I found a used 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 with CTD, 3.73 gears (I think that's
what they were, certainly not the 4.10) and 4 speed automatic transmission.
I will typically carry 800-1300 lbs and would like any advice or experience
Would I be better off finding one with 4.10 gears?
How reliable is the transmission? I would rather have manual, but gotta go
with what I can find used.
The dealer ran the VIN at the Damilier-Chryler dealer site but couldn't
didn't see that it had limited slip rear end. Did they come standard or is
this likely an open diff?
What else to look for or be wary of?
maintenance cost long term is less.
you change 1 oil filter & 11 quarts of oil at 7500
fuel filter at 15000 I usually put a new air filter in as I work the truck
and it sees dusty field conditions often.
the rest is standard stuff, but remember no spark plugs at 30K, no wires, no
cap, no rotor.
I've driven everything from a 2.0L 4 cyl p/u to the 8.0L v10 and I'm here to
say NOTHING and I mean NOTHING works or pulls like the Cummins.
also 3.73's are what's in my truck and I have not been wanting for a lower
No, you have plenty of power for the load you mention with the 3.73 gearing.
The 48RE is very reliable, and has almost no complaints compared to its
predecessor, which was a reliable transmission when the owners followed the
weight ratings. The 48RE can handle a lot more abuse than the 47RE, and will
do just fine given the laod you mention.
IIRC, The Anti spin differential was not standard, but check with KBB.com or
Edmunds sites, both shuld have an answer to that question. If this truck
doesn't have the ASD, you're in for some fun given the torque of the
Cummins. However, that may be a nice bargaining chip when buying it.
Well, its a used 2005, for me that would be a warning bell to find out why
its already up for sale. Could be as simple as the missing ASD, but it could
be a "lemon" that was traded in.
The maintenance cost is a bit less than a gasoline engine, but otherwise the
truck overall is about the same maintenance cost, IMO. The engine holds 12
quarts, and I use 15w40 in my 2000 Cummins Ram.
"There are four boxes to be used in defense of liberty:
I don't know about 2005 but in earlier years the auto tranny was not
much good and (at least in the Denver area) manuals are easy to find. I
think they have since gone to a better auto, though. No matter, I don't
like autos anyway.
Mine is a 2001 and has the camper sway package and I added air bags. It
barely notices that my 2,500 lb plus camper is on it.
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