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Question 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Quad Cab long bed - things to know?

I'm looking at getting this truck, have never owned a diesel before, but I was a cummins diesel generator mechanic when I was in the military, and I got out recently, so I definitely still know how to work on the engines a bit, but there's obviously major differences between a generator and a truck. What do I need to know about this truck and what are common problems and things I should look out for or things that might be red flags? Also, what price point should I be expecting to pay? Any and all help is appreciated. Details below.


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20 INCH FACTORY WHEELS
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2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Quad Cab long bed - things to know?

Wow, that looks just like my truck... same color, tire size, etc! I even have a similar ranch bumper!!!

Dang sure wish mine was a manual shift... DAAAAANNNG!

Here’s a few things I wish I had known:

Check the oil level before you start it. If it’s over the normal zone consider walking away... it could be “making oil” - search
that on here.

Take a paper towel and put some oil from the dip stick on it. Do a search on here for the paper towel dip stick test.

Check the intermittent wipers.. see if those work right. There’s some chronic but fixable issues associated with these.

Check all power windows and all speakers... the harnesses in the doors fail.

Drive it over some rough stuff. These trucks have chronic ball joint, control arm, track bar and steering linkage issues. All fixable but to do it right you’ll have to put a couple thou’ in it.

After you drive it a while leave it idling and check for blow by... look up that test here or on youtube.

After you shut it down you can cycle the key to have the truck show you any codes. Look up that procedure here.

Check the center carrier bearing, bushing and mount along the rear driveshaft between the trans and rear diff. Not expensive to replace but a bit of a pain to do. Look to see if it’s loose and/or if the rubber isolator is shot.

Hopefully these will spark other ideas from some more folks that can help you out.


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2005 manual or 2007 5.9 versions - stay away from 2006 if you need to continue looking.

There's a factory recall to upgrade the steering linkage from a "Y" to a "T" if it hasn't been done already. Should be free.

Check fluid level in diffs and transfer case. Transfer case low could have rebuild headed your way - stretched chain.

Look for oil on rear rotors, or oil escaping front axle tube - axle seals.

Look at condition of front axle u-joints, and front axle shaft (double u-joint).

Fuel filtration is an issue, any add on filtration or stock setup.

Injector line clamps - old or new style? Number 4 is an issue of old style clamp loosens.

Nice looking truck

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Pull a CARFAX or Autochek report on it to look for accidents and work done on the truck. Others have covered the main stuff (front end, bad injectors, blowby, etc.)
To check for codes, turn key on and of three times (don't start) codes will appear in odometer.
To check for blow-by, take the oil cap off and look for smoke pumping out of the crankcase under pressure. If you put tho oil cap over the hole upside down, it will dance around from the pressure.
Front end problems show up as wandering, bump steer, darting, uneven tire way and excessive slack in the steering wheel. Worst case scenario, some of these trucks have "death wobble" which is a violent side to side oscillation triggered by hitting bumps at speed.
For pricing in your market, go to the online sites (Kelly Blue Book, NADA, True Car), enter your zip code and truck info to get a value report. Check local Craigslist ads and you should get close.

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[QUOTE=55_Cans;28955227]2005 manual or 2007 5.9 versions - stay away from 2006 if you need to continue looking.

Just curious why you say to stay away from 2006?

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05 was a pretty good year for the Cummins. Early versions will have the NV5600 manual which tends to be more stout and have a more favorable OD ratio vs the early G56.

Check for blowby, squeaking when you compress the clutch, leaks around the first and 6th cylinder head. If you purchase it, throw a FASS pump on it right away to ensure clean fuel.

If you have children in infant seats, youll wanna step up to the 4th gen crew cab long bed. Nonetheless, I do love my 04.5!

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hearnmanzr2 asked a question, but got no reply. 55_Cans, why did you say to stay away from a 2006? I would really like to know because I am shopping for one right now.
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hearnmanzr2 asked a question, but got no reply. 55_Cans, why did you say to stay away from a 2006? I would really like to know because I am shopping for one right now.
They can have more electrical problems. The tach breaking (easy fix) is the most common issue. I personally haven't had any electrical issues with mine. Well actually the driver side rear door power lock doesn't work, but that doesn't bother me.

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Hey GRUNT 11B,

Thanks for the reply, I was a 11B myself many moons ago. I did some searching and found some info, you, and other 06' owners or potential buyers might be interested in.

2006 DODGE RAM 3500 - 15 RECALLS & SAFETY REPORTS Click on the individual recall, then click on Summary, then Actions. I think this is good advice "If you have questions about a recall, write down your VIN & then call Dodge customer service".

https://www.carcomplaints.com/Dodge/.../2006/recalls/

And this is probably the wrong place to post this, but here goes: For 6.7L Cummins 2500 & 3500's owners from 2007 to 2012, this was on the same website: RAM EMISSIONS LAWSUIT GIVEN GREEN LIGHT Class action emissions lawsuit alleges Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks have emissions defeat devices.

https://www.carcomplaints.com/news/2...-lawsuit.shtml

Thanks to all of you that provided tips and advice for owners, and those of us looking to buy, 3rd Gen trucks. It is GREATLY appreciated!
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2005 manual or 2007 5.9 versions - stay away from 2006 if you need to continue looking.

Just curious why you say to stay away from 2006?
First year of CANBUS communications, sometimes modules don't talk to each other. 06 Cluster has cold solder joints - tach issues. TIPM a problem at times, can't be flashed too many times to resolve over limit shut downs. Lots of wire harness issues, must have been a lot of Tequila flowing on the production lines

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Just curious why you say to stay away from 2006?
First year of CANBUS communications, sometimes modules don't talk to each other. 06 Cluster has cold solder joints - tach issues. TIPM a problem at times, can't be flashed too many times to resolve over limit shut downs. Lots of wire harness issues, must have been a lot of Tequila flowing on the production lines <img src="https://www.cumminsforum.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
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Thanks for explaining that 55_Cans. I looked into this issue a little deeper, and after reading some of the complaints, I think anyone who owns, or is looking the own a 06' 2500 or 3500 should too. Here is one of the more alarming complaints I read:

See #8 of 10 Faulty TIPM complaints "This is an extremely dangerous situation, luckily I did not open my truck hood until the fire crew arrived. Mechanic found that only the 2006 model year has this tipm it was changed from the 2005 model and then changed again in 2007. I think Dodge knew of this fault in the tipm circuit board with the turn signal switch and changed it for the next model year. It has been 3 weeks since the fire and my truck is still being worked on."

This complaint should be read in its entirety here:
https://www.carcomplaints.com/Dodge/...M_faulty.shtml

Here's 53 more complaints from NHTSA — ELECTRICAL SYSTEM PROBLEMS - 2006 DODGE RAM 3500
https://www.carcomplaints.com/Dodge/...l_system.shtml

I did find a fix on another Dodge Truck forum for a TIPM fuel pump relay failure using a $30 part, instead of the $1,200 the repair shop wanted. But i'm not sure what the rules are about posting a link to it? The bypass kit was received, then installed by the owner in 5 minutes, and its working!

I guess after learning all this I should be looking for a 05'? Your thoughts?
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