Ok...I once owned a '95 2500 with the Cummins and swore I'd never own
another Ram. When I traded it off in 1999 it had 100,000 miles on the clock
and was on it's third automatic transmission.
I need another heavy duty truck and don't want to ignore the diesels...I'm
not much of a believer in V8 diesel engines so that leaves the Dodge with
the inline 6.
Has the automatic transmission weakness been rectified? Overall I was
satisfied with the pickup other than the bad habbit of the $2800 tranny
puking too damn regularly.
Yes, the new 48RE (2003) has been problem free for me and everyone else
that I know of. I haven't heard or read one complaint. You could go
with a 6-speed manual and not worry about it at all ...
THe jury is still out on that issue. I am not convinced myself. If you
plan soem serious towing with a Cummins I would go for a manual
tranny. The only really good tranny out there right now with a good
track record is the Allison in GM Dmax and 8.1 powered trucks. It is a
much better tow tranny with a oil birner and has a deepr first and
revesre gear than the Dodge tranny too.
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I have the 6 speed just because of the reason you stated, and I love it. It
has so much torque, it is not like you need to shift all the time. And
besides, I think trucks should all have manual trannys. IMHO..............
And you will love how much power this motor produces over your old one, and
so much quieter.................
Lots of reasons to look again at Dodge and Cummins......................
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