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  • I have decided to buy a dodge quad cab, but do I go for the 1500 with the V8 or do I get the 2500 with the cummins, in the long run which will be the best, I do plan to keep the truck for at least 10 years
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516

    Depends on your plans. If you're going to tow or occasionally fill the bed, go fro the 2500 Cummins. If it's simply a family car replacement, you'll be more comfortable ith the 1500 V8. Both will go 10 years as long as they are properly maintained.
  • dave40dave40 Posts: 582
    What are the 0to60 and 1/4 mile times and speeds for the 5.9 and the V-10 and the diesel on a regular cab long bed 3/4 ton ?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    the times you want on the diesel can be found in the current issue of Open Road (Winter 98/99).
  • Help Ram Owners,
    Have owned our New 98 1500 quad-cab a mear 2 weeks and are already doing battle with the dealership. Our problem is that while driving down the road with our seatbelts on, the seatbelt light comes on and our belts lock in place, you can't move until you unbuckle it. Then you can't put it back on because it's still locked. It's an intermittment problem. Has anyone had this problem and gotten it fixed?
  • Good advice from Kcram, however not sure why you are comparing the v-8 to the cummins. They are for and serve completely different functions. Best advice I can give (after reading through all the postings on this topics myself and recently ordering my truck) take the time to research the various options to meet your wants and needs. Read through all these postings and those in diesel vs gas topic. Then go out and test drive them all....... Then make your decision.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    No half-ton can really do much in the way of hauling. If you use the SAE standard of 150 lbs per human, a Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 with the 360 V8 has a resulting payload of just 800 pounds if the truck has a driver and 2 passengers in it (which is certainly not out of the realm of possibility with a Quad). People who own slide-in campers are almost required to get a 1 ton dually, because witn people and equipment, it's the only truck with enough actual payload to hold the darn thing.
  • bigmaxbigmax Posts: 11
    z man don't forget to order limited slip to help you up the boat launch.
  • drjfgdrjfg Posts: 1
    Hi. I am new here today. I own a 96 Cummins and am going to get a 99, but am torn between the F250 and the Ram 2500 , both quad cabs and 4X4. I pull a boat (7000#) and want diesel. When not pulling I prefer the auto transmission for around town. How reliable are the new 99's in this regard? I have also heard of breakdown in the front end due to the weight of the diesel. Any truth to this?
    Does anyone know of a place to price Canadian trucks on the internet to take an invoice tothe dealer as I have read above.
  • BrutusBrutus Posts: 1,113

    I could be wrong, but I don't think the manual trans has anything to do with the low tow rating in a F-150 with the 4.6L. The tow limitations of the truck are the 1/2 ton (vs 3/4 or 1), the axle ratio, and the engine size. What is the tow rating on a F-250LD with the 5.4L and the 3.73 with the same manual tranny? If it's more, as we know it is, it would seem that that the tranny isn't the limiting factor.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516

    Unfortunately, the tow ratings are as follows:

    F150 RC 4x2 (all w/ 3.55 axle)
    4.2/man 3600
    4.6/man 3500
    4.2/auto 5800
    4.6/auto 7200
    5.4/auto 8300

    F250 Rc 4x2 (al w/3.73 axle)
    4.6/man 2500
    4.6/auto 7300
    5.4/auto 8700

    The manual is not available with the 5.4 on the F150 or F250LD.

    Dodge Ram numbers are this:

    1500 RC 4x2 (all w/3.55 axle)
    3.9/man 3400
    5.2/man 5000
    3.9/auto 3200
    5.2/auto 8000
    5.9/auto 8000

    Dodge does not offer a light duty 2500 comparable to the F250LD.

    Clearly, from these numbers, no one wants you to tow with a light duty (under 8500 GVWR) truck with a stick. In contrast, Dodge's best tower is the 2500 4x2 with the Cummins/manual combo - 14,200 trailer rating.
  • jmwtxjmwtx Posts: 4
    Any comments on the Ram 1500 3.9L V6? Is this configuration underpowered? What about resale value? Texas has a big discount for this engine, so I would guess they are having a tough time selling it. Thanks.
  • I have a few questions. I am looking at the new 99 dodge pickups, my dad says for me to wait on the diesel so I am looking at the v-10 and 360 v-8 both will have the 5 spd manual and 3.54 axle. With each of these engine what kind of Mileage am I looking at? I am also considering a jacobs ignition system for both vehicles. Thanks for your time.

    Sean Wolff
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516

    The 3.9 is pretty useless. It's heavily discounted because a Ram with it is underpowered. The upcoming 3.7L OHC V6 (based on the 4.7 V8 currently in the Grand Cher) will be much more powerful, and is supposed to be ready for model year 2000.
  • jmwtxjmwtx Posts: 4
    kcram, thanks for the info; that's what I suspected; the regional discount is about $1300 for the V6; is the 5.2L V8 OK?
  • If you want to use the truck for just hauling your family around (with your previous 3.9L question I assume you do) the 5.2 is PLENTY. The mileage with a 3.9 is almost identical as the 5.2 becuase it has to work so damn hard to push that beast around. A 3.9 has it's place but not in the RAM (thanx Kcram). Drive the 5.2 and the 5.9. The mileage is only 1-2 mpg different. The 360 really hauls butt. My buddy has a 1996 Ram 4x4 reg cab short box with the 360 and he gets 15 on the highway. Not overly fuel efficient, but if fuel economy is what you want whaddya getting a truck for??? Lesson to live by...If you're getting a truck, get a TRUCK! after the last payment's made you'll still have something...more than you can say for ANY car.
  • I just read my above post....MAN I'M GOOD!
  • jmwtxjmwtx Posts: 4
    Katmandu, which one is the 360?
  • stanfordstanford Posts: 606
    The 5.9. Figure ~60 cubic inches per liter.
  • ruzruz Posts: 59
    This topic is getting really long, so I'm going to freeze it and start a new Dodge Ram topic.

    The new Ram topic is topic #460, Dodge Ram.
  • looking to get a 99 3/4 quad cab cummins long bed and I want the best price I can get...has anybody heard anything about a 99 over invoice in Southern California?
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