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  • ladyblueladyblue Posts: 326
    gashog:

    My truck is the same as yours except I have the 5.2L, and now I don't feel so bad - your mileage is worse than mine! Even though I'd like it to be better, though, I'm not REALLY complaining. It is a truck, after all, and I didn't expect economy-car numbers.

    Tell your wife I said "happy trucking." Once she gets used to it, she'll never want to drive anything else. At 5'3" I find it a kick to be that high off the ground. And don't burst her bubble - let her think they're lookin' at her! :-)
  • on gas mileage, i have been staying right at 14.9 now, driving back and forth to work, it's about 12 miles each way. I have a hill thats about 2 miles long each way, and 8 stop lights. i'm sure the cars that are behind me are getting mad, because i dive the speed limit, and take off real slow form the stop lights. i do take the o/d off when i know i will be under 40 miles for any distens. with only 420 miles on "she" i hopping to get to 15.5 after "she" gets broke in. after the 3000 miles of open road, that i will drive over the next two weeks "she" should start RUNNING LIKE A WELL LUBE MACHING. i will let you know how "she" performs!

    SUNNY DAYS AHEAD
  • LohengrinLohengrin Posts: 84
    Heard a lot of people saying that turning the OD off around town helps gas mileage. Why's that?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Lohengrin,

    it keeps the engine in a more efficient spot (rpm-wise). Engines that are installed for heavy trucks always have a third line on the power graph - fuel consumption measured in pounds of fuel per horsepower-hour. This line actually goes down, then back up. Slightly above the torque peak rpm is usually the engine's most efficient rpm. If overdrive has your engine turning too slowly, then yes, you will actually be using more fuel.
  • gashog,

    Glad your enjoying your truck. Thanks for the info on the setting on the climate control panel, was wondering why the air seemed so much colder than what it should be on that setting if it was vented air. I am getting about 12.5 on avg, but I only have 422 mi. on it so far, mostly city driving, so hopefully it'll improve as the truck settles in.
  • rlkruegerrlkrueger Posts: 98
    Well, we traded our 1500 Ram and ordered our new 3500 Duallie/Diesel/Auto/3:55 RE last week, so all that's left to do is wait...
    The question is, what things do I need to pay attention to on this vehicle, especially concerning the diesel? Any advise?

    thanks,
    rk
  • Hello Rammers,

    I have a 98 Ram1500 Club Cab 4x4 wit the 360 V8 Auto. I now have 10,000 miles and the truck is great. I am avg around 13.5-14 cty/hwy. I just bought a boat and have some ?? regarding overdrive and towing:

    My boat is less than 1000 lbs. Should I always tow with o/D off?

    Around town I will surely leave O/D off, but if I am crusing on a flat level highway can I use overdrive? Will I hurt my auto tranny?

    With overdrive off the rpm's are about 500 RPM higher.

    Please comment. Thanks Rich
  • ladyblueladyblue Posts: 326
    I understand why leaving the overdrive off might save gas, but because it comes on automatically when I start the truck, I keep forgetting to shut the &^@! thing off! Why is it designed this way? My Mazda B2000 didn't do that. When you turned it off, it stayed off until YOU turned it back on. My F150 had the o/d that came on when you started up, but I rarely messed with it since my mpg was better with that truck (4.6L vs. 5.2L?) and I only turned the o/d off when climbing hills at low speeds. With my Ram, however, I'm looking for a way to get better mileage. Just wish I didn't have to retrain my brain to hit that little button every time I turn the key.
  • axleaxle Posts: 9
    Picked up new Ram 99 today, eight weeks almost to the day of order.
  • I was out looking for a bug sheild last went to the 4x4 shop, they had one that i whated, but when they went to put it on they fownd that the new 99 Ram sports are differant from last year, I'm going out to check some other out lets to day to see what i can find.

    Landyblue, fownd some Westin nefr bar's last night, and i installed them my self in about a hour, i hope they don't fall off" ha" ha" i did endup paying $303 for them, but they sure make the "she" look goooood!


