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Old January 15th, 2008, 07:23 PM   #1
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and I am almost ashamed to say that I really liked it

I am/was normally a ford guy, and am starting my research as I will be purchasing a 3/4 or 1 ton diesel soon.

Well after much deliberation, I decided to give Dodge a shot....I like the aesthetics of the 2003+ Rams, but I had never driven one.

Well a local dealer had a 2004 crew short box with 109,xxx miles for 23,800 so I took it for a spin....I was instantly impressed on the interior over the 99-03 super duty's.

So now, I have narrowed it down to a 03-06 Dodge with either the 48re auto, or a manual.

On a side note, a quick search on auto trader around Dallas, TX....I found the exact same truck that I test drove, just in better shape (one up here has dings in the bed) with only 49,xxx miles for 23,700......looks like I am gonna take a $63.00 greyhound ride real soon....

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Old January 15th, 2008, 07:26 PM   #2
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ive been a GM guy my whole life was raised on GM Eat slept and breathed GM.. Gm put food on my table as well.. but last yr i bought my Dodge ram and havnt looked back.. sorry but i dont enjoy driving rental cars every week cause my POS is in the shop having work done to it !
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ive been a GM guy my whole life was raised on GM Eat slept and breathed GM.. Gm put food on my table as well.. but last yr i bought my Dodge ram and havnt looked back.. sorry but i dont enjoy driving rental cars every week cause my POS is in the shop having work done to it !
your ram is in the shop every week?
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Old January 15th, 2008, 07:34 PM   #4
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Are you friggin' nuts? For the love of God man, DON'T DO IT! Shop around. All that glitters isn't gold.


Check out southwest airlines or hotwire for plane tickets. DTW to DFW or DAL should cost less than $250. MI to Dallas is way too far for any sane human to endure. I rode Greyhound from Louisville to Ft Lauderdale. 27hrs. Never again. *shivers*
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Old January 15th, 2008, 07:41 PM   #5
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Are you friggin' nuts? For the love of God man, DON'T DO IT! Shop around. All that glitters isn't gold.


Check out southwest airlines or hotwire for plane tickets. DTW to DFW or DAL should cost less than $250. MI to Dallas is way too far for any sane human to endure. I rode Greyhound from Louisville to Ft Lauderdale. 27hrs. Never again. *shivers*
at first I thought you were saying not to buy a Dodge...

so ur saying I shouldnt take the bus.....LOL
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Old January 15th, 2008, 07:53 PM   #6
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Go with the manual. Save yourself the automatic trans issues.
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I agree with Daryl. I wish I had gotten the stick in mine. At 104k with a lot of heavy towing, I haven't had any issues with my 48re though. Having the stick would be much nicer when I am towing.
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I am convinced I still drive my 94 gasser because it has a manual transmission.
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Its always funny how people let themselves buy inferior products out of loyalty to a company that only cares about your money.
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your ram is in the shop every week?
no my GmC was
I have Had ZERO problems with my ram and i have personally put 15k miles on it soo far a trip to VA and back pulling a Loaded to the Rim 8x14' enclosed trail and a freezer in the truck NO issues.. the truck has been awsome the only complaint i have are the goodyear tires that come on them.. my brake rotors warped on me but thats prob due to the extremes i put my truck through..

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Old January 15th, 2008, 09:23 PM   #11
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Its always funny how people let themselves buy inferior products out of loyalty to a company that only cares about your money.
Hmmm your right a Tundra would be perfect behind a 4,000lb trailer towing two 4,000lb + Jeeps...what was I thinking :miff:
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Old January 15th, 2008, 09:35 PM   #12
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I agree with Daryl. I wish I had gotten the stick in mine. At 104k with a lot of heavy towing, I haven't had any issues with my 48re though. Having the stick would be much nicer when I am towing.
I have been reading alot about the 48re's and I think with proper care it would work out fine for me.....however, that doesnt mean I dont want a manual, that is actually my preference, I just dont know how much I would like plowing with a manual.

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I don't think Ford is inferior (but that is just my opinion), I really do like the in 7.3's. I think they have more pep out of the hole than that dodge did, but at around 35 that dodge did get up to 70 real quick I just like what I have read about the cummins. I am just not the biggest fan of the platform.

They both have their pros and cons, outside and under the hood I was on the fence. What it really came down to was what kind of deal I could find. But like I said earlier, once I drove the dodge....I liked the overall "feel" of the dodge's interior more as compared to the 99-03 fords (because I would want the 7.3) But I dont want a pre-03 dodge, as that is just personal prefence.
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You are dead on. If you maintain the 48re properly and don't get crazy driving and towing, it should last a very long time. In fact I need to do a fluid/filter change on mine. It is way overdue. The best thing you can do is get a set of gauges with one of them for the tranny temp. I run the standard 3 gauges. Boost, exhaust temp (pre-turbo), and tranny temp.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 07:44 AM   #14
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i like both of my dodges
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I had a 2000 ram, and it was the best truck I ever had. I wish I never sold it.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 11:10 AM   #16
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I had a 2005 4.7 auto 4dr ram.
Didn't suit me.
Didn't like it for towing.
Didn't like it for rear passenger and storage.
Didn't like how it would occasionally stall for no apparent reason.
Didn't like how you could feel the trans slipping either.

Nice looking truck otherwise.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 11:18 AM   #17
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ok i alsowas a gm person util i was looking at minivans i now drove a dodge i always liked jeeps but everthing elsa was gm no matter what i test drove this careavan and it was beeter then the ventre i looked at its my gfs new van
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Old January 16th, 2008, 11:25 AM   #18
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The chevy has the nicest interior of the three IMO. Just for kicks, go drive a duramax with an allison. They shift very nicely and are a very stout transmission with lots of aftermarket parts!

I didn't buy the a dodge because I could not find a decent priced 6spd manual. I really did not want any part of the 99-02 auto. Not sure if they changed it in 03' though.

There are like 6 trazillion trucks in texas, that is why the prices are lower. I have family down there and was going to fly down and drive something back, but the 01 duramax I just bought kind of fell in my lap.
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big difference between a 2002 3/4 ton ram and a 2003
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Stan LOVES his new ram. Just ask him!
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