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2001 Dodge 2500 cummins diesel

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Mummert's Mowing, May 20, 2007.

  1. Mummert's Mowing

    Mummert's Mowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    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?
  2. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    Dad had one for about 3 years. My brother also owns a 01. They seemed to be a good pickup.
  3. T.E.

    T.E. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    at least 18 on the hwy i'd say. i have a 91 with an auto and i get 21+ on the hwy later, tony
  4. haybaler

    haybaler LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 511

    '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.
  5. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    116k isn't even broke in yet... I have one w/ over 300k and another w/ over 250k.
  6. lwcmattlifter

    lwcmattlifter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 859

    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.
  7. TGM

    TGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 931

    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.
  8. IA_James

    IA_James LawnSite Silver Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 2,592

    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.
  9. haybaler

    haybaler LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 511

    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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