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am i getting a deal?

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by elite1msmith, May 26, 2008.

  1. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    so im in the market for a few "pre-owned" haha trucks, expanding the fleet i cant afford to buy new at this time

    i came across a 94 dodge ram , 2500, 4x4, cummis, with 8 foot western uni

    the good side, new trans last year, new turbo last year, white and matches the my current dodges, body is in good shape considering the age

    the bad 180k miles, bed and fenders have the begining of rust around them, still can be fixed (i have 2 other trucks that are getting painted this year already) , needs tires, and needs possibly a fuel shutdown solinoid? or maybe a relay ? - easy fix

    runs good, drives good asking price $4500, localy in my area, i think he might bite at $4000, cash?

    so is it a good deal, or too old, too many miles for the money? i am keeping in mind, that the plow is worth $1200? so that means i am buying the truck for $2800- is this a deal?
  2. SnowMatt13

    SnowMatt13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,527

    sounds good to me.
    I was always told a good working four wheel drive was worth $2500.
    I know of a few dodge diesels pushing the 275K mark.
    Plenty left on the engind if taken care of properly....
  3. rebelplow

    rebelplow Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    You should buy it. My 94 Dodge 2500 Cummins has 337,385 miles. Don't let the miles scare you.
  4. RollinCoalCTD

    RollinCoalCTD Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    good deal buy her
  5. RollinCoalCTD

    RollinCoalCTD Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    there are guys on cummins forum that have 700k+ miles with no rebuilds. only thing you have to do is a KDP kit, which is $52 and about 4-6 hours of your time, and eventually a built trans if its an auto, or a nice clutch if its a stick
  6. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    kdp kit? im not sure what that is?
  7. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    KDP= Killer Dowel Pin

    One of the few flaws in the Cummins engines. Thankfully it is a preventable issue. If you look around a bit online I'm sure you'll find all kinds of reading on the issue.

    Really only three common issues with the Cummins. The KDP as mentioned, an occasional head gasket now and then and also common to the Dodge trucks with the Cummins is the lift pump failing and wiping out the injector pump.
  8. graycenphil

    graycenphil Member
    Messages: 82

    It does sound like a good buy, but truck prices are falling like rocks. Especially the diesels, at $5 a gallon. it should be a buyer's market for a while.

    I agreethe Cummmins is a great motor. The lift pump is not a nissue on the 94; I don't think the dowel is either but I could be wrong on that.
  9. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    hey thanks for the input guys,,, ill be sure to look up those parts,

    I bought it, $4000 with the 8 foot western pro

    so fare, i have replaced the batteries, optimums

    also the fuel shut down solenoid , was not shutting down, so a little oil and a small bungee cord, till i get into tearing it down to look at it, till then starts and shuts down fine now

    something is up with the stater system, may not be the started, if i direct jump the solenoid it stats up no problem, but it only has this issue 1 of 50 starts, other wise 98% it fires right up,...again something to look into

    plows in great shape, even just painted, works fine

    drives straight, breaks straight, runs smoother than my 96 ctd
  10. graycenphil

    graycenphil Member
    Messages: 82

    Congrats. Sounds like you got a good deal.

    Starter sounds like it could be an ignition switch or neutral safety switch.
  11. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    yeah thats what i think as well, or a relay,..something simple, it just doenst have the symptoms of a starter gone bad