    SUNNY DAY'S AHEAD

    PS: steel looking for a name for "she"
  • Here are 10 commandments of fuel economy.
    1. remember pre start checks
    2. hold down warm up time
    3. use progressive shifting
    4.use the surrounding terrain to your advantage
    6. keep your speed down
    7. don't shIft too early when climbing grades; plan ahead for downgrades
    8. anticipate slowdowns and stops; learn to coast in gear.
    9. use the highest gear possible at all times
    10. eliminate unnecessary idling.


    intown driving try to stay off the brakes as much as possible, coast to a stop if you can, and try to time the stop lights so you don't have put so much fuel out to get the big lug going again,

    I have 5.9l gas eng. with auto, and last night it hit 15 mpg in town but you have to be thinking about it all the time and looking at the oppertunitys of were you are able to let the weight of the truck get you that extra fuel saveings

    on my 99 SYRAM i have 450 miles

    SUNNY DAY'S AHEAD
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    rk,

    Welcome to the 3500 Club! The single best recommendation I can give you is, follow the heavy duty maintenance schedule in the owner's manual. It seems like a lot of work, and it comes up fairly frequently, too, but my 3500 Cummins has been trouble free for 35 months and 47,000 miles. If you're mechanically inclined, a lot of it can be done in the driveway.
    Other important notes:

    - stick with top-brand parts and fluids. Personally, I only recommend three brands of motor oil: Valvoline/Mopar Premium Blue (what I use exclusively), Shell Rotella, and Chevron DELO - all 15W40. Use only Cummins, Mopar, or Fleetguard filters.

    - find a relaible source of diesel fuel. Many stations sell it, but if it soesn't get sold much, it will become stagnant in the underground tank and develop impurities. Find a station with high truck traffic and a reasonable price, and stick with it. Unless I'm on a road trip, I stick with the same 2 stations. Remember, diesel fuel is an oil (close cousin of home heating oil), and is quite sensitive to outside elements that will stay in suspension.

    - pay close attention to your tire inflation. If you are running empty most of the time, make sure you reduce the pressure in the four back tires. After 3 years, I have discovered a very good "empty truck" inflation of 67psi up front, and 40psi in the 4 rears. As your loads increase, increae the pressure in the 4 rears, but remember to deflate them if you go back to empty for extended periods of time. Get yourself a dually tire gauge and valve cap extensions (the kind you don't have to remove to check pressure) - they are sold at most good auto parts stores, they're about a foot long, and you can easily check the inside tire pressure by sliding the gauge through the wheel holes (make sure they are lined up between the two wheels).

    - spend extra time getting used to the width (if you haven't driven 8-foot-wide vehicles before). The passenger's side mirror on a 3500 is the opposite of almost every other mirror on the road. Usually, the passenger mirror is convex, with the warning "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear". The passenger mirror on a 3500 (unless you got the camper mirrors) are actually a slight magnification, i.e. "objects in mirror are further away than they appear". I use this to my advantage when making right lane changes - if I can see the whole grille of a car in that mirror, I know I have plenty of room to make the change.

    - let the diesel warm up and wind down. Diesels run on heat, not spark plugs, to achieve combustion. It is very important that you give the engine time to warm up sufficiently to avoid smoky exhaust from poorly burned fuel. Also, because it is a turbocharged engine, give it time to "spin down" at idle before shutting it off. Usually 30-60 seconds if it was a short trip, or 2-3 minutes after an extended run. Do NOT rev the engine once you're in park. Shutting off immediately will cause motor oil to burn in the turbine and develop buildup. As you idle, the turbine has time to slow down and the flowing motor oil can dissipate the heat through the rest of the engine preventing this problem.

