I found a nice '99 Dodge 2500 Cummins powered, automatic trans. 4x4 Quad Cab
with some useful aftermarket stuff (airbag rear assist springs, pre/post
oiler, multi type bed mount hitch, 105 gal. in bed fuel tank) with 120K
miles for sale. I remember hearing some bad stories about the Dodge
automatic transmissions, but I don't remember when they got them worked out.
My main question is regarding the reliability of the transmission, but any
suggestions regarding what to look for or beware of are appreciated.
For what it's worth I have a '99 1500 5.9L 4x4 automatic quad cab that has
been very reliable.
Coincidence or not, I don't know, but after 2 tanks of ULSD, the transfer
pump leaked like a sieve from the electrical connector on my '99.
It seems that Cummins issued an "Early Warning" about this in '05
(although I was unable to find it on Cummins' site, and the local
Cummins shop was not familiar with it).
http://www.datastormusers.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic ;f=2;t 0169;p=0
I have seen some with milage rebuilt. Expect to fork out at least $2000 for
It depends on the previous owener also if they took care of the truck.
My 2000 has hit 105k and I am second owner. The first owner put some after
market stuff on it that should give me longer life and better performance on
The trans in the 1500 and 2500 are not same.
If I am not mistaken Dodge now has an option for a 5 speed Allison now.
Sad, but true. When I bought my first and second new trucks (20 and 8 years
ago respectively), the salesmen knew a lot about them. Lately I've noticed
mostly young guys with little knowledge trying to charm me into a truck
rather than sell me on one.
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