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hey everybody. Looking for my 1st diesel....(what a task!),and am wondering what the best `bang for the buck`is. I`ll have about 20k to spend,putting me at about a `96-98 cummins,or a `96-2000 gm or ford. I`ll put it this way-what should i stay away from?
 

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That may pose a problem if you are looking at a GM Duramax... I believe '01 was the first year the Duramax was in production.


But to answer your question, I'd say everyone on this site (myself included) would recommend the Duramax/Allison. The Dodge Cummins is a very good diesel also, but they don't have an auto tranny to compliment the Cummins. Piece of advice... stay away from the F*rds. Good luck!


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I would say if you can find a '98 Quad Cab 12 Valve Cummins in the dressing you want that's your best bet & bang for your buck - hard to find though. Auto's are definately and issue with Dodge and Ford especially if you plan on adding a little extra oomph!


If you can squeeze into a D/A then that would be good too!
 

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Keep in mind when looking at '98 Dodges that they changed to a 24 valve engine mid year. Many problems followed, including cracked blocks, injector pumps, etc. etc.


If I were spending $20k on a used pickup it would definitely be a '98 Dodge 12valve with a stick shift. Their auto trannies are garbage.
 

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yep, I gotta agree with the 12 valve Cummins.


But, dont disregard a 7.3 PSD just because I hear the Dodge bodies are junk, but no personal experience.
 

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go to ebay...type in duramax, then click on passenger vechiles....last night there was a 01 duramax on there w/a buy it now price of like 19,500.00 I took a quick lookat it and it had some mileage on it(i think 95k) and appeared to looked ok..... but i didnt go all thway through....good luck...
 
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