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  • I've spent a great deal of time spec'ing out my new '99 Ram 1500, quad cab. I am undecided on 2 or 4 wheel drive. An option available is "Anti-spin differential axle"...I'm somewhat of a neophyte...what is this? Does it make a normal 2 wheel drive much better in the snow? The extra 3 grand for 4 wheel is a big hit if I don't need it.
  • mharde2mharde2 Posts: 278
    Well, I just received another recall on my 98 Ram 24V. This one is for an adjustment on the engine control module to reduce emissions. I certainly hope this isn't going to affect performance. I havn't had the other recalls done yet. Maybe I will wait until I get a half dozen or so. That shouldn't take long at the rate they are coming in. This is starting to concern me a little....
  • dpaddpad Posts: 1
    1998 Qud Cab Sport 4x4 one year old 20,000 miles and on my sixth set of front brakes and third set of rear. I pull a 16ft trailer at about 4500 lbs. I get about 9 mpg and they tell me its my fault for towing to much. Time to give it back !!!!
  • Tom, The antispin diff will help you in the snow by providing power to the opposite wheel if one starts to slip. I got it on my quad cab and have already left a smokin two wheel burn out, some fun!

    dpad, sounds like you tow and drive a lot. I would expect around 9 mpg towing a trailer like that. I would expect one change in pads while towing that big a trailer around for 20,000 miles but not six. Dont feel too bad, out toyota camry went through three sets of brakes in two years. What exactly is going wrong with your brakes? So, I can keep a look out for on my truck .
  • I assume your quad is two wheel drive? If so, I think I can get away from the four wheel "hit"...appreciate the info...
  • sam31sam31 Posts: 1
    Just got back from dealers to have latest recall done for emissions and mine had the latest software no update needed and mine runs great.
  • I just got a recall for the emissions change to the engine control module for my 98 Cummins 24V. What exactly will they change and what effect on performance will there be? So far it runs great.
  • 606zp606zp Posts: 57
    I had my emissions recall done on Tuesday. I can't tell any difference in performance. I did the 0-60 test tonite @ 11.8 sec. I'm current now with four recalls.
  • Blong1Blong1 Posts: 17
    Thanks for the hint on the Protect all. I too have a Black Ram that is only 2 months old. I have been accused of being to careful but yet the black shows the scratches. Seems to have a little cloudy look also. I have been using Maguires (2 coats) but perhaps it is time to change. Looks great on not so bright days but terrible in the bright sun.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    I also have a solid black Ram. Have observed two things. Turtle Wax doesn't shine as well, but lasts forever; Meguiars, has a fabulous shine, but it wears off quickly.
  • If anyone can figure this out ya got more reasoning power than me. I just had the Nox recall done and I felt the power was up a bit. 0-60 in 12.37 seconds.......40-60 in 6.06 seconds. OK great! I had to make a run up to Big Bear Lake this morning and I decided to top off my tank for a mileage test. I had only 30.8 miles of around town driving with a few on the freeway. The trip to Big Bear Lake was 116.0 and the return trip was 137.3 the difference being from were I filled up to my cabin and back past the fill-up point then back to my starting point.

    The results.........30.8 of city driving took 3.97 gallons = 7.76 MPG.

    116.0 to BBL took 7.549 gallons = 15.37 MPG.

    137.3 miles from BBL to home took 6.47 gallons 21.22 MPG

    Now one might reason that the drive up the mountain was the difference but it cruised up the road like the climb didn't exist. From the bottom of the mountain to Big Bear Lake is 30 miles and if you subtract that from the 137.3 you get 107.4 divided by the 6.47 gallons it took to get home the result is 16.58 MPG.

    Previously I got 17 to 18 mpg empty on the freeway.

    The Nox recall was the third I've had done. After the 2nd recall, the run away engine speed thing,
    my around town mileage seemed to be down a couple mpg. I can't determine that much about the mpg empty as I have 23,000 miles on the truck, 22,000 of which had a load on it. Hauling my slide-in camper and occasionally towing a trailer with an atv an jet ski on it. The total weight of everything including the truck is right at 13,000 pounds. Loaded and towing I only got 12 to 13.5 or so. Power was good though.

    My truck is a 1998 D3500 24 valve 4X4 with automatic and the 3.54 rear end.

    Does any of this make any sense?

    Help me think!!!
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Foirst of all,m there's nothing wrong with your results. You're going to get better fuel economy downhill because your right foot isn't in it.

    Second, why are you subtracting 30 miles from your return trip, but still using the same fuel amount figure? That's like saying you drove 200 miles and used just 10 gallons for 20 mpg, but if you subtract 30 miles, you only got 17 mpg. You can't compare different mile totals with the same amount of fuel. If you're going to subtract the 30 miles from the lake to the bottom of the mountain, you need to know how much fuel you used during those 30 miles and subtract that from the 6.47 gallons as well.
  • DmatDmat Posts: 43
    Check this out, I just started building it this weekend.

    I'm offering super deals for everyone on Edmunds, pass the word if you know anyone who wants to order.

    Matt D
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    DaimlerChrysler is not wasting any time on DayOne with announcements and projections. Is a Super Duty Ram in your future? Click here:
  • stanfordstanford Posts: 606
    Only problem:

    Indeed, at least one analyst says DaimlerChrysler already intends to introduce such a pickup, based on the next-generation full-sized Dodge pickup platform, in model-year 2003.

