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Prepurchase questions, things to look for?

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Currently have a 2008 ram 6.7 with a g56, and realized after installing double disc clutch that I want an auto or something else. I've decided to keep my eyes open for a nice used 2012-2014 ram... and was looking for stuff to look out for.. .and a few questions

1) Is the 68rfe a decent transmission? I had 47re or whatever in an old cummins truck I had, and it turned into quite the nightmare and quick (with totally stock truck). I dont intend on tuning the motor or anything, just leaving bone stock.

2) Are there any common problem areas you guys can recommend I look at before purchasing? I've got terrible terrible luck buying used. (my current truck has clean carfax, but found out they didnt change fuel filter in like 30k mi, cab is diff white than the bed, bed was kind of beatup under the bed liner etc) I'll know to look out for those things.

3) DEF, was 2013 the first years of the DEF? And does DEF improve mpg vs just the old regen where it dumped diesel into the dpf?
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The 68rfe is a great transmission in my opinion with a stock powerplant in front of it.

Things to look for. Interior water damage due to third brake light leaking. I had this issue. Water was running down the back and puddling under the back seat. Had another leak on a body joint also which caused mold and other issues which was all repaired under warranty. If your going go leave it stock and want better fuel economy then go 2013 or later. The DEF equipped trucks pull down better fuel milage. Test drive a 2012 or earlier then drive a 2013 or later. You may not like the torque management that causes a dead pedal feel on the later model Ram truck.

Either way you go, the 4th Gen is light years ahead of the 09 and earlier Dodge.
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