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Dodge Ram Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    I think "powerful enough" is subjective. I know a number of 5.7 RAM owners that very pleased with the power under heavy loads.

    As to availability of the new 6.1 in trucks, because of current limited foundry capacity, i think you're likely to see the 6.1 first in a new-for-Dodge medium line of trucks. As you know Dodge hasn't made mediums since the mid-seventies, but I think they're on the verge of introducing 4500 and 5500 models. These will get the 6.1 as the base engine. But I think the 6.1 will be available in the 1/2 to 1 ton versions in the near future. Right now Dodge is waiting for the testing to be completed on their new 6-speed automatic transmission.

  • edhguyedhguy Posts: 1
    I just got what I think is a sweet deal on my new 2006 Ram 1500 Big Horn Edition. Paid $20,995 + TTL for a Quad 1500 with 5.7L HEMI and 20" wheels. Only logged about 125 miles on it so far but I love it! My wife is afraid to drive it though, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. :)
  • Sounds like a great deal to me...did you use Chrysler Finance and what was the sticker?
  • Hey Guys,

    I am in the search right now,even though I can wait a bit for a new truck.I currently have an old 1992 D250 club cab with the cummins,and a 5 speed tranny with 233K miles.I would love to keep it,but we have a second child on the way(August 2006),and even with the bench seat that I swapped in the truck to replace the jump seats the old diesel isn't going to cut it with 4 people(2 being in car seats).I had grand plans of getting a new 6 speed cummins,but even with my company rebate of 1% below invoice the diesels are out of my price range.

    I just recnetly test drove both a 4wd quad cab short bed cummins 6 speed 2500,and a 1500 hemi powered quad 4wd short bed,and I liked the ride of the 1500 hemi better.I can right now before the end of the month get a 1500 hemi short bed 4wd with the thunder road package,tow package,premium power seat,trailer tow package,and trailer mirrors for $288 a month on a 36 month 12K per year lease,or a 1500 quad 4wd with the 4.7 litre,and the same package short of the tow mirrors for $276 a month on the same 36 month/12K per lease.These are including 5% MA sales tax.

    To throw a monkey wrench into this I can buy a used 2004 1500 quad hemi short bed 2wd,with 38K miles they have used for $16k and change.I live in New england where snow is a factor,but I don't drive much(11000 miles in the last 18 months on my diesel),so 2wd would work.My diesel now is 2wd.The thing is,even if I spread the payments of the used truck over 5 years it will probably be more than the lease payment of a new 4wd truck.what do you guys think of these deals?What makes the most sense?I have about $3000 to put down on the used truck,but I would also spend about $1500 on an extanded warrenty on the used truck.The lease deals also require about $1200 in fees up front which cover 1st payment,security,and DMV fees.I could in theory keep the $3000 I have now in the bank making interest and use it for my payments for a year of the truck.I am really confused.

    Oh yeah do you guys think the 4.7 will tow a 4500-5000lb camper?It is rated to tow 7100lbs,but how well does it do it?
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    Well since you don't drive much, it would seem more pratical to lease it. BUT it would also make since to buy it also since you've kept your '92 for so long. When it comes to pick-ups, I prefer to buy them. The lease deal does look good, however, I was wondering did you get a mock-up of what a new one would run you a month? Probably not much more and since you have 3k to put down, DC has 3k in rebates that could save your money.

    As to the power, the 4.7 should pull 4-5k pounds easily. I had a 4.7L-equipped JGC that I would pull a 6000 pound box-trailer with and it did it drama free. And my '06 1500 Sport Hemi 4X4 can pull a 9500 pound trailer without stress. However, if your objective is to save gas by going with the 4.7 vs. Hemi, just forget about it. The 4.7 may have a 1 mpg advantage over the HEMI at best, and now that Dodge has added the MDS system on all HEMI Rams for '06, it should be an even match.
  • I ordered a 4X4 Laramie Quad cab last week. Hoblit Haynes Woodland CA.

    Navigation - Laramie 26 H Package - 5.7 Hemi - Automatic -Lower two tone White / Silver Med Slate Grey leather
    U connect - 34 gallon tank - Anti Spin - 3.92 axle -
    Electric shift on demand - side air bags - trailer tow -
    20X9 chrome wheels - Protection group -

    Sticker $42,160 Price - $37,686 plus tax and Lisc

    60 month 0 interest protected.

    Also if the incentives are better on delivery then we get that as an option.

    Seems like a good deal. Does anyone know what the incentives will be on 4/1?
  • n999aden999ade Posts: 2
    Hi all,
    can you please help? being english and new to the world of american trucks i need some help.
    i am just about to trade my 1998 ford explorer for either a ram or a f150, now i have the chance of the following.
    a 2002 1500 ram slt hemi with 137k on the clock
    or a
    2001 ford f150 king ranch with 92k on the clock.
    all i need to carry in my truck is my crf450 so power not a real issue.
    i just wondered which you guys would say was the better buy, they are both priced the same too

    many thanks
  • n999aden999ade Posts: 2
    forgot to ask, how many miles is a hemi good for? (obviously with good maintance and servicing etc etc)

