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  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516

    Luckily (for me), my experience is limited to exhaust replacement from the cat out - had to repalce the system on an F150 when I got rear-ended. Car submarined the bed, and crunched the tailpipe, but since Ford used a fully welded system, the only clamp was at the cat(!), so the whole thing had to be replaced.

    In your case, the pipe you referred to could be pretty expensive (not the part, but the labor).
  • dodgeramdodgeram Posts: 202

    Just got back from the dealer. Guess what the problem was? It wasn't the joints in the exaust, or seals, it's the exaust manifold. It turns out that it's warped. Luckily for me , I have the 7/year powertain warranty, which does cover manifold warpage. The dealer will take it off and send itto the machine shop, to smooth it out again. The labour only takes about an hour. Will this smoothing hurt my performance any afterwards. Or will it have any affect on the eay the truck works currently?
  • dz157418dz157418 Posts: 1
    Never used a chat room before but here goes. I just purchased a 1999 Dodge Quad Cab 4x4 Diesel. Hoped for great mileage or at least pretty good but I'm wondering how long it will take for me to see it. Right now I can get 18.2 on Highway and combined seems to be about 16.8. I've only got 1325 miles on the beast and know I should be patient, but does anyone out there know from experience if the above is typical. Before buying I talked to several folks with similar trucks and found averages from 22 mpg to 28 mpg. 25mpg would sure be nice.
  • mharde2mharde2 Posts: 278
    dz, Your mileage for highway is a little low, but 25-28 is high unless your driving 45-50 mph. With 3.54 axle auto I get 20-21 at 70 mph. Your combined 16.8 sounds about right...
  • axleaxle Posts: 9
    I have been scanning the Pickup conference for over a month now and think all of the conversation is great and informational. But sometimes I think I am reading the YUGO conference with many complaning that there 9000 lb GVW pickup capable of a combined 20000 lbs ONLY gets 16-20 MPG. Am I the only one who thinks this is fantastic, considering that a mere ten years ago you would have been laughed at for such a proposal with the level of luxury & reliability that is available today. I am moving from a 97 360 to a 488 99 and no I DO NOT EXPECT IT TO BE A PINTO concerning gas milage concidering it's capability. Note:Above figures in CUBIC INCHES not liters NO PC HERE. GO RAM
  • kcram,

    I discussed the new transmissions with the local dealer, who just came back from a "dealer conference." He said that the Allison 5-speed auto for 2000 year model was just a rumor, and that Daimler-Chrysler had no information on it. I hope that they do add this transmission to the options list, but if it is coming, it is sure quiet.

    As to the 6-speed manual ... the dealer said that the 4th, 5th and 6th ratios are almost identical with the 5-speed (.01 difference in 6th). The "extra gear" falls below the existing 4th gear, and would be for slow climbing or extreme loads. Do you ( or anyone out there) know the ratios on the current 5-speed? I can't seem to find them. Thanks
  • close_cclose_c Posts: 1
    I just traded in my wifes '96 Ram Extended Cab 4x4
    Cummins 3/4 ton with automatic for a '99 Ram Quad
    Cab 4x4 Cummins 3/4 ton with manual transmission.
    We had problems with the automatic transmission
    and the last problem that we had was that the front end had major problems that could not be fixed by the service which was pulling to one side or the other in the front end when braking. The regional representative finally gave us a $3000 rebate toward a new truck. I asked around and was told by others (even the dealership repair tech) that the '96 front end seemed to have this problem and the factory knew it was a problem. The tech bulletin to "fix" the problem was 36 pages long. After several "fixes" the regional representative was contacted and came through with this solution.
    The dealer was told to not let anyone drive/sell the truck until a rep from the factory had come out and taken it to the shop. If it could not be repaired then it would be loaded on a truck and taken back to the factory. I was glad that my wife opted for the manual transmission also as the auto seemed to have a lot of problems with the power of the Cummins and the V10. Anyone else having these kinds of problems?
  • davids1davids1 Posts: 411
    My 97 Ram 1500 X-Cab w/automatic trans. and 5.2 liter/318 c.i. engine constantly shifts out of overdrive at highway speeds. I can cruise at 70 MPH and the slightest uphill grade sends the tranny out of overdrive and drives the rpm's up from 2000 to above 3000. From reading some of the above discussion, my gas mileage is pretty shabby too. I'm LUCKY to get 14 mpg, and it doesn't matter if I drive highway or city miles. Does anyone have a clue as to what could be causing this and/or what I can do to prevent it.

