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2001 Dodge 2500 cummins diesel

Mummert's Mowing

LawnSite Member
Location
Waynesboro,PA
I came across a 01' Dodge 2500 cummins diesel,5speed, regular cab, with 116,345 miles on it. Is the 01' a good problem free year, and what kind of fuel mileage should i expect out of it?
 

haybaler

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
ma
I came across a 01' Dodge 2500 cummins diesel,5speed, regular cab, with 116,345 miles on it. Is the 01' a good problem free year, and what kind of fuel mileage should i expect out of it?
'01 is a good year. Is it auto or standard? if it's standard the six speed option was better, if it's auto it's a decent transmission but it does wander alot right at around 35mph also if it's the origanal one it may need replacing shortly. also look on the drivers door casing and see where it was made. if it was made in mexico it's fine, if us or canada look on the block and make sure it doesn't have "53" cast on it. also if you buy it get a fuel pressure warning light or gauge so you know when to replace your lift pump before your injector pump goes. These are great work trucks that will last forever if you know what to look for.
 

Lawnworks

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
usa
116k isn't even broke in yet... I have one w/ over 300k and another w/ over 250k.
 

lwcmattlifter

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
NC
5 speed is the way to go. The NV5600 6 speed was only offered for a year or two before it was replaced by Getrag. Someone correct me if i'm wrong but NV5600 are really hard to find parts for but, the NV4500 are everywhere and just about bullet proof. Fuel mileage will vary depending on which gear ratio the truck has. There should be a sticker in the glove box that will tell you the ratios.
 

TGM

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
seacoast, NH
the nv5600 was offered in 99 and 00 with the smaller 1 1/4" input shaft, then in 01 and 02 with the 1 3/8" input shaft (came standard on the HO motor). the 99 and 00 6 speed nv5600s are an SO motor.

good truck. you'll need a fuel pressure gauge for the lift pump and you may need to do an update on the 5th gear for the 5 speed manual. i prefer the 6 speed myslef since i don't have to do anything to it except the clutch for performance (and it's a lot stronger than the 5 speed)...however, HO's are a little hard to find.

i agree, about 18mpg with the 24v.
 

IA_James

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Iowa
If it's an 01 it won't have a "53" block no matter what, it'll be either the heavyweight Brazillian block or the super-heavyweight Mexican block. The only thing I'd worry about on an 01 is the lift pump and the injection pump. The lp is a pretty cheap fix, buying a VP44 is not. Although I've heard that they are going to be available from parts stores, and not just a dealer only item soon. Check the rear brakes, if it's got the rear discs it would be pretty much the best truck Dodge has made lately, IMHO.
 

haybaler

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
ma
I'm sorry, I realized the auto's are all 4 speeds. There have been some reports of "53" blocks on 01's. it wouldn't hurt to check. I have a '00 with mexican block. the 5 speed is an awsome transmission, but when your towing you really need that extra gear between 3-4
 
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