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Old 06-10-2006, 10:38 PM   #1
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We are probably going to be selling our truck and purchasing an '03-'05 Crew Cab Short Bed Heavey Duty 3/4 ton truck with a diesel and automatic. I like the looks of the newer Dodges, but have always heard that they have had problems with their automatic transmissions during heavy pulling when matched up with the Cummins, especially when the Cummins is 'pumped up' with some additional minor mods. How have they been holding up? I'm really tempted to just stay with Chevy since I love my Duramax and Allison I have now (I just don't need a dually any more), but those new Dodges do look nice!
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We are probably going to be selling our truck and purchasing an '03-'05 Crew Cab Short Bed Heavey Duty 3/4 ton truck with a diesel and automatic. I like the looks of the newer Dodges, but have always heard that they have had problems with their automatic transmissions during heavy pulling when matched up with the Cummins, especially when the Cummins is 'pumped up' with some additional minor mods. How have they been holding up? I'm really tempted to just stay with Chevy since I love my Duramax and Allison I have now (I just don't need a dually any more), but those new Dodges do look nice!
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Old 06-11-2006, 01:58 AM   #3
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Boy,I wish you lived closer to me,I am selling my 2004.5 Dodge.The tranny probs you described are a long ago problem.New trannys are fine,no issues.
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Old 06-11-2006, 11:31 AM   #4
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My 98 Dodge 2500 has 200,000 mles on it. We pull a 2000 Mobile Scout, 30' with one slide. absolutely no problems. I think the key is regular service.

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I forgot to add that I have the Cummins engine. 21 MPG and 14-15 MPG towing
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I cannot believe you would trade your Chevy for a Dodge. If that is what you think you want to do then good luck. I hope it works out for you.
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The newer 48RE transmissions have given excellent service. The problems you've heard about centered around some of the 47RH and 47RE transmissions.

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In early 03 the HO version of the Cummins could only be had with the NV5600 manual 6 speed, and if you wanted an auto it was the SO motor.

Then they introduced the 48RE auto, which would come with the HO. It's been pretty stout and seems to be pretty reliable, but if you turn up the engine significantly, you would be wise to have the transmission modified. If you only want to run a mild towing box, you would probably be fine stock (or add a temp gauge).

48RE built this year are compatable with the Jacob exhaust brake stock and warranty approved. Earlier transmissions will need aftermarket modification to keep the torque converter locked if used with the Jake.

If you are running a camper but don't want a dually, you might consider a 3500 SRW.

dieseltruckresource.com is a good place for Dodge info. I am very happy with mine.
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Thanks for the replies. Even though it sounds like the Dodge trannies are better than they used to be, I think I still really like my Allison (and Duramax) and will get another Chevy.
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I think thier biggest issue now is the plactic they use for all thier trimwork. It just doesn't last. I have a back (quad cab) door that keeps eating cables that go from the handle to the locking mechanism.
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troll, troll your bait...
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Traded my Dodge for a Ford. Looked at all of the trucks and the Chevy just seamed so cheap. The interior was already having issues and I figured that if the interior was built like this, I would hate to see under the hood. Went with Ford. Dodge I liked the Mega Cab but want the 8' box.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Vette Racer:
I cannot believe you would trade your Chevy for a Dodge. If that is what you think you want to do then good luck. I hope it works out for you. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I see you have to have your EXLAX juiced to keep up eh? Dang, and all those Dodges with automatics just sitting on the side of the road, troll on.

Oops, sorry Erich, I hit the wrong button, meant to quote instead of edit.
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