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Considering buying 2004.5 Ram, any specific concerns?
I am shopping for a used diesel truck, crew cab, short bed, 4x4, for a second vehicle, to tow a 7500 lb travel trailer, plus for general pickup duties. Today I found a 2004.5 Ram, Quad cab, short bed 4x4, local one owner trade in on a new truck. I looked at it in the service department at the dealer today, and should be going back later to inspect it more and drive it.
I surmised that it is a 2004.5 because it states 325 hp on the valve cover. Am I correct? It appears to have been mainly used to tow a fifth wheel, as it has the hitch rails in the bed, the notched louvred tailgate, and the flip up wind deflector thing. It shows 137,800 miles. It appears to be in very solid, clean condition, but I haven't heard it run or driven it yet. I noticed under the hood that it has a PacBrake, I believe it was, which appears to be aftermarket. It's a Southwestern truck since new (where I live) -- I checked the CarFax history on it, so there should be no corrosion issues. Under my initial inspection, it appears like it might be pretty much stock, except for the PacBrake, but I haven't been able to do a detailed inspection as yet.
My questions are, what specific mechanical / drivetrain concerns, if any, should I have with the 2004.5? What can anyone tell me about the PacBrake? I presume it is an exhaust brake. I hope that they will let me take it to a local diesel repair shop I know of to have checked out, but I don't yet know if they will allow me to do that.
Any tips or info would be greatly appreciated, as I am very interested in this truck.