hey guys I have 2 trucks that I am looking at... a 2003 and a 2005 cummins manual. there is about a 3500 price difference for the newer one...
Im curious is the 2005 a lot better or faster? or does it have a better transmission or turbo? more reliable? is the 2005 easier to make faster? I've heard the 2003 will get better mileage? is that true is it a lot better? I want to know if it is worth spending more money...
if they are about the same I will probably go with the 2003 to save money... the trucks are basically identical.
im no 3rd gen guru but i can help to answer some of your questions, others chime in and correct me if im wrong here.
the 2005 will have a little more power stock compared to the 2003. the 2005 will have 325 and the 2003 will have 305.
the 2005 will be easier to make power initially, but the 2005 will eventually hit a wall when it comes to building power because the 3rd injection event gets in the way, and the 2003 will not hit that wall.
the 2003 will get better mileage because it only has 2 injection events per powerstroke and the 2005 has 3, in turn using more fuel. (not a major difference in fuel mileage) the 2003 also has an 8 hole injector compared to the 5 hole injector in the 2005.
the 2003 will have a smaller turbo (he341) the 2005 will have the better turbo (he351)
im not positive on this but i think the 2003 will have the nv5600 and the 2005 will have the g56. i hear the nv5600 is the better one?
if i had the choice i would probably get the 2003, but really its a toss up. both will be great trucks and leave you satisfied. just make sure to add better fuel filtration as soon as you get it to help prevent injector bodies from wearing out.
hope this helped a little.