3rd May 2006, 21:02
The trick with a Dodge is to get a manual trans, the Cummins with a six speed cannot be beaten, What other truck can pull a 22,000+ load out of a boat ramp? Not a Duxamax or Powerstroke! Just do not buy an automatic it will break.
3rd Aug 2006, 11:30
I own a 2005 extended cab dodge pickup I use it for everything, off road, city driving (in N.Y.), and traveling with my band and I have yet to see any problems. I feel it is not the truck it is the driver destroying the transmition so tell whoever drives it to calm down.
22nd Aug 2008, 01:53
In my shop auto transmissions are common problems on all trucks with large V8 or Diesel motors. The postings are correct, pay attention to the fluid and choose a manual if you plan to tow heavy loads. I suspect the kid has been abusing the truck (we all did) and it doesn't take much to destroy a transmission with the weight of a full-size truck. My advice is to drive them like you own them and not like you stole them.
20th Feb 2009, 03:31
I have a 2004 Quad Cab 1500 4x4 (w/ hemi). I have only had one recurring problem and that is with the driver side grab handle that you use to get inside the vehicle. I have had two of them so far pull out. It seems that the brain dead engineers who designed that part made it entirely out of plastic and it just rips through the screw head. They should have put a metal backer plate on it to distribute the load across more of the plastic.
Other than that, it's been a great truck. When I'm towing my boat, I don't even know it's behind me. I've towed an enclosed U-haul trailer fully loaded and although I could tell that it was there, it didn't really make much difference on the interstate -- I was still cruising at around 80 mph without any addition effort.
The one irritation that I have with it is that it has a speed limiter on it. I figure that I paid for a 345 hp engine, I should have full use of it without some corp-nanny telling me what is good for me.
28th Feb 2009, 13:37
Easy fix. Just learn to drive manual trans and you won't get this kind of problems. A clutch can last very long if you drive it good. All I drive is manual for this same reason, autonomics scare me LOL. Plus stick vehicles can be started with a push if your battery or starter breaks down.