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Price is reasonable for parts and labor involved. You can shop around but the difference won't be that much.
Sounds like a bad thermostat that needs replaced.
MAF sensor low input voltage (air flow). Try to clean it and replace and see if this resolves the problem. Otherwise, probably need new one.
Not worth messing around with the vechicle. If basically all the gaskets relating to the engine are bad or leaking, you don't know what is has been through. Sounds like bad oil change maintenance and multiple engine overheats due to low oil levels. Car is probably going to be more trouble than it is worth. Pass!
I agree with biker. Sounds like clutch has 'loosened' up and may just need an adjustment. How many miles are on this vechicle?
Absolutely, you were driving without oil. No oil and the engine causes a lot of friction and scoring. Not to mention the lucky fact the engine didn't seize. The big puddle was caused because of 1 of 3 things. He forgot to put the oil plug back in or forgot the gasket with it. He did not properly set the oil filter. He forgot to put the new oil filter in. Some damage was absolutely caused but what and to what extent only a complete inspection will tell. He said it was fine only because they don't want to take care of any possible damage or do or pay for a complete inspection as well as ensuing repairs. They are hoping you will wait long enough so when an issue appears, they will claim it wasn't their fault because of time passed and mileage accrued.
Mass airflow could be issue but may not be only problem. Remove the sensor and clean with MAF cleaner (they sell it at parts stores) and reinstall. This sounds like it could be the ambient air sensor http://www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/2002-Dodge-RAM-1500-1-2-ton-2WD/Sensor-Ambient-Air-Temperature/_/N-jhazrZ9iz0h?filterByKeyWord=ambient+air+sensor&fromString=search Should be by front grille near the bottom. This can cause a p0071 code for rich/lean running condition.
Is your check engine light on? Sounds like limp mode.
Here it is http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii290/rmcclell/horn2.jpg
The norstar is self-purging so it has no bleeder. The problem may be a blocked purge line. There is a small diameter hose on the coolant tank near the top (Not the cap!). This is the purge line. With engine idling, pull the small hose from the tank. If there is no coolant flow it is blocked. If it is clear check the nipple on the tank for a blockage.