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I have a 2006 dodge and it is getting old for mexico the last thing \i want is a trany problam in mexico it has 160000 km .I hear the new chev is no good untill ultra low sulfer is avalable.Will the 2010 dodge or chev work or will it plug up the exaust.So I thought I would ask others that have been there.thanks

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The 48re transmission in your RAM is considered bulletproof. With only 100,000 miles I think you have no need for concern UNLESS you are experiencing problems.
I have 150,000 miles on mine about half towing a 15,000 lb 5er all over the US and Canada and never give the tranny a second thought other than maintenance.

Of course if you don't have or use a tranny temp gauge, and you overheat the tranny, all bets are off.

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* This post was edited 08/01/12 11:37am by SidKaye *


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Posted: 08/01/12 05:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rebuild your tranny before going......cheaper and you've already got a great truck.


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I agree with biscuit. I have an LMM, great truck and motor/tranny combo. You want full bullet proof, stage 2 from ATS should do the job. 6k for new tranny or 35k+ for a good Duramax with low miles. You have a good motor, the 5.9 is a great diesel motor. Just replace that trans and ur golden.

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I would rather lose a tranny, or for that matter, have any major vehicle problem in Mexico than in the US or Canada......You will get good repairs in Mexico and at a much better price, than anywhere in the US or Canada.


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I am puzzled by recommendations to rebuild a perfectly good tranny.

Why fix something that isn't broke??? Why?? Someone help me understand...Please

A rebuilt tranny from anyone can also have problems and the warranty in Mexico will be worthless.

Is you tranny having problems??

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Ultra Low sulfur is hard to find, but they do have some stations there. Depends on where your going and if perhaps you can take some spare fuel with you. I drive a motor home that need ULS and have used the regular diesel fuel, but I would not really do that with a pick up truck. I have had no problems at all, but they tell me it takes about 10 tanks of fuel to do any damage to the catalytic converter.
Problem is to know if stations have ULS along your route and I do not know of any place to go and find out. Last year I made note of one station that showed it had ULS and when I went there this spring, the sign was gone and I managed to find out they stopped selling it, so took the sign down.


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You have the right truck for Mexico. The 2007 models with the new 6 point something Cummins require ULSD, that is, diesel under 15 ppm sulfer. I've heard that some stations close to the border do have it, but haven't paid much attention. I do know several people that have newer trucks and the only problem they have experienced is their re-gen happens more often. On of our friends last year had a new Chevvy and his major problem was getting the additive that the Ford and Chevvy require in the newest trucks. As far as your tranny, I can't tell you as I have the 6sp manual, but I've heard that somewhere in the mid 2000's Dodge switched trannys and the newer one is supposedly as bullet proof as the allison.


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SidKaye wrote:

I am puzzled by recommendations to rebuild a perfectly good tranny.

Why fix something that isn't broke??? Why?? Someone help me understand...Please

A rebuilt tranny from anyone can also have problems and the warranty in Mexico will be worthless.

Is you tranny having problems??

Sidney

That's what I was thinking. However a new truck is a wonderful thing!


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no I have not had problams with my trans I do not have a temp gauge .But even driving it easy I wounder with all the topes ,toll boths there is a lot of stop and go driving that is hard on the trans and drive train.I also have a slide in camper for weekend trips and a dually would work better because I seem to be right on the gvw max or over.

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