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Old January 12th, 2008, 08:17 PM   #1
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My buddy is looking at getting a 2500 V10 Ram. What issues can we expect?
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Old January 12th, 2008, 08:21 PM   #2
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Like the diesels, they eat automatic transmissions. If it hasn't been rebuilt, it will need it usually around 75-125k miles, depending on usage.

I have a 96, no issues. 135k miles, tows nice. I've heard of people breaking spark plugs off in the heads.
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Old January 12th, 2008, 09:36 PM   #3
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Like the diesels, they eat automatic transmissions. If it hasn't been rebuilt, it will need it usually around 75-125k miles, depending on usage.

I have a 96, no issues. 135k miles, tows nice. I've heard of people breaking spark plugs off in the heads.
While I don't agree with everything above, the seized spark plug issue is very real. Water collects in the plug port. I broke off 4 when I finally had to take out my factory plugs. No matter what mileage the truck has, take out whatever plugs are in it and use a little anti-seize on what goes back in.

They do tow nicely and the mileage doesn't change much when you are towing, so it sucks all the time. :tonka:

Its mostly the rebuild comment that I disagree with, but that has a lot to do with how it was maintained. I've been on synthetic since very early on and my 98 is somewhere between 160-180k and I've had no issues with it, even after a hydrolocking. I've towed many a load up to 11k and I'm still on my factory transmission, although I will concede to the fact that transmissions are generally known to die in these trucks. My first "problem" that surfaced was a vibration in the factory transfer case (rear output bearing), which was probably caused by a driveshaft carrier bearing that finally wore out after I sunk the truck. If I hadn't treated it like a u-boat, I would not expect to have had any issues with it at all.
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Old January 12th, 2008, 09:48 PM   #4
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I only kept mine for a year or so.. last year of the v-10 with a man trans, and 4.10's it was a mistake towed ANYTHING i hooked it up to but one trip down to the bad lands in a strong head wind in 90 degree heat doing 75-80mph.. i got a staggering 3mpg!!!! I don't know why i was shocked it normally only got 9-11mpg daily driving it... but I do kinda regret selling the truck as the v-10 is greatly under rated, and yes pull the plugs, or better yet take it some where let them do it and deal with it when they break!!! then when you get home pull them out and anti-seize them yourself...
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Old January 13th, 2008, 06:34 AM   #5
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We have one at work. It has been great. It does get some stellar gas mileage. It has to get around 5-6 MPG, but it will push a ton of snow and we use it to pull a humongous boat around..
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Old January 13th, 2008, 08:11 AM   #6
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Mine gets 9 to 11, depending on what load I'm towing, or if its empty.

I recently got 11mpg towing 8500lbs, but that was all very flat through the thumb at 60mph.
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Mine gets 9 to 11, depending on what load I'm towing, or if its empty.

I recently got 11mpg towing 8500lbs, but that was all very flat through the thumb at 60mph.
This is what I'm used to seeing as well. If you're getting less than this, I think there's something wrong.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 10:01 AM   #8
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I have owned 2 of them in dually versions and both recieved transmission rebuilds, but I was also towing a 40' gooseneck enclosed car hauler with living quarters. With the Jeep and 2 quads plus camping gear and the water tank full it weighed 15,000 pounds. So no suprise with the automatic needing some attention.

It towed great but didnt pass a fuel station it didnt want to stop at, 5mpg towing the "White Whale" and 10 - 12 empty.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 10:49 AM   #9
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10-12 is not that bad... I don't think he will tow anything with it. If anything, he will do some light wheeling in it.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 11:17 AM   #10
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Why not a diesel?
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Old January 13th, 2008, 11:59 AM   #11
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Why not a diesel?
Because that's not what he's looking at. If he was looking at buying one of those, he wouldn't be asking what issues to expect on a V10.


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The V10's are significantly cheaper.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 12:18 PM   #12
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We haven't found a diesel in the area for an affordable price. He is just moving back to Michigan to help out his family(his dad just passed away).
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Old January 13th, 2008, 02:06 PM   #13
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If he doesn't plan on towing isn't the v-10 overkill?
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Old January 13th, 2008, 02:21 PM   #14
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If he doesn't plan on towing isn't the v-10 overkill?
who cares, its a V-10
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Old January 13th, 2008, 02:36 PM   #15
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who cares, its a V-10
V-10's are over rated...trust me I've owned a Dodge car with one in it...Neat yes, but still over rated!
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Old January 13th, 2008, 02:57 PM   #16
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who cares, its a V-10

Giant waste of gas, not trying to be an eco-nazi or anything, but if you don't need something that big, why waste the gas?
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Old January 13th, 2008, 05:14 PM   #17
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I'm not sure on the truck engines, but on certain years of the Vipers the aluminum blocks did not have cam bearings, the cam just rides in the aluminum block itself and I have seen the cam eat up the block. It's almost unrepairable unless you want to spend more than what a new block costs. I have no idea what years Chrysler did this. May be worth looking into.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 09:31 PM   #18
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V-10's are over rated...trust me I've owned a Dodge car with one in it...Neat yes, but still over rated!
You had a Viper?
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You had a Viper?
ya he was selling on here a while back. red if I remember correctly.
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Well, he ended up picking it up yesterday. It has it's cosmetic issues like any other used vehicle. The only weird thing is that there is a lot of engine noise inside the cab during acceleration.
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