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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-23-2008, 03:58 AM Thread Starter
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Is 24v 135k mile Cummins for $4500 a good Buy ?

I'm in the market for a tow rig to pull my tractor aroud from job site to job site. I found a 1998 3500 Ram staandardcab dully with the 24V and automatic, 135K miles for $4500..A/C is locked up. I know there is alot of life left in the engine, and the transmissions are weak. The truck is straight but has a messed up interior and needs some work. Is this truck worth it? Can it be made reliable to tow heavy with? If I got the truck I would likely start modifying things to bring the engine to life. What are 1998 ram concerns? How much do transmission rebuilds cost for this truck.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Pass. The truck blue books at $4600(FAIR)-$5800(EXCELLENT).

Put it this way- You will have no shortage of weekend projects ahead you if you buy it.......

A/C locked up= about $1300
New trans= about $2000
Batteries= about $200
Brakes= about $800 complete(It's a dually thing- they LOVE to charge you more)

You're now up to $8900- The impending repair work will probably be more than the truck cost you. And you haven't thrown in there all the fluid changes that I would do when you get it home..........

These trucks have come a long, long, long way in ten years. I would keep looking if you plan on using it for towing.:bolt
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You can't go wrong with a 24v. Any truck with that many miles on it will have its own specific problems. Upgrade your fueling and you will have a hell of a puller with great mileage.
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Pass. The truck blue books at $4600(FAIR)-$5800(EXCELLENT).
Taking anything from a KBB is wasting your time. Back in 2005 they priced 1992 Dodge Vipers in Excellent Condition at 18g.
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kbb priced a 92 viper for 18K? wow i knew they could be a little off but thats rediculous. i ran my old 93 idi f250 thru there when it had 225000mi on it and its its fair condition and they said it was worth $8500. now i like that truck but i know id never get that for it when it comes time to trade it off or sell it. and that price was back in 06

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yea kbb is useless.. i own a 24v and it runs like a champ, as long as you keep up with your prevenative matenance everthing should be fine. our yr of automatics doesnt have the best transmissions, but unless you wanna go all speed racer pulling that tractor it should last you just fine. interiors on them wear bad anyways you get used to everything cracking or whateve. just drive with the windows down
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