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Old 09-04-2016, 09:09 PM   #1
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I am looking to buy a used 3500 dually to tow a 5th wheel.

Looking in the rage from 2004 to 2008 looks like i can afford.

My ?s are is their a difference in HP for the different years what year would be the best to get for power and towing.

I have read not to get a 4x4 version as the normal ones have better towing power is that true?

Years ago i had a 3500 and 5er and it was a stick shift and i had no problem with that.

Would a sick still be a good thing to get how is the auto transmissions on the 04 to 08s any problems they run into a lot?
A auto would be more easy.

Anything else i should be looking at for in one?

Thanks for any advice
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Old 09-04-2016, 11:22 PM   #2
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04 to 07 will have the 5.9 4spd auto or 6spd manual transmission. Power with high output will be about 325hp/610TQ. No emissions equipment and some would say the most reliable. The 07.5-08 6.7 will have a new 6spd auto transmission and a new 6spd manual that I hear will actually reduce mileage due to its higher OD. The 6.7 will have DPF and EGR which can be removed for about $1000 and bring mpg to where the 5.9 is. HP/TQ actually relatively the same. 325/650 but the 6spd auto should help. They also have a factory exhaust brake which the 5.9 does not.
For the years you're looking at I'd stick to the 06-07 5.9. Add a turbo exhaust brake and you're set. Now if you can pony up about 3-5k more, look into a 2011-2012. That's where the bump in power is. 350/800 with just the DPF and EGR.
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Old 09-04-2016, 11:44 PM   #3
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Find one that is bone stock with no 5th wheel hitch in it if you can. If you really don't want or need 4x4 you can really save some bucks there as they are harder to sell. Do not delete the smog unless you know your area does not test diesels and has no plans in the future, but no guarantees. Unless I was really good on the stick, towing a 5th I would go auto. before adding a exhaust brake make sure the trans will take it. Check out CumminsDiesel forum for more info on those years.
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Old 09-05-2016, 10:29 AM   #4
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I second the 06. It is a workhorse, very mature engine and reliable.

Just gave mine away to Texas direct auto for $14500. 125k mi. 3.73. It was an awesome TV. Good luck.
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I second the 06. It is a workhorse, very mature engine and reliable.

Just gave mine away to Texas direct auto for $14500. 125k mi. 3.73. It was an awesome TV. Good luck.
Wow really? Something wrong with it? I just got my 06 with 130k appraised for 21k
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Old 09-05-2016, 12:07 PM   #6
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I have an 05 and love it. Mine has the 4:10 which unless your really pulling heavy (as probably over legal) the 3:73 is the better choice. Also the 48re is known to have problems if you chip the engine and aren't careful. The 03,04, and 04.5 came without a catalytic converter. The 05 has a cat but no O2 sensors so it can be easily removed.
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I bought an 05 3500 SRW LB new in 06. It has 307K miles now. It's been a great truck.
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Thanks so a 06 seems to be the sweet spot. and no 4x4
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Old 09-06-2016, 08:49 AM   #9
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Wow really? Something wrong with it? I just got my 06 with 130k appraised for 21k

Nothing wrong with it at all. It was 100% stock and very well cared for. I just couldn't find a buyer who appreciated the value of it. Like I said, gave it away. Unfortunately Texas Auto Direct won on the deal. :-( Not us.
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Man I'm sorry to hear it. They tend to have the upper hand when trading in
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Old 09-06-2016, 01:39 PM   #11
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There is nothing wrong with an 2008 6.7L Ram truck with the 68RFE auto transmission, I have the 4X4 with 3:73 gears. My mileage towing my trailer is between 10. and 11.9 MPG hand calculated. The 10. MPG is when I am in the mountains last year going to Utah on I70.
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The 5.9 is great because it has very few pollution controls and is very reliable. They made them with the 5.9 till half way through 2007. I have a 3500 megacab Srw with 86000 miles and I love it!!
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The 06 has the new dash that is less likely to cave in. It also has 4" exhaust from the factory. The 5.9 is in the 07 models that were made BEFORE December 31, 2007. Jan 1st 2007 the EPA required the emissions that are on the 6.7L. You can get a newer 6.7L for less than a 5.9L and they are reliable, but people like them a little less.


To the capacity difference of 4x4 vs 2 wheel drive, the difference is - the amount of weight of the transfer case and other parts of the 4x4 system - about 500 lbs. If you don't want 4x4, a 2 wheel drive will be cheaper and don't be afraid to offer less than asking price - you will get it at lower than asking price as they are harder to sell.


The transmission issues were more prevalent in the 96 - 02 trucks. Shouldn't have many from 04 up. The exhaust brake on the 6.7L is a desirable option to have. Either of the stick shifts are good if you don't mind shifting.


I did a lot of research and I narrowed my preference to the 04 - 07 with the 5.9L and missed a few good deals while looking. When I found the truck I have now, I knew it was a GREAT deal. Low miles (73,000 at purchase in Aug 13 and 150,000 now), no programmers, STOCK - not modified an any way, no 5th or goose neck hitches, no brake controllers ever installed before me. MEANING - the only thing it may have towed was a boat. I only installed electric brake controller and tow with the frame mounted receiver hitch, nothing in the bed. I have a TT style toy hauler and if I loaded it to the GVWR of the trailer, I will still be UNDER the trucks numbers. I am at 10,000 lbs and can go to 13,000. The 5.9L does great with the 3.73 gears, but the 4.10 gears might help with the bigger 5th wheel. Just my opinion.
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I did love my 05... however the 4 speed never seemed to have quite the right gear... I also worried constantly about loosing an injector which can melt down the motor with little or no warning. I suggest getting an 07+ for the exhaust brake and 6 speed. The 68RFE is really a solid Trans. If at all possible I recommend the 13+ trucks... power is incredible, less issues with the emissions system, better mileage.
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