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 05-11-2008, 17:48 Post: 153631
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Bill,

I kinda late to this party but I think you went the right way. I was going to suggest that if you are not getting the Cummins engine, go with the 1500. Dodge makes a heavier duty 1500 4WD. I looked at one awhile back. It had the 8 lug wheels. I would also go with the Mega Cab. They are REAL nice. LOTS of extra room in the back as well as a fold down seat for more storage. Did you get the Refuel America special offer for free gas for 3 years upto 12,000 miles per year?

My personal preference would be for the 2500 or 3500 in single rear wheel drive and the 6.7 liter Cummins 6 speed manual trans. I love my exhaust brake on my current Dodge Ram. After the Cummins has had some time to break-in the mileage will go up to near 20 mpg on the 6.7 liter Cummins give or take. I get about 20 - 21 mpg locally and 23 - 25 highway on my 5.9 liter Cummins.

I drive my truck a substantial amount on logging, dirt, and backroads and the extra weight of the 2500 and the diesel helps with traction and drivability in that I can just put the transmission in 2nd or 3rd gear and just idle around easily. I pull fairly heavy occasionally and the extra pulling power of the diesel is nice to have.

With diesel fuel nearly a dollar a gallon more than gas and mileage of gas vehicles improving, begining to rival diesel fuel economy, I certainly understand why you went with the 1500. Be sure to post a follow up later on after you have driven the new truck for a good bit and let us know what you like and dislike. I am looking at a truck for the wife for when the Ford Taurus gives up the ghost.






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Well, I went with the 1/2 ton truck (1500).I drove a couple examples of each, and I really liked the 1500 the best.Dodge had $7500 in rebates running, and the local dealer had one with the options I wanted, in the color I wanted, and they sell at invoice price. So it was about $10k off sticker price. I don't think I'll be doing enough offroading or towing to justify a 2500, but maybe next time.Thanks,Bill



Hi Bill did you hold onto that truck during the gas bloat, if you did I am sure you are enjoying the price decline!






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