    If you have other questions, please ask!
  • 4myjob4myjob Posts: 19
    kcram
    Enjoyed reading the diesel tips in your note to rk. I would appreciate any other tips that you might have as this is my first diesel and I want to make sure that I take care of it correctly so that it lasts a good long time. I would be especially interested in cold weather tips (it's still snowing here!!)and any thoughts you have about extended periods of idling (I frequently have to sleep in my truck). Thanks
  • kenckenc Posts: 1
    bought my 1500 5.2 base ram apr98. ran good til nov98 when it began hesitation & spark knock. dealer diagnosis computer foftware, then wire routing (too close to computer) repaired feb99. had to drive for 90 days no courtesy vehicle offered even though i asked. mar99 it died on roadside, customerone care responded quickly, but after a guess diagnosis of fuel pump, dealer took 15 days to get it back to me. again, no courtesy vehicle. also asked to have loose door lock repaired, took 3 trips to get it done. this just the small stuff. truck has 18k, uses 1 qt oil per 3k mi change. dealers and chrysler reps advise they will look at it, but industry standard is 1 qt per 1k mi max, and vehicle is within limits. dealer i purchased truck from indifferent, 2nd dealer i went to very courteous, but not helping, chrysler courteous but not helping, bottom line is no one except me really cares. my 99 tacoma will be here friday. caveat emptor.
  • mharde2mharde2 Posts: 278
    I have a 98 2500 Quad Cab Cummins 24V automatic/3.55. I have around 20,000 on it and need to have it serviced soon.(trans fluid & filter, rear end lube, and fuel filter changed.) I have a couple things that I was going to bring up at that time to be checked out, and wanted to run them by you folks first to see if anyone else has experienced the same. #1. The transmission has always shifted kind of hard from 1st to 2nd. That doesn't really bother me but I thought they might be able to adjust the bands or something to make it smother. #2. I have always had a slight fluid leak from the power steering pump. Has anyone else seen this? Thanks Mike H.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    4myjob,

    Both Cummins and Dodge do not recommend extended idling with this particular engine. The reason being, as it is installed in the Dodge Ram, the Cummins is overcooled - it uses the same radiator as the V10, but there's a lot less engine to cool (359 inch six cylinder vs. 488 inch 10 cylinder). Diesels act almost as heat pumps - because of their efficient combustion, there is very little opportunity for the engine to generate heat, and the fan and radiator will just keep it cooler still. Even in summer stop-and-go traffic, my truck has never exceeded 190 degrees. If you really must idle the truck for a snooze, make sure the grille is covered (including the bumper grilles, except for the topmost inch of grille (that's the intercooler intake). You will also need to change your fluids and filters more often to prevent the effects of breakdown.

    When you are at home, always use the engine block heater if the temperature will stay below 40 degrees. Cummins recommends it below 40 and requires it below 10 degrees. If you're in a location where you can't plug in, firing the engine heater grid twice can help (turn key to On, but not Start - wait for "Wait To Start" light to go out, turn key to Off, then On again and cycle the "Wait to Start" light a second time before cranking). Also, be sure and use an anti-gel if the temp stays below 32 degrees - this will keep the diesel fuel from gelling in the tank.

    If either you or rk have anything else, please ask!
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    mharde,

    I wouldn't worry too much about a firm shift - it's the slushy shift that needs attention. When you have your trans serviced, they should check and adjust the bands along with changing the fluid, filter, and gasket - this should return your trans to "like new" condition.

    No steering pump leak here - definitiely bring that to their attention. Only leak I ever had was a rear seal at around 40K miles that they took care of at the trans service - free of charge, no less.
  • mharde2mharde2 Posts: 278
    Thanks kram....
  • cagecage Posts: 1
    I trying to decide which to buy a Dodge or a Cheverolet pick-up. Can somebody help me decide which is better?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    cage,

    Honest answer: no, we can't.

    Here's why. Only you will know how comfortable you are behind the wheel, how easy the controls are to reach, how the engines and transmissions respond to your way of driving. The appearance is extremely opinionated; since I am a "hardcore trucker" (only had 1 car in my life), I liked the big-rig look of the Ram. If you're more of a traditional/conservative, you might like the tamer lines of the Chevy better.

