Satisfied Dodge truck owners post

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by nosparkplugs, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. TomberLawn

    TomberLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The DT360 was a joke of an engine. That's what they've got in one of the county-owned rescue trucks. It stays on the floor all the time. That's not a problem with I6 vs. V8. That's just a problem of not enough engine for the truck. You need a 466 in a truck that big.

    I read somewhere that when Ford came out with the diesels back in the day, they wanted a diesel that drove like a big block gas, so they got a big displacement V8. Dodge wanted a diesel that drove like a big rig, so they put a powerful, fuel efficient I6 in the trucks.
     
  2. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    We talked about you bashing your old ford...Now Stop it!
     
  3. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
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    What do you guys think of a 1997 2500 with the 12valve? I want the manual transmission and 4x4. I'm looking at replacing my 03' 1500 Silverado. This would be my work truck. Are there any main problems with a truck from this era? Only problem I see is trying to find one thats 4x4 standard cab with the 8ft bed.
     
  4. WH401

    WH401 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Can't beat a 12 valve, especially one from the 94 - 98 year's. They have the nearly indestructible Bosch P7100 injection pump, that when modified, can flow more fuel than even one of the new common rail engine's. But your worries aren't with power, there with it's ability to work.

    Those truck's are very reliable, get good fuel mileage, and have a better ride than the 1st Gen's. Though I agree your biggest problem will be finding a Std cab 4x4 w/ a 5 speed. If all you can find are automatic's, give them a try as well. There not bad at all and the 94's and up have the addition of a locking torque converter, something the 1st Gen's lacked. The 5 speed's are the NV4500, which other than the nut holding 5th gear in the trans coming loose, are a reliable transmission. Check to see if this has been fixed by the prior owner, if not make sure you get it done.

    Off the top of my head I can't think of any other mechanical issue's, but I'm sure others will chime in.
     
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    The 5spds are rare there is only one I know of in my area its a 97 with 5spd the other trucks in the area are automatics like my brothers.
     
  6. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    Not a thing! The 12v are top notch bad asses! And sound so fantastic with 5 inch exaust...
     
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    With this low sulphur fuel it is tough on the injection system of the older mechanical injected trucks. The bosch pump isn't a cheap pump to replace so make sure the truck you look at has been taken care of. Oh ya if the truck has been messed with ie had the pump turned up etc walk away. Keep the truck at stock power 160-215hp it will give you the best mpg. The 5spd trucks shift pretty short the only modification would be a governer spring kit to get the truck to rev a little higher.
     
  8. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
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    Thanks guys. so you think I can get away with a higher millage Dodge with an auto? I always here the tranny problems for Dodges but never knew what years were the bad ones. My friends 01 2500 was rebuilt three times.
     
  9. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    Its safe when you get a cummins auto to be prepared to upgrade it soon.
     
  10. TomberLawn

    TomberLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That 300k miler my grandfather has is an auto, no problems. He doesn't tow much with it since he has a 3500 stake side. It's an auto also and pulls his tractors and skid steer all the time. Those 12v were some great engines. Loud, tons of torque, and good mileage. There was one for sale in town a few weeks ago that I stopped and looked at. It was a 1997 long bed extended cab 4x4 with 150k on it. $9850. Price was a little bit high, but it was in great shape. I thought about trading, because I would like a long bed 4x4, but didn't want to lose a lot of equity in my truck to go to a 2 year older truck with 40k more miles.
     

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