Is the 2nd Generation Cummins Powered Ram Pickup Truck a Classic Yet?

The second generation of Cummins-powered cars has spent a very long time in the shadow of its square-bodied big brother: the. Long considered the budget alternative classic, Dodge is now building a solid following.

What is the second generation Cummins model?

Dodge introduced its first generation in 1981, then added the option of a 5.9-liter Cummins I6 engine in 1989. It introduced the second generation Ram truck in 1994 and built it through 2002. So “Second Generation Cummins” means Dodge 94-02 Ram 2500 or 3500 with Cummins I6 engine.


The Dodge brothers started putting their names on trucks way back in 1918. But it wasn’t until 1981 that Dodge called its pickup truck lineup the “Ram” series. Then, in 2010, Chrysler Corporation split Dodge and Ram into sister brands, though Although the two still share technology and even some factories.

Is cummins 12v or 24v better?

The original 5.9-liter Cummins I6 had two valves per cylinder, for a total of 12 valves. It is famous for its simplicity and durability. In 1998, Dodge replaced it with a 24-valve version of the same engine for more power. Although more technically complex, the 24V Cummins engine is still a simple and reliable engine – especially by modern standards.

1996 Dodge Ram 3500 | stellants

There are two benefits to 24V Cummins. The first is a slight increase in strength. Another benefit is the fact that you can tune it to get more power by adjusting the computer that controls the motor.

Some classic Cummins fans still prefer the simplicity of Cummins 12V engines. And to be fair, they have fewer moving parts, so they are easier to rebuild and may last a little longer. Not all Cummins 12V engines installed in Ram trucks are the same. One major update was the Ram’s addition of an intercooler in 1991.

Is the second generation Cummins a classic?

Cummins’ first-generation Ram features an iconic, square-body design. These trucks are quickly becoming collector’s items. The second generation Cummins Rams have a more rounded, modern body design. But some enthusiasts also consider the second generation Cummins classics.

A black 1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck with its rear-hinged doors opens to reveal its quadruple rear seat.
1998 Dodge Ram Quad Cab | Wieck Image Database via Getty Images

The price of used first-generation Cummins Ram trucks is fast approaching that of new entry-level pickups. Not surprisingly, classic diesel truck enthusiasts seeking a reliable 12-volt Cummins engine started buying second-generation Cummins Ram trucks.

Since these trucks are available in more configurations, they may be preferred by buyers who actually need four doors. Dodge introduced the Quad Cab with rear clamshell doors in 1998.

The second generation Cummins may not be considered a world classic, but with its value so high, it’s only a matter of time. Like all cars of the Redwood era (the 1980s and 1990s), it appreciates quickly as a new generation seeks to restore it or just drive it.

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