    Best advice - go drive them both and make the call yourself. Physically, both trucks will do exactly what you want them to in terms of load carrying and towing. Price is definitely competitve. It's the "personal debatables" that will make the difference.
  • rlkruegerrlkrueger Posts: 98
    kcram,
    Thankyou for your good advice. I've never ordered a vehicle before, and the waiting seems like the hardest part of this whole purchase. It also is the first time I have used the information found in Edmunds to assist in the purchase negotiation. It worked very well. As a point of interest, I received the Edmunds Fair Market Trade-In value for my 94 Ram, and purchased the new one for 2% over dealer invoice. Dealer invoice, I was surprised to find, was exactly as quoted by Edmunds save for the advertising costs, which Edmunds did include as an unknown.
    It was an interesting experience. It was so much easier to go into a dealership with all the numbers, and tell them what I was willing to sign for, rather than go through the traditional haggling myself and others have had to do in the past. I ended up peddling the same deal to three dealers, and although each new I was working with two other dealers, I never shared another dealers quote among any of them. Our only requirement was that they be a five-star dealership, as I don't want "on the job training" going on using my truck as todays "lesson plan".
    As a observation from both myself and my wife, it was humorous to observe the reactions by one dealer who was surprised, to say the least, at the accuracy of our numbers. We thought we were being questioned by the FBI at one point, as they were very suspicious at where we "obtained" this information. Welcome to the 20th Century folks...
    All in all, it was a pleasant experience, and I am chomping at the bit to get that all-important phone call. Especially to you, kcram, thankyou for your help.

    rk
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    rk,

    You're very welcome!

    I found when I ordered my 3500 three years ago, dealers were beginning to recognize the advantages of customers who were armed with information. The sales rep that I \eventually made the order with had told me a few months earlier, he had been at a Chrysler sales training seminar where internet and other electronic means of shopping were thoroughly discussed. He then went back to his sales manager and said, "any requests that come in by mail, fax, or e-mail - I want!" He said people who are armed with this kind of information are ready to buy, and generally know what they can spend. It cut down on his time determining what kind of vehicle they want, test driving various types, and haggling over $$. My order consisted of 1 letter, 1 fax, and just 30 minutes on a Saturday morning to sign the papers.
  • 4myjob4myjob Posts: 19
    cage
    The Silverado has gotten some excellent reviews and I did stop to look at them before I had firmly decided on the Ram. Unfortunately for Chevy, they do not have a quad-cab. They do have a third door, but it is located on the passenger side. I didn't look any farther than that. That was something that I knew that I could not live with.
  • billgiffbillgiff Posts: 16
    I own a 98 RAM 1500 with the 318, in the very cold weather the OD does not work, have been told twice by the dealer this is the way it is supposed to be. Found a TSB 21-06-97A issued Dec 97.
    Can anyone tell me what the contents of the TSB are, the title is (Overdrive Unavailable in Extreme Cold Temps)
  • panmanpanman Posts: 25
    Is anyone having a problem with a "humming" noise in the dash when accelerating between 20-30 mph and holding the gas pedal at a constant position? It sounds like the motor reverberation is creating some kind of harmonic resonance with something in the dash. The dealer says that he doesn't hear anything but it can't be missed so I wonder if it's just something that most Ram's do. The noise quits if you move the gas pedal or go above 35 mph but will start again if you then hold the gas pedal constant in a certain position.
  • rlkruegerrlkrueger Posts: 98
    panman,
    Assuming you have eliminated the speedometer cable, I had exactly the same problem. I even had to take the service manager for a ride to make a believer out of him on this one. Regardless of the speed, as soon as you backed off the accelerator so the engine was under no load, the noise appeared. We initially thought it was a bearing in the auto transmission, but the service manager had the mechanic go into the engines computer and "reloaded" the program, or so he said, and the problem has disappeared. I couldn't believe it myself, as I would have bet it was mechanical. Go figure...

