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Old 03-18-2014, 06:08 PM   #31
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I think the transmission is the weak link on all the older diesels (any brand), but I think they have all got much better in the newer models. Cummins being the engine to compare to, and Allison being the transmission.
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:34 AM   #32
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The 5.9 is a great diesel. You don't see anyone putting a PSD or Dmax in a dodge, it's usually the other way around installing a Cummins in a ford or GM.... Stir pot... Just my $.02.
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:42 AM   #33
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The 5.9 is a great diesel. You don't see anyone putting a PSD or Dmax in a dodge, it's usually the other way around installing a Cummins in a ford or GM.... Stir pot... Just my $.02.
Very true. Ask yourself why they'd go to the trouble of putting a CTD in a Ford or Chevy instead of leaving it in the Dodge, though…...
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Old 03-19-2014, 11:34 AM   #34
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That's why I detest diesels, smoke, noise and the owners don't know how to shut them off, so they just let the noisy, stinky things idle. Same way with diesel pusher MHs.
Hey my diesel does not smoke, make noise and gets shut off whenever I sit for more than 2 minutes. I think you detest some owners and models, your not alone.
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:04 PM   #35
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for towing it will be perfect! just check for front end wear on the tires as well as play in the steering wheel. If the trans fluid smells burnt it will need a trans.
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:17 PM   #36
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Very true. Ask yourself why they'd go to the trouble of putting a CTD in a Ford or Chevy instead of leaving it in the Dodge, though…...
lol but true, who wants the wrapper when the good stuff is inside
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:20 PM   #37
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lol but true, who wants the wrapper when the good stuff is inside
I agree as long as I don't have to ride in the wrapper!!! I'm just kind of picking on the Dodge. I don't think the rest of the vehicle is really that bad.
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:50 PM   #38
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does anyone have a good or bad opinion of 2005 dodge 2500 5.9 automatic. has 105500 miles, thinking about trading my ford for it,
thanks in advance for any thoughts
I would make sure it is not chipped or had a chip in it. Performance chips wreak havoc on torque convertors. If it is stock go for it!
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I enjoy the noise and the smoke at a drag strip, but I wish the ones that have the open stacks and insist on running in low gear all through the campground, just to hear their turbos whine, would go elsewhere. There is a guy in our seasonal campground, that he and I are going to have words this year.
I can't agree with you more there! I love the sound of my truck, but when I am at a campground I want it to be peaceful and I am mindful of that for others. I do not start mine up early in the morning to sit and idle and wake everyone up nor do I rod it around the lot.


I wouldn't stray just because it has or has had a chip. If done properly a chip can actually improve the engine and trans, especially EFI Live which is only for the 2006-2009 models. It will add power very safely while keeping things clean and shifting smoother than stock will allow.
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Old 03-19-2014, 02:08 PM   #40
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Hey my diesel does not smoke, make noise and gets shut off whenever I sit for more than 2 minutes. I think you detest some owners and models, your not alone.
True, the new DuraMax's are quiet, then the Fords and the worst are the Dodges and mh's. The last two don't seem to know how to shut the damned noisy, stinky things off or they start them 30-45 minutes before they move them. Same with loud exhausts on gassers
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