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Old 03-05-2015, 09:59 AM   #29
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My 07 dodge cab is as good as the others, I've seen latter model fords have the doors with cracked sheet metal , my transmission is a wholly owned subsituary of Allison , the old dodge cabs and the 4 speed autos weren't that good in my opinion.
Are you running the 68RFE or did you change it over to an Allison 1000 yourself?
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Old 03-06-2015, 05:00 AM   #30
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JCL; I was told the ram tranny was part of Allison , I looked it up on the iPad this morning, it is not. The aisin was asin (Japanese ) and Borg Warner until 1987, now it is toyota and aisin,one of the largest transmission builders in the world,the 68RFE is Chrysler built ,one difference I see is it has no power take off capability like the aisin has, check out their websites,it is interesting,they are all working together to get some of your monies,or maybe all of it..
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Old 03-06-2015, 06:14 AM   #31
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I am in the same boat. I have a 2005 Ford Excursion with a 6.0 Powerstroke. I had all of the parts replaced that were known to be problematic, so I am in the camp of shoveling parts into it. I don't know what else I could find that would tow a 30' AS with a family of six, 2 dogs and cargo.
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Old 03-06-2015, 08:48 AM   #32
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'06 Dodge Ram Megacab w/5.9 Cummins - I have loved it from day one. Biggest issue was with a/c - the dealership couldn't seem to get it right for nearly 2 years. I was throwing good money after bad when I finally went to my indie mechanic and swore off the dealership ... My mechanic solved the problem.

Have had no issues with the body other than those that were my fault or my sons.

Interior has been replaced with 2014 Laramie leather seats which are more comfortable.

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Still love it ... Would not trade my troubles for others.
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Slightly off topic, what was the AC fix?

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Old 03-07-2015, 04:37 AM   #34
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If it helps ,after 4 so called ac fixes,Wayne's in Casper fixed mine, it was a loose crimp on a wire near the compressor, the ac would work fine then shut down, may be it would work in a few miles maybe not until the next day,it is fine now..
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Gary - Problem was that the dealership replaced the compressor & dryer ... Should have replaced entire system ... Compressor failed six more times & they only replaced the compressor each time cause that's what failed. Went to indie mechanic: entire system replaced with a lifetime warranty from 800-RADIATORS. We ll see how things are through the summer.
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All of the trucks built now are extremely sophisticated. Just look under the hood. Started in 2007 when all of the diesel engines had to get cleaned up per the EPA. The big three have been using the customer as a test lab for trying out all of the different pollution control methods. Most have been a failure until recently. Prior to 2007 the biggest problems were just poor design or quality that never seems to go away. Ford 6.0 for example. I don't own a diesel but have driven all three for work for the last two decades. Most of my co-workers who own their own diesels won't give up their older units but can't wait to get rid of their newer ones. Most of our current newer work fleet can't stay out of the shop. Most of the problems are from the sensors and relays that are part of the pollution control stuff. My current work truck, a 2011 diesel is on its second long block. It has left me stranded more times than I can remember. I prefer gas myself mainly because I'm cheap and like to work on my own vehicles. My towing truck is a 2012 F250 CC Lariat 6.2L gas model. Stayed with gas because I don't need the power of these diesels. If I towed a bloated fifth wheel or a 40 ft. cattle trailer then yes I would be sharing the pain. Not as quick up the 7 percent grades as a diesel but we get were we are going every time. I can work on most of it myself. Plus if I wear out the motor I can get a new replacement for about the cost of a diesel injector pump and set of injectors. A few more years and Detroit may finally get all of the pollution control stuff squared away and I might buy in. Also, don't just think its light duty trucks going through this mess. Most of our real heavy duty bucket trucks and semis are just as unreliable due to the same pollution control equipment. Warranties are great but they eventually run out. Can't imagine owing a diesel out of warranty.$$$$$
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:59 AM   #37
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Same here Ampman, I went from owning diesels for many years to my 2008 V-10 which I ordered new in 2007. At 151,000 miles, no major problems, and I love the $19.95 oil changes. I don't have to worry about dirty fuel, winter additives, long warm-ups, tank algae, injectors and pumps. I work in the oli & gas industry and many of the welders have Dodge-Cummins with manual trannies. Everything but the engine seems to wear out very quickly under harsh work conditions. Chevy's are a little better, but the F-250/350 with the 6.7 diesel seems to hold up way better under these conditions. For me, a gas rig like the Ford 6.2 with a 4.30 rear axle will do it all.
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I'm very fortunate to have a great job where the company eats all the repair cost for our fleet. I wish the diesels were easy and cheap to work on like they should be but they aren't. I wish they would have carried on the the awesome V-10 in the F250/350, even considered the F-450 to get it but couldn't justify it. There's something for everyone, I just like the gas rig.


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Jump,

Thanks, sound like they were using compressors as trash filters.

Ampman,

Looks like you're a lineman and your rigs get worked, maybe overworked. My neighbor is a lineman in SC and they have started using, no more like over using a cab chassis putting a work box on it, lift bucket with stabilizers, tools and supplies and it most likely starts in the AM and runs almost all day. Its what they wanted and it works 'em hard cause his company expects medium duty truck work out of a HD PU.

I'm lucky enough to have stumbled into a 2005 Dodge Cummins, its pretty amazing at doing the job its rated for.

See ya round the campfire.

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Most of ours are F-450/550 units. Some dodge 3500-4500 units. Regular cab and service bodies, small buckets etc. We really don't work em that hard or overload them. Being a municipal utility I also get to see all the ambulances and fire equipment and hundreds of other units from the fleet using the same platforms. Most new stuff goes back to the dealers for warranty work and they use all of the local dealers around here. Depressing to see the back lots of the dealers service yards loaded with downed trucks from our fleet. Before we got diesels twenty years ago we ran gas one ton Fords and Chevys. Those engines would run forever. Trouble is they wouldn't replace em till you had over x amount of repair dollars spent on em. So you had em a long time. We've been getting diesels replaced every 5-7 years because they cost so much to keep up. It is what it is I guess. That's where my experience comes from on light duty diesel trucks. And that's why I couldn't afford to own one myself past the warranty period.


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I haven't had any problems with my 2007 ram 6,7, it has 88000 miles,like I said I don't let it sit and idle,or use it for a grocery getter,just for road trips,so far no problems.
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My TV is a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 with the Cummins 5.9 - it is the first generation 24-valve (not a common rail). It is noisy, but I've not had any problems with it. I have 130,000 miles on it. I'm the 2nd owner of it - the first hung up the keys in 2011 (when I bought the TV and the AS from him). He was a retired automotive engineer (had been the plant manager for AMC) and was into engine lubrication and was running Amsoil with the bypass filter kit. When I got the TV from him, it had only 55,000 miles - and I've been putting on just under 25,000 mi/yr, mostly towing my AS from Ontario to Arizona and back each year.

I had been told by a the lead diesel mechanic at a large dealership that the first gen 24-valve was considered "bulletproof", but once the common rail was introduced, they had had issues with the injectors, which they eventually corrected (so far, according to him) by an improved 2-stage fuel filter.

The weak link in this TV is the transmission - however, by monitoring the transmission oil temperature and ensuring that I had the tranny serviced regularly, it runs fine. The only repairs that I did related to the brakes, but that's all fine now that I've moved to ceramic pads.
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