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Gatewayuser
10-18-2005, 09:00 PM
I'm thinking of buying a 1991 Dodge Ram 3500 4x4 5 speed with a 12valve Cummins 140,000 miles, snow plow, dump bed and V box salt spreader at an auction. Is this a good reliable truck, how much should I pay and how well will it plow?
Thanks

lawnmaniac883
10-19-2005, 08:45 PM
How are the tires? Stock clutch? New fluids? These will impact what you should pay a little bit but my guess if this is a dually would be 5000 - 7000 dollar range, maybe even lower...

Albemarle Lawn
10-19-2005, 09:34 PM
It will be a plowing monster!

I run studded mud/snow tires on all 4 corners, plus an Eaton limited slip differential in the rear. My truck (2500 Suburban, 1989 year) is UNSTOPPABLE!!!

I have deliberately tried to get it stuck when a buddy was around to pull me out with his truck. I could not get it stuck.

It will plow (8.5-foot Meyer) UPHILL on the steepest spots I know of.

That year cummins, in my opinion, is one of the BEST! Granted, its not as powerful as the 24v motors but is has torque and simplicity.

Good thing its not automatic. Sounds like a good buy if you can get it at $5K or less.

Gatewayuser
10-20-2005, 09:26 AM
I talked to a couple of people who use to work for the owner of the truck an d they said this truck was used and abused and not to buy it. I looked at it last night and after it sat for 5 min there was oil on the ground.

Gravel Rat
10-20-2005, 03:11 PM
I have a feeling the truck would be a dually P/U with a dump body on it I don't think Dodge ever offered a cab and chassis 4x4 if it is the truck must be really rare.

You do have to be carefull about buying used trucks at auctions as they are usually there for a reason. They are such junk that they are hard to try sell privately.

You did the right move and asking around you saved yourself from buying a pile of junk.