    One of the nice things about the F-SD is that it shares very little with the F150 platform. Its going to be interesting though -- that's about when my F350 may be due to be replaced... I wonder if they'll finally offer a Crew Cab?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    MY2003 also matches with Cummins' plans. The Cummins rep at the Dodge Ram area of the NY Auto Show this past spring told me the next redesign of the 5.9 will be the summer of 2002. Coincidence?
  • My son is thinking of buying a '98 Dodge Ram 4/WD Pickup, extended cab, diesel, 3/4 ton. Would like opinions of those who have the vehicle. Do you feel like the dealers negotiate on this vehicle, or is this a "hot" vehicle on which dealers do not negotiate very much? Also, owners of older Ram 4/WD diesel's, are they realiable?
  • So you like your v-10. Glad to hear it. I'm still trying to decide 24V or v-10. Not many 8.0L owners out there and you definitely can't find one on the lot to test out. From all the discussion it seems the 10 is gonna win. Do you do any towing (fifth wheeling)? Did you compare the ford and dodge V-10's? What turned you off about ford? Sure does seem to be a lot of satisfied ford SD v-10's out there, but I don't like their torque curve compare to the 8.0L... Any other insight on what else to consider. I'm just about set on the quad cab, 4X4, short bed, 3.54 LS (better milage and the towing capacity is the same), auto, with the V-10.... Looks like I'm in the same market for what you bought.
  • panmanpanman Posts: 25
    I have a white quad cab. My dealer told me not to wax it because wax would eat away at the coating. I've had it since June and water still beads up on the truck. Has anybody else heard anything like this?
  • My boyfriend just went out and bought himself a 1998 extended cab dodge pick-up. I'm worried about his recent decision because I've heard some pretty bad things about the transmissions. If you know anything about this, could you let me know. Oh yeah, is there anything else I should be concerned with?
  • arazaraz Posts: 27
    Wow, now I know why my RAM 1500 was $5,000 cheaper than a comparable Ford. That's what it'll
    cost me to keep it running.
  • mharde2mharde2 Posts: 278
    Liana, Don't worry about the transmission. They have made some improvements on the new ones. I havn't heard any bad reports on the 97s & 98s.
  • I'm just beginning to look for a new P/U. Right now I have my eye on a 2500 4x4 SLT Quad Cab with the cummins engine. I have two questions. Does anyone have a guess at the gas mileage? And will short trips shorten the life? It is only 15 miles to work.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    I have a larger rig than what you're shopping for - click on my name link to see the configuration. Depending on my right foot, I get anywhere from 15 to 22 mpg. Short trips will not shorten the life as long as you get the engine up to operating tem. I'm only 6 miles from work myself. It's the maintenance that will make or break the engine's life expectancy. Take care of the Cummins by the book, and it will outlast the rest of the truck.
  • DmatDmat Posts: 43
    I don't know if you knew this, but if you took the Cummins out of the truck, it would pull a whopping 20,000 lbs. The restricting factor, for the most part, are the breaks.

    BTW if a V configuration works better in a Diesel, why don't big rigs (Mack, Peterbuilt, Volvo...) use the idea.

    Matt D

    P.S. The site is completely up and running now :)
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516

    Actually, the most restricting factor is the transmission. If you uprate the 47RE with a high output torque converyter and a shift kit, you can run the 600 lb-ft version of the Cummins with no problems whatsoever. I know a few people who have done this, and they say their Rams can pull a house down now.
  • swaine..I have the 99 version of the truck you're considering and it's the best vehicle I have ever owned. I stopped next to a guy who was pulling 18,000# with an automatic. I wouldn't do it but if you get in tune with your truck I think you'll not have any problems. If I were buying for pulling 6000#, I would buy a stick.
  • RichinKsRichinKs Posts: 416
    Hoping to go to my local Dodge dealer tomorrow. Have been waiting for the chevy 3/4 ton so I can compare but have ran out of patience. ... Planning to look at a 3/4 ton quad cab 4x4, V10, auto, 4.10 rear, for pulling a fifth wheel. Have been looking on the net for tow ratings for pulling a fifth wheel without success. Am guessing will be in excess of 13,000 pounds. I hope the dealer will be able to answer this. Anyone know of a site? ..... Also CarPoint pricer forces me to take leather seat if I select power seats. Dodge pricer does not. Anyone know? ..... Also considering the auxiliary rear suspension group (Extra springs and rear sway bar). Will this help much with towing vs solo ride? Any other suggestion that are not obvious etc? Rich
  • zpookzpook Posts: 7
    I'm comparing the Dodge 1500 with the 5.2 to the Ford F-150 with the 4.6. I want a 5 speed stick. The Ford 5.4 does not offer a stick with this engine. I pull a 18ft. bass boat so I want the bigger motor. My question is has anyone out there had any experience with the Ford and the 4.6 V-8. How does it compare to the Dodge 5.2. I'm going to be buying one or the other in the next few weeks any help would be appreciated. Also, does anyone know a good dealer in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area I live in Arlington.
  • get the dodge with 5.9
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