Dodge 3500 cummins advise

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by A. Marguglio Landscaping, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. A. Marguglio Landscaping

    A. Marguglio Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Looking at a 1998 dodge 3500 cummins dually. It has 200k miles. 4 wheel drive and claims previous owner rebuilt the tranny. He baught it only for the plow setup and now wants to sell it. It has a utility body and he wants $4500 for it but I was considering buying it as a cab and chassis to put a flat bed or dump on it, he said he'd sell it for 3800 without the bed.

    Any advise? Good deal? Bad deal? Worth buying?
    Also frame is solid, decent tires and lines are all solid

    Any advise would be greatly appreciated!

  2. Vecchio Lawn Care

    Vecchio Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 905

    If the trans was rebuilt I would say it's a fair deal. But why put all that money into a new cab and dump for such a old truck?
  3. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Messages: 5,274

    That's uuuuuuuuuuuuber cheap for my area. Id be allover that deal. Cummins around here go for 2-5k over blue book price.
  4. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    any proof of the tranny rebuild? I was up that way for easter had mine rebuilt up in middletown
  5. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    Good price. I have a 97' cummins and I'd be all over that.
  6. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,130

    diesels hold their value VERY well, around here that truck would probably be double that price. i'd jump all over it, even if a few things are wrong you'll still be far ahead, plus it'll run forever with the proper maintenance. main thing with diesels is fuel filtration.
  7. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,130

    very good information on there if you want to learn about the truck or any common issues for that year
  8. A. Marguglio Landscaping

    A. Marguglio Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Thanks a lot for all of the input it's greatly appreciated. No proof of tranny rebuild, might take a ride tomorrow and take a look at the truck. Can't decide if I'd rather wait and save for something with a little less miles
  9. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,697

    Those miles mean nothing on that engine. Heck, it is just getting broken in. That is a million mile engine if you take care of it.
    As others have mentioned, it is the transmission you need to be sure of. The tranny is the weak link in that truck.
  10. slowleak1

    slowleak1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 532

    Bring him $3500 cash and I bet he takes it. You would be foolish to not buy it.

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