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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-05-2002, 08:05 PM
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Hey guys,
I'm in the market for a new truck. I want a Dodge Ram 1500 or 2500(preferably) really bad. I want the straight axle!!
Anyway, i need any and all info on these trucks, years 94-98. i need pros and cons and i also need to know about recalls and drivetrain longetivity.
Thanks for any and all help.

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if you plan on towing dont get the automatic, my 96 went through 3 transmissions before I got rid of it in 99
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The tranny is fine, you are not suppose to tow with it in overdrive. You should shut off the od button when you tow, when the od overheats internally in the tranny it starts to break up and debris from it gets into the rest of the tranny and starts to wreck it.
There was a couple recalls on the older dodges: evap. canister, hood latch (salt corrosion), relay for heater and something on the trailer hitch thats all I remember.
On a ford or chevy you can't get a dana 60 front axle on a 3/4 ton but yes on a dodge 3/4.


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I've heard all of the "stories" about the bad Dodge autos, but I just don't buy them. OD off when towing and a trans cooler if you do anything but drive it around. My '95 was fine (360 3/4ton, 70,000m), my brothers '98 is fine (V-10 1 ton dually 55,000m ) and my mom's '99 is fine (V-10 3/4 ton 25,000m). All are 4x4's, and all are auto's. Thus far, my wifes 2000 Durango (360 auto 4x4) has no problems as well but 42,000 miles isn't a good enough judge for trans life. We'll see.

Look for evidence of abuse, Smell the trans fluid. If it is anything but light pink and unburn't, walk away. Other than that, there are alot of them to choose from, so you should find one that will fit your needs.


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Hey,
Thanks for the help. this will really assist me when i go looking for my Ram. Thanks again.

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Yeah, there is definitely more to it than just the auto makers, because all three have bad reps for their OD trannies. What's interesting is that the people that have tranny issues seem to have them over and over, yet others dont have a problem til 180k miles... so as far as i can tell the common denominator is the driver.


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