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Thinking of getting a 2500 Dodge

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by mwild, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. Sep 19, 2010 at 11:55 AM
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    mwild

    mwild [OP] I CANT SPELL SO DONT BITCH

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    I need a 3/4 ton truck and i looked at a 2003 2500 Dodge today. Its a 4 door with the 5.7 hemi in it with an auto trans. It has 105000 miles on it and they want $14000 for it. Its got leather in and the paint looks good. It also has a plow frame on it but no plow. Their is lease rust on than my truck has. They are giving me 12000 for my truck. What do u guys think.
     
  2. Sep 19, 2010 at 12:12 PM
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    I say go for it if you need the true full sized 3/4 ton, Dodge makes a great truck bro'......:cool:

    My neighbor across from me has the 5.7 Hemi, that thing hauls ass, real torquey all thru the power band...
     
  3. Sep 19, 2010 at 12:15 PM
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  4. Sep 19, 2010 at 12:18 PM
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    Yes.
     
  5. Sep 19, 2010 at 12:28 PM
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    Ive never been fond of dodge, but my buddy has a 02 one and it hasnt had any problems.
     
  6. Sep 19, 2010 at 12:38 PM
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    memario1214

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    I am not a big fan of the Dodge trucks personally... They seem to have a lot of front end problems. I am a fan of the Hemi engine, as well of the style of the trucks. Just be aware that you are bound to run into some issues as far as mechanical goes as you head down the road. Only benefit I see is that aftermarket Dodge parts aren't all that expensive. But if you need the big truck and are willing to take your chance, I say go for it.
     
  7. Sep 19, 2010 at 12:53 PM
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    I think im gonna get it.
     
  8. Sep 19, 2010 at 12:57 PM
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    better than a ford..
    but why not a desiel?
     
  9. Sep 19, 2010 at 1:19 PM
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    I've had nothing but bad luck and problems with any of the Dodge vehicles that I have owned. Many others that have owned them will tell you the same. I would stay away from it man, but that's just my $.02.
     
  10. Sep 19, 2010 at 1:19 PM
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    x2 on the diesel...can you find one with that option? If I were to get a 3/4 ton I would look into the diesel option if it fits your budget.
     
  11. Sep 19, 2010 at 1:25 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Every gas engined Dodge I have come across has been a reliability nightmare. However, the Deisel trucks seem to last and run forever with no issues. IMHO, Spend a little more for the oil burner.
     
  12. Sep 19, 2010 at 1:44 PM
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    I had a Dodge, will never buy a Chrysler product again, POS all around.
     
  13. Sep 19, 2010 at 1:52 PM
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    Never owned a Ram, but we have had five Dakotas in the immediate family. There are always some little things that go wrong. Let's see: gas gauge, parking brake handle, rear trans seal, belt tensioner, stuff like that. Three of our five trucks have had 100-150k on them when sold, the only one with any significant issues is the 03 4.7 dakota. It's got 105k on it right now and recently had a water pump, thermostat and radiator put in it chasing an overheat problem. Seems to be fixed now. Dad has commented that he thinks the trans is starting to slip, but not really an issue yet. Might just need service, I know it's overdue. I am told that cracked plastic water pump impellers and clogged radiators are common on the 4.7, not sure on the Hemi. Overall, they have been a good value for us. Just don't pay too much for it, they do not hold their resale value like a Toyota does.
     
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    Very similar with mine too, was a Dakota and I had to replace the brakes twice before 30k miles, water pump, 2 top radiator hoses, the heater went out, 2 thermostats, and just about every plastic piece inside that was meant as a handle was broken within the first 6 months.

    I'm glad that truck was carjacked from me!
     
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    IIRC i had somebody tell me that instead of a U-joint on the driveshaft it was a cv joint? Is that true?
     
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    The 03 Ram is a good truck but make sure and check the front end they are known to go out. I have nothing bad to say about the hemi due to never owning one; my company truck has a hemi seems to do god on everything but mpg. I ma a huge cummins fan though last forever and easy to work on.

    Robert:D
     
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    The only thing I would ever consider a Dodge for is the Cummins. If I were you I'd start looking for a diesel as others have said.
     
  18. Sep 19, 2010 at 3:03 PM
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    Most dodge full size trucks i've seen need ball joints and tie rod ends. Seem to have a fair amount with transmission issues to. 5.7 engine seems reliable though.
     
  19. Sep 19, 2010 at 4:10 PM
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    If you get a diesel stay away from the automatic transmissions and get the manual. The auto are POS.
     
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    OP, if you are looking for a 3/4 ton for around the price of the Dodge you mentioned, I would try to find a 00-03 F-250 with the 7.3 liter diesel. I would be very wary of that Dodge with 105,000 on the odometer. But again, just my $.02.
     
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