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Old 11-19-2010, 08:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the best year for for the 5.9l

I tried owning a stock 6.7l - well I no longer have it...

I have an 07 5.9l (bought it new) that has been flawless for 58K miles.

What is the best year for the 5.9l?

I need a second horse in the stable, and I will never buy another 6.7l no matter if it is deleted or not... oil contamination sucks.

So 5.9's any gen - what is the best? I plan to keep it until the truck rots around it, then put it in another truck...
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My first vote would be a 96-early 98 12 valve for their bulletproof reliability, incredible fuel economy, and overall performance. My second would be an early common rail, preferably an '04. Owned most, driven em all. Just my .02
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Id vote an 06......they have to be the best..no doubt.....why you ask....well duh....its what i have lol.

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I always say get the last year of the model because by then they have all the bugs fixed. I have an 06 and I think there is nothing better. Accept the transmission is a weak point
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The 6-7 5.9 is indeed another great cummins. It's a shame dodge ruined the truck with those goofy wrap around headlights.
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Old 11-19-2010, 09:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i would say 2005 model well b/c i have one. no just kidding but this was the last year of the interior design (later years had "cheap" looking interior) and guages same as on 03 and 04 models and first year of the intank fuel pump, from my experience all the 06 and up have problem with that dam* coolant hose behind turbo, only bad thing i can say a/b mine is the plastic intercooler but hey that can be upgraded at a later time...
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I had always heard (before buying mine, why I have it, actually) that the 2004.5 was it. The intercooler doesn't come apart, no silly stuff, and you can get a long bed quad cab. Of course, the early/mid 90's stuff does get better milage.
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I had always heard (before buying mine, why I have it, actually) that the 2004.5 was it. The intercooler doesn't come apart, no silly stuff, and you can get a long bed quad cab. Of course, the early/mid 90's stuff does get better milage.
you cant get a long bed quad cab in other years as well? Ive never herd anyone say the 04.5 was the best out there, ive herd everything else. The 04.5 was a model year change for the 5.9 and there was some bugs with the 04.5.

My vote goes for any p pumped 12 valve.

I would say that the VP trucks dont fall into the catergory as "best" due to the VP pump and crappy 53 blocks. I dont think any common rail 5.9 falls into the catergory due to crappy stock filtration causing injector problems which can and do cause total destruction of the engine.
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I Would look for a 600 or 610 series (04.5=600, 05-07=610). The rest is all just a matter of what raper do you prefer.
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:06 PM   #11 (permalink)
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with the p pump 12 valve as being the most reliable and longest lasting. I owned a early 04 and the truck had more issues then the engine until I melted it. My 06 has great mileage and gobs of power. All mechanical objects need to be serviced and they all break. It comes down to a personal choice.
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Old 11-20-2010, 05:20 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I have to agree that the 12v is the best! I miss my '97 12v, but I needed a 4x4 when I went to an '06. I tried to find a '98 12v QCSB 4x4 Manual, but the search lasted over a year and a half, so I started looking for the truck I have now. That took me over a year to find the '07 5.9L combo that I wanted.

So for me: These are my favorite.
'97 12v (0 issues)
'06 5.9L (0 issues)
'07 5.9L (0 issues)
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