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'96 Dodge Ram 3500
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Dale (MI)    Posted 02-17-2002 at 08:14:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am looking at a '96 Dodge Ram 3500, dually with a Cummins and auto trans. The owner said he took off the catalytic converter. Is that a potential legal hassle? Anything I should know or look for on this truck?

Israel Chan    Posted 10-15-2007 at 12:07:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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Bart    Posted 02-16-2003 at 15:07:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Traded my 95 Dodge Ram last week for a Toyota. Owned 3 new Ford pickups before the Dodge. Fords were just o.k.. Dodge was the biggest piece of American made garbage I have ever owned or driven. Good luck if you buy a Dodge Ram, You'll need it and a big wallet.

Mike Melton    Posted 08-29-2002 at 21:43:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I own a '96 Ram half ton and I had to replace the tranny at 80k. I am also having paint problems. It does not want to stay on. It chips away on the gray center stripe that goes horizontally around the truck. I was lucky and found a man locally who worked at a dealership for years and went on his own. He saved me $1000.00 or more on a rebuild. Be careful.

Joe in Tennessee    Posted 04-26-2002 at 21:50:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got a 96 4X4 Ext Cab Turbo Diesel 5 sp. The truck has been well kept but has been in the shop a couple of times for transmission problems. First, 5th gear goes out as with many of the 2500 and 3500 series. Costs about 500 dollars to have fixed. I've had it done once but some I know have had it done 3 times. There is a design change to a locking bolt which keeps 5th gear engaged. Of coarse, my truck was 400 miles out of warranty to I ate that cost. Design change to fix....My cost...Think about it.
Then, I had the transmission seaze up. Come to find out that the tranny was leaking in small amounts only when running (no puddle under truck) and ran out of oil. In talking to a Dodge mechanic, I found out that the clutch pilot bearing used a 300 degree grease and would cook out of the bearing thus wearing the bearing and making the transmission input shaft wobble slightly. That wears out the front seal and the transmission leaks....again, only when running down the road. Normally, it gets oil on the clutch causing slipping so you only get hit with a 1000 dollar bill for a new clutch, but I'm not 1000 dollar lucky...New tranny and clutch. 4000 bucks. Come to find out there is a new pilot bearing (same actually but using a 1200 degree temp grease) which is installed with new clutches. Another design change that the consumer is paying the price.
Beautiful truck...Lots of power, but I really don't think I can afford "The Dodge Experience" next time....Not without Vasoline anyway.

James    Posted 01-22-2004 at 19:59:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Where do you find the new pilot bearing? and I assume were talking about a manual transmission ?


Jon D    Posted 02-19-2002 at 18:21:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would suggest you stay away from a dodge of that year. They had tranny problems, electrical problems, and there was something that kept going wrong in the steering gearbox. Go for a chevy or even with a dorF if you must.

Christopher    Posted 02-17-2002 at 16:56:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maby I have been misled, but... I thought diesels didn't have catalytic converters as they don't work on a diesel, am I missing something here? I might be wrong, and would be interested in knowing if this is true or not. Chris

Todd    Posted 03-10-2002 at 12:30:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Diesel do have catalytic converters (cats). With tighter emmission standards manufacuters are forced to control the emmissons somehow, one of which is a to use a cat. I should know I have a degree in automotive/diesel technology.

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Dale (MI)    Posted 02-18-2002 at 10:56:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
From what I have read so far, they are used to burn up the nitrous oxide (NOx) and other emissions.

Leigh Reeves    Posted 10-15-2007 at 15:06:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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Ole Cuss    Posted 02-17-2002 at 09:43:30       [Reply]  [No Email]

In a place like Maryland (The Formerly Free State) where the state performs regular emissions testing on vehicles, you'd get your tookie in the squisher.

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John in Maryland    Posted 02-20-2002 at 08:54:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Diesels are exempt from emissions....for now anyways.

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