View Full Version : Advice needed on truck

03-24-2010, 01:02 PM
I have the opportunity to pick up a decently clean 94 dodge ram 2500 reg. cab long box with the v10. It needs a transmission, and the front end needs a bit of work from going into a ditch. Other than that runs good, new tires/brakes, 120k miles, etc. What's it worth? Are they decent trucks? I would want it to tow/plow basically, not a daily driver. He wants about $500, but I was thinking $300. Any advice is appreciated.

03-24-2010, 01:14 PM
if its an auto they like to eat transmissions when worked hard..... our old shop truck went through 5 rebuilds in 100k miles.... suck gas like no tomarrow.... $500 is more than reasonable

Prince Valiant
03-24-2010, 01:44 PM
500 seems reasonable to me...

They are decent trucks...the v-10 is plenty strong, with very good low end power...i think it's done around 4000rpm if that. 450lbs of torque is none-to-shabby for a gas engine. Only two downsides is the v-10 doesn't sound all that great, and of course, good luck with gas mileage.

2WD or 4WD? If it's a 4x4, you're getting a steal...otherwise it's just a good buy.

When you do up the trans, make sure you only use ATF+4. Additives to bring universal fluid or Dexron up to atf+4 standards do not work for this trans and will accelerate it's failure.

03-24-2010, 02:07 PM
And put a big ass aux. cooler on it with an in-cab temp gauge too.

03-24-2010, 03:32 PM
It's a deal if it's a 4wd.

03-25-2010, 12:14 AM
Thanks for all the advice! Yeah the truck is 4 wheel drive. Hopefully I will get it soon then.

Slow Joe
03-25-2010, 08:26 AM
Ah yes, anther vehicle to tow the Tahoe when it decides to break... :rolf :rolf

But yeah, $500 seems fair even needing work. I watched a handfull of trucks run through the auction yesterday. "Miles Over Twice" (200k plus mi) trucks of all makes were doing $3500+ and they weren't nice...