  • jcmdiejcmdie Posts: 595
    No, actually I've heard more people complaining that the shift points are too low and keeping the RPM down. All of the trucks are being set up this way for fuel economy. For passing you have to make a point of making the trans shift doewn for the right passing power. If anything, mine goes into overdrive too soon and stays there.
  • ladyblueladyblue Posts: 326

    Wow, that MPG is not too encouraging. I have a 99 Ram 1500 5.2L and at just under 800 miles, I'm getting about 11 MPG. I was hoping it would get better after breaking in, but if your's is two years old and still barely getting 14 MPG, that doesn't give me much hope.
  • Kcram,

    Thanks for the information and the Daimler site. I think that I will opt now to wait for the 6-speed NV 5600. Those ratios will work for me pulling a 9,000# rig.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516

    I have a 96 3500 Club Cab Cummins 4x4, and my font end has been very good. I have found 2 keys to preventing pulling:

    1) Ditch the factory Goodyear tires. They stink on Rams. Michelin, BFG, Cooper, and Bridgestone all work much better. Keep the tires balanced and at the proper psi (I have found 72 psi up front with LT215/85R16E tires is optimum on my truck).

    2) Find a shop that handles semis to do your alignments. My dealer won't even attempt to align my truck - they send it to a shop that specializes in medium and heavy duty trucks, and there's also a shop like that near my home and office that does big rigs as well.

    I've been able to hit potholes that would kill a car at speed with no damage or ill-effects to the tires, wheels, suspension, or alignment. The only time I have really needed front-end work was after something I did - jumped a curb at 60mph to avoid an accident on I-80 - somebody pulled out from the shoulder in front of a bus, the bus bailed left, and three cars had to come to a screaming halt - I came around a curve, saw no room to brake, and just jumped into the median between the local and express lanes. That required an alignment, new front shocks, and a new track bar - all done under warranty. Been straight ever since.
  • davids1davids1 Posts: 411
    My Ram probably does shift into overdrive too soon. Really lugs at the motor. If this is the way the manufacturers are setting the transmissions up for "fuel economy", It's not working for me. The constant highway downshifts are annoying, and they can't help my overall fuel economy. How about changing the rear-end gear ratio. Would this possibly help?

    By the way, I just drove 260 interstate miles in the mountains of West Virginia. Got a whopping 14.3 mpg. YeeHaa.
  • brucec35brucec35 Posts: 246
    my '97 4x4 reg cab Ram with the 5.9 v-8 and auto has had two trips to fix the tranny and the rear brakes currently aren't working at all......I have 33,000 miles so far.

    when comparing prices with ford and chevy, factor in the $500 or so for the heavy duty package, because w/o it, the transmission seems to have more problems. Also, you have to pay extra for 4 wheel ABS, which is included on Silverado and Ford 's XLT and Lariats.
  • mharde2mharde2 Posts: 278
    14 mpg is normal for a V8 small block. Chevy claims to do better with their old 350. My Ford 5.8 never got better than 14 on the hwy and 11 around town...Its a truck. A big squar box that weighs twice as much as a car. You can't expect it to get the same gas mileage.
  • cdeancdean Posts: 1,110
    the ford and chevy small block v8's are getting around 18 mpg on the highway right now. of course, if you were driving thru mountains, that would change things. I drove thru 120 miles of mountains in a loaded down suburban and got 16 mpg, that was with about 40 miles of climbing and descending in 2nd gear.
  • DmatDmat Posts: 43
    When am I going to be able to order the six speed? I have been waiting patiently for 2 years now. I heard that we made some, but then they went on restriction again. Why? Is this going to fall under the T-Rex catagory?

    Matt D
  • usernameusername Posts: 4
    Hey, I am thinking about getting a 1999 1500 Quad Cab with 5.9L V8, 4 Speed-Auto, 3.92 Sure Grip Axle with HD Service Group and Trailer Package. Dodge advertising 13 city 16 highway. Anybody out there with the same setup: What type of gas mileage are you getting? Do you have any problems with the transmission?

