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Old 06-27-2013, 07:11 PM
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A fella I know has a 1995 Dodge Ram 2500 with the Magnum v10 engine in it, backed up to a NV4500 manual transmission, and Dana 60/80 axle combo.

I had a 1997 Ram 1500 with the 5.2 magnum, nv3500 trans, and 38 inch tires, but I sold it because I wasnt impressed with the engine, and the front axle ate wheel bearings with the big swampers.

I have missed my 1500 since I sold it, but dont want another 1500 model. I am hoping that this 2500 will fit the bill. I need to know if the V10 is problematic, has any issues that are expensive to repair, etc etc...

I know the V10 is supposed to get 8-11 MPG, I am comfortable with the Dana 60/80 axles and the NV4500HD manual transmission. I mainly need the lowdown on the V10. I cant afford a diesel truck, and I am hoping to hear positive feedback on this V10 engine.

Thank You for your time and any knowledge you can provide me.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:13 PM
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Here is my old truck, which reminds me. The 2500 V10 i want is a standard cab long bed which is what I want.

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Nice truck. I have a 96' V10. I love mine. I also love the fact I can do my own diagnostics using the ignition and I really love the power. I got on it (started in 2nd) and roasted the tires. Then I shifted into third, it got sideways while still roasting the tires. Note: This is a 12,000 lb vehicle, you do not expect it to do burn outs, let alone get sideways with a locker in the rear and dually rear tires, while in 3rd gear. I love mine!

BTW, with a $20 resistor style "computer" I went from just under 10 mpg to just over 12 mpg. Only a little over 6 mpg towing my 40' 5th wheel camper.

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Have you found any Cummins 12v trucks for 6k that dont have 250k miles on them lately? Especially hard to find with a manual trans
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Nice truck. I have a 96' V10. I love mine. I also love the fact I can do my own diagnostics using the ignition and I really love the power. I got on it (started in 2nd) and roasted the tires. Then I shifted into third, it got sideways while still roasting the tires. Note: This is a 12,000 lb vehicle, you do not expect it to do burn outs, let alone get sideways with a locker in the rear and dually rear tires, while in 3rd gear. I love mine!

BTW, with a $20 resistor style "computer" I went from just under 10 mpg to just over 12 mpg. Only a little over 6 mpg towing my 40' 5th wheel camper.
I found out that the lift kit was a home made setup. The previous owner did a leaf spring conversion on the front end. That kinda sours me a little on the deal because I didnt wanna have to deal with checking over somebodys fab work.


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Coils are a much better set up. Why would he go leaf springs? You should be able to go to a wrecking yard and pick up replacements. I am not big on off road tires for mine, I use it to tow. Also, a lot less hard wear on the steering arms/ball joints and such with stock tires. Even aftermarket lifted springs would be better than that. Was there a reason?
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Coils are a much better set up. Why would he go leaf springs? You should be able to go to a wrecking yard and pick up replacements. I am not big on off road tires for mine, I use it to tow. Also, a lot less hard wear on the steering arms/ball joints and such with stock tires. Even aftermarket lifted springs would be better than that. Was there a reason?
I dunno if there was any good reason, but this factor alone kept me from buying it. I let it go to the next buyer in line, I feel confident I made the right decision. I dont have a full service auto shop to work out of anymore, so I cant take on fab work anymore.

Thanks for the great info on this model of truck, I will keep an eye out for a low mileage unmolested example.
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If it makes you feel any better, I got my truck for less than $8,000. I was impressed with the price as well as performance. Worth every penny!
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