"I have had this truck since 1993 and all I have replaced is tires and brakes. I work it hard and it tows all the time wieghts of 12000 lbs or more best truck I ever had. I have a 2001 with a diesel engine no where near as good or as relieable"
"There is no question in my mind that these are the best trucks ever built. There is nothing they don't offer, with the exception of a soft ride (the leaf springs are constructed to haul a house).
The 12 valve Cummins engine is simple, and incredibly reliable and long lived, as well as being a strong performer. All one needs to do is look at the number of trucks still going with more than 400,000 miles to realize that its durability is unmatched in the world of light trucks.
While the newer diesel trucks may be longer on comfort and speed, the old 12 valve Dodge will get there EVERY time. This truck simply DOES NOT BREAK DOWN. You can hammer it at full throttle up the mountain pass with a 7500 lb trailer, all day long, and it does not blink. Put it to work on a ranch, an oil field, in Alaska, it doesn't matter. This truck will keep going, and going, and going so long as you make sure to change the oil and filters. The straight axles are virtually maintenance and trouble free, and the gear driven NP205 transfer case is bullet proof. It has been known to keep going when bone dry (though that's not recommended). The weakest link is the transmission, both manual and automatic, but care for it and it will last quite some time, too. There really is nothing bad to say about this truck, save for the incredibly stiff ride. Not a lot of bells and whistles compared to the newer stuff, but my "almost 20 year old" truck will still be running when the 2011 Duramax is in the boneyard. Take that to the bank."
"I have owned this truck for 14 years and has never once let me down. It has one of thr best engines ever built, It is as solid as a rock and has never failed to start for me. Today it is still running strong even with 1100000 miles on it."
"I trust my 91 dodge 2wd dully D350 and love to drive it. It pulls loads great, however a little under powered for loads over 10,000lbs.
The drive train and overall body are great.
The eletrical? A night mirror. This is typial for these trucks. Stay away from all the power options if possible.
My power mirrors - broken
Power windows - giving fits
rear bed light - broken
rear break lights - sometimes decide to stay on until I pump them, but you better check before you park it for too long!
HEADLIGHTS! - some electrical short somewhere that causes them to shut off at random. I gotta do "tricks" to get them back on.
The eletrical system is also underpowered if youve got alot of extra lights on your trailer.
Other than electrical? I love it!!!
oh, and it gets about 20-24 depending on driving. Even with the dully!"