Who uses a Dodges?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Cheesedawg1, Jun 17, 2004.

  1. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I had a 1990 f250 4x4 190k miles starting being in the shop more then on the road(but never a tranny problem)I now have a 2000 dodge 2500 4x4 with 59k miles it has been in the shop for a trans issue twice but seems to be fixed now.Other than that i have no problems with dodges.
     
  2. Acute Cut

    Acute Cut LawnSite Senior Member
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    I own two dodges. A 95 2500 2wd and a 98 2500 4wd. Love em. The diesel engines are amazing. It is by far and away the lowest maint. trucks i have ever owned. I may get an isuzu next for advertising reasons, but i will keep my dodges till they die. Then i will just buy a new engine and start all over. So i figure in another 10 years ill have to start looking for engines.:D
    oh ya, the 95 gets 18-21 (tow/empty freeway) and the 98 gets 13.84-18. The 95 pulls a 6X12 open trailer and the 98 pulls a 16ft enclosed trailer. Neither of them have ANY problems what so ever pulling. You have to turn the overdrive off though and that really slows you down alot. I can get up to 62 mph in the 95 and 53 with the 98.
     
  3. TREEGODFATHER

    TREEGODFATHER LawnSite Member
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    Anyone can stroke it...

    Real men RAM it.


    Seriously though, I have a '90 F150 2wd, 300/4.6L that has taken a licking and kept on ticking, at over 150,000 miles now, and still going.


    There's a reason Ford trucks are the most popular for fleet use.

    For my personal use, the Ram 2500 4x4 ext cab looks better. ;)
     
  4. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
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    Acute Cut:

    I dont think you will ever replace the engine. Maybe a headgasket at 300k. Plus the engine are not throw away engines like powerstrokes... they can rebuilt less than 2k in parts. I have 270k on my flatbed and it runs like it has 50k.
     
  5. Acute Cut

    Acute Cut LawnSite Senior Member
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    Lawnworks:
    Did you perhaps happen to get the chip? I am really torn on that right now. More hp, less gas......... approx. 500$.
     
  6. Kingbman1

    Kingbman1 LawnSite Member
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    I just bought a 2001 ram 1500 4x4 5.9 liter with 41,000 miles on it. I really like it a lot. It can go anywhere, the only downside is the gas mileage.
     
  7. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
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    Well on one of my dodges, i have a completely built twin turboed cummins... 710hp to the ground. But yeah the chip will give you better fuel mileage if you just increase the timing settings. Although if you have an automatic i don't think I would do the 125hp chip w/o upgrading the tranny.
     
  8. Uncle Virgil

    Uncle Virgil LawnSite Member
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    Bought a new '98 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT (1/2 ton Quad Cab) and it has 104, 000 miles on it now. No problems whatsoever. 5 speed not auto trans. Tow 20' enclosed with all gear or 21' bass boat or whatever with no problems. Next one will be a diesel. I like the longevity of a diesel plus mega torque. Hope this helps.
     
  9. Evermow

    Evermow LawnSite Member
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    We use Fords and Dodges at work, and I have to say, if I were going to go out and buy a diesel tomarow, it would be a Dodge hands down. The Fords we have (350's and 450's) stay in the shop with front-end problems and the ones that have the new 6.0L engines are nothing but trouble. The Dodges we have are alot stronger and more reliable. You can't earn money with a truck while it's in the damn shop!
     
  10. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    Uncle virgil, how much weight are you pulling around with the enclosed trailer? i've got a 94 1500 with teh 318 and i'm concerned about weight issues pulling a 7x18 enclosed with it. I've got about 2500lbs of gear that i'll be pulling around daily plus the weight of the trailer, seems like it'll be maxed out. I only pull 2 days a week with it right now, however next season i'll be buying a powerstroke as my daily work/tow truck.
     

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