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amscontr
04-28-2009, 06:13 AM
We're looking at buying a 1995 Dodge 1 ton with a v-10- auto any have any comments?

dbear
04-28-2009, 07:21 AM
I've heard that the auto trannies back then weren't the best (a little weak?), but I have no personal experience. The only other downside would be lack of fuel economy, but then again, you're not buying a Prius.

Junior M
04-28-2009, 07:29 AM
I've heard that the auto trannies back then weren't the best (a little weak?), but I have no personal experience. The only other downside would be lack of fuel economy, but then again, you're not buying a Prius.
95 wasnt the year to worry about the auto tranny..

And he said the exact samething I would've..

Gravel Rat
04-29-2009, 02:10 AM
One of my brothers friends has one the truck has good power but it has a severe thirst for gasoline :laugh:

amscontr
04-29-2009, 05:23 AM
I hear the same about the trans., also I was wondering if there is a PTO that will match up to it to get rid of the electric hoist? Supposedly this truck in particular is on it's third trans. and the owner "says" it is finally a good one.
As far as the gas goes we a have a 460 EFI and we almost have to carry more fuel than payload.

Junior M
04-29-2009, 07:29 AM
I hear the same about the trans., also I was wondering if there is a PTO that will match up to it to get rid of the electric hoist? Supposedly this truck in particular is on it's third trans. and the owner "says" it is finally a good one.
As far as the gas goes we a have a 460 EFI and we almost have to carry more fuel than payload.
once again, I've never heard of tranny issues prior to 2001? Maybe a lemon? Or maybe TXNS can give us some real facts cause I got something wrong some where?

Jason Rose
04-29-2009, 08:03 AM
I have a '98 Dodge 3/4 ton with the V-10, Automatic. Yes, these years were not the 'bad transmission years' I believe that was early '90's and just a couple years. But ever since, for 15 years almost, Dodge has a bad rap following them and the first thing everyone says about a Dodge is that the tranny is junk.

Yes, fuel economy sucks with a V-10, but it's no different than a 454 or 460 big block. Expect around 6 mpg if you tow with the truck, maybe 8 mpg highway.

mag360
05-01-2009, 05:09 PM
95 wasnt the year to worry about the auto tranny..

And he said the exact samething I would've..

'94 and up they had more issues than the previous years. Heat was a real issue in the 47rh until the 47re came around with electronic lockup. '95 is not the best year for the auto but keeping them cool helps a lot.

godzilla
05-01-2009, 05:39 PM
The V10 is a definate pig on gas, but that truck has got plenty of power. A few weeks back I used mine to tow a friend who was broke down on the side of the road. I'd say the total load was almost 26K.

johnnybravo8802
05-27-2009, 06:52 AM
I buy pinestraw from a man who used to own one to pull his pinestraw trailer(600 bales) out of south Ga. with it. He said it was a pig on power. He switched to the cummins and said there was a night and day difference on power and fuel economy.

Chairmnofthboard
05-27-2009, 06:57 PM
I almost picked up a 97 4x4, ex cad short bed dirt cheap during the gas crunch. It was going to be my back up tow rig so I wasn't to concerned with the MPG. I did a search and it turns out to be a good tow rig but horrible MPG.

W.L.M.
05-27-2009, 10:07 PM
I have run the v10 in a 3/4 and 1 ton dodges and they were both very weak they will rip down the road great empty but throw even a moderate load on and the truck is dam near useless and you can watch the gas gauge go down.

dbear
05-27-2009, 10:14 PM
I have run the v10 in a 3/4 and 1 ton dodges and they were both very weak they will rip down the road great empty but throw even a moderate load on and the truck is dam near useless and you can watch the gas gauge go down.

Was that with the 3.52s or the 4.09s?

VirginiaLawnCare
05-27-2009, 11:05 PM
Ide rather just buy a diesel i prefer not to get -10 mpg

Chairmnofthboard
05-27-2009, 11:31 PM
Ide rather just buy a diesel i prefer not to get -10 mpg

I have a diesel, it was going to be my emergency tow rig. Plus it was pretty inexpensive.

VirginiaLawnCare
05-27-2009, 11:38 PM
I have a diesel, it was going to be my emergency tow rig. Plus it was pretty inexpensive.

Well there is nothing wrong with that if its what you want. I would personally never buy a V10 period. I'm a diesel kind of guy anyways, its about all I buy in trucks.

pclawncare
05-30-2009, 10:35 PM
OK first of all everyone dogging on the v 10 for power and saying that a the cummins will out run it well havent obviously driven a same year cummins. I have a 96 v 10 and a 95 12v cummins and the v 10 will out pull and out run the cummins any day of the week from a dead stop all the way to highway speed. The only time that the cummins might stand a chance is at 70+ at which point the cummins has run out of gears and is about maxed out and wound up pretty tight. Yes the v 10 will pass anything but a gas station. I use my v 10 in town and it works great for that plenty of torque and power if you look up the numbers the v 10 is putting out more of both. Btw i pull a 16 ft trailer loaded out weighted in at 6700 and a 800lb dump insert in the bed and usualy end up with 1500 - 2000 lb at the end of the day in the bed. Yes you can feel it and of course your not gona win any races but at that weight i dont need to go 0 - 60 in 3 seconds. Over all i like the v 10 for a all around work horse and i drive the cummins for an every day truck gets 21mpg and has 230,000 on the tranny in it and v 10 has 110000 on its tranny no problems both have pulled about 85 - 90 % of their entire life

riverwalklandscaping
06-04-2009, 09:47 PM
my 99 v10 3/4 ram's owners manual says that the cummins and the v10 both have 300 hp and 450 torque. I like mine, it's def not a match for a new diesel or anything but its worked hard since I bought it (137K) on it (bought it at 90K) towing and plowing and is great but like everyone said I get 5mpg plowing/towing, 7mpg empty and 8mpg highway