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2001 Dodge Ram

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  • nascar6nascar6 Posts: 113
    I don't think I want to wait that long. The last thing I want to happen is to run out of diesel fuel and get air in my injection system. It looks to me that you do have quite a "padding" when the gauge would read "E". You know how gauges read past "F" when you fill up, well yours must read way past "E" when it's empty. I would just fill it up the the same way the next several times and make note of the quantity it takes to fill. Fill it everytime it reaches 1/2, 1/4, or 1/8. You should get a good idea how much the tank will hold when you fill. I wouldn't think a 5 gallon reserve when the gauge reads empty is out of line. Mathamatically, I have a 1-2 gallon reserve.

    nascar6
  • nascar6nascar6 Posts: 113
    5 gallons spread out over the bottom of that large tank is not very deep. In my case (35 gallon tank which measures ROUGHLY 68"X 11" X 11") 5 gallons is only about 1.5" deep.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    You folks do yourselves a favor - keep an eye on your trip odometer each tank, and make a mental note of how far you can normally go. Your fuel gauge sending unit will fail at some point - mine went at 24,000 - needle was buried on E, but I could drive another 200 miles, and fill up with 10 gallons remaining in the tank. This is a warranty repair, so don't sweat it.

    As for the discrepancies, the gauge intentionally drops faster under 1/4 tank remaining. When you peg "E", you should have 2-3 gallons in it. Also remeber the tank can not dry itself completely, so there will always be a gallon or so in there, even if you sputter and die from being "out of gas".

    kcram
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  • RichinKsRichinKs Posts: 416
    I was just under 1/4 tank (34 gal) and it took 23.5 gal. It said I had about 85 miles to go. When I refilled the computer went back to 331 miles to go. Know matter how the guage is off I can usually get used to it.
  • v10paulv10paul Posts: 3
    I am getting ready to order a new 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Quad Cab 4X4. It will have the following options:

    2001 2500 Quad Cab 4X4
    V-10
    Automatic transmission
    Quick order Package 28G
    SLT Group
    Sport Appearance group
    Trailer Tow group
    Travel Convenience group
    Anti spin Differential
    4:10 Axle ratio
    Am/Fm Stereo/CD
    alarm system
    keyless entry
    H.D. transfer case
    Sliding rear window

    Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated. (Any Idea on fuel consumption?)
  • dman2dman2 Posts: 4
    I got my 2001 2500 V10 Quad Cab 4 x 4 Sport in early May with everything you have listed above plus I added the Camper Special Group and got the SLT+ package, which added some awesome options like the leather heated power seats and the steering wheel radio control. I also added a slew of Mopar accessories and other accessories. Needless to say, this is a sweet black rig. The Camper Special Group springs jack this truck up and make the regular 4 x 4 Rams appear like the 2-wheel drive trucks in height. Now, the downside, don't expect to get very good gas mileage. I'm getting about 10.0 to 10.5 MPG right now, but this may not be a good indicator because I've only driven about 1200 miles so far. Oh well, can't have everything I guess.

