Bulletproof Engine! Other Parts? Not So Much!
March 24, 2019
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.