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05-05-2019 09:19 PM
Kilowatt I have an 05 as well so I thought I'd post this question here as it's relevant.

I just did the boost leak test and I see my intercooler is leaking between the plastic/aluminum sections so I'll have to replace it with a full aluminum unit. What years will bolt up to the 05 as a direct replacement?

Thanks!
05-01-2019 07:38 PM
Kmehr I love my 05. I'd prefer the nv5600 to g56, 05 had both. The above mentioned stuff is good to check out. I would also want to know the injector and clutch history. Wouldn't be a deal breaker if it ran really well, but would be great piece of mind as those are probably the biggest ticket items.

Also, pretty sure those are not 20in wheels....

Looks like a beautiful truck. Only regret I have with mine is it's a short bed, and that is a long bed, so that's nice. A truck like that would be anywhere from $15k-20k in my market.
04-30-2019 08:15 PM
55_Cans
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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?
Thanks, I had forgotten about the turn signal issue. it is a major safety problem and Dodge should have stepped up to the plate to fix it.

I have buddies with the 05 and standard tranny configuration and they have always seemed very happy with it.
04-30-2019 06:27 PM
bajadiesel 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?
04-30-2019 05:32 AM
CTD_CR924 [QUOTE=55_Cans;28969237]
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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 <img src="https://www.cumminsforum.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
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04-30-2019 04:33 AM
55_Cans [quote=hearnmanzr2;28961813]
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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
04-25-2019 05:23 PM
bajadiesel 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!
04-25-2019 02:12 PM
GRUNT 11B
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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.
04-25-2019 01:44 PM
bajadiesel 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.
04-22-2019 07:39 PM
CTD_CR924 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!

Best of luck.
04-21-2019 12:57 PM
hearnmanzr2 [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?
04-13-2019 02:25 PM
MDSWA 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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