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Dodge Ram Real World MPG Numbers

what does everyone get for gas milage for their 97 ram? i just bought one and was looking to see what i should be around. its a v8 5.9 l i belive, ext cab and 4x2


  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,854
    Since real world mileage figures are an important aspect of the trucks, we've tossed aroudn the idea of mileage topics for makes/models. With that in mind, I'm going to rename this one to cover Ram trucks in general.


    As it comes up for other makes and models, we'll get those into standard naming format as well!


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  • I have a 2002 Regular Cab Short Bed 4X2 with the 5.9 (360) Magnum V8. My truck averages around 12MPG. I do an awful lot of stop & go driving, unfortunately. The fact that I do my driving in LA, where keeping a constant speed on ANY road is challenging, doesn't help any. If I hot-foot around town, my mileage plummets to around 9MPG. Keeping a *relatively* steady 60-70 mph on the highway nets me on average around 17 mpg, although I've seen it cruise at 23 and at 14 at those speeds. It all depends on the wind and how well traffic is flowing, but I'd say that my mileage is about 11/17. I'm actually inclined to believe that I can eke better mileage out of mine, particularly since it has a high-flow exhaust.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    1996 Ram 3500 4x4 dually, Club Cab, Cummins and 47RE automatic, 3.54 axles (rear limited slip), and OEM-size LT215/85R16E tires on aluminum wheels. Weight with full fluids and just me in it, just under 7000 pounds.


    Best tank: 24.3 mpg at a cruise-controlled 57 mph/1600 rpm for approximately 270 miles, truck was 3 years old. Current average commuting 36 miles each way on 65 mph interstate, around 18 mpg.



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  • well after filling it up for the first time and doing mostly stop and go driveing around the neighboor hood i got 16 mpg. but so far i came to school which is 85 miles away from my house and i used about 1/8 of a tank


    does anyone elses fuel gague jump around alot?
  • I am getting around 19 MPG combined city/highway driving. Worst tank was 17.4 from some cheap fuel in Gulfport, MS and also on the first tank. Best mileage was 21.3 on the highway going to Baton Rouge. It seemed to get around 16 MPG in city driving, but haven't run a full tank in city only driving.


    2004 Dodge 2500 Quad Cab, CTD, 48RE auto, 3.73 gears (can't get the 3.54 gears anymore), 2000 RPM@70MPH.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    no hemi numbers.
  • Is your Cummins an early '04 or the '04.5 as it's called? Is it 4WD? I'm looking at getting one, but have heard that the newer ('04.5 & '05s) trucks get worse mileage than the older '03s and '04s. Any more info would be helpful for me to decide. Thanks.
  • Just curious to know what kind of MPGs people are seeing on the '05 Ram 2500 w/Cummins. I've heard they get a couple less than the older lower torque engines. I can't seem to find an '03 or '04, so I might go with a new one.
  • 2003 Hemi/5 speed auto, 3.92/2 wheel drive Quad Cab. Just over 20,000 miles. Average MPG over the 20,000 miles 14.2MPG. Worse tank 10.8MPG, sub zero weather.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    local scuttlebutt (new england) is avg of 9.

    we have lots of hills, traffic, and maybe leadfoots.
  • I bought my 2004 1500 regular cab, short bed, 4x4 with the Hemi and 20" wheels in January 2004.


    I average 10.1 mpg around town and 13 mpg on the highway. 2000 rpm at 65 mph.


    The gas mileage is horrible. However, I like the truck.
  • mrbillmrbill Posts: 31
    Quiet in this thread, but I thought I'd post my latest numbers to see if anyone had current numbers as well. Refresher: 2004 QC, 1500 Hemi, Laramie (all the toys), 17in wheels, tow package. on second oil change - mobile one full synthetic and K&N filter. I currently burn mid grade (89) but have tried low (87); and she behaves nicely on low grade but I have heard best performance from mid. 10500 miles from approx 80 percent highway commute driving conditions.
    Ok the numbers from last fill up.. computer reports best average 18.5 highway, and my calculations at the pump basically agree, but I see it definitely drop when in town conditions of course.
    Bottom line I am happy with the overall mileage for the engine and weight. It IS a truck after all, not a Geo.
    Others out there reporting mileage??
    Best reguards, Ahasher
  • I have a 2500 4x4 QC Hemi. The best mileage I have ever had is 13.5 going downhill with tailwind, behind a semi. LOL I didnt buy it for the gas mileage, but I have 2 other dodges, a durango 4x4 4.7 and a 1500 QC 4.7. Both have never gotten over 15 mpg. I dont know how to get better mileage out of the HEMI. Does anyone know of anything to get better mileage?
  • ezshift5ezshift5 West coastPosts: 853
    ..have doubts.....

    but on a recent trip from Las Vegas - Northern CA (via 6200+ elevation Tonopah, Fallon, Reno thence North on 395 thru Susanville to Mount Shasta.....) Rain, snow......(and we seldom dropped below 75) Left Pahrump at 0540. Arr in Shasta 3:50!!

    Dodge Ram 2500 V-10/automatic/4WD (2 folks: no trailer: no load)) Fourteen MPG consistent..ez..
  • I have a 2004.5 Dodge 2500 4X4 Cummins HO 600 with a 4.10 rear end. On the highway without towing my window trailer I can get 22 MPG @ 65 MPH. Towinf my trailer, whether loaded or empty, I get 13 MPG both on and off the highway. I was thinking about getting a Banks Engineering Six-gun chip for it but unsure if it would be worth the $758.00 price tag. Any ideas anyone? Thanks
  • Recently ran from San Jose, CA to Vancouver, WA on I 5. Truck bed was loaded up and covered. Cab was full as well. We averaged 17.4.
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Recently road shotgun in a 2005 RAM, 4.7 two-wheel drive with 22K on it. The 290 mile trip averaged 17.3 MPG. The driver used cruise control about 45% of the time, and highway average speed was 65 MPH.

  • I average 75-85mph, like the acceleration of the turbo, and see 16.5-18mpg. If I slow to blue-hair speeds I can easily get 19-21mpg. I found that I only get 11mpg doing a century, but don't tell anybody....
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    I'm at 1200 miles now, and I'm seeing numbers around 18-20 for highway cruising in the 57-67 mph range. Once we get off winter-mix diesel, I expect another 5-10% increase.

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  • i was j/w which would get better gas milage and would be more pratcle for just throughing a few dirtbikes in the back a few times a week
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