  • Two weeks with the Ram CTD. Amazing truck! This is my second Ram and my father still drive the first (96' 1500)

    sticker ~43K

    paid 35 w/ 0% for 60 mo and first payment due in October
  • myrollamyrolla Posts: 1
    Well I am seeing if we got a good price.2004 Ram 1500 w 5.7. Towing pack/SLT. Only 26000 miles on it. Loved the 5.7 over the 4.7 and comparable MPG. Going to use for hauling horse trailer(Hitch) not 5th wheel. Primo condition. Paid $20,000 even. I can't believe it is even a truck when driving around. Totally smooth ride. Converted from all Chevys to the Dodge. So was this a good deal or did we get played. It NADAed for $23,900. From Dover Delaware
  • dfellersdfellers Posts: 3
    On june 28 05 I bought an 05 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad.
    Options include:
    3.92 gear
    Front tow hooks
    Mopar tubular side steps
    Sliding rear glass
    Power sliding gas and brake pedals(on very few 05 SLT's)
    34 Gallon Tank
    60/40 split rear bench seat w head rests
    Med. slate grey paint
    Meg grey cloth int.
    Power driver seat
    Heated mirrors
    Lone star package

    Dont remember all the rebates, but only paid

    $21,000.00 + t.t.l

    Been told I stole the truck.
    sticker price was $32.925.00

    But lucifuhrman sounds like you got a pretty good deal yourself.
  • charlieh88charlieh88 Posts: 1
    sweet deal please tell me where did you get this, I am retired chrysler employee and best deal i can get is 24k
    on 33k list price quad lonestar
  • dfellersdfellers Posts: 3
    Just read yesterday that the HEMI is designed to last 150,000. Where Ford and Chevy are only designed to last 100,000 also depends on how often maintenance was done.
  • schmedlyschmedly Posts: 44
    Sorry, but I would be very dissappointed if any car I bought was designed for only 100K. I don't know what they shoot for, but I've never had a truck that lasted only 100K. Quite frankly, most people will get tired of thier vehicle long before it's usefull service life is up.
  • tex10tex10 Posts: 27
    i just got a used dodge ram 1500 quad cab 05. it had 28000 miles and i got 18340.i love this truck i wish i got a hemi.
  • dfellersdfellers Posts: 3
    Got it at a big Dealer in Hempstead Texas. This site wont let me give any more info.
  • In about an hour and a half I am leaving the house to finalize a deal on a new 2006 Dodge Ram Quad cab WITHOUT HEMI that has the Thunder Road Package. They are saying that I am getting it NO money down, $766 a month at 22.5% interest for 6 years. Am I getting a good deal or do I need to do some more negotiating? PLEASE PLEASE HELP!!! I don't have much time!!! :cry:
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 85,774
    For good credit, you should be between 6%-8% for 72 months...

    Do you have any idea of the MSRP or the selling price of the vehicle?


    Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • loncrayloncray Posts: 301
    I didn't even know there was a non-Hemi Ram still available (other than the Cummins). What engine is it if not the Hemi?
  • I have no idea. It know that its not Diesel and that its a 1500. Not a Hemi though. Its a 2006. We ended up buying it and so far, I love it! :)
  • loncrayloncray Posts: 301
    You would definitely know if it were a diesel (and that's not available in a 1500 anyway). I'm curious now about what engine you got - did you get the owners manual or window sticker?
  • breakfgbreakfg Posts: 1
    22.9% No way, the worst rate I have ever seen is 14.9%, and that is someone who had two bankruptcies on their report.

    Run from that dealership as fast as you can.
  • tony1034tony1034 Posts: 32
    22.9% OUCH! I know loan sharks that offer better deals ...HAHAHA

    I just bought a 2006 Dodge RAM 2500 Quad Cab SLT (SB) with Cummins Diesel. It's fully loaded with ThunderRoad package, sun-roof, etc. Window sticker was 46k. I paid 39.5k for it and got the 0% interest for 60 months.
  • Its 4.7L V8 235HP :blush:
  • schmedlyschmedly Posts: 44
    It appears that you you don't pay much attention to the offerings or you only pay attention to the TV ads. The 1500 will come standard with a 3.7 V6 in the regular cab configuration with an optional 4.7 V8. The quad will come with a 4.7 V8 as standard. The only Ram that comes standard with the 5.7 is the 2500/3500 series trucks. Next year the 1500 laramie will come standard with the 5.7 and the automatic transmission.
  • Very curious about your interest rate. I know with the Employee pricing one can get 0% for 36 months. How did you get 0% for 60 months?
  • rattersratters Posts: 1
    Picked up an '06 Ram 1500 4x2 with the hemi and Bighorn package for $19999 from Folsom Lake Dodge is Sacramento. Was 22,220 out the door with California's lovely sales tax rate and registration. Wanted to pay cash but had to finance to get the extra $1k rebate, so have to make three payments and can then pay the whole thing off.

    Was looking at the F150 but it couldn't match the Ram for features and performance at the price. Nice thing is the dealer promo had over 100 trucks to get rid of so I was able to get the exact color I wanted. Plus it was just built in 6/06 so wasn't a leftover hanging in a lot all year.

    I've only put on a little over 100 miles, but really enjoying it so far, an incredible amount of truck for the money. Love the Sirius Satellite radio. Might actually have to pay for it after my year is up.
  • loncrayloncray Posts: 301
    You're right - I had no idea. I stopped paying close attention after I got my '03 CTD - I pay much more attention to news about the diesel engine. I must say, my truck was put together right - no mechanical problems that weren't my own fault in almost 4 years of driving.
  • Work truck with a few frills. Chrome wheels, Cruise, Cloth 40/20/40 seat, carpet and that sweet red pearl paint. $14999 + TTL. $5k rebate on 2006 and then some. ;)
  • hawk8hawk8 Posts: 31
    2006 4x2 Regular Cab ST Ram 3500,
    5.9 Cummins, 4 Speed Auto, 4.10 Axle Ratio, Tow Hooks, Speed Control, Folding Trailer Tow Mirrors, Anti-Spin Differential, Flatbed with Gooseneck Hitch Receiver and Under Bed tool Box
    $28,325.00 + TTL, Maxwell Dodge Austin, TX. How did I do?
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