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New Dodge 5.7 Hemi

PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 8,882
edited March 2014 in Dodge
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  • dave40dave40 Posts: 582
    Never thought I would buy a Dodge But this 345 HP Hemi Hooked me Bye Bye GM LOL
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    NO DAVE!!! Come back from the darkside. There is still time. 345HP SS is coming out soon :)
  • akjbmwakjbmw Posts: 231
    Is this the same Dave40 that participated in all those littletruck discussions? Perhaps I'm having a Senior Moment... ;-)

    So, hope Dodge gets the rest of the truck to be as good as the new engine sounds to be!
  • jaijayjaijay Posts: 162
    Is this the same Dave40 that was the captain of the GM truck crusade?
  • akjbmwakjbmw Posts: 231
    Was this an emotional decision?
    Enamored with the Mayor or "ticked" at GM non-support?
    Did you do a logical analysis approach?
    What were the analysis points/results that prompted the conversion to the "other side"?

    Hey, my '98 K1500 wont last forever and I want to know what my next truck will be... Maybe, um, ah, a Dodge.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Saw a new Ram truck with those 20" rims filling across from me at the gas station. Truck sat tall for a 2wd. Truck looked brand new except it didnt have paper tags, but the under carriage was spotless. At least the rims and tire combo looks better than the older rams with the factory lift and mini tires leaving a gaping wheelwell.

    How timeless is that Ram look?
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    did you get a look at the tailpipe?

    I bet it was rusted out :)
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Didn't notice the tailpipe. What I did notice was that the truck was idling while the guy was filling up....sorta like a diesel.....which made me a little nervous...

    Interesting article....

    I'm wondering what this statement means...

    A systematic approach to sealing, using premium elastomeric materials and state-of-the-art practices, helps ensure a leak-free, weep-free engine.

    I'll be looking for a replacement for the Denali in a couple of that was a fast three years. Thought of the Escalade EXT, Ave, even the crewcab Ram....though this one has caught my attention...a hog

  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Labor day weekend there was a reg cab long bed 2500 ram hemi in a parade pulling a trailer. It also sounded like a diesel even though it wasnt. I couldnt believe it. If you think you have cold start knock you should have heard this thing.
  • jaijayjaijay Posts: 162
    I have read somewhere that the new 5.7 isn't a true hemi as defined in the 1960's class hemi engines. The heads and pistons are not a "true" hemispherical design. Is the talk of the hemi all "marketing"?

    Two plugs per cylinder, is this a "coil on plug" design?
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    If you believe that the "hemi" of the 1960s were a "true hemi," then you are mistaken. There never was a true hemispherical designed cylinder head shape used by American automotive engine designers. The term "hemi" was never intended to be specific nomenclature, but a more generalized way of describing a combustion chamber shape that departed from other types.

    The early Chrysler hemis ('51-'59) had a cylinder head configuration more elliptical in shape than the more famous 426 hemi ('64-'71). The 426 head was more trapezoidal and incorporated a flat roof section nearly identical to the new 5.7 engine that Dodge is now introducing.

    Some confusion may exist because it is often repeated that the recent 4.7 Dodge engine is also a hemi. This is incorrect. That engine is a true polyspherical combustion chamber, it too being a throw-back to earlier Chrysler designs (277, 301, 318A engines: '56-'67).

    Someone commented about a "5.7 hemi" pulling a trailer in a parade. It is extremely unlikely that this was a 5.7 hemi, but much more likely the new Cummins quiet diesel. I have been informed that RAMs with the 5.7 engine were not on the assembly line until 27 August at Santillo, Mexico. I asked someone to check for me and there are still no 5.7 equipped Dodge RAMs in this sales region.

  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Well, yes & no. It has eight spark plug wires. Chrysler mounts a coil on one plug and runs a spark plug wire from that same coil to one other plug.

  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    It had a hemi badge on the drivers and pass side by the front wheel on the fender. It also had dealer plates
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    also i seen a pic somewhere online of a dealers lot full of them
  • dave40dave40 Posts: 582
    I test drove the 5.7 hemi a few days ago here in PA. It blew my 6.0 away....
  • jcmdiejcmdie Posts: 595
    I live in a small city and our local Dodge dealer has had a 5.7 hemi on his lot 2 weeks ago. I was over there and checked it out, but did not test drive at this time. I can't afford so why allow myself to be tempted. I believe that he was not selling this unit, just using it for yest drives and taking orders.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    I was at my dealer today. They have 2 Bright Silver 2500 SLT Quad Cab 4x4s, both Hemi/automatics. Not giving up on my Cummins, but they looked sharp.



