kerley":2thf5ljj said:Is this just your opinion or is there a basis for your comment? I think that Dodge/Cummins will be produced as long as the public needs a truck powerful enough to pull heavy loads, now this is just my opinion as a Dodge/Cummins owner.
Calhoun Farm said:If they ever dump that engine it will be one of the worst things to ever happen to the american truck market. Used dodge trucks will be worth gold if that ever happens.
:shock: dodge and gold in same sentence that scares me
Calhoun Farm":2s9t7nf3 said:If you've ever tried to buy a 3rd gen 5.9 6spd manual you know what I mean. If Fiat dumps cummins you won't be able to find one on any used lots. Unless your drunk on (ford or GM) koolaid most guys will admit when it comes to pulling torque and reliablity the cummins is the motor of choice.
Nesikep":3klynta7 said:Skyhightree1. I can say that for the tranny on the dodge I have IS too weak, but this isn't a problem because of a "bad" design, They do OK under stock power levels, When you start bumping the power up is when you start to have issues... I'm at about 350 HP, 700 ft lbs torque from 1700 RPM to 2200, The engines are just capable of delivering pretty much endless power and torque, especially at low RPM compared to the V8's, and that is the tranny killer... It's also what makes them work well for towing. I really would like a better tranny too, I'm tired of working on mine
Calhoun Farm":2syjgz6h said:The older Ford 4R trans was junk and wasn't much better than the dodge until they put the 5R in in '05. The allison is a good platform but like Nesi said when you start adding power most any stock trans is going to break. I had to build up the 48re in my '05 dodge and after I did it was solid and shifted nicely. The problem with Ford's are the motors.
kerley":3hqwh70l said:I often think about my 1985 Ford F250 4 sp 4x4, what a great truck it was. I wish I had put a Cummins in it.
Sorry you had a bad experience with your ford. I bought mine new and took care of it, I was in business then and the business paid all truck and fuel expenses. I had the 302 EFI.John SD":1o6jhdff said:kerley":1o6jhdff said:I often think about my 1985 Ford F250 4 sp 4x4, what a great truck it was. I wish I had put a Cummins in it.
I try NOT to think about my 1985 Ford F150 4 sp 4x4. The only decent thing on it was that bulletproof 300 inline 6. The rest of the pickup was a POS.
Nothing too major, but something ailing it all the time. It had to be one sick dude who designed that TTB front axle! :yuck:
Uncle bought the pickup at a state surplus sale. It was a standard state spec issue F150 for SDGFP. Only options it had was AM radio and AC.
I bought the pickup with 117K at my uncle's retirement sale for $1750. 10 years later I donated the pickup with 150K and the clutch slipping to a community fundraiser auction. It brought a measly $250.
The pickup had a fresh oil change and a new battery in it. I had topped off the gas tank that morning to the tune of $70 and warned the buyer the fuel guage didn't work. :roll:
Kid who bought it seemed happy as a lark with his purchase. Should be, the battery, gas, and good tires on it were worth $250. Poor guy, welcome to Ford ownership! :lol:
kerley said:Is this just your opinion or is there a basis for your comment? I think that Dodge/Cummins will be produced as long as the public needs a truck powerful enough to pull heavy loads, now this is just my opinion as a Dodge/Cummins owner.[/quote
Fiat spent a lot of money buying the unions stock.Needing to expand worldwide and they do not have the capital to pull it off. Bond holders lost last time around and will not finance fiat again. A lot of the cars being sold are at a loss just to get rid of them.
kerley":33te56av said:Sorry you had a bad experience with your ford. I bought mine new and took care of it, I was in business then and the business paid all truck and fuel expenses. I had the 302 EFI.