    rk
  • panmanpanman Posts: 25
    Thanks rk. It looks like I am going to have to take someone for a ride. I couldn't imagine that simply reloading the program would end the noise but I hope it is that simple.
  • rlkruegerrlkrueger Posts: 98
    panman,
    Please let me know the results. I took the Service Manager at his word on this, but I will be interested in the outcome. He never did explain exactly what was causing this. Perhaps he was not sure himself, who knows...

    rk
  • cabovercabover Posts: 12
    KCRAM and All,

    I towed my boat with my new Ram 2500HD about two weeks ago and obviosly the Cummins did just fine with a 3000 lb boat. However, I did notice something that I would like you to comment on.

    I was experimenting between having O/D on and off and noticed the following:

    O/D off at 60 MPH the rpm = 2500
    when O/D was enableded the rpm whent up to 2650 for a second or two and then dropped down to 2150 where it stayed for 30 or 40 seconds and then dropped down to 1700 rpms.

    Since then I have noticed it also does this going from second to third but not as pronounced.

    Can you tell me whats going on with the transmission and torque converter?
  • cabovercabover Posts: 12
    Does anyone in this topic carry a slide in camper? If so have you found or seen any mirrors that can be temporarily added that can extend out far enough to see around your camper? I've seen a couple of mirrors that strap onto the factory mirror but they only extend out another 6 to 8 inches. I don't think this will be enough for my 8 foot wide camper. I don't want to change out my mirrors or add anything permanent to the truck.


    Thanks in advance to your input.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    cabover,

    Re the transmission: this is completely normal, and here is what is occurring:

    When you have the OD off, the torque converter locks in third gear. When you turn the OD on, the torque converter must unlock to make the shift. This is the quick increase in rpms. The shift is made, the rpms decrease a few hundred from the gear change, then the torque converter re-locks, and the rpms drop further. When the torque converter is locked, there is no slippage between the engine and the transmission; it is a direct connection just like a manual transmission. When it is unlocked, there is slippage, which results in the engine turning slightly higher rpms for the same speed.

    If you (or anyone else) want to experience this, turn your OD off and accelerate from rest. Even though you are limited to third gear, you will feel three "shifts": 1->2, 2->3, then the lockup in third. Turn OD back on, and you will experience the quick rise in rpm (the unlock), the shift, and the relock.

    As for the mirrors, there are various sizes of "clip-ons" out there. While I can see over my dually fenders with the stock power mirrors, a boat is certainly further back, and I can understand your wanting more rear vision. The one criteeria which is limiting you is your desire for a temporary mirror - in that case, you might want to check with a place like and RV dealer, U-haul, or Ryder and inquire about the extended mirrors they provide for cars when they are towing. These clip to the hood and fender and resemble the factory camper mirrors you could get from Dodge.
  • rlkruegerrlkrueger Posts: 98
    panman,
    I called my Service Mngr today and queried him about my vibration similar to yours. He said that he reprogrammed the SEMC Module, which is a flash EProm, which wiped out all existing program memory and reloaded new software. Hope this helps for you.

    rk
  • rlkruegerrlkrueger Posts: 98
    A couple of questions:

    Concerning the 3500/Cummins, is there a Chilton Manual or something similar available for this?

    Can I follow my truck through the manufacturing process on my own computer?

    thanks,
    rk
  • makomako Posts: 1
    Can Anyone answer these Questions? Just purchaced a 1998 (leftover) Quad cab 4x4 with auto and the 318 cid. Owned several p/u but this my first 4 wheel drive. Have about 400mi. and have picked out several things. ticking at idle sounds like a lifter or injecter. Is this common? Can anyone give me any idea about gas mi. after break in.
  • 4myjob4myjob Posts: 19
    kcram
    I have a couple of other questions concerning long idles with the Cummins. You mentioned a grill cover. Are you referring to the vinyl grill covers that are often seen on the big rigs and do you know if they are available for the Ram? And at what ambient temperatures will I have to worry about using it? I'm also wondering about snoozing in the summer with the air conditioner on. A difference of 60F seems like a lot to us humans, but to an engine that's compressing to 1000F, it's not all that much. Thanks!
  • LohengrinLohengrin Posts: 84
    I just bought a 99 reg cab 4x4 with the same engine you've got. Almost 1k miles and no clicking sounds, so I don't think that it is normal. As far as gas milage, there's a lot of good information on this board, so you should go back and read the last 30 or so posts.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    rk,

