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Buying this Dodge 2500 w/ Boss Vblade

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by habart30, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. habart30

    habart30 Member
    Messages: 58

    Before I make the purchase does anyone have any tips or things I should look out for?
    2004 Dodge Ram 2500 5.7 Hemi. 84K Miles.. 8.2 Poly Boss V Blade
    Asking price $16,900
    I currenty have a 2000 Chevy 1500 with a 7 1/2 Western. This would be a nice upgrade!
    Let me know what you think.

  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Hurry up before GP buys it.
  3. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    Looks like a steel blade to me.
  4. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    He'll be like "I'll give you $4k for it......not a penny more" lol.

    As for the truck, look out for front end parts, trans slipping and MPG's with that V plow working aren't going to be so hot. I'd get it in the air and shake it down. Probably needs ball joints, track bar, poss tie rods, poss hub bearings.
  5. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    Def a steel blade and worn very unevenly. Needs cutting edges and mount needs to be raised up about an inch.
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Cutting edge is good to me. I wait till the bolts are even with the ground.
  7. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    saw a guy once that waited just a little longer then that
  8. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    What got-h20 said. Have them replace the front end for you, make sure she shifts well and the tranny fluid isn't burnt. Other than that they are a tough truck and the tranny's are much better than what they used to be.
  9. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    Yeah but that thing won't clean for anything with how theyre worn. That mount needs to be adjusted properly.
  10. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    As you can see I use all the cutting edge up.

  11. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    Lol nice. I actually just changed one that was rubbing the bolts (customer). I'll see if its still around and get a pic.

    I change mine pretty much every year no matter what they look like. I give the old ones away. IMHO V plows don't clean worth a sh!t with half worn edges. MVP edges are only like $200 my cost for the pair so its worth it to me.
  12. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,362

    Best advise... DON'T buy a former plow truck... I made that mistake with my '03.... a $4,000 front end re-build later, I won't ever buy another truck that was used to plow (other than myself). She's holding up fine now of course (I try to maintain my stuff well), but the other guy before me may not have been quite as kind to her.

    I made SURE that my '06 was NEVER plowed or hauled with... I want to be the one to put it through its paces... not someone else....

    Just my $.02

    I do believe that the Dodges are known to have front end issues, along with some weak trannies. I can't speak from experience, just things I've picked up from here....

    Why not pick up a nice GMC/Chevy 2500HD?

    Best of luck with whatever you choose to do!
  13. DrakeSabitch

    DrakeSabitch Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    those letters on the truck that read "DODGE" are code language for "Don't buy me". if it had a cummins maybe...but it doesnt. Dodge trucks are crap. Had one once, learned my lesson. Just my advice, good luck!
  14. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    94-01 (02 2500/3500) Had bad tranny's, the 03-11's have the 545RFE that has been a very reliable tranny which I'd take over a stock 4L80E any day of the week.

    Any 3/4Ton plow truck front end is going to fall apart- Chevy/Ford/Dodge. As for the rest of the truck, I'd pick Ford first, Dodge Second, Chevy Last in regards to a full size 3/4 or 1 ton work truck and this is coming from being a fleet manager who see's all 3 on a daily basis.
  15. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    did 02 dodges not have ANY tranny?
  16. sno commander

    sno commander PlowSite.com Addict
    from ct
    Messages: 1,063

    id buy it, if it needs front end parts no big deal, parts for these trucks are cheap, the only thing that may need to be replaced is the ball joints and u-joints. the tie rods and trackbars are pretty tough on the third gens. all said and done 400 bucks in parts and a saturday to install them and your done. everyone makes a big deal with these dodges and bad front ends but its cheap and easy to fix and they last a along time with good parts. that truck will make you alot of money
  17. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    Seriously- You just quoted me and didn't notice the (02 2500/3500)?
  18. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,700

    Agreed, any truck in this line of work is gonna need frt end parts at some point. My personal opinion is Ford are the toughest. That's just me. I think all three are damn good trucks though, and if inspected right, any purchase can be a good one. From that point forward, it's all about you.
  19. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    lol, ok, i see it now, dumb question of the century then, why not just say 94-02?
  20. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    Because the Ram 1500 was redesigned in 2002 and used the 45RFE Tranny, the Ram2500/3500's didn't change body style until 2003 and the tranny had a computer flash changing it to a 5 speed (added another overdrive) making it a 545RFE tranny. The 2002 Ram 2500/3500's still were the old body style with a 47RE tranny that wasn't that great.