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Old 05-06-2015, 12:23 PM   #15
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Individual results always vary but that is a commercial grade engine, it's built.

One caution is the TIPM pretty sure it's the Totally Integrated Power Module black box. If it takes a dump, weird power outages start happening. Sometimes attributed to connecting trailers with questionable wiring or maybe tapping circuits for power that you shouldn't. Not a reason not to buy just something to review.

Second investigating www.tdr1.com
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Old 05-06-2015, 12:31 PM   #16
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We have a 2003 F250 with the 7.3. Recently our dipstick adapter to the oil pan began leaking, severely. Ford quoted $3200 + for pan replacement. Required cab and engine removal. We found a fix at Strictly Diesel, in Phoenix, for $300 plus o/n shipping ($38). Only problem we've had and 130k miles, just breaking in...I'd be hard pressed to replace this vehicle, but the thought of ADDING another TV to the barn has come up. Our choice would be a Chevy 3/4 ton diesel.
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Old 05-06-2015, 12:59 PM   #17
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I have a used 2014 Ram 4x4 Cummins diesel Big Horn. So far so good.
22,400 miles and I haven't yet towed my 30' A/S but it has been a dream to drive around. Getting 19-20 MPG and so far, so good.

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Old 05-06-2015, 03:19 PM   #18
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I'm a GMC guy myself who only wishes he could afford a diesel... but I have a friend with a new Airstream and he swears that no Dodge diesel after 2006 should be purchased. He said that no only did engines and components after that suffer from expensive fixes, but that you also have to add DEF to the engines after that year...

He said he had to look high and low to find a good used one no older than 2006.

I say... do you own research... talk to alot of Dodge and other diesel owners and ...pay your money make your own choice
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Do some research, don't think Dodge started with DEF until 2012. We owned an '07 at work, no DEF.
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You are correct. A lot of misinformation here., intentional or not. Jim
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Jim,

Interesting how the OP asked about a specific truck series and about half of the replies don't even talk about that truck, get something else or I heard this or that. I own two Cummins powered Dodges combined about 370,000 miles. Expert? No, enthusiastic, yes. Has the Dodge Cummins got more complicated with time? Yup.

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i have owned the GM Duramax/Allison combo since 2001. A 2001 & late 2007 (the same as a 2008). I tow at the max tow rating and have towed probably 60,000 mile including at trip to Alaska from Fort Worth and return. The LMM engine has been reliable, but so was the 2001. I do like the LMM because of the power increase. Between the two I have close to 200,000 miles. There have been some nuances like a glow plug, a fuel rail check valve, power steering overhaul, tranny computer, driveline seals, and normal, wear and tear items. No biggies. I'm not in the market, but one of these days I will get a new GM. The track record for overall vehicle reliability is in favor of the GM DuramMax/Allisom. If you do the regular scheduled maintenance, all of them will last a long time. Some will cost more because of design deficiencies. Ford has an engine history and Dodge has a transmission and body history.
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I own basically the truck your asking about, 08 3500 4x4. 107000 miles, it does have problem with back door wire harness breaking, twice. Had problem with dual mass flywheel, put in aftermarket flywheel and clutch. First CEL at 101000 miles, sooted turbo, cleaned and running fine now. Check average speed of any one of these you look at. If ave of mileage/hours on engine is low I.e. in 20/28 mph range consider walking away as that truck has spent lots of time at idle or city driving and the 6.7 doesn't like that. To check hours on engine turn key to run, don't start it, hold trip reset until odo reads hours. We tow a lot and my truck ave is just over 39 last time I checked.
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I own a 2009 Dodge Mega cab 4x4 Cummins automatic trans, 3.43 gear. I have had little to no problems with it. I have 105k on it from new. I removed the entire emisions system and reprogramed the CPU from new. Removal changed my MPG from 16-18 on highway to 22-25 depending on air temp. around town now 15-17mpg. Tows great we have a 3 horse trailer and a FC25 easy to set cruise at 62mph and let the truck do the work.
I have no regrets in buying this truck. Best of luck in your search. I would only buy Cummins inline 6 diesel and Ram is the only choice for that right now.

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Old post...my 07 2500 6 speed auto short box, cummalong been coast to coast and Canada for 9 years and has 110,000 miles, oil changes and normal main ten events. Never been in the shop to correct anything...the best one I ever owned, now have a 2017,,,,,
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