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Old 03-18-2014, 05:19 AM   #21
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My experience of 14 years with a Cummins 12 valve.

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what years were they having problem with fuel pump on the dodge cummings..?
Those pre-1998.5 had 12 valve engines and a mechanical fuel injection pump. This is what I chose to buy in 2000, for reasons of simplicity and reliability.
From 1998.5 for a few years, the 24 valve engines were fitted. These had an electronically controlled, and very expensive, fuel injection pump. This pump was lubricated by diesel fuel from the lift pump. If no after-market fuel pressure gauge has been fitted, and the lift pump becomes worn and inefficient without being noticed, the high pressure injection pump can be ruined from lack of lubrication. This has been a common problem. Various methods have been later adopted to deal with this.
On the subject of leaving the vehicle unused, I can only speak of my 1998 12 valve. I spend 8 months each year at home in England, and 4 months each year with my 12 valve and Airstream in the USA, where half my family lives.
I leave the Ram in my son's garage in MN for eight months. I aim to change the oil and filter just before leaving the Ram, and leave it attached to a "battery minder", with the emergency brake off. When I come back after 8 months, it has immediately started first turn of the key every year for the past 14 winters. I check the tire pressures, let the engine tick over for 30 seconds in Neutral to allow the torque converter to re-fill, and then drive 1600 miles in three days to FL. I've never had a problem with this procedure.
I do my own maintenance and repair on the Ram, unless heavy lifting equipment is required.
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Old 03-18-2014, 05:58 AM   #22
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I have a 2004.0 with the 305/555 engine. If this 2003 has the same engine then it is the best of the pre-emission Dodge diesels as to the balance of power/economy. My fuel costs -- figured at $4/gl diesel -- are in my signature. Repairs have been about zilch at 197k though work will commence to stay ahead of time/wear potentials.
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:13 AM   #23
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Part of the Cummins magic, you have to drive one and then it gets in your blood. Between my '05 and '97 were at 370,000 miles.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:17 AM   #24
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I have to say a lot of good info here for sure..

As for the difference between diesel and Gasser being some 6K's that is the MAIN reason for buying a good used 2003er. I have only bought ONE new vehicle and that was some 25 yr ago..

I find getting a good used car, truck is much less expensive in the long run.

The 2003 i was looking at 2003 DODGE RAM 2500 CREW CAB LARAMIE W/CUMMINS 5.9 TURBO DIESEL looked to be in good overall condition judging by the pictures. After seeing pictures and then the real thing i have figured how to look at pictures to get a good sense of the condition. For 14K OBO this thing a good deal. KBB shows it at $13.3K to $13.8K plus all the work done recently is a plus.

IN looking at Kens numbers the MPG is about same for gas as diesel overall with pulling power going to the diesel and towing at 1 to 3 MPG better as well.

I have been paying attention to weather on national scale more over the past couple years and it seem to me when going from east coast to west you run into two main issues..

1.) when you get about to OK City you are going UP hill to the continental divide.

2.) Most times the wind is coming from the west so you are more likely to be going against the wind as not.

coming back is downhill and down wind

I guess it depends on what you like.

I was also looking at the Buick enclaves. They are a 15mpg overall suv with towing around 12 mpg according to stuff i have read on andy thompson in canada's site. The 2008 models with 104K run around the same $14K mark as well. non towing they are more to the 22 mpg range which might be a bit higher than the 2003 diesel.

so it a tit for tat deal in my mind.

One thing i do like about GM cars/trucks is daytime running lights.. Not sure why more manf are not making ti standard on EVERY vehicle.. too many idiots not turning on lights at dark, not dusk, but dark and during rain..even cops it seems.
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Old 03-18-2014, 09:24 AM   #25
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Part of the Cummins magic, you have to drive one and then it gets in your blood. Between my '05 and '97 were at 370,000 miles.
I have not driven a cummins pickup but know the magic of cummins engine from a couple years of over the road trucking i did.. I can image in a pickup its more intimate...
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Old 09-29-2014, 05:13 PM   #26
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Carl, did you get this truck? Better than what came before it and not exceeded in performance (mpg vs. power) until the latest models.


Edit: I see I replied earlier to a thread that mentions one of the wrong brands of truck. Sorry you missed out on the CTD. I referenced this thread in re another question altogether and wondered . . till I read and recognized your sig on yet another thread.
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