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South Florida Lawns
03-04-2009, 11:07 PM
I'm currently looking for a Dodge 2500 4x4 Diesel in years of 96-01. I want the standard cab though and the manual transmission. I'm not too concerned with the millage, under 300k at least.

I can't find a single truck like it anywhere, or a manual Cummins for that matter. I have searched everywhere Ebay/craigslist to auto and truck trader, my local paper and dealers.

Any advice? Are there people that you can hire to find a truck? What do I need to get so I can visit auto auctions myself? I'm going crazy here!

WH401
03-04-2009, 11:22 PM
Are you only looking in Florida?, or neighboring states as well?

ecko
03-04-2009, 11:28 PM
I just went on eBay reay quick and here's what I found. (Yes, I know you said regular cab.)

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-Trucks___97-DODGE-CUMMINS-DIESEL-12-VALVE-4X4-STICK-MANUAL-FL_W0QQitemZ290300625864QQddnZCarsQ20Q26Q20TrucksQQddiZ2282QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Cars_Trucks?hash=it em290300625864&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245&_trkparms=65%3A7|39%3A1|240%3A1318

Junior M
03-04-2009, 11:29 PM
Could you deal with a 1ton, you'd probably have better luck that way. And that old of a truck not much price difference between a 3/4ton and 1ton..

nosparkplugs
03-04-2009, 11:31 PM
Most of the Cummins diesels will be the SLT extended cabs. I found a 5 speed manual quickly on Ebay just now. I have been saying for 12 months that diesels are going to be getting harder to come buy, and this is all good for their value's if you own one. Modern or pre-tier 4 EPA emission laden Diesels are like the AWB(Assault Weapons Ban); except were dealing with the EPA instead. Folks are running to purchase their "pre-AWB" diesels before their illegal to sell.


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Dodge-Ram-2500-2500-Sport-2001-Dodge-Sport-Cummins-Diesel-Pickup-4x4-5-Speed_W0QQitemZ220369300365QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Cars_Trucks?hash=item220369300365&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245&_trkparms=72%3A317%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318#ht_500wt_1362


I'm currently looking for a Dodge 2500 4x4 Diesel in years of 96-01. I want the standard cab though and the manual transmission. I'm not too concerned with the millage, under 300k at least.

I can't find a single truck like it anywhere, or a manual Cummins for that matter. I have searched everywhere Ebay/craigslist to auto and truck trader, my local paper and dealers.

Any advice? Are there people that you can hire to find a truck? What do I need to get so I can visit auto auctions myself? I'm going crazy here!

South Florida Lawns
03-05-2009, 02:11 AM
I guess I'm too picky with the cab, but I need at least the fullsize bed. Oh yeah I'll do a dually too I guess, haven't even looked at those. I don't think I'm down to drive more than north Florida as time is money and I'm extremely busy lately. Guess I'll have to just wait and keep my eyes open.

stuvecorp
03-05-2009, 02:18 AM
[QUOTE=nosparkplugs;2823275]Most of the Cummins diesels will be the SLT extended cabs. I found a 5 speed manual quickly on Ebay just now. I have been saying for 12 months that diesels are going to be getting harder to come buy, and this is all good for their value's if you own one. Modern or pre-tier 4 EPA emission laden Diesels are like the AWB(Assault Weapons Ban); except were dealing with the EPA instead. Folks are running to purchase their "pre-AWB" diesels before their illegal to sell.QUOTE]

I disagree, everyone says that but try selling a truck right now because people are not interested. My 01 7.3 is in good shape and I can't get people to look at it and think it's a fair price.

I would think that there would be a lot of Dodges out there, may have to travel some?

J&R Landscaping
03-05-2009, 12:42 PM
SFL, Come up to PA, NJ and Lower NY. Theres a ton of them around! I'm looking for a similar truck but am looking for extened or crew cab. You might also try looking in Texas or KY.

DoetschOutdoor
03-05-2009, 03:59 PM
My buddy searched long and hard for a truck like you are describing SFL. He ended up traveling to AZ and getting a dually just so he could have the stick shift as well. They are very hard to find and dodges hold their value well. Ive been looking at 03-05 cummins and they are rediculous on their prices.

South Florida Lawns
03-05-2009, 08:08 PM
I defiantly can't take the time out to travel, and I don't want a northern truck with rust and all. I know for 16K there's an 05 3500 dually just how I want it but its out in Oregon.

davis45
03-05-2009, 08:18 PM
If you trust a dealers word and pictures, Texas always has some good deals and will ship them pretty cheap. Thats how I got mine. Found it on ebay.

WH401
03-05-2009, 08:21 PM
I defiantly can't take the time out to travel, and I don't want a northern truck with rust and all. I know for 16K there's an 05 3500 dually just how I want it but its out in Oregon.

Well, then the best advice I could say is to keep waiting it out. The right truck will show up in your state, just be ready to jump on it.

jaybird24
03-05-2009, 09:07 PM
I'm guessing those years are hard to find because people already have them paid off, and with the economy they don't want to buy anything else when they have a vehicle that has a lot of life left in it. Now something 02' to present is probably a lot easier because people are trying to unload debt and you may find a good deal.

TPS
03-05-2009, 10:07 PM
Dodge diesiel regular cabs are extremely hard to find. I searched for 2 months online. Saturday I was bored and I decided to go for a ride and came across an 05 2500 regular cab diesel auto 4x4. So I bought that. I was willing to travel, but all the good used Dodges seemed to be in Texas, and that was a little to far for me. Just keep looking, hopefully something will come up for you.