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Old 01-27-2010, 04:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A Cummins for daily driver??

A friend of mine is looking into buying a used cummins like mine that I just bought...I dont drive mine hardly at all, just when I'm towing my sled trailer up north. Any other time it sits in the garage plugged in. My buddy was concered about buying a cummins for short trips to work, and around town errands. Is it not good on them for daily driving? starting and shutting them off all the time? And even having a automatic trans?(doesnt want a manual) I told him that maybe look into a hemi dodge instead. So we need some input from you experts!! Thanks for help.
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Old 01-27-2010, 04:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I daily drive mine and so do 3 or 4 guys at our shop - no issues... other then it takes 10 minutes of driving to get a little heat in the am
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Old 01-27-2010, 04:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I drive mine everyday and haven't had any problems. Yet.
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Old 01-27-2010, 05:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I not only drive mine everyday, but I put the miles to her. Shoeing horses, running errands, whatever.
These aren't maintenance free trucks; he will have repairs to do. But if you are good to them and take care of them, they'll take care of you.
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Old 01-27-2010, 05:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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get the diesel so when the bug bites after he sees u workin on yours yall can work on them together.

many of the CTD on the road are not used to their full potential (sp)

i work in the town that i live in so most days im just drivin in town....to work from work and such. do i go on trips for hundreds of miles pulling the 5er sure but "most" of my drive time is in town
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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if he has money to burn and loves the grunt power of diesels, go for it.

if he's stuck with the need for a heavy tow vehicle and a drive to work rig and can only afford one rig, then the Dodge/Cummins is the way to go.

if he's only light towing and still loves to street race then the 1/2 ton Hemi with all the cab options that money can buy is the way to go, they are fast as hell and tow up to 5000lbs like a diesel, just suck gas. but what a good looking smooth ride.
low maintenance costs.

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Old 01-27-2010, 06:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I drive 8 miles to work everyday . No problems yet owned it for little over a year wouldnt trade it for anything.
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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you do have to take it out and work it hard once i n a while. Mine runs better after haveing a good load on it, need to get the cylinder and EGTs up once in a while.
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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i would only worry about repeated trips that don't allow the engine to come up to operating temp.
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Old 01-27-2010, 07:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The biggest issue is letting the engine warm up to 190*f. If you do a lot of short trips it can harm the injectors and pistons over a long time. It will shorten engine life, but if he gets out on the highway and is able to clear out some of the carbon every once in a while it is not a problem. I used to drive mine 5miles to work every day. If I actually leave early I would take the long way to work just to let it warm all the way up. Although, I did tow my jeep(s) every other weekend so that would keep a nice load on the engine.

He just has to remember, you HAVE to maintain these. Its not like a Honda where you can put whatever oil you have sitting around in the engine, and you can't drive it like a gas motor all the time.(but you don't need to drive it like a gma) You will smoke the trans, and wear out parts a lot faster. He will find that after 80,000 -100,000 miles you will have to replace almost all the moving parts in the front end if it is a 4x4. Really not too big of a deal, but it is nice to warn him before he realizes how much it costs to do that. On top of that, diesel engines are expensive. When they break, they cost a lot of $$$.

The 2500 Hemis are great. Sure, you can't tow as much and won't get the same mileage, but it is a lot cheaper all around. They are pretty quick stock(about the same as a diesel), but put $1000 into a programmer and gauges and you will realize that you can build power "cheaply" compared to a gas motor. Like I said when something breaks it is about three times as much as it would be on a Hemi.

Hope that helps your friend and whoever else is asking the same thing.
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:08 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I daily drive mine every single day, and tow at least a few days a week, sometimes more, sometimes every day, but at the end of the day it takes me home again. I put about 50k-55k a year on it. I have a 4 door longbed dually and get better mileage than my brothers dodge 1500, can pull way more, and if i really want i can stand on the skinny pedal and blow smoke and kill my mileage and haul azz. And as far as the front end parts, my last 1 ton dodge wore the parts out in a hurry, but i have 150k on this one and all original front end parts, and so far everything is still good.
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:20 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I drive mine 80 miles round trip 6-7 days a week as a daily driver and love every minute of it
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