We still use a 90" and a 91' on the farm, they are towing turds. Start every day, seldom break down but they're just no comparison to what's out there now. All of my farm friends who ran Dodges for years have really been burned by the Cummins issues/EPA issues and every single one of them are driving Chevy and Ford f350 with the big gas engines now and loving them.Great engine, that Cummins. Too bad they put a Dodge around it.
It all depends on how you drive them & take care of them.Million mile engine in a 100k mile truck... That's how a buddy...a Dodge loyalist...described his truck.
he probably also gets asked if he will sell it pretty often, I get asked all the time when I will sell my 2001, neverIt all depends on how you drive them & take care of them.
My dad has a 96 Dodge Ram 4x4 with the 5.9 Cummins, 5 spd manual,
Extended cab with the full 8 ft. bed.
380,000 miles, nothing but regular maintenance & maybe a couple water pumps on the engine, & nothing wrong with the body. No rust, nothing is falling off, still all original paint, & it still looks good. It regularly pulls car trailer or cargo trailers.
But you are correct about the longevity of the body components. I've seen 10 year old trucks that were rusting & falling apart & even I thought the truck should be tossed.