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Old 02-08-2009, 03:43 PM
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Ram 2500 Vs. Tacoma?

Ok, so heres my deal. Ive got a 98 tacoma. It drives me to work, runs great, no problems. Nothing major atleast (my heater control lights are finiky) But, its not really big enough for me. Standing a 6'7" my head is rather close to the roof. That and the towing capacity isnt high enough, for the minimal towing that I want to do. Im talking drag my race car down to Portland for a weekend, out to mission, ect.
Im looking at a 98 Ram 2500 auto 12 valve diesel. Its not pretty, but all and all, looks to be a solid truck. Needs a few things, like tires, a tail light, and some fender flares to hide a few uglies. I guess what Im getting at is, how reliable are these trucks? Any major issues I should expect? Im not sure of the milage but I think its about 350,000 km. And from what Ive been told, it should have lots of life left in it.
I guess what im getting at is this. By getting rid of my good running tacoma, how much of a gamble am I taking with the Ram?? Its got the space I need to fit in it, and it can tow my car, but I dont want to sell a good running truck for a potential lemon, you know what I mean? What are some common problem areas that I should look at next time I go see this ram, and what are some common problems with them??
Any and all info is apriciated, but please, dont waste your, or my time with "dodges are better than toyotas becasue imports suck" Im looking for facts, and reasonable opinions. Thank you
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:34 PM
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how reliable are these trucks? thats too funny, thay have the BEST running gear/ power train for any truck. in 98 it was the last year to have the 12 valve... 98.5 thay came out with the 24.... now with the 12V u cant get a chip for them, but u can still get tunz of power.... just not as easy as just putting the edge juce in it. Now as far as the KMs on it..... thats just broke in thay are 1000000.00 mile motors ( providing u allways have clean gas,and oil ) how much is the truck going for???
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:06 PM
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the asking price is $11,500. But for what it needs, i dont think i want to pay much more than $10k. Paint isnt in great shape, but thats not something that wont stop me from getting what a good truck, because its white, and hides the scratches very well. What im looking for, is something that will get me to and from Richmond everyday, and not require a repair every second week, kind of like the 90 f250 I used to own, before the motor blew.

As for power, at this moment in time, i dont think im to concerned about making alot of power with the truck. Dont get me wrong though, having the option sure is nice.
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Old 02-08-2009, 08:17 PM
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auto or standerd, if its a auto with 350 its been rebuilt.. but how many kms ago, might need it again, and if its been tuned up, the tranny takes a shit kickin... and you say it needs tires, well if the fronts are good and the back is bald, it clearly did hella smoke shows... and thats bout it hah
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Old 02-08-2009, 08:18 PM
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its a diesel g-rod
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Old 02-08-2009, 08:22 PM
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Cummins 5.9's are possibly the best diesels ever put in a production pickup truck. Mind you, as with everything else, the way it's been treated in the past will determine how long it lasts. And the transmissions aren't known for reliability, although at 350k it's possible that it's already gone and been replaced with something beefier. The rest of the driveline is pretty rock solid. They're definetely built tough, aside from the auto transmissions. $11,500 is a pretty lofty price from the sound of it though. Personally I wouldn't pay more than 8k. It seems some sellers have it in their heads that Cummins are worth their weight in gold, which just isn't the case, it's a used truck like any other. I've seen several in excellent shape, fully loaded, and with lower K's than that go for 8-9k within the past half year.
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:37 PM
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its a diesel g-rod
auto with 350kms... that better
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:48 PM
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Yup I agree good truck, great mileage from what I have heard, but seems pricey for 350k. Why don't you give me your taco and the 11,500 and I'll give you my 04 SD?
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:55 PM
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dodges are better than toyotas because imports suck
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Old 02-08-2009, 11:09 PM
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I was hoping that I could get it for alot cheaper than $11,500. It is at a dealership, so it might be a little harder to lowball them with a $7500 offer. But, I am getting a set of open countrys in a few months, so the tires arnt a big deal. The tire that is the most bald, is the front drivers side. Im pretty sure I read something about some recent front end work, so the bald tire could have wore out more on the inside of something wasnt straight in the front end. But it might not be fixed either. Im guessing from what I can see, should be able to make it a presentable truck for about $1500, and thats with a 3" level kit budgeted in. That is assuming its a solid runner, and doesnt need a tranny or something like that.
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Old 02-08-2009, 11:12 PM
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. Why don't you give me your taco and the 11,500 and I'll give you my 04 SD?


srsly
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Old 02-08-2009, 11:37 PM
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$7500. maybe for a gas pot
(94 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 cummins turbo diesel,5spd,air,tilt,cruise,pwindows,pdoorlocks,pa c brake,gauges,4 inch exhaust,air bags $8900 D#8654 Intercoast Truck 604-649-4947 ) thats a single cab 4 years older not a nice looking truck for 9k if u can get that 98 for 10,000 your getting a good deal!!! i love my dodge never let me down, and yes the auto trany is the weak link i just put a new one in my truck, did it at jazzy diesel in abby here for 5000 but now i can add all the power i want to her
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:20 AM
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Just because dealers and craigslist think it's a good deal doesn't mean it is. Ironically the trucks I saw go for those prices were on craigslist. My favorite was the one I had to force myself not to buy, $9500, it was a black 2001 ext cab long box 4x4 with every option on the book including leather interior. I think it had 240k. Gorgeous truck and yes it had a Cummins, it was not a gaspot. Regardless, I'd at least wait on it, with the economy still plunging further down the shitter it won't take too much longer for dealers to start getting desperate.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:19 AM
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Im selling my truck to get the money to buy the dodge. That and Ive vowed to never own another ford for as long as i live.

How does an remote starter work on a diesel truck? Are there alarms avalable that wait for the glow plugs to warm up before starting? Another thing i should mention it that I need an extended cab with the 4th door option. If i wanted a single cab, I wouldnt be looking for a new truck. Im outgrowing my truck, and find myself needing the extra space almost daily.

Puffen: You say it cost you $5k to repair the tranny. Was that a complete rebuild? or just a replacement?

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Old 02-09-2009, 07:23 AM
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It cycles the glowplugs before it starts. You hit the button, 30 seconds later it starts. Pretty cool.
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