Join Date: May 2008
Location: Nampa, ID
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I agree with Smiley1 too, with one exception: the old Dodge Automatic transmissions did suck big time, particularly the 47RE or 47RH...they were basically 727 Torq Flite three speeds with a very weak overdrive, but the newer transmissions aren't so bad.
I had a 2005 2500HD CTD with the 48RE and loved it. I did put a Mag-Hytec Double Deep pan on it and had gauges to monitor tranny temp, EGTs and Turbo psi....my tranny temps never got over 150, when I towed our 31' Airstream or our 27' steel horse trailer. I should have never gotten rid of that truck and kick myself everyday.
The newer Dodge 68RFE, IMO, is just as reliable as the Allison 1000, or the TorqShift 5R110; Allison has been in the tranny business for quite sometime now, and they have the reputation for quality, durability and reliability.
The 5.9 CTD was, and always will be (again, IMO), the best diesel engine built for pickups.
Dodge really shot themselves in the foot with this new 6.7, but I guess when it comes down to it, it's really the government's fault for all this EGR, DPF and catalytic converter crap.
Maybe if the 6.7 didn't have all that junk on it, it'd get good MPGs and be as reliable as its ancestor was, but I have a few friends who have been left stranded on the side of the road with their '08 pickups, because the DPF wasn't working right.
2004 F-350 CC DRW LB FX4 4x4
Oxford White/Arizona Beige
2012 Ford bed w/Factory Reese hitch option
Dieselsite Coolant Filter
IH Fleetrite ELC
Blue Spring Update
43,956 miles - Replaced 6.0L
54,814 miles - Turbo
94,943 miles - Fan clutch
98,755 miles - FICM
127,057 miles - Aftermarket Alternator
154,120 miles - HPOP & Oil Cooler
168,514 miles - Radiator, water pump, t-stat & hoses
178,810 mles - #7 injector
181,807 miles - A/C Compressor
199,458 miles - Motorcraft Alternator
199,506 miles - FICM
199,521 miles - #1, #4, #8 injectors