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Old 02-16-2012, 08:07 PM
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In a diesel dilemma

Here's the deal. I have sunk $6k in my truck in the last year; erg delete, 4" exhaust, SCT tunes, new tires, brakes, injectors,etc..... Now it runs good even though I can't park outside in below zero weather (won't start). My wife works for a large company and they are selling a 2006 Ram SLT 2500 with a 5.9 cummins that has some body damage but only has 38000 miles, Mega Cab, and includes a plow which I would actually keep for personal use. I estimated about $3K for body repairs. I believe I could grab it for $15K as is.
My dilemma is I was planning on replacing the 04 F350 with a 2008 truck (Duramax or Ford) so a Dodge was really never considered. It seems that this may be too good to pass up but I don't know the details on the 5.9 cummins for 2006. Anyone have any words of wisdom?
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:40 PM
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I looked under the hood of a 2007 dodge 2500 yesterday and I just about cried because of how much room that engine bay has compared to the 6.0

But that quickly turned to a chuckle because of how deteriorated the engine had become. Fleet vehicle so it's been maintained (perhaps been beaten on once or twice) with only 110k miles but everything was covered in rust and just in a sad state. Looks aren't everything I understand but not only do dodges ride like s*#t, they can't hold a candle to fords quality.
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Not sure about where you are, but around here those are high dollar trucks. Very hard to find a nice one under 30k.
I would jump on it.
Motors are great, auto tranny marginal. Ride quality is marginal. Cab size is amazing, bed would not work for me, but ok for some.
I came really close to buying this one that was stretched, but we could not agree on terms.
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SeattleStroke Not sure about where you are, but around here those are high dollar trucks. Very hard to find a nice one under 30k.
I would jump on it.
Same here, big money trucks. I'd jump on it too. Love the engine and the mega cab.
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:58 AM
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From what I have seen, those trucks are pretty highly sought after, prbably because the 5.9 common rail is possibly the best diesel engine that ever when in that sorry excuse of a truck they call the Ram. The trannies are mediocre at best, and the overall qualtiy of the truck is nowhere near what the Ford is IMO. So it has a great engine, but I for one would not buy a truck for the engine alone. Having the most reliable, powerful engine around does you no good if you can't stand to drive the truck lol

Another thing to consider is how was it maintained. Some fleets are meticulous in their maintenance and some don't even bother to change the oil, so service records would tell you a lot. Also, was it actually used for plowing regularly. It only has 38k but if they were all in first and reverse that already questionable transmission is all but doomed...

I say do some more research on the truck and weigh your options.
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:10 AM
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I have no doubt it was used for some plowing but it was not a full time plow truck. They have a contract with another company that handles the heavy snowfalls. Good point on the fleet maintenance, I will have to check into that. I know they stored the vehicle indoors and overall it looks clean except the body damage. It was in a metal building when a tornado hit and spun the truck around inside the building. Might need a new box but the tailgate is good.
I have heard the 5.9 is a great engine but I have no clue what the Dodge's other problem area's are. My dilemma really lies with whether or not to buy an 08+ Duramax or Ford until this came along. I had an 2004.5 GMC and put 100K on it with no problems at all, then sold it and went gasser. I have 179K on this 6.0 and it's a stinkin money pit so I'm not sold on the so-called "Ford Quality".
Back to the issue - I like the Mega Cab and the 5.9. I think it would make sense financially and if I don't like it after a year I'm sure I could make some profit on a trade in.
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:29 AM
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damage pics

Here is the damage.






I don't know if a new box is needed, I'm not a body man. The hood is perfect and the bumper is useable but may need replacement if I were to sell it.

What do you think? $12K? 15K? Plow included.
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