I have a friend with a 95 2500 12 valve 2 wheel drive 5 speed. He loves the thing, gives him great service as he hauls quite a bit with it. I would highly recommend a 12 valve to start with, but I can definitely vouch for his 95 12 valve manual (he's hauled some heavy loads on some big inclines and never over heated that I'm aware of). His maintenance cost are low. My friend on summer fuel sees 19 mpg no load and about 12 to 13 mpg with about 6k load.
Check for blow by, KDP (killer dowel pin mod), check the block (since he's been running with no temp gauge),check head gasket/oil, both batteries, starter and shifting, check 4h & 4l 4wd. My thoughts. K.
Last edited by tincan57; 03-28-2014 at 04:26 AM.