Cummins - Battle Tested
Best Truck I ever owned. My 2005 Dodge 2500 5.9L Cummins has been truly tested. I bought this RAM brand new and its first task, after a 1000 mile break in, was to tow my 10,000 lb boat (270 Sea Ray + triple axle trailer) from Portland Oregon to Boston, MA. It was a perfect break in for the new 5.9L Cummins engine. But I don't just tow my boat. I use this truck as a daily driver (60 daily commute) + weekend warrior. On the weekends, we (wife and I) explore New England. I have been 4 wheeling in NH and ME while carrying two kayaks. It's runs great in the snow, mud, rocks and even on snowmobile roads. (That was unintentional - we found ourselves on a snowmobile trail by accident. But the 35 inch wheels got us out with no problem). BTW - I put 35 inch wheels on by only adding a 2.5 in leveler to the front end. No lift needed. Had to replace the transmission at about 125K, but had a local guy put in a bomber transmission. He custom builds transmissions for Truck Pulls. I did learn that Diesel fuel does gel in cold temps. We went skiing in NH and stayed in a hotel. I did not plug in the truck that night, but even if I did, it would not have mattered. It got down to -23F that night and then next morning the fuel in the truck was totally frozen. After working with AAA for an half hour we concluded that the cold temps fully gelled my fuel and while the product (Diesel 911) can de-gel the fuel in the tank, the fuel filer was still fully frozen. Had the truck towed (100 mi) back home. Put it in a garage for 2 days and it started without a problem. Now I treat the fuel whenever the temps drop below 32F. Best truck I have ever owned. They do salt the roads in the winter in New England, so I undercoat the truck with Fluid Film every year to prevent corrosion. I trust this truck will get me anywhere, anytime and in any temps. I plan to keep this truck for the rest of my life. That 5.9L Cummins will likely outlive me.
$ 1400.00 to fix failed ecm. 37 day wait
51,000 miles ecm failure. Its not bad but it was left by my deceased husband. This truck is lifted 8 inches and is it really fun to drive until death wobble sets in, Chrysler has known about this for many years, yet they choose to ignore.
This Truck has all the tools one could want and more. Was amazed how easy it towed 3,000 pounds of rocks, like it wasn't there!
This truck has never let me down
Best truck out there hands down. Tons of power and looks great. I only get great complements on this truck. Nothing beats a Dodge Ram with a Cummins.
I bought the exact vehicle I need for the job.
My 2005 Dodge 2500 5.9 Cummins is perfect for the job of towing my 31 ft travel trailer. I love the vehicle so far. The interior is perfect. Everything works fine. It even has a fifth wheel in the bed for out next trailer.
Bulletproof Engine! Other Parts? Not So Much!
2005 2500 5.9 4x4 Lariat Sport w/ 130,000 miles. I bought it 10 years ago with 40,000 miles. PLUSES - With proper maintenance the engine will last a lifetime. Capable of pulling your house off it’s foundation! MINUSES - 4-Speed transmission said adios at about 100,000. Every kind of joint - ball joints, ujoints, tie rod ends were exceedingly cheap non-greasable from the factory. I just changed all of them (seriously ALL OF THEM) at 120,000 and now changing the steering gear with a “redhead” upgraded design. Transmission rebuild was about $4K and just the parts for “joints” all over the truck were about $2.5K - I did the work myself. I LOVE THIS TRUCK! Unfortunately the maintenance of a 3/4 ton is much higher than a 1/2 ton. If I needed another diesel for, say, pulling a 5th wheel, I would buy the new RAM 2500 diesel. Otherwise, I would buy a F-150 with the V6 turbo and the max tow package for my 7300 pound trailer.
So far so good I love the truck
The truck is great and so far I havnt had anything I have regretted about my purchase. Truck was super clean and seems very well taken care of.
TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Modules) are bad
Strong engine, but electrical system (TIPM) is prone to fail. When this fuse box integrated circuit fails the truck is dead. These TIPM cost $1,000 dollars to replace. Not good.
Ya the dest truck I ever owned that?s why I went.
It was the best truck I ever had that?s why I bought a new one same truck an I love this truck meets all my needs
best truck i'v ever owned.
strong and reliable.i will never sell it!! bought with 19k mi. now have 170k miles. very few problems over the last 13 years. you could not pry it away from me.