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Finding a Diesel is tough!

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by South Florida Lawns, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    I'm currently looking for a Dodge 2500 4x4 Diesel in years of 96-01. I want the standard cab though and the manual transmission. I'm not too concerned with the millage, under 300k at least.

    I can't find a single truck like it anywhere, or a manual Cummins for that matter. I have searched everywhere Ebay/craigslist to auto and truck trader, my local paper and dealers.

    Any advice? Are there people that you can hire to find a truck? What do I need to get so I can visit auto auctions myself? I'm going crazy here!
  2. WH401

    WH401 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 571

    Are you only looking in Florida?, or neighboring states as well?
  3. ecko

    ecko LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

  4. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,594

    Could you deal with a 1ton, you'd probably have better luck that way. And that old of a truck not much price difference between a 3/4ton and 1ton..
  5. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    Most of the Cummins diesels will be the SLT extended cabs. I found a 5 speed manual quickly on Ebay just now. I have been saying for 12 months that diesels are going to be getting harder to come buy, and this is all good for their value's if you own one. Modern or pre-tier 4 EPA emission laden Diesels are like the AWB(Assault Weapons Ban); except were dealing with the EPA instead. Folks are running to purchase their "pre-AWB" diesels before their illegal to sell.


    Last edited: Mar 4, 2009
  6. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    I guess I'm too picky with the cab, but I need at least the fullsize bed. Oh yeah I'll do a dually too I guess, haven't even looked at those. I don't think I'm down to drive more than north Florida as time is money and I'm extremely busy lately. Guess I'll have to just wait and keep my eyes open.
  7. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,246

  8. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    SFL, Come up to PA, NJ and Lower NY. Theres a ton of them around! I'm looking for a similar truck but am looking for extened or crew cab. You might also try looking in Texas or KY.
  9. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Messages: 1,818

    My buddy searched long and hard for a truck like you are describing SFL. He ended up traveling to AZ and getting a dually just so he could have the stick shift as well. They are very hard to find and dodges hold their value well. Ive been looking at 03-05 cummins and they are rediculous on their prices.
  10. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    I defiantly can't take the time out to travel, and I don't want a northern truck with rust and all. I know for 16K there's an 05 3500 dually just how I want it but its out in Oregon.

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