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  • I just turned 6000 miles on my '02 Quad Cab and I'm trying to decide if I should start using synthetic oil. I have the 4.7L, 3:55 locking, 4WD, and the tow package. My towing is light, ~2000 lbs, but I'm trying to find info on the long term benefits of synthetic fluids. I will change my own oil if I go to syn and probably increase the duration to 5000 miles. Is this the right direction? Your comments will be appreciated.
    Thanks in advance
  • brnzbk...............I also have an 02 QuadCab 4.7, 3:55 but with 2WD. I waited to switch to Mobil 1 until 9200 miles (now have 9750 mi). I did this since our engines take a while to break in and I didn't want any low friction oil interfering with rings seating etc.. I tow as well and under "severe" conditions is where the synthetic really shines since it is supposedly good (and clean) to 400 degrees. I have never used Mobil 1 before but have many friends who swear by it, especially over the long haul. Hope they're right since it is twice the cost. Regarding intervals I'll go by my 3,500 mile rule as a "general" but will check color on the dipstick to see how well this oil stays clean. Perhaps I can get 5,000 miles between changes but I'm new to this as well and will keep a close eye on the color. By the way I think a bonus from using this stuff is that your gas mileage may increase slightly. Hope this helps.
  • My ABS and Brake Lights in my dash came on while driving. I drove another 200 miles or so to get home and didnt notice any problems. My truck is a 1999 Dodge diesel 2500 with towing pkg. I was towing a 28ft 5th wheel at the time.
    FG
  • eharri3eharri3 Posts: 645
    Kind of whimsical, but Ive been wondering about this for awhile and I saw another Ram that remidned me of it today. Why on god's earth would a manufacturer create a bug, bulging, big-rig-inspired,testosterone oozing macho-mobile like the Ram and then offer it in pink?>
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Well, I don't see pink listed in the Dodge truck brochure.

    Anyway, ugly or not RAM sales in the month of August 2002 were 44% above the same month in 2001, while Ford was up 4.7% and GM was up 6.8%.

    RAM is up 13.7% YTD, while Ford is down 4% and GM is down 1.7%.

    Dusty
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,232
    Am I the only one here that's driven one of the new 1-tons? Awesome is the only word. They had a couple 3/4 tons with 5.7L Hemi's as well but I was in a bit of a hurry. Might go back to drive one this weekend. I think I'm going to wait until spring to replace my current diesel.

    BTW, someone was mentioning high mileage rams a few posts back. My uncle went looking for a cheaper pickup just to use for local hauling and came across a '97 2wd Reg. Cab 5.9L with 295,000 miles. It has all the papers and the guy was very maticulous about maintenance and taking care of the truck. It honestly looks new except for some stone chips here and there. He had the following repairs: starter 155K, water-pump 190K, fuel pump 210K, rebuilt tranny 250K. The guy bought an identical truck, but an '02 model. My uncle decided to buy the truck because it was so nice even though he was shopping for a beater. I also checked out a '98 1-ton cummins box truck with 580K miles. Cummins was rebuilt at 400K but that was the only thing listed on the auction sticker. Looked like it had 580K miles but really wasn't too bad. I thought about buying it to haul hay, but it was too hot and the auction was going way to slow:)
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Two fellows from work who have decided to buy the Dodge RAM told me yesterday that they've yet to see a 2003 around here (Rochester, NY). In fact, RAM selection has been less than good since May. My local dealer had a lot of Quads in the begining, but by April they were about half-and-half Quads and conventional cabs. Now Quad inventory is way, way down and its been that way for awhile.

    Dusty
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    dealeship where in live (south dakota) has been getting a slow-steady stream of '03 quad cabs in...but so far the heavies have only been equipped with the cummins. he also only has a few '02s left. there has definitely been an
    upswing in ram sales in the past month or so based just on his inventory...
  • eharri3eharri3 Posts: 645
    I have seen several pink Rams, no lie. Not the 2002 or later model but the earlier 93-2001 model. In fact one had 'It's raining men' blaring from the radio.
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    .....was spotted at Marina Dodge in Webster, New York today. This was a white 2500 4x4 Quad with the diesel engine and an eight-foot box.

    Gee, that thing was long!

