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Old February 28th, 2011, 07:50 PM   #1
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So I am looking at buying a 96 Ram 2500 with a V10 in it. I can pick it up for a steal and it only has 80K on it. My question is when I was driving it, it seemed to want to hold gears for a long time. When it did shift it shifted hard and was fine no slipping. I also noticed that at around 45 MPH it wanted to stay in second gear if I let of the gas it would shift to third but as soon as I touched the gas it would shift back to second.

I know nothing about Dodge I have always been a Chevy guy. The only thing I know is they are known for bad transmissions. Does this sound like a tranny going out?

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Old February 28th, 2011, 07:59 PM   #2
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LOL thanks for that. I just don't know how these Dodge transmissions shift. It kind of feels like it has a shift kit in it when it does shift.
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Old February 28th, 2011, 08:10 PM   #3
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i think it sounds like a bad trans dodges are very common for transmissions going out. i have a buddy who has had 7 transmissions in his98 dodge with 210000 on it he bought it with 150000 and it had a fresh trans when he got it. if your are gonna get this plan on investing in a high dollar trans like a suncoast i believe it is or a brand other than dodge.
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Old February 28th, 2011, 08:40 PM   #4
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Gas is going up. A v10 ? how's the milage on that? I have a dodge van for work and it is a pig on gas. I get 10.5 to 12 mile to the gallon.
Just something to think about.
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Gas is going up. A v10 ? how's the milage on that? I have a dodge van for work and it is a pig on gas. I get 10.5 to 12 mile to the gallon.
Just something to think about.
yeah, you should get one of those 3/4 ton trucks that run on water.
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Hard to say if the trans is going out mine has had 3 rebuilds in the past 5 years.

From what you typed I don't see a problem Dodges do hold gears longer than most i've noticed.

Take it to a trans shop before you buy it and have them do a quick health check.
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I had a 96 V10 dodge, also a 2000 with a 360, and drove several others in that time frame for work.

Its not normal to hold gears, it should shift like any other trans, when healthy.

My 96 with the V10, it did what you described, got progressively worse. Its the transmission. They just don't last behind either the V10 or the Diesels when works. Mine had 125k, it was on its 2nd trans, and that one was on the way out.

It'd sometimes not move right away after sitting (fluid draining out of the converter), and then driving, it'd hold gears too long or sometimes not shift at all. Have you checked the fluid levels? Mine leaked out the front pump seal and when it gets low, it'll do that worse. Checked it for transmission leaks?

Mine never slipped either, but did just like what you'd say, on the gas, it'd stay in 2nd forever. If I manually put it in 2, then shifted to 3 (OD off button pressed), it'd usually jump to 3rd, sometimes pretty hard. I would check fluid level first.


Mileage wise, I got 11mpg or so city, never drove it on the highway empty, really, but probably 12-13 there. 9-11mpg towing, depending on speed. Load wasn't much of a deal, best towing mileage I got was towing 9500lbs (tractor) but at steady 58mph. Towing my Toyota at 80mph was 9mpg or so, 9.5.

Its like no matter what you do with it, it'll get around 10mpg +/- 1 or 2.
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Thanks for the help guys. I already checked the fluid and it was full. I drove it some more last night and it seemed to get worse so I am going to pass on it. i still have my Tahoe and it pulls just fine but I wanted something that woudln't work quite as hard. Mileage wasn't really an issue the only time it would be used is to pull the Jeep.
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Gas is going up. A v10 ? how's the milage on that? I have a dodge van for work and it is a pig on gas. I get 10.5 to 12 mile to the gallon.
Just something to think about.
the trailer aint gonna tow itself.
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Thanks for the help guys. I already checked the fluid and it was full. I drove it some more last night and it seemed to get worse so I am going to pass on it. i still have my Tahoe and it pulls just fine but I wanted something that woudln't work quite as hard. Mileage wasn't really an issue the only time it would be used is to pull the Jeep.
I'll say this, I went from towing with my 96 dodge (V10, ext cab long bed 4x4 3/4 ton) to towing with my 2009 F150 (5.4 6 speed crew cab 5.5' bed 4x4).... the F150 is better in every way. It doesn't have quite as much low end torque, but the 6 speed has a 4.2:1 first gear compared to the 2.5:1 in the dodge, and the ford makes more horsepower and weighs 2000lbs less.
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That was an option also I was thinking of selling the Tahoe and picking up a 6.2L Silverado. I may just keep the Tahoe though it does ok until the big hills..lol
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6.2 silverado will get you really good gas mileage for a truck but when it comes to towing a 4.9 inline six from ford makes more torque and horspowere not sure how that ends up. my dad had 3 6.2 diesels and they both got religiously 20+ and he towed with it and it never missed a beat the first one had 450,000 miles on it when we sold it in 1999 it was a 1985 suburban and it still is running to this day i know the guy who owns it and it has 600,000 miles on the stock motor, the second one we had waas a 1991 suburban and we sold it for with 300,000 miles on it both were great trucks and only had to do minor maintenance like altenators starters batteries and oil changes. i can honestly recomend the 6.2 i have several friends who have had 7.3 liter powerstrokes and love them but i never have had one.
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6.2l gas engine.

4.9 inline 6 lol.
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I bought a BBC to DD and haul my S10 with, now I am looking for a motorcycle to offset the $ I spend on gas every week... I love my 8.1 but I need a smaller, lower, lighter trailer than what I use, when it comes to power it keeps right up with the Diesel guys but I am cutting my speeds way back.
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Thanks for the help guys. I already checked the fluid and it was full. I drove it some more last night and it seemed to get worse so I am going to pass on it. i still have my Tahoe and it pulls just fine but I wanted something that woudln't work quite as hard. Mileage wasn't really an issue the only time it would be used is to pull the Jeep.
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yeah, you should get one of those 3/4 ton trucks that run on water.
Didn't know they had them
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4.9 inline 6 lol.
i thought he was talking 6.2 diesel they dont make much power but for hauling they get the job done.
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