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cooksjr537
01-19-2006, 09:43 PM
I recently looked at a 97 3500 cummins the other day that has 159,000 miles on it. 5 speed trans. reg cab and has a lawn maintenance bed on it. I was wondering how good are the dodge cummins diesel engines and if 7400 is a good price.

jsr2741
01-19-2006, 10:04 PM
Can't go wrong with a 12 valve Cummins. As long as the rest of the truck is in good condition and the previous owner did the required maintenance I wouldn't shy away from it. Oh, and I have 2 of them.:drinkup:

cooksjr537
01-19-2006, 10:11 PM
thats what i like to hear i drive a chevy now so i don't know much about dodge cummins so thanks for the reply.

jtkplc
01-19-2006, 10:31 PM
try this site.
http://www.dodgetalk.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=245

sildoc
01-19-2006, 10:41 PM
Cummins are very strong engines. 4-5 hundred thou is not unusual. The problem is the trans and the rest of the truck. Like said before if taken care of no probs till around 200thou then pittaly crap untill the trans needs work. I have one and it runs very well. Good fuel economy for the power. Would not shy at all.

janb
01-20-2006, 02:35 AM
the 97's and early 98's are much preferred for performance, simplicity, economy and dependability

another cummins site

www.dieseltruckresource.com
http://www.dieseltruckresource.com/dev/forumdisplay.php?f=100
(12V forum), you will want to use 2nd gen forum too

decent price, (4x2?) do a search on autotrader - 'advanced' by fuel type to get sense of market prices

I crossed the scales at 27,800# with my '93 W350 recently (not a great idea...tho I keep it licensed to 28k)

my equip + trailer is usually 15K +, add a few attachments and some mud...

Dixie Rob
01-20-2006, 06:37 AM
I agree with sildoc. Good strong truck, but watch out for those trannys! We're primarily a Ford company, but we do have one 2000 Dodge Cummins, and the most positive thing I have to say about it, is interior room! Lots of nice room in it. The only bad thing that has happened to it, is we've had to replace a couple of tranny sensors, and the tranny cooler lines twice now in an effort to not replace the whole unit.

Lawnworks
01-20-2006, 09:26 AM
Sounds like a great deal. You will be fine w/ the 5-speed tranny. 159,000 miles is nothing. I have 293,000 on my dodge/cummins landscape truck. Do you have any pics of it?

Eclipse
01-20-2006, 09:37 AM
I agree that seems like a very fair price if the truck is in good condition.

As far as the miles, there is nothing to worry about. I have one with 293k on it and one with 217k on it and they both have been great trucks.

lawnmaniac883
01-20-2006, 08:36 PM
Price is fine if the truck body is not rusted too much, I am a big fan of cummins engines and the 12 valves are damn near bulletproof engines. Another site: www.turbodieselregister.com

Randy J
01-20-2006, 09:52 PM
Great truck - great motor. The only thing to check out is the 5 speed. Those are notorious for losing the 5th gear nut if it was allowed to lug in 5th gear with a big load. There is a fix by a company in Dallas that is reported to hold up well. If you do haul much weight with it, be sure to keep it from lugging (under 1600 rpms) in 5th gear with a load.

cooksjr537
01-20-2006, 10:07 PM
thanks for the replys guys i will post a picture of the truck as sone as i can get some.

Lawnworks
01-21-2006, 01:19 AM
Great truck - great motor. The only thing to check out is the 5 speed. Those are notorious for losing the 5th gear nut if it was allowed to lug in 5th gear with a big load. There is a fix by a company in Dallas that is reported to hold up well. If you do haul much weight with it, be sure to keep it from lugging (under 1600 rpms) in 5th gear with a load.

This is really no big deal.. I would not even worry about lugging... if it is going to fall off there is nothing you can do to prevent it. I have had 2 fall off on different trucks... about a $300 fix. The upgraded nut and a tack weld will hold that sucker on... even at 700rwhp and breaking the tires loose in 5th gear.

jsr2741
01-21-2006, 02:00 AM
"700rwhp and breaking the tires loose in 5th gear."

Ah yeah, thats what I'm talkin about!

Randy J
01-21-2006, 08:50 AM
... I have had 2 fall off on different trucks... about a $300 fix. The upgraded nut and a tack weld will hold that sucker on... even at 700rwhp and breaking the tires loose in 5th gear.

Maybe, but avoiding lugging will help. Mine was an auto (unfortunately) so I never had to deal with it. However, I have a good friend who couldn't keep the nut on. His truck was a little hot, but not 700rwhp, and he still couldn't keep the nut on. But, he was pulling massive loads.