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Old 04-11-2008, 01:58 PM
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it is difficult finding a dually here of newer age. A 2001 Ford F-350 is possible, but it is so "ruff". What about the Dodge dually?

I have had a GMC Sierra 3500 Big Dually (see attached pic) with the Duramax engine. That was VERY noisy when pulling hard. That is why I want either a 5,9 cummins or the gas option on a Chev/GMC.
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it is difficult finding a dually here of newer age. A 2001 Ford F-350 is possible, but it is so "ruff". What about the Dodge dually?

I have had a GMC Sierra 3500 Big Dually (see attached pic) with the Duramax engine. That was VERY noisy when pulling hard. That is why I want either a 5,9 cummins or the gas option on a Chev/GMC.
A duramax that was louder than a cummins?????? My dad has a cummins and that thing is noisey, and it is stock. A duramax is known for being a quieter diesel. I work at a GM dealership, and customers only have one complaint about the 8.1, that being fuel milage.
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I have an 2003 8.1 Yukon XL 2500 and a 2003 Dodge 2500 CTD 2500. The 8.1 is not a slug at all. I never towed the boat with the Dodge but I can say that everything about the truck except the engine is a complete piece of ****t. If you tow for a living, a diesel is probably the best choice, but I could never recommend a Mopar.
A Cummins is not a Mopar, FYI.
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I have an 2003 8.1 Yukon XL 2500 and a 2003 Dodge 2500 CTD 2500. The 8.1 is not a slug at all. I never towed the boat with the Dodge but I can say that everything about the truck except the engine is a complete piece of ****t. If you tow for a living, a diesel is probably the best choice, but I could never recommend a Mopar.
What kind of issues have you had with your cummins? I did a ton of research before I bought a diesel truck. To be quite honest, I prefer ford trucks for their styling and interior, GM/Chevy's ride quality...but hands down it was a Dodge for the cummins motor. There are some things I do not care for about the truck itself..but the cummins is a bad ass motor!!
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In the used truck around 2001/2002 year I would look for
1/ 7.3 Ford diesel,.
2/ 5.9 Cummins diesel
3/ v-10 Ford gasser
4/ Duramax or 8.1 gasser

Based on what I have read and heard

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A Cummins is not a Mopar, FYI.
I realize that, but it comes in a Mopar wrapper that is a piece of chit.
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What kind of issues have you had with your cummins? I did a ton of research before I bought a diesel truck. To be quite honest, I prefer ford trucks for their styling and interior, GM/Chevy's ride quality...but hands down it was a Dodge for the cummins motor. There are some things I do not care for about the truck itself..but the cummins is a bad ass motor!!
In all honesty, pretty much everything in the drivetrain except the engine has been rebuilt or replaced, some things several times; transmission, brakes, u-joints, air conditioning, axles, rust, steering box, lift pump and on and on. Complete POS!. The truck does well on fuel, beyond that it has been a huge lemon.
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I realize that, but it comes in a Mopar wrapper that is a piece of chit.
They are all piece's of chit...just choose your diesel american brand.. Some tow better than others, some have more hp but not the best chasis. Take your pic, grab a quarter, do the process of elimination.
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I will give credit when it is due, the cummins is a great motor. What good is a good motor when the trans is weak behind the cummins. At least with the duramax you get a good engine with a bad azz transmission. The 7.3 powerstroke was a reliable strong package, but the milage wasnt the greatest. It is all a mater of preference in my opinion. They will all get the job done.
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In all honesty, pretty much everything in the drivetrain except the engine has been rebuilt or replaced, some things several times; transmission, brakes, u-joints, air conditioning, axles, rust, steering box, lift pump and on and on. Complete POS!. The truck does well on fuel, beyond that it has been a huge lemon.
I'm going to have to be honest with you, you seriously have to be the only one I've heard of that has not liked their Dodge Cummins. I have heard of transmission issues, none major, but if anything is wrong with those, thats usually it. Its very suprising to hear of so many issues with that truck. I personally, own three Ford Excursions, two with 7.3's and one with a 6.0. I have not had one issue with any of them. One of my 7.3's has 450,000 on it, still has the original tranny. My other one has almost 200,000 on it, and same thing. The 6.0 has almost 100k on it, and no problems. (knock on wood) They have been very good trucks and we use them for they are to be used for, towing and hauling all the time. Anyways, not that you really cared, but figured I'd give my .02.
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