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Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by Chainlink, Jan 11, 2005.

  1. Chainlink

    Chainlink Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 70

    I have thought about getting a 98-2002 full size standard cab short box for awhile now. What I would want to do is throw 1 ton running gear in it and plow with it, but I keep on hearing from people is about how bad the trannies are. I have a few friends that are Mopar die hards and many more that hate them so I am looking for an unbiased opinion. Are these trannies the nightmare they once where or did they finally fix thier troubles?

    On a side note I wish Dodge had made a standard cab short bed with the diesel but oh well.
  2. bigantPERFECT

    bigantPERFECT Junior Member
    Messages: 16


    just a idea why don't u try to look the same truck u want just an 03 or 04 from what i hear there a world of difference
  3. Chainlink

    Chainlink Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 70

    Not sure when new body style came but thats biggest concern as I am not a fan of the new look and I would hate having to upgrade an independent suspension to solid axle. But wouldnt mind the hemi.
  4. Stark_Enterprises

    Stark_Enterprises Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    Try to find out if the Truck Has Records Showing the Transmission was serviced (meaning Fluid, filter, ect) AS long as You keep them serviced The Trannys ARE SOLID! I have a 99 durango , 99 Ram 2500 and 02 2500 I serivce the Trannys Every 12k And have had only one problem with the 02 and a Transmission specialist told me It Fried Cause I never changed the Fluid on it!
    So your OK GO BUY ONE! Anyone that Tells you they had problems with trannys proably never got them Serviced!
  5. MSC

    MSC Member
    Messages: 75

    I'll second that
    160k on my 97 Diesel 2500 auto.
    Had to replace the torque converter at 120k.
    Trans has been serviced every10-12k since I bought it new.
    The truck pulls a skidsteer, excavator, and whatever makes its way onto the trailer.
    Seems strange, everyone has something to say about my Dodge until they call me to trailer them home because their truck died.
  6. T-MAN

    T-MAN PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,363

    I allways service my trannys too and no problems yet. Im on my third Dodge.I do beleive Ford is now the king of junk transmissions, in there 04 05 models. They dont plow snow well, guys blowing em up pretty bad.