    Dusty
  • There seems to be a considerable amount of confusion with the available/future engines in the Dodge Ram. Here's a brief overview. The last generation of Rams were available with the last generation of Chrysler Magnum engines, namely the 3.9L V6 (175HP), 5.2L V8 (230HP)(318Ci), 5.9L V8 (245HP) (360Ci), 8.0L V10 (488Ci). ALL of these motors are completely OUTDATED, overpolluting, and underpowered relative to the competition. They are slowly being phased out and replaced by the new generation of Magnum and Magnum-HEMI motors. In their places are the 3.7L V6 (210HP), 4.7L V8 (235HP), 4.7L HO V8 (265HP), 5.7L V8 (345HP). As of right now, the 3.9L V6 and 5.2L V8 are history, the 5.9L is still available in the Ram 1500 through the first quarter of 2003. The 5.7L HEMI will debut in the Ram 1500 OffRoad edition in January and will be phased into the rest of the lineup as the 5.9L is phased out. The 4.7L HO will not be available in the Rams for at least another year. The 5.7L will also be the base motor in the 2500/3500HD models along with the 5.9L Cummins/Cummins HO Diesels and the carryover 8.0L V10. As for the V10 there are three possible scenarios, 1) they keep it as is and slowly phase it out; 2) they upgrade to the new 8.3L version as found in the 2003 Viper; 3) they drop it and replace it with the rumoured (and much more powerful) 6.1L HEMI (based on the 5.7L design).

    This new generation of motors will have a number of versions as they will show up in the next generation of LH models codenamed LX (ie: 300M, Intrepid, Concorde - renamed the New Yorker). These cars will be available with the 3.5L V6, 4.7L V8 and in some instances the 5.7L HEMI (ie: the new 300M). These cars will be rear drive and will have some Mercedes parts incl. transmissions, stability aids, electronics...

    As an aside: the old generation of Magnum engines (3.9L/5.2L/5.9L) will still be offered on the Dodge Ram Vans and Wagons until the vehicles are eliminated sometime next year; the old 3.9L V6 and 5.9L V8 will still be offered on the Dakota until it's redesign in a year or so.
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Although not specific to the RAM, or Dodge for that matter, the link below will take you to a chart that lists the chang over dates for the various North American assembly plants.


    http://www.autonews.com/files/prodchangeover.pdf


    Dusty

  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    I think you may mean a "rich purple", not pink. Rams were offered in Amethyst a couple of years ago. If the sun hits them just right, they might look pink or lavender.

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  • eharri3eharri3 Posts: 645
    Though that color must kill a half ton pickup at trade in time.
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    actually, the amethyst was a great colour...and it never once looked pink to me no matter if i saw it on a 300m or ram...
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Okay. I think I know the color now. I don't remember ever seeing this color on a RAM, but there are a couple of Dakota's around here in that color. They're both owned by ladies.

    From a product marketing standpoint, it probably doesn't hurt to increase the market appeal to women since they do buy a fair amount of automobiles, including trucks. Actually, I know two other ladies that have commented positively on that color. And now that I think about it, of the women that I know or know of that own trucks, half (6) are driving Dakotas!

    Dusty
  • I OWN A 2500 RAM WITH QUAD CAB 8FT BED AUTO TRANS 360 ENGINE AND 410 GEARS. IT HAS 800 MILES. SINCE DAY ONE IT MADE A VIBRATING NOISE AND THE FLOOR EVEN VIBRATES FROM 60 MPH ON UP. THE SVC MGR AT THE DEALER SAID THIS IS NORMAL FOR A 2500. HE ALSO SAID IF I HAD 355 GEARS IT WOULD NOT START DOING IT UNTIL 70 MPH. HE CALLED IT A DRONE NOISE. I CANNOT FIND ANY 2500 OWNERS WITH THE SAME TRUCK FROM A DIFFERENT YEAR WITH THIS PROBLEM. BY THE WAY MY TRUCK IS A 2002. PERSONALLY, I THINK IT IS COMING FROM THE DRIVE SHAFT. I GUESS I AM GOING TO HAVE TO CALL DODGE DIRECT. I AM OBVIOUSLY NOT GOING TO JUST LIVE WITH THIS. IF ANYONE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT IS CAUSING THIS DRONE OR WHO TO CALL TO GET DODGE TO FIX THIS I WOULD APPRECIATE IT. THANKS.
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,232
    have you tried rotating the tires. Possibly a bad tire right from the start. I bought a Tacoma once that had 3 out of 4 brand new tires that were bad. They wobbled on the machine if you watched it, but they would balance fine otherwise. But it's more likely only one tire so rotating might help you figure out which one it is. If your truck came with the Goodyear RT/S it's very likely a tire problem, as I've not had much luck with those on any vehicle (that was what was on the Tacoma).
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    ............I could make on a 2003 RAM Quad 2WD?

