inform me on dodge rams pls

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  1. aznxplayer

    aznxplayer dying in a fire

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    so im pretty set on buying a 98+ dodge ram 2500 cummins turbo diesel truck, for my daily driver cause i dont wanna drive the sr20 everyday so whats the difference between years on the 2500? any years to stay away from?

    thanks!
     
  2. Justin Niggalake

    Justin Niggalake New Member

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    i heard they break at 30K miles
     
  3. aznxplayer

    aznxplayer dying in a fire

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    :eek3: waaat? really? i heard they are the best diesels evar.
     
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    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    very informative, would read again :ugh:
     
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    The Cummins 24valve is an excellent diesel motor. Unfortunatly, the rest of the trucks arn't built very well. Automatic transmission failures are the most common problem.
     
  6. hvy55chvy

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    I rented a Doge pickup, 1500 i think with the then newer hemi V8. after just a little abuse off road the trucks front wheel alignment was all off, the fenders and hood were also out of alignment. The bangs and bumps that hurt the Dodge didnt have any noticable affect on Ford and Chevy truck and SUV rentals I had previously rented and put through the same terrain. After a full visual inspection of the the trucks frame and suspention parts I wasnt surprised why it got messed up so easily and have stayed away from newer dogde trucks. I kinda doubt the 1500 weakness would have a bearing on a 2500 but thats my 2cents on Dodge pickups.


    edit: heres that rental i was referring to, not sure of the year, was probably an 02' or 03'

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    P07r0457 New Member

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    The 1500 uses IFS, as opposed to the coil-spring solid front axel of the 2500... Very different.
     
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    hvy55chvy OT Supporter

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    My whole problem with it was Why make a relatively weak full size pickup in the first place. There's no denieing a SFA is much stronger.
     
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    stronger? usually. But IFS has it's place. For 95% of 1/2 truck buyers, the IFS provides a smoother ride and better handeling characteristics. I don't think the dodge should have gotten out of alignment -- something was wrong there. However, I know from experience that Toyota, Nissan, Chevy, and Ford know what they're doing when it comes to IFS, and you don't hear many complaints about their strength -- Chevy even uses it on its 3/4 and 1 ton pickups.
     
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    I hear yah. Although, I wasnt knocking all full sized trucks with IFS. Im a fan of GMs late model IFS setup. Ive beat the living daylights out of the IFS in my previous truck.

    I know its far from scientific, but i think my comparison was pretty even. All the truck were basicaly new, under 1K miles, and all had the basic 1/2 ton front IFS. I took the trucks on the same path through a 4x4 playground and basicaly abused the hell out of them. The dodge didnt make it past one big bump before i felt something was wrong.
     
  11. cdemdec26

    cdemdec26 Destroy Erase Improve

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    I have a 2002 2500 with the diesel, it's my daily driver and weekend toy hauler. I tow 6-7000 lbs over 9% grades regularly at 70-75 mph and the truck does not break a sweat. I have an Edge Juice/Attitude programer, 4" straight exhaust and a cold-air intake. It will walk all over ricer's and cookie cutter mustangs at a light.

    There were problems with the low pressure fuel pump dying and causing the high pressure VP44 pump to fail. The VP44 will still draw fuel if the low pressure pump fails but only for so long. There are aftermarket upgrades availible. Yeah the auto trannys can break if you mod them but stock they will last a long time.

    Overall awesome truck for the money. Will go 300,000+ miles, and you can mod them to well over 1000 ft-lb/400HP for not as much as you think, and still be very reliable. Drive it to the track at 22 mpg then run low 12s all day and drive it to work the next morning

    I wouldnt drive a Powerjoke Or Duralaxitive if you gave me one for free
     
  12. aznxplayer

    aznxplayer dying in a fire

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    good info guys thx! :)
    really leaning toward getting one at the end of the summer.
     
  13. bubbaZR2

    bubbaZR2 i poop too much, then i get tired... OT Supporter

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    I had an 02 cummins (old body style) H.O. 6 Speed.

    Bar none the best truck I have ever owned. I liked it even more than my Lightning. Never had one single problem with it. I have owned chevy, ford, and dodge, and dodge really knows what they are doing.

    Only reason why I dont have it anymore is cause a drunk worthless indian piece of shit crossed the center stripe on a 2 lane road and hit me head on at highway speeds. That dodge saved my life.

    Go buy that dodge man, you wont regret it. I promise
     
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    Too bad.
     
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    Thats cool drunk Indians rock. :hsd:
     
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    You wanna save yourself alot of money get a manual tranny. Yea I know it sucks shifting a truck all the time but in the long run it will pay off I.E. no costly tranny rebuilds.

    Trust me I have had a 2000 and an 03 and both had tranny problems. This is not only Dodge either , Fords , and Chebys have the same problems shredding auto's. So unless you are ready to dump 5-6K on a built tranny get the manual.

    Late
     
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    Yea, the 4L60E in the 1/2 chevys is crap. Gotta get a 3/4ton if you get a Chevy. Unfortunatly, dodge can't build an auto tranny in ANY of their trucks to save a life.
     

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