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What's the life expectancy of a Dodge 2500 5.9L Cummins?

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What's the life expectancy of a Dodge 2500 5.9L Cummins?

imthedude imthedude
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 09/09
Posted: 09/23/09
08:02 AM

Alright Dodge diesel experts.  What can a guy expect to get in terms of mileage and longevity out of a well-maintained/cared for 3rd Generation 5.9L 2500?  I'm pretty easy on my vehicles, don't drive too much, and make sure that service/maintenance happens when it's supposed to.  My Tacoma still runs like the day I bought it, and it's 10 years old.  Can I expect the same from a Dodge?  I hope so, because I've found a great deal on an '03 2500 with very few miles.  

cumminallthetime06 cumminallthetime06
User | Posts: 57 | Joined: 01/09
Posted: 09/23/09
08:36 AM

If you take care I don't see why you shouldn't see 500,000 miles but the truck will more than likely fall apart before that.  I have a 06 Cummins with only 67,000 and I have never had it in the shop except for trans. and I have it for 2 years.  I have a buddy with a 1st gen. cummins that he put in a 97' Powerstroke and it has all of 500,000 and more than likely more.  By the way do you plan on doing any mods. to it?  
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pbrbullhauler pbrbullhauler
Enthusiast | Posts: 556 | Joined: 03/09
Posted: 09/23/09
09:33 AM

i get rid of mine @ 200k  

dieselmanmatt dieselmanmatt
New User | Posts: 6 | Joined: 09/09
Posted: 09/26/09
03:03 PM

Buddy of mine has an '03 dodge 2500. He hauls hay and cattle all the time. 16 round bales on a gooseneck. Truck has right around 150,000 miles. Runs just as good as mine does (07 with 35,000 miles). Orignal clutch, trans, turbo, everythings original besides brakes and tires. I'm a mechanic and I see plenty of 5.9's in dump trucks and school buses with over 200,000 miles. Keep the oil changed and the truck'll fall apart well before the engine.  

MarineOne MarineOne
Addict | Posts: 2070 | Joined: 10/08
Posted: 09/28/09
12:06 AM

If you do the service like you're supposed to, you could easily see a half million miles if not more.  There are quite a few that have hit the million mile mark.


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imthedude imthedude
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 09/09
Posted: 09/30/09
01:28 PM

well i'm about to find out how long a cummins will last.  i just bought a one-owner 2003 2500 quad cab short bed 4x4 w/ matching topper with 54k miles on it.  it's coming cross-country and should be here on friday.  that i can hardly wait for it to get here is an understatement.  

funefarmer funefarmer
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 10/09
Posted: 10/09/09
06:12 AM

I have an '04 2500 with 100000 miles and it runs great.  My friend has a 96 with over 320,000 miles no major repairs except that he had to replace the tranny at 315,000 and he does heavy towing in his scrap iron business.  My brother has a 90 with 275,000 miles and nothing major fixed on it and all still fire right up and run great.  Each one gets over 20 mpg when not towing.  Change oil and keep up with routine maintenance and the truck will fall apart before the engine.  

pbrbullhauler pbrbullhauler
Enthusiast | Posts: 556 | Joined: 03/09
Posted: 10/09/09
07:07 AM

put a good  fuel filter on it like a 5 micron or lower to keep the injectors in good shape and change it about every 10 to 12k. the weakest link in the cr motor is the injectors and the only way to keep them good is to use a good filter also check on the lift pump they are sill the crappy ones like the vp44 had  

casper2790 casper2790
New User | Posts: 6 | Joined: 10/09
Posted: 10/12/09
04:28 PM

I drive 2000 3500 long bed Ext cab dually, daily  have 228500 miles vp44 pump 4 th lift pump get 17 in town, 21 hwy. 2nd clutch. same trans and factory under hood no chips will likely pull out put in another truck when body falls off this one. As this truck spent 7 yrs in Galveston Houston as daily driver and horse hauler. Still pull small dozers and farm tractors over north central Tx.  

Enthusiast | Posts: 672 | Joined: 11/06
Posted: 10/12/09
05:29 PM

What kind of lift pumps are you running?...If you've toasted 4 of them ya might want to try something different. There's a guy here in town with over 350,000 kilometers on his Fass pump.  
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