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Old 01-31-2005, 10:47 AM
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Looking to buy a new Dodge 2500 CTD, and was owndering if anyone her has one and any comments you have. Looked at the Ford PSD, and the 6.o and all the problems it has kinda scares me. I don't have warm fuzzies on the GMC and Allison, unless someone can convince me otherwise.

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Old 01-31-2005, 11:53 AM
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I've got a 98 4x4 Auto lb that I've put about 130,000 on so far. Other tha oil changes, fuel filters and brake pads the only hting I have had go bad is the starter. The contacts on the starter have a tendency to burn up. Quick and easy to fix though, takes al of 45 minutes to pull, change out and replace the starter for all of $20 which beats a new starter price. The 2005's are the same 5.9 block that's been around for a long time. It now a common Rail injection system and the new automatics seem to be holding up good. go to the turbodieselregister website and do some reading. All trucks have their problems. Good luck on whatever you buy.
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Old 01-31-2005, 11:58 AM
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I've got a 03 Diesel 2500 Ram 4x4 loaded; I've since add some other goodies as well, including an A.R.E. hard top tunnel cover.

Make sure you buy running boards of some kind, it's a long climb up and into this truck.

Would I trade my Ram for another truck? Only if Nissan brings there diesel over.
Would I buy GMC? Not even if it was 10k cheaper - to many friends with way to many problems.
Would I buy Ford? My dad retired from Ford so therefore I can buy for cost........I drive Dodge.

So what is a CTD model all about?
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Old 01-31-2005, 12:19 PM
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I've got a lot of experience with modified cummins rams, just one recomendation, go with the 6 speed, it's bullet proof, and you can make BIG POWER with it. some of the older new venture 5 speeds had trouble with the 5th gear breaking, the new 6 speeds aren't having this problem. The auto's are ok, but if you really want to play, the stick is the only way to go. Not only can it take the power that can be made from the various mods, it also allows you to use an exaust brake, which is actually available from dodge. the biggest thing is that a standard tranny allows a diesel to not only build boost, but hold it. the automatic tries to think for you and will either downshift, or the torque converter will unlock, which will cause the turbo to loose boost pressure.
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Here is my $.02 on the subject.

I have a:

2004 Dodge 3500 4x4 w/ Single Rear Wheel
18,200 mIles
Auto Tranny
3.73 Rear End

No problems with the truck.

I tow a 33' Palmetto - Tri-axle Trailer - haven't weighed the boat, but should be in the 11,500 range.

Here are my fuel #'s.

Town W/o Boat - 17
Town W/ Boat - 9-10
Highway W/o Boat - 19-20.
Highway w/ boat - 12-13


The Ford has a roomier Cab IMO.

I would have no problem buying the truck again.



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Thanks for all the great response! I will get 4x4 and auto. I understand the six speed is solid, but I have no desire at all manual shift. As far as towing goes, not so much there, but I do haul a lot of heavy stuff in the bed.

Thanks for the responses, the Dodge is coming out ahead as I thought!
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you wont be dissapointed by the auto at all, unless you do a lot of towing. The old powerstroke was a good motor, and the ford deffinately has a bigger cab, but the new 6.0 diesel in my opinion is junk. I've seen way too many of them in the shop for major repairs very early in their lifespan, small issues are expected on any motor new to the market, not complete overhauls. It turns way too many RPM's for a diesel. It does make a lot of power, but it is turned up fairly high from the factory. the duramax is running about 60% potential, the 6.0 powerstroke is around 65%, the cummins is at about 45%. Because of this, they can last MANY miles. The inline 6 design is much more correct in theory than a V8 ever will be. Be sure to keep the fuel filter changed at least as often as recomended, and try to get your fuel at a station that pumps a lot of diesel, these tend to have a lot less moisture collected in their tanks, and you should have no problems at all. I was debating buying one myself and getting rid of my dakota and my 92 cummins, but i figured a new truck could wait, I gotta get a boat first.
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I have had 3 cummins diesel Dodges since 96.
They have been great with no problems ever.
all 3/4 -1 ton. Only reason I change is I like "new"
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The inline 6 design is much more correct in theory than a V8 ever will be.

Be sure to keep the fuel filter changed at least as often as recomended, and try to get your fuel at a station that pumps a lot of diesel, these tend to have a lot less moisture collected in their tanks, and you should have no problems at all.
So true in both cases.

A friend of mine was saying the other day that the new Ford diesels were having major engine problems - I have not verified this, just passing it along.
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what ever you do, get a 4x4. That cummins has way too much torque for a 2 weel drive to be trying to pull a heavy boat up a slippery ramp. I ended up trading a 6 month old 03 in on a 4x4 hemi and taking a bath on the depreciation cause it would break loose too much.
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If you want to see the great tow vehicle debate go have a look at

www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm

These guys are talking about hauling things far heavier & much farther than your average boater.
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if you buy one.

www.turbodieselregister.com is the THT for dodge cummins owners. I learned so much and save $$$$ learning from these guys.

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Bought this new in 1997, only problem goes threw front brake pads every 10k. Only has 58k on it now. I get about 17 mpg if I keep it around 2000 rpm, thats about 65 mph. Any faster mileage goes way down. Wildlines, didn't know you could get a 3500 single rear wheel, when did that become available?


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Pads every 10k? Good thing you only drive it to church on Sunday. I'd put four sets a year on at that rate.
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Pads every 10k? Good thing you only drive it to church on Sunday. I'd put four sets a year on at that rate.

I know last time they put new rotors on hope it helps. I don't know if the new trucks are any better but this one eats front pads. The truck weighs almost 7k and I tow alot with it. Wish it had air brakes.
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3500 single rear wheel came out with the new body style, ford has had it for a while, GM seems reluctant to get on board. Not quite sure why either. They actually have one hell of a diesel, just don't put it in the pickups. In addition to the 6.6 duramax, they make an I6 diesel that they also refer to as a duramax, put it in some of their medium duty trucks, has a very solid bottom end, and huge potential. Maybe one day they will figure out that small displacement V8 diesels are a waste of time, and perhaps ford will oneday get smart and go back to running an International designed motor, until then, i'll stick with cummins hands down.
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I have a 2004 4x4 2500 Cummins HO. Added Putco 4" wheel to wheel stainless tubes. I get 18-20 on the highway and 13-15 towing my 25 Carolina. Don't laugh too hard. I bought this thing brand new on Ebay. Check out these prices.

http://motors.search.ebay.com/_W0QQf...torsQQsbrsrtZl

I couldn't find anyone that would even get close on them.
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Pads every 10k? Good thing you only drive it to church on Sunday. I'd put four sets a year on at that rate.

I know last time they put new rotors on hope it helps. I don't know if the new trucks are any better but this one eats front pads. The truck weighs almost 7k and I tow alot with it. Wish it had air brakes.

They are much better now.

My 01 still has it original front pads at 73K miles
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I'm getting about 60,000 miles to a set of front brake pads on my 98'. Darren, Those are some sweet prices on those trucks. Wouldn't mind a new one but I think I'll keep working on the wife for a bigger boat.......
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I'm sure they will still be there when you get ready to buy a truck. Looks like they have come down a couple of thousand more since I bought mine. What kind of boat are you looking for?
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