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6.0 5 speed

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by rcslawncare, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    Looking at a 2007 2500 6.0 with a 5 speed. Wondering if anyone is running one and how the trannys seem to hold up. My truck is having electrical nightmares and its time to move on and get rid of it. I can get the truck for close to 12k out the door. It retails clean for 15k. It has 120k on it and runs out fine, has some decent dings, but no major damage or rust. The only thing that is weird is the hour meter is at 32 hours...? Can I hook it up to the scanner to see the actual hours or is in the cluster only. Thanks for any help!!
  2. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 995

    If you take it easy with the clutch the manual should last you plenty of miles!

    As for the hourmeter, if the readout is only 3 digits, then chances are it's rolled over once, so it should read 1032hrs. A scanner won't generally read display info for liability reasons. It's like saying my digital odometer no longer works, but I want to check the mileage... won't work.
  3. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    The readout is at least 4 digits, and possibly 5. Maybe the truck has a new engine?
  4. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 995

    Hmmm. I suppose it could be possible...
  5. Deori

    Deori LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    Mind if I ask what truck you're driving now? With the electrical nightmares?
  6. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    Thanks for the replies! I have a 2003 GMC 2500 quad cab. It has developed some issues within the last month like the driver power seat is backwards, when the ac is in the "on" position, its off and vise versa. Just little stuff like that and the truck keeps going into engine protection mode, and I don't feel like paying the dealer anymore diagnostic fees to find it. Plus, I really want a regular can with the long bed. Its more about the 5 speed, I know clutches go, but is the NV4500 suitable for plowing and towing on a regular basis? Thanks again for all the replies!!
  7. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 995

    If you can handle shifting in traffic and such, a manual is fine to use. Most go auto just because it tends to be easier to plow while changing the blade position with the right hind while the left hand drives. If you can stay in 2nd gear when plowing you need not worry.

    The newer Ram with the 6 speed has a super low first gear should you need it to get out of tight situations. It's just too bad you can't get it with the gas engine, but I'd take the manual and save the $2K over the autobox.

    Older 5 speeds are harder to come by in terms of parts, but salvage yards should have parts-a-plenty should you require anything down the road.

    Electrical issues are the hardest ones to diagnose at the best of time. If the power seat at least works, don't mess with it further.
  8. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    Thats where Im at, looks like Im closing the deal tomorrow. Once I switch over the plow stuff and wheels, Ill post some pictures!! Thanks for the replies!!
  9. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    Deal was closed, pictures of the new truck are in the picture forum. Its not bad plowing with at all, the only thing Im wondering is it goes into reverse after going into 5th gear first much easier than without going into 5th. Is that fine to do over and over when plowing. It wont mess up the syncro or anything will it? First work truck stick, so just wanna make sure she lasts. The whole drivetrain except the engine got Amsoil a couple of days ago, so Im resting easier knowing its all changed. The rear diff was bad...
  10. aroddy

    aroddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    I had a 2000 model 2500 6.0 5 speed. When I bought it with 119,000 miles. First gear was SCRATCHIN! It poped out a lot if you didn't hold it to take off. But I got a steal on it and kept driving till it finally gave out and replaced the tranny. But I replaced it at 234,500 MILES!!!! Pulled super heavy trailers and gave it strait hell. So you should be fine.

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