    Anyway, I'm looking to improve the performance (Horsepower and/or MPG) and appearance a little more. I was thinking about installing cat-back dual exhausts and somebody also suggested that I change the air filter. Does anyone have any suggestions on either of these? What types? I'd also like to a little rumble from my exhaust, the stock muffler is a little too quiet for my taste. Any other street/smog legal performance enhancer suggestions would also be appreciated.
  • jcmdiejcmdie Posts: 595
    From what I've read the v10 simply never gets that "rumble" that you get in a V8. I think that you have to be satisfied that you have gobs of power. My 5.9 1500 series gets 12 mpg as an average so I think that your 10.5mpg with the V10 is in line. The K & N filterchager kit is the most popular air filter change.
  • davids1davids1 Posts: 411
    I put a K&N filter on my 99 1500 quad with the 5.2 l. You will probably not see much increase in mpg. You should see some increase in throttle response. Supposedly, if the computer senses more air entering the combustion chamber from the less restrictive filter, It just adds more fuel, therefore no real increase in mpg.
  • RichinKsRichinKs Posts: 416
    I have 300 miles on my truck like yours except SLT+ and Camper Special package. So far so good. I have not checked the mileage yet, but the 4.10 appears to be getting mileage simaler to the 3.54. The computer shows I get 13 mpg on the flat at 70 mph. But a slight upgrade drops that to 11 quickly. Most of my mileage is in town and the computer shows 10.9 overall. I'm not a lead foot and am probably easier on fuel and brakes than the average driver. So I'm getting something less than 10.9 in town and less than 13 on the highway I would guess. It sounds more like a 6 cylinder than a v8 except lower pitched than a six.
  • warfishwarfish Posts: 117
    I think you meant to say tha camper package will raise tehe rear end so a 4x2 sits like a 4x4. That's the condition I found with my '01 2500 Quad, and I'm not too happy about it. One of the things I don't like about dodge 4x4s is that they sit so high. If you aren't going to bog hog it serves no useful purpose.
    v10Paul: Are you going to tow a house with your new truck? Unless you need an awesome amount of power I wonder if you need the 4.10 gears. I tow
    10,000 lbs with my diesel and 3.54 gears and it has all the power I could need.
  • caljcalj Posts: 3
    On my 97 2500 ext cab V10 with 3.54 gears, I averaged 12 to 12.5 MPG mostly highway driving at 75 MPH. By changing to a K&N Airfilter, after about 2 tanks of gas, the mileage increased somewhere between 13 and 13.5 MPG. I really didn't notice an increase in performance, the V10 had so much power it was hard to tell.
  • RichinKsRichinKs Posts: 416
    I was unaware the camper package raised the truck so much until shortly before mine arrived. But mine is a 4x4 and the whole truck is raised. The rear is only slightly higher than the front. I am hoping it will sit level with my fifth wheel hitched. It does have to sit some what higher in the rear or with a load the rear will sit low. And then problems with steering etc. So for 4x4's the front must be raised also. How is your acceleration on an uphill interstate ramp with the 3.54? I'm not convinced with the V10 that 4.10 vs 3.54 will make much difference on mileage. Especailly with the LT265 tires. My last truck had a higher rearend (3.42) yet I got no better mileage than several friends with 3.73. And as I say, I'm not hard on a vehicle. My tires and brakes lasted 58K on my last truck. But when merging on a busy interstate I like to think I have some reserve. ... Rich
  • RichinKsRichinKs Posts: 416
    I agree the height is too tall. Looks great, but I've already had to buy a small step stool to reach into the bed. (I'm six foot).But the trend seems to be going that way. The Ford Super Duty is maybe taller. Some have had trouble getting a fifth wheel attached to the SD and had to lower the rear. Chevies new super duty out this fall (january if their lucky) will be tall also. I think its a sales gimmick as I cann't see any advantage to the height other than driving visability. ... Rich
  • davids1davids1 Posts: 411
    to me. I'm 6'-6" tall and am very tired of having to fold up to fit into a vehicle. My '96 intrepid(a rather large car)even feels cramped to me. This is the main reason I bought the Ram. Just don't want to compromise my safety (especially my kneecaps) for the sake of a few mpg. The advantages of the higher ride height far outweigh the disavantages.
  • RichinKsRichinKs Posts: 416
    I guess thats simaler to my trying to get into my wifes camero. Brings on a visit to the chiopractor. But my 97 Chevy Z71 had as much interior room I think as my new Dodge. Either one would allow me to wear a 10 gal hat. But the Chevy's floor was lower to the ground. And I could reach over the sides to get stuff out of the bed. Maybe theres more to it than headroom for you. But trucks are nice that I can sit upright with out my legs being streched out. I think I would own one even if I didn't have the need. ... Rich
  • RichinKsRichinKs Posts: 416
    I just had a call from the Dodge St. Louis North plant to ask me if my heated seats work. He asked me to start the engine and see if the yellow indicator lights come on. They did. Those of you that have heated seats may want to test this. I guess I ought to also check that the seats actually get warm. ... Rich
  • RichinKsRichinKs Posts: 416
    Just turned 500 miles. And my computer shows my average combined mileage has went up from 10.7 to 11.3 . That seems quite alot to me. Reading the owners manual it says the computer uses the last 300 miles. Anybody know if it does this mile by mile? As I drive a mile the oldest mile is dropped? I guess next week I'll have my second fillup and see what my own calculations bring. Tomorrow I get my brake controller, hitch and wiring installed. Next Tuesday my Roll-N-Lock is tobe installed and the weekend of the 16 through 19 take my fifth wheel out for the first time. Get to see how it pulls (Cann't wait). ... Rich
  • warfishwarfish Posts: 117
    Can you explain how raising the suspension on a truck increases the headroom inside the truck? I know some people like the look but I personally do not. I'd like it very much if they would just make the truck functional and forget about adding useless height. As far as making it more safe, I beg to differ. The higher you raise the vehicle the higher your center of gravity is. Look at what is happening to SUVs when they are involved in accidents, the rollover rate is scary. The Ram 1500 I just traded in was a lot lower than the 2500 I just bought, and I can't see any reason for it.
  • davids1davids1 Posts: 411
    My comment was geared more to the entry/exit aspect of the vehicle. The taller suspension allows me to slide into my truck, not fall into it. I got off the topic of discussion, if only slightly.
  • jcmdiejcmdie Posts: 595
    The 2500 series truck is taller than the 1500 series truck because the suspension must be beefed up to handle the extra payload (approx.1500# extra). The difference between the two is approximately 3".
  • mustachemustache Posts: 3
    Received my 2001 White, Quad, 4x4, 2500,Diesel Automatic with every Option on 6/1/00. Placed the order on 5/1/00!! Yup, thats correct, I ordered a truck and received it 4 weeks later. Truck is perfect, no flaws or bugs. Got the Edmunds invoice price and a $1000.00 rebate. I gave the dealer $500.00 profit. I'm loving this truck. It rides much much better than my 97 Powerstroker. I guess I'd rather be cumming rather than stroking!
  • nascar6nascar6 Posts: 113
    I'll cast my vote towards I like the height of my new 2001, 2500, QC, 4X4, Diesel, LB. I'll take my chances on this monster rolling over.

