I cannot comment on specific issues for various years... however I was considering a similar issue less than a year ago.
I went with a pre-DPF 5.9 Common Rail engine. It had fewer miles on it than anything else I would consider. The truck it comes with is descent as well. Newer technology, more comfortable.
Every engine will have issues, every truck will have issues.
I certainly agree with you that every vehicle will have issues at some point..But working at a parts store, I have to disagree in a sense - there are some vehicles that are just prone to some issues (either by design flaw or whatever else), like cavaliers and their muffler straps for example (although a rather small replacement).
Surely each of the generations have their own problems. But I'd rather have smaller/less expensive/easier common issues than the other way around. Just curious as to what kind of common issues they all had.
What year did they start enforcing DPF's strictly?
1994 Dodge Ram 2500, 4x4 5.9L Cummins, 5 speed
PA Truck Club #2
2007.5 they pushed the DPF's into enforcement. That's when the 6.7's came into service as well.
I think what you'll find with the CTD, is that they are very reliable engines as most people here will attest to. HOWEVER, there is 1 abundantly apparent shortcoming to the truck...
1) The transmission
- The tranny in the 3rd Gens are a common complaint, however it seems to be a common complaint more to diesels, across brands, rather than a Dodge issue. It seems the 4th Gens are getting descent reviews on the new transmissions... This is all 3rd hand information, I only have a 3rd Gen Dodge. No experience with a 4th. On this note, people who have refrained from over-extending the performance of the 3rd Gens using programmers or the like, seem to be quite happy overall (as I am).
2006 - RAM 3500 Megacab Laramie - 5.9 CTD - K&N CAI - LightForce Driving Lights - KC LED Driving Lights - ReTrax Bed Cover - Inferno Red - Compustar Remote Start - Nasta Stainless Step Bars
Bone stock 48re is ok, lots of room for upgrades.
The 68rfe is a better trans out of the box, holds up to plenty of abuse (but not stupidity), but it comes coupled with a bunch of stupid emissions crap.