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Old 10-27-2011, 07:43 PM
 
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What determines the '1st, 2nd, 3rd' generation of a Dodge truck? I have a 98 3500 diesel dually that I would like to sell, but have been asked the 'generation' question and have no idea what they are talking about. Thanks...
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Old 10-28-2011, 11:59 PM
 
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It is a classification of models built in consecutive years.
Dating back to the mid eighties when dodge introduced the "new" line of dodge trucks.
The trucks introduced then were generation 1.
When the style changed slightly, and mechanical differences were upgraded, the next generation took over.
Not sure about the rams, but with the dakota, 1st generation was the mid eighties,till 97 , when the 2nd generation took hold in 97
3RD generation for dakota was when the style changed in 2005.
The same would apply too the ram I would think.
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Old 10-29-2011, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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A 98 is a 2nd gen.
1994 through 2001

Body style changes.
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Texas
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There were 2 versions of the 5.9 Cummins in 1998, a 12 valve and a 24 valve. The 12 valve is sought after by most folks. It got fabulous fuel mileage considering. The 24 valve engine made considerably more power but at the expense of reliability and fuel mileage. If you have a 12V engine, don't give it away. They are a very long life engine and most will see 500,000 miles properly maintained. Biggest issue on your YM truck was the lift pumps but is easily fixed by using a Cummings instead of a Dodge unit.
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Old 10-29-2011, 02:06 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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There were 2 versions of the 5.9 Cummins in 1998, a 12 valve and a 24 valve. The 12 valve is sought after by most folks. It got fabulous fuel mileage considering. The 24 valve engine made considerably more power but at the expense of reliability and fuel mileage. If you have a 12V engine, don't give it away. They are a very long life engine and most will see 500,000 miles properly maintained. Biggest issue on your YM truck was the lift pumps but is easily fixed by using a Cummings instead of a Dodge unit.
You have a 2nd Gen, as mentioned.
94-2001

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I'm not interested in 24v, but I'm sure they sell well.
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Old 10-29-2011, 06:04 PM
 
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Wikipedia also does a pretty good job of identifying a vehicle's "generation".

Dodge Ram - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Like the others said, a 1998 Dodge 3500 is a second generation.
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:00 PM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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Do you have the 12 or 24 valve? They ceased the 12 valve half way through '98.
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Old 07-18-2015, 04:18 PM
 
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i have the 02 3500 24 valve turbo dually, it has 200,000 trouble free miles. the real problem is that the dashboard has all but disinagrated, and its all but impossible to find hub caps. other than that, i love it.
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Old 07-21-2015, 07:50 PM
 
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You know that the the look of the Dodge truck is a old look brought back to life, look at the 1942 Dodge truck.
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Old 01-29-2018, 09:38 AM
 
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I have a 1994 Dodge Cummins 3500 single cab dually with the P 7100 pump and automatic transmission. Under the hood it is basically bone stock. An AF E Horn, AFP intake and filter, and a 4 inch straight pipe exhaust. I am assuming this is a first generation? Only has 186,000 original miles and under the hood maintenance has been impeccable. Full synthetics used religiously and all maintenance as well. I even have the original dealer window sticker as well as the dealer repair manual. Cosmetically she needs a little bit of help, other than that she's great. I just want to be sure that it is a first or second generation. I am considering doing transmission upgrades and putting a little bit more power under the hood or possibly selling it. Needs an entire dash except for the top can anybody help?
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