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Old 09-28-2010, 09:48 PM
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I am contemplating buying a used RAM 2500. I currently own a 1989 F250 4x4 with a 460 and 3 speed auto trans. I haul a 10.5 foot camper while towing my 19 ft ski boat over a mountain pass in Wa. state. The truck has been reliable (I bought it new) but it is old and the gas milage is killing me. I have been a big fan of the Cummins for years and am looking for something in the 1998 to 2003 year range. My question to you all is this; should I get the automatic transmission or the stick? I have heard good and bad about both transmissions and need some advice from those who know these trucks the best. Thanks in advance for your help.
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I would get the auto, the stick is pretty hard to come by, and the tranny controls have held up well in the 3/4 tons, known to handle up to 500hp and 700ft-lbs. I would also look at the 24V 5.9L, some serious power potential out of that motor. If you're looking for some higher fuel mileage, you'll want to make a few modifications to give you the best. You could start with a 4" turbo-back exhaust, a tuner, power-pak, and a cold air intake. Those will get you some good MPGs as well as some extra power for the hauling. Using the conservative tune and the haul setting on the power pak, you can up the torque by around 200ft-lbs.
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