    The total factory invoice price is $28,985.

    This would be a cash deal, no trade.

    Thanks in advance,
    Dusty
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Dusty, shoot for a few hundred over. Dodge is increasing production on Rams for 2003, and they'll want to keep product moving.


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  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    dusty,

    if you have enough time to order a truck...do that. i've gotten several vehicles for very near invoice or even below when ordering. if you go armed with invoice pricing, etc...they usually don't balk to much.
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    KC & Emale,

    It looks like prices of 2003 RAMs went up. I went to the Dodge website last night and I think they are about $400 higher than last year, by quick look.

    Yes, Dodge is raising RAM production by about 85,000 units this year from what I read with 2003 production capability of around 480,000 total. Whether this will equate to lower prices may have to be seen. Dodge sales in the northeast have been quite good in 2002, and I heard that Dodge RAM is #2 in Maine.

    My perception of ordering a vehicle has always been that you'll pay more than taking dealer stock. After all, when you order a vehicle it's above their yearly buying plan and its a unit that's already sold. I would think there'd be less motivation to deal. But, maybe I'm wrong.

    Appreciate the ideas, thanks.

    Dusty
  • xyz71xyz71 Posts: 179
    My experience is - it depends

    If dealer has 5 of something that have been on the lot for a while - and its the end of the month - you can get a great deal -

    But

    I have ordered a truck and paid less than invoice. Some dealers see this as easy money - they do not tie up any capital / no bank loan to pay interest on.
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,232
    Many dealers use their hold-back for floor-planning. If a unit is ordered, there is minimal cost involved in getting that unit out the door so the hold-back becomes much more actual profit. But if they have several similar units that have been sitting around, you can bet they would rather move one of them and be done with it. Plus salemen themselves are usually more anxious to sell what they have because they get the commission now. I've been to some big city dealers and the salesmen don't want anything to do with ordering, because there's a good chanced they won't be there next week, let alone 8 weeks out when the vehicle arrives.
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    Dusty.. Seems to me you've gotten some solid advice here. I was out driving/pricing new Rams over the past several weeks. While I turned down a very good deal on a 4WD Quad Cab SLT (2002 leftover) in late August because of impending back surgery; I'm looking again. While I'm attracted to a 4WD Quad Cab, I can't deny the price and content benefit of going with a 2WD. I'm in eastern PA, and while we do get snow--it hasn't been as heavy or longlasting as when I was younger.
    I just drove a very modestly equipped 2WD Regular Cab ST (4.7, 5sp Auto, Anti-spin Dif, Cloth seats, Convenience group, etc.). It was a nice "work" truck that wouldn't have killed me as a daily driver. The good news is that it stickered for 21295.00 and I could have taken it off the lot for 19000.00 and low interest financing or about 18000.00 and my own financing or cash. Any price in the vicinity of 2200-2800 below MSRP is reasonable for a 2003.
    If you do order--or attempt too--be certain to spec it on-line at the Dodge site and print the results--also take the MSN Carpoint and Kelly Blue Book printouts which compare MSRP and invoice. That should encourage them to be truthful.. Thoughts from the gang?
  • I am looking for ways to boost performance on my ram. I found a cool air intake made by Volant for 2002 rams with 4.7L block, but I cannot find any information on it. Also found a jet chip but can't find anyone who used one.

    Does anyone have any ideas?
  • I would give this a try. I haven't bought one yet, but am soon.


    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1854643380&rd=1


    You can email the guy directly if your interested

  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    I just scanned the link. This item can't be a "homespun" unit--I'd think it's a kit commercially available--but I don't see any identifying information. Anyone find the manufacturer supplier??? Sound off!
  • usaf52usaf52 Posts: 70
    My son just bought a 2002 quad SB 2500 with the 5.9 engine. he says he gets a mild vibration/drone at about 61 MPH. Service looked it over, test drove it, etc. They increased the tire pressure which was low, but my son says the drone is still there. As the previous poster mentioned, my son can also feel the vibration in the floor.
  • I haven't seen these anywhere else, except on eBay for sale by that guy.

    I work (play) all day on the net, and search all the time, I haven't found it anywhere else.

    I think he made it himself, I am pretty sure its a homemade item.
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