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Cummins powered Dodge

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by lwcmattlifter, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. lwcmattlifter

    lwcmattlifter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 859

    I'm thinking about buying a low mileage 4x4 2500 ram 5.9 CTD/man trans. What are the problem areas I should look at? Are there any years I should avoid? I'm new to dodge and cummins, help me out a little.

  2. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    Can't beat the Cummins diesel, it's made to pull unlike V-8 diesels. The I-6 of the Cummins produces it's HP and torque lower in the RPM range as compared to the V-8 diesels whose HP and torque or higher in the RPM range.
  3. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,149

    What year are you looking at?
  4. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    I found out with mine, the harder they are working, the better they shine
  5. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,223

    I know a guy who's getting ready to part out his '97 Dodge 3500 12V Cummins if you want the engine...
  6. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    The engines on these are very good to say the least, what year are you looking at, there are 3 "generations" of these trucks all with their own respectable problems.
  7. lwcmattlifter

    lwcmattlifter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 859

    I'm looking at late 2nd gen or early 3rd gen. I know the injector pumps occasionally go out and their expensive to replace. Is their anything I should be looking for before I buy?
  8. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    I made the switch to a cummins diesel a couple years ago, and have never regretted it. The power, mileage are the best points. As someone else stated " the harder they are worked, the more they will shine" is the truth...

    Here are a few sites to see what other dodge cummins owners feel about them


  9. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,223

    I read that Toyota is eyeing Cummins mighty hard for their HD pickup for '09. Rumor has it that it will be a V-8.
  10. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    I'd think Toyota would be designing their own motors for their trucks, but not totally positive. it'd be more awesome if they put the 3.3L diesels from the Izuzu trucks in em though, plus like a 7 spd tranny. thats just me though.

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