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  • dave40dave40 Posts: 582
    5.7 345HP Hemi

    Base Price: 24,195.00
    Customer Preferred Package 2TH: 3,560.00
    Options: 1,645.00
    Color: Black
    Destination: 740.00

    MSRP: $30,140.00
    Regional Discounts: 0.00
    Accessories: 698.00

    Sub Total*: $30,838.00

    Model Chosen
    > 2003 Dodge RAM 2500 REGULAR CAB LARAMIE 4X2 LWB [ $24,935 ]

    Package Selected
    > Customer Preferred Package 2TH [ $3,560 ]
    - Standard Features
    - Air Conditioning with Dual Zone Temperature Control
    - Steering Wheel-Mounted Audio Controls
    - Laramie Badge
    - Woodgrain Instrument Panel Bezel
    - Overhead Console with Trip Computer and Universal Garage Door Opener
    - Fog Lamps
    - Bright Body-Color Grille
    - Remote Keyless Entry
    - Rearview Mirror with Auto-Dimming Feature
    - Body-Color Bodyside Molding
    - Power Adjustable Pedals
    - Sound System Including AM/FM Radio, Cassette Player and In-Dash CD Player
    Infinity(R) Speaker System

    - Eight-Way Power Driver's Seat
    - Vehicle Security System
    - Sentry Key(R) Engine Immobilizer
    - Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
    - Front Center Seat Cushion Storage
    - LT265/70R17E OWL All-Season Tires
    - 17" x 8" Cast Aluminum Wheels
    - Sliding Rear Window
    - Leather 40/20/40 Bench Seat
    Front Center Seat Cushion Storage

    Options Configured
    > 5-45RFE Five-Speed Automatic Transmission [ $975 ]
    > 4.10 Axle Ratio [ $50 ]
    > Heated Front Seats [ $140 ]
    > Anti-Spin Differential Axle [ $285 ]
    > Sport Appearance Group [ $195 ]
    Rear Body-Color Bumper with Step Pads
    Body-Color Front Fascia
    Fog Lamps
    Body-Color Grille
    Molding - Bodyside Delete
    17\' x 8\' Cast Aluminum Wheels

    Accessories Added
    > Sirius Satellite Radio Receiver and Antenna Kit, includes receiver, antenna, owner's manual, and activation information. Vehicle specific Installation Kit is required [001 X $175.00]
    > Walnut Burl, instrument panel, 6-pieces [001 X $195.00]
    > 8.0' Bed Mat, includes tailgate cover [001 X $159.00]
    > Walnut Burl, door panels, w/power lock and power windows, 4-pieces [001 X $169.00]

    Colors Picked
    [ incl. ]
    Paint Procedure: Monotone Paint Interior Trim: Dark Slate Gray Seating
    Primary Paint: Black Clear Coat Exterior Paint Seats: Leather 40/20/40 Bench Seat

    Standard Features
    - Hemi(R) Magnum(R) 5.7L, V8 SMPI Engine
    - Five-Speed Manual Transmission
    - Front Passenger Air Bag ON/OFF Switch
    - Front Next Generation Air Bags
    - Air Conditioning
    - 136-Ampere Alternator
    - Fixed Antenna
    - Passenger Assist Handle
    - Rear 10.50 Axle Ratio
    - 3.73 Axle Ratio
    - Bright Dodge Badge
    - SLT Badge
    - Battery - 700 Amp Maintenance Free
    - Front License Plate Bracket
    - Four-Wheel Disc Antilock Brakes
    - Bright Front Bumper
    - Bright Rear Bumper with Step Pads
    - Front Seat Area Carpet
    - Overhead Console with Trip Computer
    - EVAP Control System
    - U.S. 50-State Low-Emissions Vehicle (LEV)
    - Next Generation Engine Controller
    - Body-Color Upper Fascia
    - Front Floor Mats
    - 35-Gallon Polyethylene Fuel Tank
    - GVW Rating 8,650 Pounds
    - Bright Grille
    - Halogen Headlamps
    - Dual-Note Electric Horns
    - Chrome Center Hubcap
    - Instrument Cluster with Tachometer
    - Dash Liner Insulation
    - Floor Tunnel Insulation
    - Cargo Lamp
    - Glove Box Lamp
    - Cigar Lighter
    - Power Locks
    - Rearview Day/Night Mirror
    - Power Heated, Foldaway Mirrors
    - Monotone Paint
    - Front Bumper Sight Shields
    - Pickup Box
    - Auxiliary 12V Power Outlet
    - Sound System Including AM/FM Radio and In-Dash CD Player
    - Cloth 40/20/40 Split-Bench Seat
    - Front Heavy-Duty Shock Absorbers
    - Rear Heavy-Duty Shock Absorbers
    - Height-Adjustable Seat Belts
    - Full-Size Spare Tire
    - Four Speakers
    - Speed Control
    - 120-mph Primary Speedometer
    - Front Stabilizer Bar
    - Power Rack-and-Pinion Steering
    - Tilt Steering Column
    - Four-Spoke Steering Wheel
    - Cab-Back Storage
    - Passenger-Side Sun Visor with Mirror
    - Removable Tailgate with Caliper Latches
    - Electronically-Controlled Throttle
    - Winch Tire Carrier
    - LT265/70R17E BSW All-Season Tires
    - Spare 17-Inch Steel Wheel
    - 17" x 8" Chrome-Clad Steel Wheels
    - Fixed Rear Window
    - Power Windows with Driver's One-Touch Down Feature
    - Tinted Glass Windows
    - Black Windshield Moldings
    - Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
    - Trailer Tow Wiring Harness with Four-Pin Connector
  • dave40dave40 Posts: 582

