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Old 06-06-2022, 04:00 PM   #43
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No doubt the autos will pull more..I just like manuals and ram hasn't been known for their auto trannys..But Cummins makes a great motor...I'm not hauling a 23k 5er so it's not an issue. And the control I have in the mountains is hands down better than any auto..jmho.
I have the 68rfe in my 2016 3500, and it pulls my big fiver with no issues. Keep up with the maintenance and they'll last. You can also option the Aisin transmission as well. The pre-2007(ish) Rams were the ones known for their unreliability. Aside from that one, I really don't know that I'd be too concerned with the newer ones.
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I have the 68rfe in my 2016 3500, and it pulls my big fiver with no issues. Keep up with the maintenance and they'll last. You can also option the Aisin transmission as well. The pre-2007(ish) Rams were the ones known for their unreliability. Aside from that one, I really don't know that I'd be too concerned with the newer ones.
I'm a member of various ram forums and although I dont mod my truck these guys are constantly wrecking these trannys 68rfe andthe aisens.. adding power they dont hold up..but I'm not a tweaker in that respect.. so stock I guess they are ok...I just hear horrors in the other forums.
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The perfect truck would have 3 things

Aluminum body like the new Ford.

The Allison transmission lake in the GM products.

And a Cummins in-line six cylinder diesel like the Dodge.
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Old 06-08-2022, 03:17 PM   #46
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I'm a member of various ram forums and although I dont mod my truck these guys are constantly wrecking these trannys 68rfe andthe aisens.. adding power they dont hold up..but I'm not a tweaker in that respect.. so stock I guess they are ok...I just hear horrors in the other forums.
Well yea... if you crank up the HP and don't beef up the trans to hold it, you'll smoke the torque converter. They're rated to hold the stock HP/TQ of the 6.7. Nothing more. They do that by fluid coupling, where it eases the power to the trans instead of instantly locking and dumping it.

I deleted my previous one and left it on stock HP. Ran great for many trouble free miles towing.

Truth told though, I had an F250 at one point that was running a really hot tune and it smoked the trans (amongst other things).
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The perfect truck would have 3 things

Aluminum body like the new Ford.

The Allison transmission lake in the GM products.

And a Cummins in-line six cylinder diesel like the Dodge.

Keep in mind that for the past couple years the "Allison" 10 speed transmission in the heavy duty (2500-3500) pickups is not really made by Allison. Its made by GM and they put the Allison name on it.

You can still get the heavy duty Allison tranny, still a 6 speed, in the 4500 and 5500 series pickups.
https://gmauthority.com/blog/2018/12...ly-an-allison/
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7 starting posts by jbrow327,no reply to any of them i could locate.
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Old 06-09-2022, 09:47 AM   #49
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Pick anyone of the newer Big 3 trucks and you will do OK. All are pretty equal. Just go with which one fits your budget and the seat fits your rear end.

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The advertising that GM did about the Allison transmission was very effective!
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Another thought for the best diesel in a truck....it is the one that is paid off.

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I'm a member of various ram forums and although I dont mod my truck these guys are constantly wrecking these trannys 68rfe andthe aisens.. adding power they dont hold up..but I'm not a tweaker in that respect.. so stock I guess they are ok...I just hear horrors in the other forums.


I am on Ram forums and I must have missed all the tranny horror stories you are alluding too . I donít care what you drive you start adding lots of power without beefing up the rest of the drive train you are going to have problems . I had 50 k plus towing a 15 k 5th wheel with a 68 RFE in a 14 3500 Ram up the Rockies everywhere . Still running over 100k . The Aisin which l now have is a great heavy duty tranny . In-line 6 builds torque lower than an 8 . A 6 speed works fine with it . Older Rams 06 and earlier did have weak trannys .
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Iíve had two Ram 3500ís with the 68RFE and towed approximately 60k miles between the trucks. Never an issue with the transmission. Services done at the scheduled intervals have revealed nothing in the way of overheat or other troubles. Before I purchased my first Ram I spoke to the owner of a transmission shop about the 68RFE as I had heard the horror stories. He said that almost all the ones he repaired had been chipped or tuned for more HP or had many miles of hard towing on them and didnít break but simply were wore out. Iím sure there are people who have had bad experiences out there but are there as many as social media claims or just the same stories regurgitated over and over. I plan to enjoy my truck and enjoy travelling with it. Iím more worried about the Mickey Mouse DEF system than any transmission. My truck was laid up for 5 weeks waiting on the DEF heater hose. How these companies havenít had to face a class action suit over that poorly designed and engineered DEF system is beyond me.
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I am on Ram forums and I must have missed all the tranny horror stories you are alluding too . I donít care what you drive you start adding lots of power without beefing up the rest of the drive train you are going to have problems . I had 50 k plus towing a 15 k 5th wheel with a 68 RFE in a 14 3500 Ram up the Rockies everywhere . Still running over 100k . The Aisin which l now have is a great heavy duty tranny . In-line 6 builds torque lower than an 8 . A 6 speed works fine with it . Older Rams 06 and earlier did have weak trannys .
I have a 06 Dodge Ram 3500 4x4 Mega Cab 5.9 Diesel with the 48RE trans. No issues and I have 155,000 miles on it. I pull an 13K lb fifth wheel or a 14K lb deck over trailer. Just leave them stock and do the maintenance and you will be fine. My 17 F350 DRW is a great truck also. Any of the big three will do great. Just leave them stock, run good fuel, and do the maintenance. I have driven all 3 new drw one tons. Things I like and dont like about each one. Drive them and pick the one that fits you.
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Any diesel is better than no diesel especially if it's paid off as TXiceman noted.
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