05 Ram 2500 Diesel VS 04 Chevy 2500 Crew

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Pinehilllandscaping, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. Pinehilllandscaping

    Pinehilllandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    I'm looking at buying one of these two trucks and I'm not too familar with either one, so I wanted some feedback from some of the members.

    The first truck is a 2004 Chevy 2500 crew cab, long bed, w/6.0 V8, 15K miles and 100,000 mile warranty for $23,000. The second truck is a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 with the 5.9 Cummins, long bed with 43K miles for $28,000. I'm leaning towards the chevy due to the warranty but I was wondering if it would be worth it to get the Cummins for the long haul. Any thoughts/suggestions?
  2. salopez

    salopez LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    get the diesel.
  3. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    You are comparing apples to oranges.

    For one your buying a Chevy with a small block engine the truck will be a little underpowered for pulling a trailer. Number 2 the Chevy is a crewcab and the Dodge is not do you need a long as a bus crew cab ?

    You have to decide on what type of truck you need not just because the truck has a warrenty on it.

    Myself I wouldn't buy a Dodge I would take a Chevy over a Dodge.
  4. SimonCX

    SimonCX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 731

    You should be able to find a new 2500hd in the 25-28k range bepending on the options. Cummins should have a 5 year 100k engine warranty if I remember correct. For that amount I you rather go new because you never know how someone drove the truck before, plus the apr is more on used.
  5. Mr.Mow-It-All

    Mr.Mow-It-All LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 506

    I've got a 2005 dodge 4x4 2500 cummins. It does have the 100K mile warranty and 28k sounds about right. New your looking at 38-42k and the megacabs are pushing 50k. My truck msrp was 42k when I bought it. I am very pleased with my truck.
  6. POPO4995

    POPO4995 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,208

    It all depends how long you plan to keep the truck. More than say 3-4 years? Then go diesel because you will then see the benefits as far as mileage and other factors a gas engine cant offer. Cummins are bulletproof and I wouldnt hesitate, if it was me, to get the Dodge. You will be pleased either way, so in the end it comes back to you, what do you really want or like more?:)
  7. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    What do you plan on using the truck for? I have a 6.0 powered 2500HD with a dump insert that I use for hauling materials, making dump runs, towing my 2,000 lb. enclosed trailer daily and my 5500 lb. flatbed occaisionally. It pulls strong with the bed loaded and a trailer behind. For lighter towing and short distances it's the perfect engine. If you tow heavier, run a lot of miles or do the "weekend warrior" thing with your truck such as pulling a toy hauler, the diesel is probably the way to go.
  8. Pinehilllandscaping

    Pinehilllandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    I mainly need something to haul loads of mulch and topsoil. I guess I should add that I am also looking into getting a dump trailer at the end of the year. I have a 95 F-150 now and its good for towing around the trailer and mowers but it struggles on heavier loads. Plus I would like the extra room of the crew cab or even the quad cab.

    Thanks to all who posted their advice/opinions. I'm going to go back and test drive both of them again this week.
  9. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    I bought a brand new chevy reg cab with the 6.0 for 24,500 NEW, WITH a plow, and the DEALER paid for tax, tags and any additional fees. I would get new.
  10. Tom in NC

    Tom in NC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Gravel Rat - any rational for your statement, "Myself I wouldn't buy a Dodge I would take a Chevy over a Dodge" or are you just a Chevy guy. I've got a 1999 Dodge Ram with 148,000 miles and I wouldn't hesitate to drive it cross country. It's taken a beating and keeps on running. Did you have a bad experience with Dodge?

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