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Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Dodge Ram Pickup 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Dodge Ram Pickup 2500, Truck
#200 of 211 Re: chevy silverado 2000 ext.cab [grabby]
Oct 19, 2008 (5:46 am)
You need to replace your intermediate steering shaft. GM has redesigned the one currently in your truck.
#201 of 211 01-03 Chevy/GMC Duramax 2500HD vs 98 Dodge Cummins 2500
Dec 13, 2008 (9:06 am)
#202 of 211 01-03 Chevy/GMC Duramax 2500HD vs 98 Dodge Cummins 2500
Dec 13, 2008 (9:06 am)
Looking to get a 4x4 2500 diesel pickup. I honestly am not too familiar with them. I have heard nothing but good things about the Cummins 12v diesels, but am aware of Dodge's common transmission problems. I also like the great fuel economy that the Cummins provides and the straight front axle design in the Dodge's. How was the Duramax from 01-03? Any problems? And how is the fuel economy? The main thing that turned me onto GM was the Allison tranny. Im not too fond of the IFS. Does GM make actual shift in 4x4 rather than Push Button(makes me a little weary)? Any and all help would be appreciated. Ill be hauling a camper on the beach and pulling a 25' boat. No large trailers as of now, but who knows what the future holds. Ive driven my share of Fords and just am not interested in another one, so please dont come in here and insist on a Powerstroke.
#203 of 211 Re: 01-03 Chevy/GMC Duramax 2500HD vs 98 Dodge Cummins 2500 [Bluecollar09]
Dec 15, 2008 (6:33 am)
Well, I own an '03 Cummins Dodge and have had only one operational problem that wasn't my fault - a clutch switch that activates the ignition only when the clutch is depressed. One tow and a repair under warranty later and my truck was good as new. I haven't had any problems with the transmission - the big 6-speed as the new automatic wasn't available yet when I bought it. I have nothing but praise for the big Cummins engine, though diesel being more than a dollar higher than gasoline is displeasing.
#204 of 211 Re: 01-03 Chevy/GMC Duramax 2500HD vs 98 Dodge Cummins 2500 [loncray]
Jan 04, 2009 (11:23 am)
The fact is transmission shops are more prone to see a diesel-motored light duty pick-up that's been pushed past the design limits than a gasser, whether is a Chevy, Dodge, or a Ford. For some reason many diesel owners seem to think their machinery is more impervious to problems associated with lack of transmission maintenance and exceeding load limits.
In 1998 Dodge had the 47RE 4-speed transmission behind the Cummins motor. This transmission was adequate under design conditions, however, like any other component that is exposed to exceeding design parameters they proved to be less reliable. Chrysler later replaced the 47RE with the 4-speed 48RE, a much more substantial design with heavier componentry and a far better computer program for diesel operation. These have proven to be fairly reliable.
The new 6-speed 68RFE that is unique to the LD Dodge Cummins' is built off of the 545RFE used behind Dodge truck V8s after 2002. The 545RFE is without a doubt one of the most reliable and durable transmissions available in light duty trucks, bar none. These transmissions are bandless, fully electronic, fully adaptive and have been exceptionally trouble free. After model year 2007, I think you'll find more complaints with the Allison than you will a 68RFE.
Dodge diesel mediums (4500 & 5500) use a 68RC, which is a different transmission.
#205 of 211 Chevey Silverado 1500 4X4 or Dam Ram 1500 4X4
Aug 01, 2009 (6:00 am)
I'm looking at buying a pre owned truck. I've been looking at 06's. I will be using it for my daily vehicle as well as to haul a horse trailer on the weekends. I'm torn between the Chevey and the Dodge. Any suggestions???
#206 of 211 Re: Chevey Silverado 1500 4X4 or Dam Ram 1500 4X4 [kymalibustacey]
Aug 01, 2009 (4:06 pm)
It's all a matter of personal preference like how the truck looks and performs. Both trucks will serve your purpose leaving the only thing left like which one looks better or has the best deal. The GM trucks have better mileage while the Dodge has better low end grunt. I don't believe either is morre reliable than the other.
#207 of 211 Re: Chey Silverado vs Dodge Ram [79customd]
Dec 15, 2009 (3:28 pm)
lets settle it, I have owned all 3, we will start from the top, siverado 2500, duramx,allison
tows like a bear, decent fuel mileage, worst reliabilty and not quality biult.
f250, 5.4 gas, auto, no power, poor fuel economy, uncomfortable, can't tow a whole lot with out trouble--but it is a gas job
ram 3500 mega with cummins, great trucks tows great(duramax a little better but I believe it is the tranny that makes the differance)best fuel mileage, not a very nice ride, well biult, feels a lot more solid than the other 2.
you can read all the stats you want but they do not mean anything, test drive them and find the one you like from the day to day people that drive the trucks to the max capacity, I am a general contractor and work my trucks so I do have a small amount of knowledge when it comes to them.
#208 of 211 Re: Chey Silverado vs Dodge Ram [cthom10388]
Dec 15, 2009 (6:43 pm)
So why did you buy the 250 with the 5.4? You could've at least got the V10.
#209 of 211 Re: 01-03 Chevy/GMC Duramax 2500HD vs 98 Dodge Cummins 2500 [Bluecollar09]
Feb 16, 2010 (7:12 pm)
Its good to see you are looking for a heavy duty truck. As i was reading this the comment about the allison transmission caught my eye. I just wanted to clear something up about gm and their "allison transmissions". They arent actual allison transmissions. They are only allison approved transmissions. A true allison transmission shifts like crap and sounds like crap, but will never break. So dont let gm fool you. Anyways if ur looking for a heavy duty truck i would go with either a ford or dodge.