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Depends on what you are wanting to do? Daily driving, pulling, racing, etc..
94-98- 12V will get you big HP at a low cost for pulling/racing
98.5-02 -24V Replace the lift pump, take care of the VP-44 and you can do a lot from there
03 and up- Common Rail 24V- Kind of pricey to mod from what I have heard and can make some serious power..but still awesome trucks and this is what my next will be
Don't know a lot about the 1st and 3rd gens..but I love my 2nd gen 24V, great truck...just wish it was a 5sp.
This is my first diesel. I have just over 100,000 miles on it and have replaced the front axle joints, right front hub bearing, rear u-joints, and water pump. My personal gripes - The dash cracked on the passenger side across the top, stock torque converter has too much slip, and occasionally the alarm doesn't disarm when I unlock the doors. If I were to go today to buy another new diesel, I would pick this one again. Raise the hood on a ford and ask yourself, do I want to work on that, or have to pay someone to work on that. It is a mechanical monstrosity on drugs. It took me longer to put water back in my truck than it did to change the water pump. Chevy and GMC are women trucks in my opinion, and still a bastard to work on. They brag about speed, so outrun me if you want, but when it is time to work, I'll leave the barn door open for them for when they get there. I am a firm believer in keeping it simple. Ford and Chevy seem to try and impress themselves with technology and show it off under their hoods. Some people like that, I just walk away. I think the '03 - '04 get the best fuel economy of the Dodges, and personally I think they are the best looking truck Dodge has made in years. The latest style was a step backwards to me.
05 white quad cab short bed g56 6 speed, 2nd gen manifold 62/71/13!!! 4" pipe, modified k&n intake and smarty beta!!! Airdog 150, SB 3600# DD!!! Dipricol pryo, boost, fuel, quad rp, leveled with AR dale jr black cannon wheel's an 33's...
i have a 97 12v adn i love it. it's a pretty straight fowrard engine, everything is mechanical as apposed to electrical, so for a guy who knows next to nothing about working on engines, this one i can work on. would i buy it again? i'd buy a newer one, but still a cummins. maybe the new 6.7 litre.
'05 2500, BHAF, silencer ring MIA, open intake tube.
Custom 4" dual exhaust.
Raptor, thank you for those true words..I am going to quote them and send them to a friend of mine who I work with that touts his GMC as being the be all end all in trucks...It gets very hard to listen to after a while...GD
2004 2500 4X4 No Mods yet as I am trying to figure whats best
Had an 05 with 92k and loved it great truck and then got the 07 5.9 and so far been just as good and I love the new seats they are almost impossible to stain, and the headlights are so much brighter and for mileage I can't complain I average 17 to 21 mpg just depends how fast you are driving and it only has 13k on it. But I really want to get 01 to02 H.O. 6spd for a play truck. either way you go you won't be disappointed. Just my .02.
07, 5.9L 4x4 6spd mega cab, Edge Hot unlock, IceBox w/S&B, DPP cool hose, straight piped, 295/70/r17 Hankook AT's.
If you want the best then 05,
The dash changed in 06 I think you can change the radio a bit easier in it if you want the type with the big screen. If your buying used then take your time and find a good clean one with as low as miles as you can get. there out there have fun and good luck shopping.
05 3500 Larmie 4X4 Q/C Long box Diablo Predator,Boost Fooler AFE stage II, Isspro guages pillar mount, Cat gone, DynoMax muffler, Revtec leveling kit, Billet tripple disc low stall TC
Rebuilt trans as of May 2010
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