Purchased new from dealer with 107 miles on odometer (Our third truck from this dealer) in July of 2006. This 3500 Ram arrived at the ranch with no trailer towing rear bumper. Did not accept truck. Who would purchase a Cummins diesel 1 ton that had no trailer towing ability? Dealer immediately took truck back to dealership. 10 days later dealership again brought the truck out to the ranch. Yes, it had a rear trailer towing package, however this new trailer towing bumper had no electric hook up for trailer brakes, lights etc. Dealer was embarrassed and as a result of these mix up's, the owner of the dealership gave us "free oil changes for the life of this unit", and the dealership has honored this promise ever since. We went to the parts dept., ordered the trailer tow electrical wiring and installed it ourselves. Has worked perfect ever since. The truck is a work horse! Only 3 problems in 450+K miles. A) the in tank fuel pump gave up -- under warranty. B) The air conditioner compressor gave up -- under warranty. C) After 4 years the Cummins water pump gave up due to a run of bad Chinese bearings -- per Cummins! These have been the only problems until this summer when the auto transmission gave up. The problem, the linings on the clutches were worn completely off due to heavy towing. Can't complain as this truck works hard 6-7 days a week either hooked to 36 ft. stock trailers or a 38 ft. flat bed moving a tractor or backhoe. This is our third Dodge 3500. We have a 1993 Dodge 3500 4X4 single cab, 8' bed with the 12 V Cummins, (still working every day), a 2001 Dodge Quad Cab Cummins 2500 4X4 6' bed (still working every day), a 2005 3500 Crew Cab 4X4 duely 8; bed (working every day) and the 2006 3500 4X4 6' bed. No engine chips, or other add on's. All of our Dodge pickups work hard and as a business owner, we can't complain at all with the quality of these working machines. Have had the other brands. All give up after 3-4 years. Won't purchase foreign, as they won't purchase American beef. These Dodge products keep working day in, day out! Great trucks! 14+ average work MPG. Had to add air bags to the '05 & '06's to handle loads. Great working trucks!
I have an 06 Dodge 2500 with automatic and tow package. Put on after market cold air induction and 5 inch cat back exhaust. Added the Edge Mileage Max and boom, mileage on overhead computer reads 27 to 28 mpg constantly. Figuring actual mpg (miles driven divided by amount of fuel) and I get 16.1 on the highway at 65 not towing. Have kept service up to date. Other than poor mileage anyone have an idea as to how I might get better mpg. I called Edge about it, they were about as helpful as a dead slug. Edge Mileage Max did increase power but took my mileage down from stock condition by about 5 mpg.As far as I am concerned Edge can jump off the bridge.
Overall the truck is great. Plenty of power and strong as a horse. Over 47,000 miles with up keep service and I have not had a problem other than with my EDGE Mileage Max. This is my second one. First was a '71 which I traded in on the '06.
Add a step to the side or rear so us short fellas can get up to the bed in a 4 wheel drive.
I love this truck, but buy and extended warranty if possible. A few problems left a sour taste and I want out. At 80,000km (49,000 miles), new ball joints, pitman arm & univerals. It's a 3500 and the parts should match(they will all do it and at this mileage it is normal!). Wind noise from drivers door only (most do it). I have rust coming up near the bottom of the door. I live in area where they use very littl salt or sand (1 week out of the year). This is normal as well (84,000km) and it's due to a little bit of sand getting on the inside seal and rubbing the paint protection away. This is not normal in my opion and it's not covered under your warranty unless there is a hole.
Engine is awesome.
Better fit and finish. Use quality heavy duty parts on the 3500, why pay extra for same parts on a 1500!
I have the 06 2500 Quad cab 4x4, 5 speed auto with 5.9 Cummins and love it. This is my second Dodge Cummins. I put an after market cold air intake on along with a 5 inch cat back exhaust and the EDGE Mileage max chip. At 65 MPH I am getting a WHOPPING 28 MPG highway and 19.1 city according to the overhead computer and also against actual mileage according to speedo. Dealership has no problem and says they actually recommend the Edge Mileage Max chip which does not affect the warranty. I wouldn't have any other set up as the increased mileage and HP is amazing. Wouldn't have it any other way.
Overall strength of the engine & transmission set up. Just a super truck all around.
Some kind of bumper strip along sides of truck to stop dings from other cars. The one included by factory is to low.