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My 96 3.5 is sputtering and chugging, the RPMs go up and down and the car struggles to stay on, it also bucks and surges while driving, it sputters out black smoke and a little water out the exhaust
 

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I would start with the plug wires if they haven't been replaced yet,
several opinions on the site on brands, just don't be cheap.
Spend a good $60-70 for a set. I bought napa's premium set.
Possible plugs or even the fuel filter, just some ideas to get you
started, good luck.
 

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This is similar to the problem I have with my Intreped. I checked my trouble codes and found that my oxygen sensors are shot so I'll be replacing them. Mopar4u is right, check your trouble codes before doing anything.
 

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You described the symtons I experienced when I had a bad spark plug wire.

-steve
 
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