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Dodge Ram 2500 concerns before purchase

I have never purchase a diesel truck before. but i did by a 2001 dodge durago (gas). now I want to buy a diesel truck such as the 2008 dodge Ram2500. any advises. is it better to get the manual transmission as compared to the automatic transmission? I hear autotrans. typically has problems. does ford or chevy has better 2008 models as compared to Dodge ram 2500? any maintenance issues with the dodge model I should worry about?
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I have never purchase a diesel truck before. but i did by a 2001 dodge durago (gas). now I want to buy a diesel truck such as the 2008 dodge Ram2500. any advises. is it better to get the manual transmission as compared to the automatic transmission? I hear autotrans. typically has problems. does ford or chevy has better 2008 models as compared to Dodge ram 2500? any maintenance issues with the dodge model I should worry about?
please advise. thank you. kadi
I am not very experienced with the Dodge truck line although I recently bought a 2004 3500 dually. It is the 5.9 325 hp 600 ft lb of torque model. It is far nicer than any truck I have ever owned. I traded in a 2000 F350, fully loaded with a 9 foot 2 inch Boss V snowplow on it, so it worked hard all of it's time with me. The Dodge is twice the truck the ford was. Better power, smoother power, better MPG's and even a sweet sound. Plus my wife like the dodge and hated the ford. But the ford did quit twice and need to be towed home,,,,, twice!
The ford had 20, thou when bought, sold/traded in at 90 thou, the Dodge has 50 thou and runs better than the ford at any time.

I hope this helps..
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The Dodge is a better truck. The 6.0l Ford diesel is a lemon, and the 6.4L uses a lot of fuel. The Cummins is a far superior engine, but I must admit that I have little experience with the new 6.7l mill.
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I love the Cummins, but right now the 6.7L gets horrible fuel economy. I hear that Dodge is working on a reflash that should be out very soon that greatly increases the economy.

I have a 2005 2500 4X4 Cummins, purchased new, great truck so far. It is a work horse, with no problems yet. I work for Ford, the 6.0L and 6.4L are pure junk, plain and simple, nothing but problems. They are great when they are not broken and in my shop.

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Try asking your question here: http://www.dieseltruckresource.com/dev/index.php

There are many more owners there.

I have owned Cummins since 92 and overall they are great, if you know how to drive one.
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auto versus standard shift

I hear many thoughts about trans hate and love, but being a commuter a standard is just not going to work. I like an auto. Yet I am not a "real" work truck guy.

My buddy here has an 02 2500 315 HP with the standard. he loves it, yet after a 1000 mile ride with me a week ago he said he would take an auto trans anyday.
But my mileage sucks. I am getting 13 and 14mpg with the trucks computer stating 17 thru 19 go fig.
I was seriously looking into the Banks exhaust brake and power pac system but at a 7000 price tag, I was turned away. Now I am looking into other alternatives.
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You're never going to get good fuel mileage from a 7000# vehicle. Period. What you do get will vary with how and where you drive. Keep your foot out of it and 17-19 is not unreasonable. I have a 2002 quad cab 2500 4x4, A/T and 4.10 rears and I average 17 mpg. It just turned 152,000 miles and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Cummins has been making diesel engines forever and (excepting stupid lift pumps) know exactly what they're doing.

That said, the older trucks will fair better on mpg, mainly because of the lack of a particulate filter. Every brand of the new trucks have them and they all suck at mileage.
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You're never going to get good fuel mileage from a 7000# vehicle. Period. What you do get will vary with how and where you drive. Keep your foot out of it and 17-19 is not unreasonable. I have a 2002 quad cab 2500 4x4, A/T and 4.10 rears and I average 17 mpg. It just turned 152,000 miles and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Cummins has been making diesel engines forever and (excepting stupid lift pumps) know exactly what they're doing.

That said, the older trucks will fair better on mpg, mainly because of the lack of a particulate filter. Every brand of the new trucks have them and they all suck at mileage.
I will disagree since I have 3 work associates whom "claim" actual (checked) MPG's of 17 to 19 on 05 thru 07, 5.9 cummins. They each have some after market add on product.

Yet I didn't use them as my only information source, many on line sites claim it is not unreasonable to expect those numbers with small changes. The question I am looking for an answer to is what changes, where this information is and for how much?

I am not a deep into the carpet driver, I am actually very easy, and mellow. The speed limits followed, the race from light to light is not my issue, although I have fallen off my high horse every now and then. But the mileage is not good enough for my taste. I will make these changes and report back here after my move to the lesser 48.

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I will disagree since I have 3 work associates whom "claim" actual (checked) MPG's of 17 to 19 on 05 thru 07, 5.9 cummins. They each have some after market add on product.

Yet I didn't use them as my only information source, many on line sites claim it is not unreasonable to expect those numbers with small changes. The question I am looking for an answer to is what changes, where this information is and for how much?

I am not a deep into the carpet driver, I am actually very easy, and mellow. The speed limits followed, the race from light to light is not my issue, although I have fallen off my high horse every now and then. But the mileage is not good enough for my taste. I will make these changes and report back here after my move to the lesser 48.

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Perhaps your associates with the 5.9's did realize those gains, but the OP specifed he was looking at an '08 which would be a 6.7. Different animal altogether.
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Perhaps your associates with the 5.9's did realize those gains, but the OP specifed he was looking at an '08 which would be a 6.7. Different animal altogether.
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