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Old 10-01-2012, 04:28 PM
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Hello everyone, I stumbled across your sight while googling some things about my ram, what a great site. I'm going to ask a question that I'm sure will probably PO some people, but I want some unbiased opinions. I am going to be needing a new truck here soon (not to mention want one too, as i'll explain here in a second) and I was wondering what kind of truck everyone would use if YOU WERE NOT GOING TO BUY A DODGE?

By way of explination, I have reached wits end with mine. At 107,000 and in the past 2 months, I have had to rebuild the differential (C-pack retaining clips broke and destroyed the rear end) and just finished having the valve springs replaced (after one broke and allowed the valve to move into the block). Additionally, the ambulances that my department uses are Dodge 3500 bases, and they are constantly in for repair and are unreliable at best.

I'm going to need a truck that can handle hauling a 26' offshore fishing boat as well as one that can trailer ATV's a few hundred miles reliably. Im leaning the diesel route, as well as wanting 4x4 and a quad cab. I would like a truck that i can expect 200K out of before it starts falling apart.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:43 PM
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look for a 2500 Ram with a Cummings diesel, it does not need to be a 2012
300,000 miles means nothing to a diesel, the best thing is as long as the body & frame hold up, you can rebuild those engines many times over
the only down side is the cost of diesel, but if you have a shed with electricity, you can make your own bio-fuel. The down side to that is that you make everyone hungry as you drive around town
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your only other choices are 2500/3500 chevy or ford. do your research. i am betting you will stick with dodge.
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The Cummins is an awfully good engine, and has been for years. Probably the best diesel pickup to own is an early 12 valve Cummins, they are very simple and easy to work on, and last forever. The problem is they build much better truck these days, and the early Cummins only made something like 185 hp.

I've owned my diesel for about a year now. I'd say the cost of ownership is about the same as gas engine, diesel costs more, but it gets better MPG. It holds more oil, but you don't have to change it as often. The towing power is incredible.

I've owned several Dodge trucks over the years, and I must be lucky, because I've had nothing but good luck with mine. The truth is, the big three all make good trucks these days. I know if I didn't own a Dodge with a Cummins, I'd be looking at D'maxs.
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Originally Posted by Knightfishing View Post
Hello everyone, I stumbled across your sight while googling some things about my ram, what a great site. I'm going to ask a question that I'm sure will probably PO some people, but I want some unbiased opinions. I am going to be needing a new truck here soon (not to mention want one too, as i'll explain here in a second) and I was wondering what kind of truck everyone would use if YOU WERE NOT GOING TO BUY A DODGE?

By way of explination, I have reached wits end with mine. At 107,000 and in the past 2 months, I have had to rebuild the differential (C-pack retaining clips broke and destroyed the rear end) and just finished having the valve springs replaced (after one broke and allowed the valve to move into the block). Additionally, the ambulances that my department uses are Dodge 3500 bases, and they are constantly in for repair and are unreliable at best.

I'm going to need a truck that can handle hauling a 26' offshore fishing boat as well as one that can trailer ATV's a few hundred miles reliably. Im leaning the diesel route, as well as wanting 4x4 and a quad cab. I would like a truck that i can expect 200K out of before it starts falling apart.

Thanks for the help.
First...buy a 2500 or 3500 for the stronger driveline.

2nd does it have to be a new truck? Lots of good used ones out there.

As for the original question, I'm a Chevy man and I drive Dodge trucks. I have two friends with late model Fords with the gas engine and both have suffered the $100 spark plug repairs that seem common.

If you are looking for diesel power be aware the new ones have a lot of emission equipment, enough it scares me away from them although I would love to have one.

The 2nd generation diesel has the 12 valve 5.9 Cummins and the best are around 95-95 and can be bumped up power wise easily. The 98.5-2005 is the 24 valve with more emissions and as time goes on the same is true of 03-07, just as the 07.5 6.7 has more emission equipment than the 07 5.9. Note the mid year emisson changes, just like 04.5 I believe did also. Good luck finding a manual trans but worth it as the Dodge diesel automatic has a poor track record unless you want a 'built' tranny.

Since my Hemi is new to me I'll let others deal with the newer gas engines.

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