In a diesel dilemma - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 Old 02-16-2012, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
E&J
Member
 
E&J's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 44
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
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?

Bikes, Babes and Booze. What else can I say...

04 F350 6.0 SOLD (Finally!!!)
2006 5.9 Cummings Diesel Mega Cab - what a truck!
2011 Road Glide Custom... my real love.
E&J is offline  
post #2 of 7 Old 02-16-2012, 08:40 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Red Deer
Posts: 357
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
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.

2005 F350 6.0 CCSB
4" 304 Stainless MBRP Turboback w/ Cat Delete
Edge Insight CTS
Rotella T6 5w-40
Sinister Coolant Filter
325/60R18 Dick Cepek F/C Radial II w/ 2" pucks
Stock EGR Cooler 190000 kms
tonto is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 02-16-2012, 08:58 PM
Member
 
SeattleStroke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Auburn WA
Posts: 43
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
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.


2003 F350
7 Point 3
SeattleStroke is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 02-17-2012, 03:04 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
superBADduty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Glastonbury, CT
Posts: 633
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Thanks: 27
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Garage
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
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.

2007 F250 KR CCSB 4x4 ARP's, PMM's EGR delete, PMM's coolant filter, SCT Sf3, GearHead's SRL & SRLXX, Rancho 7000's, IDP FICM tuning, blue spring, Wicked Wheel 2, No Limit Fab. CAI., 2008 rear differential cover.

2006 GMC Savanna 3500 6.6 LBZ Duramax work van

2008 F250 KR CCSB 4x4 quad buckets minimax "SOLD"

superBADduty is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 02-17-2012, 05:58 AM
Turbos = Witchcraft
 
TooMuch03's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: West Bend, WI
Posts: 2,842
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 2
Thanked 36 Times in 18 Posts
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
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.

2003 F250 6.0

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tuscany View Post
Compounds FTW!!!
TooMuch03 is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 02-17-2012, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
E&J
Member
 
E&J's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 44
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
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.

Bikes, Babes and Booze. What else can I say...

04 F350 6.0 SOLD (Finally!!!)
2006 5.9 Cummings Diesel Mega Cab - what a truck!
2011 Road Glide Custom... my real love.
E&J is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 02-17-2012, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
E&J
Member
 
E&J's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 44
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
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.

Bikes, Babes and Booze. What else can I say...

04 F350 6.0 SOLD (Finally!!!)
2006 5.9 Cummings Diesel Mega Cab - what a truck!
2011 Road Glide Custom... my real love.
E&J is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome