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Good deal or not?

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by Buddhaman, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. Buddhaman

    Buddhaman Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    I have the opportunity to buy a 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 regular cab. It has 125000 miles, Cummins turbo diesel, stick. It was a loggers truck. Sister in laws husband passed away and is selling this. It has a western straight blade with it. It is in decent shape. Definately used. Box is damaged on one side buy I have a flat rack sitting doing nothing right now. Needs tires and a hood. She wants $4500 for it. Seems like a decent deal to me for a diesel. But I am a Ford guy so I know nothing about Dodges except I love the Cummins diesel. Opinions please.
  2. Sweetpete

    Sweetpete Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Seems like a tough call. The CTD is legendary...case closed. I'm not familiar with the early generation ones, though.

    I'm sure you'll get better info from others. However, sad as it is that you lost a family member, you may be able to get it for even a little less if it's banged up and all.

    If the maintenance was done on it regularly and it wasn't totally abused, I'd think it would be a decent catch. The motor would be the least of my worries.

    I think the rest of the truck might need some attention. Being a logger's truck, I'm sure it was down some pretty bumpy roads and thru some serious backwoods logging paths.

    So, I'd recommend getting it looked at from head to toe by a good mechanic, someone who knows diesels and can diagnose the main components that might go wrong.

    Let us know what you decide and maybe post some pics.

    Take care
  3. sno commander

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

    heres a couple things to check out
    1. killer dowel pin fix
    2. check turbo impeller for any play
    3. front end play There known to wonder a little bit
    4 see if the brake lines have ever been replaced or are roted out
    5. Look at rear shackles, shakle mounts, cab mounts
    Whats wrong with the hood?
    if its in good mechanical condition i think it would be a good deal. Youll love the cumminsussmileyflag
  4. Buddhaman

    Buddhaman Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    My cousin is a mechanic and he did all the regular service on this truck. Any work gets done real cheap or free for me, I plow his lots and work on his lawn. The hood has a large dent from something being dropped on it. Still functional though. Just replace if needed for looks.
  5. duff daddy

    duff daddy Senior Member
    Messages: 151

    after seeing thoes come in all the time w/ working for chrysler and owning a ford, that truck isnt bad, there are a couple of issues that i ould have in the future, if the transfer pump would ever good (common on thoes ) then your gonna need and injection pump as well. also when doing that the transfer pump can be relocated to in the tank and solve this issue. other then that injection issue its fine truck. have all the 4wd fluids changed and that will tell you tons about the alxe brg's and how they are holding up also seeing as its a stick you wanna drain and refil the trans fluid just to get some newj uice in there and othe rthen that i think jut a normal mech check by a tech should be it and i think you will have a used truck for a good price with what you COULD spend... that truck is easy 8g's

  6. sno commander

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

    duff, thats a 12 valve therefor they have a mechanical pump off the engine to pump the fuel to the injector pump. They dont have the electronic pump that fail alot like the 24 valves.:salute:
  7. duff daddy

    duff daddy Senior Member
    Messages: 151

    sno, yea your right thats my bad i was thinking 24v's were 97 +

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,602

    Seems like an good deal. If worse case you could dump it and break even. Around here i've been looking for a 96-97 for months and have found one in that price range. It sold in a few hours!!


    RODHALL Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    honestly i would not have even asked the question. I would have already paid the lady and had it parked in my drive way.
    motor will outlast the trucks body.....
  10. Buddhaman

    Buddhaman Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    I bought it, will post pics soon.
  11. BigDave12768

    BigDave12768 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,446

    smart move. Those trucks are great. Good luck with it