    There is a Chilton for it, but most of us that bother tend to get the Dodge factory manual.


    4myjob,

    Correct, that is the cover I am referring to. Dodge sells one for the Ram through the dealer parts department as an accessory, but there are others out there equally suitable. Those are generally in use if the temperature will remain at or below +5 degrees.

    As for idling in summer with the AC on, make sure both your transmission and transfer case are in their neutral position, and the parking brake is set. This will prevent their fluids from heating up with the engine.

    Another helpful hint is using recirc (Max AC) over normal AC - this puts less of a load on the engine because once the air has been cooled, the compressor has MUCH less work to do to maintain the now cooled air. In normal AC, you are constantly reintroducing the heated outside air into the system, and the compressor must constantly work to cool it down. The Max AC setting actually allows you to raise the temp setting from its coldest and even cut down on fan speed as well, yet it will remain comfortable. In these situations, I would also highly recommend portable window shades to reduce the sun load.

    Just curious, 4myjob - what is your occupation that puts you in these situations (living in your truck) so frequently?
  • 4myjob4myjob Posts: 19
    kcram
    One (final???) question. The instructions when starting the engine below an ambient temp of 68F say to start it, bring it up to 1000+ rpms, then back off and let it warm up for 30 secs or so. I'm assuming that that is triggering something and was wondering what it is.
    As for what I do, I work in the oil field as a petroleum engineer. It's a 24/7 job and I spend a lot of time at the rig. Ya sleep whenever and wherever you can. That's why I got the Ram, it has the largest interior so I can carry all my stuff and still have a place to stretch out for a nap. I'm just finishing graduate school and haven't tried it out yet...give me a few weeks!
  • ladyblueladyblue Posts: 326
    Just an update on my Ram:

    Back to the service dept. this coming Wednesday to have them check out the doors on my quad cab AGAIN. Not only are they still squawking at every little bump in the road, but the passenger side now has a 3/4" gap where the doors meet. The driver's side is only a little better. No matter how hard I slam the doors to close them, or how gently I close them, I can't get them to line up.

    Also, I'm going to mention to them about the loud metallic "clank" that happens when I put the truck in reverse. Sounds kinda like hitting a pipe with a hammer. I plan to keep track of all this in case they can't or won't resolve these problems.

    Other than that, the truck is running great and the gas mileage has improved. Still getting tons of compliments on its looks. KC, you were right about using the glass cleaner on the chrome. Whooeee! Lots of sparkle and shine!
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    4myjob,

    The 1000rpm startup is to make sure the Cummins is getting proper flow of fuel, air, and electricity. If you just crank the key and let it run on its own, it will stumbl as it tries to get to normal idle (750-800 rpm). The heater grid is operating during this period, and does sap electricity and rpm for a couple of minutes.

    By the way, the Ram seats (both front and rear) are 5'7" across - I don't know how tall you are, but that should enable you to stretch out rather comfortably. I've caught naps in there, and I'm a 6-footer :)


    ladyblue,

    Sorry to hear about the doors still misaligned - sounds like a door hinge may be out of line - that would require removing and reattaching the doors to spec.

    Windex is a wonderful thing :) but jeez, does my Ram need a bath (and her spring waxing, too) - maybe next weekend.
  • ladyblueladyblue Posts: 326
    kcram:

    I hear ya! My Ram has gone from Intense Blue to fuzzy matte chartreuse from all the pollen.

