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Old 04-16-2012, 09:37 PM   #43
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Rednax, that sure is a beauty. You are right, we don't have any good looking trucks 'round here. I will admit the manual might be a buzz-buster. It's not that I am lazy. Anyone willing to fly a beech baron cross-country with no autopilot just isn't lazy. But shoee, 3000 miles over the summer shifting all day long just ....well, sure would trade the gas for the comfort.
That's a worthwhile consideration: I cruise around town in Direct (5th) from 30-mph on up. Don't have to shift at all on the highway. I use First but plenty of others don't, they start in Second. By shifting at 1500-rpm I'm pretty slow, but the past 1,100-miles I'm seeing 23-mpg in town. It's always a trade-off.

Have a look at the GM's, sure. But the "Allison aura" is just that. A nice trans, but not magic. Rebuilds are expensive on any of the autos. And 150k miles for any of them means that may be coming up. $4000 easy, maybe more.

But, since everyone learned that having a manual transmission behind V8-diesels was worthless, no one wanted them . . thus Ford and GM dropped them. A straight 6 with the man trans is impossible to beat for overall economy and lowest operating cost the past twenty years.

Just how much driving around in town are you doing (percent of total miles) and are you willing to change old bad habits?

That's all that's in the way.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:14 PM   #44
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:15 PM   #45
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It's an automatic, but looks good to me. And it's 7 miles from my house.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:16 PM   #46
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Rednax, I don't do a lot of hopping around, but as the kids get older, I expect that will change between baseball and fishing.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:53 PM   #47
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There's no charge to read the Diesel Power article I cited. Just click "no thanks" on the lower right hand corner of that ad... then read away.
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:13 AM   #48
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I find it interesting that no one referred to the legal wars between Ford and International over the multi-billions spent on warranty repairs as the reason for Ford going it alone with their new diesel engine. BTW, it is the factual reason why you should avoid the Ford. Ford modified the International supplied engine then wanted International to pick up part of the tab for the incredibly high failure rate. To remedy the situation (International declined to sell Ford any more engines), Ford back doored the necessary knowledge gain through the Volvo purchase which got them the Penta diesel engine insight and decades of emission performance design data from meeting Europe standards which greatly exceed ours.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:50 AM   #49
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Is DPE designated pilot examiner? Thanks for the info, and I booted the Ford. Have my eye on a 5.9 l. cummins in the Dodge.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:49 AM   #50
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Everyone knows its better to be cummins than powerstroking.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:48 PM   #51
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Now the owners are entering the fray:

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Old 04-17-2012, 06:16 PM   #52
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DPE, thank goodness this forum has saved me from myself. I had two dealers trying to practically give me those trucks....still calling. I took the advice and am on the road to being a cummins owner. It occurred to me I own stock in CMI, and I got it when it was at 30 bucks...hahah. Where's the loyalty here! Hard to find one, though. I am holding on to my money until I get what I want.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:51 PM   #53
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Eaglemate, I had to chime in (I lived in G-town back in the 80s) and I hoped to save you from what might have otherwise spoiled your enthusiasm for a great iconic aluminum lifestyle. My cousin's 5.9 Cummins manual just rolled through 250,000 with just regular maintenance and no failures. I switched my GMC TV for a Ram 2500 HD 18 months ago and am throughly enjoying my new 6.7 Cummins which delivers 15+ mpg when towing at max loads!
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:31 AM   #54
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DPE, good to hear it, and G'town is still the same. You and I probably went to G'town high together I am hunting for that Dodge......
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Altbought the fuel mileage sucks on our Dodge Ram with Cummins TD (as it does with most of the newer EPA diesel engines), we really like the features in the trim model we chose. Would I trade off my '05 F150 again for the new Ram diesel; probably not... based soley upon the 12 mgg towing the AS with the Ram.
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:34 PM   #56
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Alright, I'll bite on this. I've never owned a Duramax, but I have owned two Cummins (24v and 3rd gen 5.9), as well as my 6.0 Powerstroke. ALL have their issues. The Duramax was prone to intake issues and overheating. The 24v 5.9 Cummins had fuel pump issues, which led to failed injector pumps, and it also had APPS (Auxiliary Pedal Position Sensor) problems....I experienced both failures on my '01; I replaced the original POS Carter fuel pump with a PureFlow Air Dog frame-mounted pump. The biggest issue the 24v suffered from was the cursed "53" block cracks. The 3rd gen 5.9 had CP3 pump issues. That said, I loved both my '01 and '05 Rams.

The biggest drawback to the Chevy and Dodge is the lack of room in the rear passenger area. This is where Ford shines. The 6.0's Achilles heal was the casting sand left in the blocks, in addition to the Ford Gold coolant, which contains silicates. The oil cooler would get clogged, impeding coolant to flow to the EGR cooler, which caused the solder to melt and allow coolant to flow into the heads, hydrolocking the engine. Ford's desire to win the hp/torque peeing contest led to their request of IH to max out the VT365's capabilities.

The class-action lawsuit brought on by ambulance companies who experienced catastrophic failure of their 6.0 engines is what led IH to sever ties with Ford, after they attempted to blame IH for the failures. Ford asked IH to pay and were promptly told to go pound sand.

The fix to the 6.0 is easy and does not cost thousands (sorry, REDNAX, but I respectfully disagree with you on this....what I recommend is not legal, so I assume no responsibility for the advice I give):

1) Get rid of the EGR and EGR cooler and purchase a bypass system...prices average around $400 for the kits.

2) Add a coolant filter.....price is about $160.....IH runs them on the VT365 (the sister engine to the 6.0)

3) Flush the hell out of the engine and replace with an Extended Life Coolant....I use Fleetrite, but there is also Cat and a few others.

4) Gut the catalytic converter.

5) and MOST important........DO NOT CHIP THE 6.0!!!!!!!! The heads are attached to the block with Torque To Yield (TTY) bolts and will stretch. They can NOT take the extra HP and torque.

I have done the above and have had ZERO issues with my 6.0

If people are uncomfortable with breaking emissions laws, they can still install a coolant filter and replace the EGR cooler with a Bulletproof EGR cooler (Google it), flush the engine thoroughly and replace with ELC.

My personal favorite truck would be a Ford body with a Cummins engine and an Allison transmission, but I don't have the $25,000 to do the conversion at Auto World

BTW, my '01 3500 2wd Ram never got over 14MPG....4.10 gears.

My '05 2500 4x4 Ram got 23MPG, until ULSD came out; I never got better than 17MPG after that.

My F350 King Ranch 4x4 with 4.10 gears gets 16.2 on the highway, if I'm easy on the go pedal....12.3 around town.
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