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Old September 20th, 2013, 03:14 PM   #1
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Hopefully I don't get verbally beaten to bad for posting this here but, does anyone know of any major problems with the late model 5.9 CTD's? It's an 06. I haven't really heard anything bad but haven't dealt with too many. I have a 96 12 valve and know their issues. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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Old September 20th, 2013, 03:25 PM   #2
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Look dodge up in the dictionary. It means to avoid.
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Only thing I remember about my 2002 dodge was that it was the last year for cheaper injectors. After 2003, they were quite a bit more since they changed the engine around some.
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I have a 2004.5 3500 SRW which is basically the same truck. Other than cheap front end suspension components that have to be replaced around 80-100k miles, mine has been awesome. People will scream about the transmissions. They don't own one. I have 190,000 on my stock original transmission. It is slipping more than it used to, but I can still tow anything I want. I've driven it like I stole it, towed heavier than I should have, and changed the oil around 15,000 miles. Other than the bolts all rusting in place due to Michigan road salt, it is still a great looking and great running truck.
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I have an '06 ctd 2500 with 81k miles and have had no drive train problems at all. Only things I've had to replace so far is driveshaft and front axle ujoints and wheelbearings plus brake pads and calipers at all four corners. I tend to have a heavy foot and tow a Jeep or a boat regularly.
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The transmissions are a lot better then the second gens. but are still known for going out if you put any type of programmer on it. Also the injector lines are weaker then earlier years and can fail but thats also in a more performance type situation.
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I have a 2004.5 3500 SRW which is basically the same truck. Other than cheap front end suspension components that have to be replaced around 80-100k miles, mine has been awesome. People will scream about the transmissions. They don't own one. I have 190,000 on my stock original transmission. It is slipping more than it used to, but I can still tow anything I want. I've driven it like I stole it, towed heavier than I should have, and changed the oil around 15,000 miles. Other than the bolts all rusting in place due to Michigan road salt, it is still a great looking and great running truck.
This pretty much sums it up.

The only thing i would add is try to buy one that is as stock as possible.
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Thanks for the input guys. I picked it up last night and I'm pretty happy with it, just have a few things to fix but that's to be expected with 175,000 +, but it's a Texas rig and rust shouldn't be an issue for awhile.
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I have an '06 ctd 2500 with 81k miles and have had no drive train problems at all. Only things I've had to replace so far is driveshaft and front axle ujoints and wheelbearings plus brake pads and calipers at all four corners. I tend to have a heavy foot and tow a Jeep or a boat regularly.
The only things you have had to replace seem like fairly expensive items for a truck with less than 100k miles on it.
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The only things you have had to replace seem like fairly expensive items for a truck with less than 100k miles on it.
agreed.
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The only things you have had to replace seem like fairly expensive items for a truck with less than 100k miles on it.
It is basically because DCX used 1500 quality components on a 2500/3500 application.
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I have had 2, injectors are the weak link.,one cost me a motor. Check for blowby, and it should only crank a few times before it starts.
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It is basically because DCX used 1500 quality components on a 2500/3500 application.
I've come to the conclusion that you can pick any car apart. That said, I wish manufacturers would build something that "lasts" and doesn't need "significant" maintenance.

Calipers, axle joints, wheel bearings.....parts that "should" make the 100k mark.

If she had only had ot replace one of those parts I would chalk it up to shit happening.
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I have a 2004.5 3500 SRW which is basically the same truck. Other than cheap front end suspension components that have to be replaced around 80-100k miles, mine has been awesome. People will scream about the transmissions. They don't own one. I have 190,000 on my stock original transmission. It is slipping more than it used to, but I can still tow anything I want. I've driven it like I stole it, towed heavier than I should have, and changed the oil around 15,000 miles. Other than the bolts all rusting in place due to Michigan road salt, it is still a great looking and great running truck.
Agreed. I had an early 07 with the 5.9 and loved it. Mine got built up over time and eventually ended up lifted on 37s with a programmer and what-not. I rarely truely beat on it(a few times for sure though), but it got used like a truck and performed like a truck should. I only sold it because it was overkill for what I needed and cost more than I wanted to pay.
I did manage to kill the trans once, but that was my own damn fault. I know many more people who've had no issues with that trans. They're good trucks, the only people I know who hate on newer Dodge trucks are the ones who've never owned them.
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Agreed. I had an early 07 with the 5.9 and loved it. Mine got built up over time and eventually ended up lifted on 37s with a programmer and what-not. I rarely truely beat on it(a few times for sure though), but it got used like a truck and performed like a truck should. I only sold it because it was overkill for what I needed and cost more than I wanted to pay.
I did manage to kill the trans once, but that was my own damn fault. I know many more people who've had no issues with that trans. They're good trucks, the only people I know who hate on newer Dodge trucks are the ones who've never owned them.
Speaking of newer dodges I passed that black truck of your buddies saturday afternoon. Outside of the stacks that is still a badass looking truck, I like the way you guys built that up.
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Speaking of newer dodges I passed that black truck of your buddies saturday afternoon. Outside of the stacks that is still a badass looking truck, I like the way you guys built that up.
Thanks! Yep, I'm a fan. And with all the hell he's put that thing through it's still on the original trans
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Stock injectors do not like water in the fuel or tuner boxes that raise rail pressure above stock. You may want to think about adding a better fuel filter, one that filters below 5 micron. At the very minimum follow the stock fuel filter PM schedule religiously and buy good fuel. My 05 seems to eat rear driveshaft and front axle u-joints every 50K due to seal failure allowing water in. Ujoint upgrades didn’t happened until 07 iirc. Not sure if the back door wiring was prone to breaking on the 06 too, but if the back door locks, windows or speakers stop working then check the wires between the door and the jamb first. 06 came with the stupid backup alarm, so don’t be “alarmed” if you put it in reverse with your driver door open and the lights flash and horn honks.

Check the steering linkage to see if it was “upgraded” to the newer 08 and up style. The original style was a Y type and the newer style is the T type. If you have the upgraded style then make sure the left tie rod end is parallel with the right tie rod end. If not the left rod end stud can snap during full lock maneuvers, like pulling out of a parking lot. There was a recall and TSB on it, but no where is the root cause described. It is because the 08+ right tie rod end is not a typical ball and socket joint. It is a slot which does not allow it to twist front to back on the truck. Sooo if the left side rod end is not adjusted correctly it will bind before the steering hits full lock and may eventually break. Do a search on 08 ram steering recall for more info.

There are plenty of Dodge/Cummins specific forums where you can read about so many “potential” issues you’ll be afraid to drive the truck. My 05 2500 with a Smarty tuner and 34” tires has 120K and other than munching ujoints it has had fairly few issues.
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I've come to the conclusion that you can pick any car apart. That said, I wish manufacturers would build something that "lasts" and doesn't need "significant" maintenance.

Calipers, axle joints, wheel bearings.....parts that "should" make the 100k mark.

If she had only had ot replace one of those parts I would chalk it up to shit happening.
Thank the bean counters. It would be awesome if one could pay a la carte for specific upgrades. $25 for better u-joints, $200 for an extra 1,000 lbs FAWR, $5 for a F’ing passenger side exterior door lock cylinder… cheap fawkers…..
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Thank the bean counters. It would be awesome if one could pay a la carte for specific upgrades. $25 for better u-joints, $200 for an extra 1,000 lbs FAWR, $5 for a F’ing passenger side exterior door lock cylinder… cheap fawkers…..


anything to make it 3 cents cheaper per part....
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