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Arrived at dealership and acquired keys from salesman. All key fob buttons worked. On the exterior I noted the driver's rear wheel has a broken lug stud and missing lug nut. There are minor misc scratches around the vehicle. Normal for mileage and most too small to see in photos. Some scratches are deep on fender. The vehicle shows minor miscellaneous dings around the body. The paint shows some wear and tear that is consistent with age and mileage. The truck bed has been out through heavy use with lots of wear on the truck bed liner and tail gate. The underside shows areas of minor surface rust. See pictures. The passenger side fog light shows signs of water intrusion. The door mirror glass is blackening out and needs to be replaced.

Inside I noted the steering wheel shows some wear and tear as seen in pics. Seats show signs of heavy usage, particularly on the driver's side. Wear and tear heavily visible. See pictures. When key is on you can hear a loud clicking in the dash. When attempting to adjust the HVAC mode setting, only the floor vent works. It sounds as if a door within the HVAC housing is getting jammed or has gotten stuck. Transition from fresh air to recirculation also we intermittently jam up causing a clicking in the dash. Blower motor will also periodically go out.

I found evidence of a past or current transmission leak. It appears to be coming from the transmission oil cooler lines. There is a heavy varnish of transmission fluid underneath along the frame and other components, originating from transmission cooler lines. The engine oil is dirty and should be changed. Transmission fluid leak from transmission cooler lines. Active B1040 fault code for Mode door actuator circuit open. Other fault codes are stored, see pictures.

I found no issues on the test drive. The engine had plenty of power and there were no misfires or smoking. The transmission shifted as designed with no harsh engagement or slipping. The steering was responsive and the suspension was firm and the vehicle handled well. There were no abnormal vibrations or odd noises. The brakes were firm with no pulsation felt.

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Vehicle Info

Year 2010
Make Dodge
Model Ram
Mileage 107833
Transmission Automatic
VIN Number 1D7RV1CT8AS148297
Stock Number 148297
Interior Leather
Interior Color Tan
Body Color Tan
Engine 8 Cylinder
Drive Type Four Wheel Drive
Fuel Type Gas

Exterior

Back-up Camera
Wiper Blades
Windshield Washer
Body Alignment
Scratches
There are minor misc scratches around the vehicle. Normal for mileage and most too small to see in photos. Some scratches are deep on fender.
Dings
The vehicle shows minor miscellaneous dings around the body.
Dents
Paint Condition
The paint shows some wear and tear that is consistent with age and mileage. The truck bed has been out through heavy use with lots of wear on the truck bed liner and tail gate.
Body Seals
Rust
The underside shows areas of minor surface rust. See pictures.
Exterior Lights
The passenger side fog light shows signs of water intrusion.
Door Mirrors
The door mirror glass is blackening out and needs to be replaced.
Bumpers
Side Moldings
Frame Damage
Glass

Interior

Steering Wheel
The steering wheel shows some wear and tear as seen in pics.
Horn
Cruise Control
Seat Condition
Seats show signs of heavy usage, particularly on the driver's side. Wear and tear heavily visible. See pictures.
Heated Seats
Seat Belts
Clock
Radio/Navigation
Inner Door Panels
Power Locks
Window Switches
Window Function
Center Console
Dash
Sun Visors
Dash Lights
Dash Gauges
Air Conditioning
Heater
Rear Defroster
Carpet
Floor Mats
Cigarette Use
Unusual Odors
Cup Holders
Headliner
Blower Motor
When key is on you can hear a loud clicking in the dash. When attempting to adjust the HVAC mode setting, only the floor vent works. It sounds as if a door within the HVAC housing is getting jammed or has gotten stuck. Transition from fresh air to recirculation also we intermittently jam up causing a clicking in the dash. Blower motor will also periodically go out.
Interior Trim

Mechanical

Air Filter
Battery Condition
Charging System
Cooling Fan Condition
Radiator Cap Sealing Properly
Hoses
Transmission cooler lines show evidence of leak along the line and on the frame.
Radiator
Engine Coolant
Coolant Leaks
Belts
Power Steering
Steering Fluid
Engine Oil
The engine oil is dirty and should be changed.
Engine Fluid Leaks
Transmission fluid leak from transmission cooler lines.
Transmission Fluid
Transmission Leaks
Transmission cooler lines show evidence of leak.
Brake System
Brake Fluid Leaks
Transfer Case Leaks
Differential leaks
Muffler System
CV Joints and Axles
Shocks and bushings
Ball Joints and Tie Rods
Key Fob

Road Test

Road Test
Engine Performance
Transmission performance
Differential Performance
Transfer Case Performance
Wheel Bearing Performance
Braking Performance
Suspension Performance
Steering Performance
Engine Starting
Tire Pressure System (TPMS)
Computer Diagnosis/OBD2
Active B1040 fault code for Mode door actuator circuit open. Other fault codes are stored, see pictures.

Manufacturer

Driver FrontPathfinderPathfinderPassenger Front
Driver RearPathfinderPathfinderPassenger Rear

Size

Driver Front275/60R20275/60R20Passenger Front
Driver Rear275/60R20275/60R20Passenger Rear

Tire Condition

Driver FrontNo IssuesNo IssuesPassenger Front
Driver RearNo IssuesNo IssuesPassenger Rear

Wheel Condition

Driver FrontNo IssuesNo IssuesPassenger Front
Driver RearNo IssuesNo IssuesPassenger Rear

Tire Tread

Driver Front12/3211/32Passenger Front
Driver Rear11/3211/32Passenger Rear
Spare Tire
Spare tireYes

Tire Tread Explanation

10/32 or more

Tires have plenty of tread!

(standard)

8/32 or more

Tires have plenty of tread!

(low profile)

5/32 to 7/32

Tires will need replacement soon!

4/32 or less

Tires need replacement!

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