    Also during my test drive I noticed the steering to have alot play in it was not crisp and I heard a buzzing noise when I put the truck in reverse. Are these two things normal.

    One more thing, I'm a Chevy man and this would be my first Dodge. My current Chevy is a stick with a creeper (granny) gear. The Dodge boys told me Dodge trucks don't have a creeper (granny) gear. Is that true?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516

    New Venture found a production problem with the six speed stick. It was fixed, but it put them WAY behind schedule. The few orders that did make it in the system in January and early February will be built as 99s, but otherwise, the 6 speed manual is now on hold until the 2000 model year trucks.
  • goforitgoforit Posts: 6
    Well I finally went and got the truck ive been longing for.99 2500 QC 4x4 Cummins with the 5 speed,3:54 rear end.Traded in 95 F-150 SC 4x4 XLT.The Ford was a good truck but only had the 302 in it.Seemed like the motor was to small for the truck when I hit any hills the truck was always searching for a gear.The Ford was an automatic.Hopefully I will have good luck with the Dodge.First diesel I have owened so it will be a learning experience.
  • mharde2mharde2 Posts: 278
    goforit, You will love it! There is no turning back now...You are a diesel man. Welcome to the club.
  • ladyblueladyblue Posts: 326
    After a month of shake, rattle and roll, I took my new Ram back to the dealer to have them look at the doors. The creaking was getting on my one nerve! I picked it up on Wednesday night and didn't hear any noises; however, the driver's side door took three hard slams to get it to close! On Thursday morning's commute, not only were the doors groaning again, but now the dash has joined the band!

    As if this wasn't enough, I now have a loud clanking noise whenever I shift into reverse. Woe is me! With less than 900 miles on my beautiful new truck, I'm beginning to miss my old F150! I'm going to try just spraying the doors with silicone, but that transmission noise is a job for the dealer.
  • goforitgoforit Posts: 6
    Dear Ladyblue.sorry to hear the problems your having already.I have been watching this post for some time now and I know how excited you were when you first picked up your pickup.No pun intended.That was one of my concerns of buying a dodge.Reliablety.Did I spell that right? Anyway hope you get everything straightened out.
  • goldrushgoldrush Posts: 20
    Just found out that they are going to begin building the Rams with the six speed on March 29. I guess I will get my truck this year!

    Lady Blue...
    Sorry to hear about your problems. Hope that you can get all resolved.
  • tim41tim41 Posts: 1
  • sd99sd99 Posts: 65

    Hang in there, everything will work out all right. Remember, one day you will laugh about this and you and your Ram will spend many happy hours together.
  • ladyblueladyblue Posts: 326
    kc, goldrush & sd99:

    Thanks for the encouragement, guys. I haven't heard any strange noises from the trans again, but I'm keeping my ears open. I'm going to work on the doors this weekend and see if I can reduce some of the squeaking. I'll let you all know what happens.
  • earsonlyearsonly Posts: 9
    LadyBlue, just keep records of everytime you have visited the Dealer for problems to correct. If they can't fix them to your satisfaction, or you keep having too many, there is a lemon law. You paid for a trouble-free new truck, that's what you should expect to get. Happiness always, earsonly-I love my Ram2500 QC with the Cummins, Quoting "Mharde" Feel the Power!
  • dodgeramdodgeram Posts: 202
    this off topic, but I need to know if anyone of you guys know anyhing about the walker quiet flow mufflers. Are they good, and what kind of sound do they produce, for a 2.6 chrysler 4cyl engine.

    They are expensive, $80.00cdn prices, where the avg muffler costs $25-35 cdn. Does anyone have any experiences with this muffler, any info would be appreciated.
  • bigdog1bigdog1 Posts: 1
    Just a little info for those who want it. I saw at a Dodge Dealer website the torque graph for a Magnum 8.0l V10. From 1,000 to 5,000 rpm the engine produced 400lb/ft torque. From 1500 to 3,500 it produced at least 440lb/ft of torque!!! They also showed the torque chart for the 5.9V8 it had a lot less torque and the torque band was not near as flat as the V10. It peaked at about 3,300rpm then dropped down to a very low level. It may be worth it to upgrade to a V10. It is only a $500 dollar option and it doesn't get much worse mileage than the V8.
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