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Trading my Dodge 5.9L need help
I don't post often but wanted to ask a couple questions before I jump into another truck. Short history, Had a 7.3L Excursion, intake, 4" exhaust and chipped, loved it.
Now have an 07 Dodge Mega Cab 2500 with stock 5.9 Cummins. The reason I'm selling is that I no longer drive the truck much at all. I went from 20k/ year to 6k/year. I still need a good pulling truck but willing to go to an older truck with more miles. Here are my situations and questions after searching on this forum and others.
-I want to keep a 4 door, automatic 4wd truck so my options are:
7.3L Crew Cab
05-07 6.0L Crew Cab
03 and up Dodge 5.9L Quad Cab
- I don't want to spend over 20000 for the truck
-When I tow I will be towing either 9k or 12k bumper pull. 12k around town nothing more than 50 miles. 9k is my Bronco and trailer together and often pull it 5 hours or more. We travel NC, WV mountains and I do not like to slow up on the uphill grades. I'm unhappy if I'm not at speed limit. The stock Mega Cab keeps up just fine, it slows down but I keep my foot it and generally only loses 3-5 mph under Speed limit on the big hills. I was going to put a tuner on it but never got to it.
-The truck will sit alot of the time again about 6k miles a year now.
-Will a stock 6.0 get the job done for me?
What is my best option?
I like the Fords as far as size since they are closest to the Mega Cab.
What kind of miles do I need to stay away from on the 6.0ls. I see clean trucks with under 150k all over the 20000 price.
Can I mod the 6.0l with a mild tuner, exhaust, gauges, etc and not worry too much about the gaskets and studs?
Do I need to worry about the turbo sticking since it wont be driven everyday or week?
Is it better to get a higher mileage studded truck than a lower mileage none studded truck? I'm saying 100k miles stock versus 150k miles with studs.
Just don't want to be spending lots of money on repairs on a truck. I don't mind the maintainance but don't want to dive into the engine?