    I did some off-roading yesterday up at Swartzwood Lake in Sussex County. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and the truck performed tremendously. Luv that 4-wheel drive!
  • goldrushgoldrush Posts: 20
    Hi all,

    I haven't posted in awhile since I didn't have any news or comments, but I have continued to read. Thought I'd let you know...my truck is in transit. Was shipped by rail to Texas 3 days ago. Don't have any idea where it is now. Does anyone know of a way to track it. I don't know the railroad co but it will be coming to N. Ca. by rail.
  • peterm1peterm1 Posts: 16
    goldrush,

    I don't know if this works or not (I'm still waiting for my D&@#! GMC to get built, but give it a try and let us know...

    http://my.uprr.com/pub/autos/ (UPRR-Automotive Rail Transport Trace) - look under the heading "Features and Services" at "AVR Equipment Trace"
  • bigj1bigj1 Posts: 3
    This is my first stab on a chat room. Am looking to purchase a new 99 dodge quad cab 5.9l 1500 ram sport model. Would like pro & con.
    thks
    bigj1
  • LohengrinLohengrin Posts: 84
    Bigj1,

    You should try reading some reviews. There's a good comparison test on wwww.trucktrend.com and a Ram review on www.ncdt.com.

    Obviously there's pro's and con's to buying a pickup in general compared to other vehicles, but compared to other pickups, here's what I think of the Ram.

    Pros: -torquey engines with tried and true designs
    -live front axle
    -wider and more comfortable cab
    -handles like a much smaller truck
    -rides and feels like a truck
    -holds its value
    -looks awesome (sits taller, looks brawney, etc.)
    -availablity (dealers had them on the lots, at least where I'm from)
    Cons: -torquey engine, but it doesn't "feel" peppy(maybe that's because I have the 5.2 not the 5.9 or because I usually drive pretty nice to squeeze as much mpg as possible)
    -poor fuel economy

    I thought the pros outweighted the cons, in my view, that's why I bought one. I enjoy the truck immensly and, at 1000 miles, haven't had any problems.
  • glengleglengle Posts: 57
    Did I ask a redundant or controversial question?

    I've posted in two topics with no responses. If nobody has any first-hand knowledge of my troubles, could someone point me to a source that might be of some help?

    Thanks,
    Greg
  • rlkruegerrlkrueger Posts: 98
    goldrush,
    I looked at the UP site suggested by another reader, but I am wondering why you need to go this route. I also have a vehicle in transit and my dealer is able to give me daily updates if necessary once it is loaded on the railcar. Have you asked your dealer if they have this tracking capability?

    glengle,
    I certainly would not consider your request either controversial or redundant. I would suspect that the primary reason you have not received a response is because no other reader has had a similar problem. You can assume, however, that others with this vehicle/engine configuration will probably be interested in the outcome, so please share the results if you can.

    rk
  • DmatDmat Posts: 43
    I don't think that it's controversial or redundant to ask that question. I think why it's not being answered is due to the fact that I am not a mechanic. Furthermore, I think that it's safe to say that there are not a lot of mechanics coming on line here, ergo, no posts. I have never had one of my customers relay to me the symptoms that you have conveyed. If your dealer has a good service department, I'm sure that they will do everything to rectify this situation.

    Ladyblue: 3/4"? That's huge! In my opinion, this is not something to be taken lightly. Those doors have special features to protect you in an accident. They should line up to the correct specs. 3/4" means that if a passenger leans up against the seam, there is a good chance that the doors will open. :O

    Odd, very odd.

    Lohengrin: great post, very informative :)

    Matt D
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  • ladyblueladyblue Posts: 326
    Well, picked up the truck from the service dept. yesterday after work. The doors look a little better, but there's still some squeaking going on, not as bad as before. It's too inconvenient to keep going back, and it may be a waste of time. Can anyone recommend some good, loud music?
  • ladyblueladyblue Posts: 326
    Oh, and before anyone suggests it, I already have "The Doors."
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