    Lancaster, PA, Detroit, MI & Stuttgart -- Special to National Wire Services & Internet Outlets Worldwide -- A Lancaster, PA Dodge Truck Dealer announced an historic coup in the pick-up truck world as they signed a sales agreement on a 2003 ¾ ton Dodge Hemi with U.S. Truck Force Commander Big Dave 40, formally a Chevy man head-to-toe. Insiders report that Detroit and Stuttgart Executives have been after Big Dave for years to switch their Dodge mark. Finally, they made Dave a phenomenal deal that just couldn’t be passed-up. “They are trying to reach the ‘dynamic centers of interest’ in the pick-up world to lure followers into the Dodge showrooms”, Dave said. Big Dave was considered a BIG FISH and they have landed him in the posh leather cab of their best ¾ ton Model for 2003. Dave’s new rig boasts the sport paint job and the very powerful 345 H.P. Hemispheric Combustion Chamber engine. Dave reports that, “these horses have very long legs, the power is just unbelievable!”

    For a dyed-in-the-wool Chevy lover all his adult life, it wasn’t easy for Dave to make the big switch. The Big Boys played hardball. The Detroit and Stuttgart Execs. offered Big Dave a financial deal that was too good to be true along with a truck that meets and exceeds all of Dave’s exacting specifications and abilities. “In the end, it wasn’t just the money”, says Dave. “They’ve got a hell of a truck here that beats anything on the Chevy lot today.”

    Dave announced that, “I know this may well shake-up some of my long-time truckin’ buddies from around the Country, but change is the nature of the Universe and I’m still open minded enough to listen to these very smart Dodge Engineers and their bankers!” “Take a test drive in one of these Hemi’s and you might just feel the same”.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Let us know how that tranny holds up.....oh and BTW, congrats on the truck.
  • akjbmwakjbmw Posts: 231
    We're all reading... Tell us everything. Don't forget to compare the MPGs of the Chev to the Hemi.
    I know, if you have to ask about MPGs, you shouldn't have bought a truck. But, just the same, we want to know.
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Okay. So is this 5.7 Hemi engine really as noisy as a diesel?

  • wwhite2wwhite2 Posts: 535
    I know this isnt for the Cummins. But why isnt the New High Output Diesel available in Massachusetts .......sometimes it's just to unbelievable to live in this state
  • lariat1lariat1 Posts: 461
    I believe the HO Cummins is not available in all areas due to emmisions restrictions. I am not sure but I dont think there is a catylitic converter on the HO engine.
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Well, I was told a while ago that there were no 5.7 hemi engines available in our zone, but yesterday a guy at my Dodge dealership said they sold two. Both RAM 2500s and both the same day. Another salesperson said they've been transfering some in from other zones on dealer trades when they can find a dealer that's willing. Maybe that's why a few weeks back they weren't showing up in the search. Still no RAM 1500s with the hemi, though.

    I got to hear the new "quiet" diesel Cummins motor. It still sounds like a diesel a little, but it is considerably quieter!

  • Just drove a white Ram STL QC 2003. Very quiet at 75-80 mph and handled well with good wheel feed back. Hard to see over front end and couldnot see either right or left front fender. It would be hard to park. Truck had lots of pickup and engine sounds good but not over powering.Brakes worked well and stopped straight ahead. Interior and engine compartment well done. I do want a Laramie series with leather interior and a few more upgrades over the SLT. All in all I was very impressed. Have previously owned a GMC Sierra QC 1999 year. The 2500 appears much better.
  • Go for the Ford Harley Davidson truck. I test drove one a few months back and it was AWESOME! The power and ride was great. Handled pretty good too.

    Not to mention, its one great looking truck. So, how are things in paradise?
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