum - Dodge Dart Discussion category; One thing I'll say for GM & Mitsubishi on their 4cyls I owned: 2005 Lancer . Nothing special. Butter smooth automatic. No vibration under any ...

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      One thing I'll say for GM & Mitsubishi on their 4cyls I owned: 2005 Lancer . Nothing special. Butter smooth automatic. No vibration under any circumstance . Same for a 2008 Cobalt. Base model. Surprisingly , from Chevy, a non vibrating 4 cyl during idle and on&off the pedal with no clunk. The clunky 1.4 manual Dart always sounded like something fell out of the chassis when down shifting at low speed.........don't know how the automatics were. The only thing that made up for the clunks was the great exhaust note! To this day I've never heard a 4cyl that sounded so great - including factory fart cans like a WRX or something. I used to love going through drive thrus at Fast Food, Bank, or Drug stores...... the adjacent wall always made for an amplifier ........ Gurrrrgle... Braaatt...Brrrrraatt....Blurrble ...gurggle ..... it was worth the price of using oil between changes!
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      Quote Originally Posted by Arouth View Post
      Oh okay I gotcha, at-least it’s not too big of a project if I do have to do it. And yeah I understand that, I just meant it seemed to have regular oil changes and be well kept so hopefully there’s be less of a chance of issues in general.
      Keep telling yourself that if you buy..... the thoughts will comfort you in times of doubt.... lol ... sorry man. Just kidding. Sort of.
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      Haha thanks everyone for the information and help. Dealership really didn’t want to budge on price so we’ll see what comes of that. Another option I found is a 2013 GT with 72k miles. Same options as the one I’m looking at now except the moon roof and it is $9,400 plus it’s a private seller. I know there were issues with the 2013 models but with 73K miles would those issues already have run their course if they were going to happen?

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      Probably not tbh. If the 13s have an issue it seems to always come back

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      Quote Originally Posted by mopar22 View Post
      Probably not tbh. If the 13s have an issue it seems to always come back
      So basically just steer clear of them? Or just try to get more info before buying? Just trying to figure out if I should not even consider this one or if I just need to investigate further.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Arouth View Post
      So basically just steer clear of them? Or just try to get more info before buying? Just trying to figure out if I should not even consider this one or if I just need to investigate further.
      Steer clear of ANY first year production run vehicle. Not just Dodge Darts.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Arouth View Post
      So basically just steer clear of them? Or just try to get more info before buying? Just trying to figure out if I should not even consider this one or if I just need to investigate further.
      I'd say it depends on how much you really need or have to have a Dart . They are great looking. But like so many other vehicle choices out there , they can be money pits for various reasons. And in most cases, the returns you get on doing mods on them are very limited . Fun to tinker with, perhaps. Fun to talk about what you did to mod. Real life beyond those two things? Read the forum. A wealth of stories. Not alot of true Happy Dances.
      Edit: For whatever reasons of social defect, Facebook has taken over for alot of the real time war stories. But still, the forum does have history !
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      I gotcha I understand with first year cars there is a better chance at there being a dud. Only thing that kinda draws me in a bit is that this guy has only ever done service at the dealership, and has the receipts for every single thing done on the car. Which is pretty nice. Also it’s not that I need a dart specifically it’s just that I do need a vehicle of some sort (like I said before my truck is totaled) and the dart is what I like best that is also in my price range is all.

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      Then after seeing the builds others have done with the Darts I kinda got more into the “what it could be” aspect aswell. I love projects and tinkering and working on things (I’m an aircraft mechanic) so the mods are honestly as fun to use as they are to install for me hahah

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      Quote Originally Posted by Killraven View Post
      Steer clear of ANY first year production run vehicle. Not just Dodge Darts.
      Guess I've been lucky ...


      Traded-in my (first year production) 1993 Dodge Intrepid ES Sedan with ~170K miles on the odometer ... zero major issues:

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      Sold my (first year production) 1997 Dodge Dakota Sport with ~312K miles on the odometer (tranny was acting up) to a neighbor ... he fixed the transmission and they've put another 100K on it:

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      My (first year production) 2013 Dodge Dart Limited currently has over 190K miles on the odometer ... clutch master cylinder & turbo were replaced (free of charge) by FCA:

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      2013 DODGE DART LIMITED


      • Bright Silver Metallic
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      • 1.4L I-4 16V MultiAir® Intercooled Turbo engine
      • 6-speed C635 Manual Transmission
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      Ordered: 21-JUL-2012
      Took Delivery: 24-AUG-2012


      Currently over 191,750 miles on the odometer!

     

     
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