    nascar6
  • RichinKsRichinKs Posts: 416
    Got my hitch installed today. Came home and hooked it up. Measured the height before and after. Only sank a inch. But my water tank that sits in the front is empty so it may drop a little more. Measured 5 inches of clearance in the front and 4 1/2 at the back. Clearance between the bed pickup sides and the bottom of the 5th wheel. Monday I'll pull it outinto the drive where I can see better (Its next to the house now). But I think I will have to raise the hitch to get more clearance. Ok for motoring down the road but when I go off road I'll want 6 inches of clearance. The front of my 5th wheel sat low hooked to my Chevy so I think it will sit level or a tad high in the front with the Dodge. All the turn signals, brake lights etc work. ... Need to get mirrors now. Yea, I know I could have ordered extending mirrors but I didn't. The kind I have for my Chevy are made for a specific mirror. The extended mirrors I tried for the 1998 Dodge didn't quite fit. There is a clip on type extended mirror thats universal. Anybody else found a mirror for the 2001 heated mirror? ... Rich
  • RichinKsRichinKs Posts: 416
    I'll check it out. My low gas indicator went off tonight. Took 25.8 gal. to fill my 34 gal tank. Computer showed 11.3, my figures 11.5. Rich
  • warfishwarfish Posts: 117
    Your gas gauge is reading just like mine so I guess that's just the way they make them. I don't know why I would need a low fuel alarm with 8 to 9 gallons left but at least it won't let me forget to fuel up.
    dave: I'm getting about the same as you are with my diesel, 18 to 18.3 when not trailering, 13 to 14 with the fifth wheel. I'm very happy with that.
    Ken
  • RichinKsRichinKs Posts: 416
    My 4x4 2500 with factory Michelins shows 80psi max on the tires. On the door frame it recommends 65 front and 80 rear. Mine came with about 62psi all around. Friday I will be pulling my fifthwheel for the first time and I plan on 75 psi for the rears. My kingpin weight should be about 1800 pounds, which is less than max. My understanding is tire pressure should be adjusted for even tire wear accross the tire. That is not easy to see. If to high pressure the middle wears fastest. Too low and the outside edges wear fastest. Any thoughts? .... Got my mirror extentions. .... Tomorrow I have an appointment with the dealer service deptment to check frontend alighment. It pulls to the right slightly to moderately depending on the crown of the road. Neither of my last two truck pulled nor my wifes car. It gets tiring after a while pulling the wheel to the left even if its only slightly. I guess I'm concerned they will say this is acceptable as I've read post some time back of others having a simalar problem with Dodge trucks. I guess I'll find out tomorrow. ... Rich
  • Rich:
    My manual folder has a tire pressure chart with it. You should have one too. I happen to have it in front of me. The recommendations are different depending on if you're loaded or empty.
    Empty you should have 45 front and 40 rear. Loaded it should be 55 front and 70 rear. The light load numbers seem low to me, and I think I'm running closer to the loaded numbers.
    I've had a similar steering problem to what you describe. The dealer had the caster adjusted at an alignment shop and it improved. It seems to be getting bad again, so I'm going to take it back in. My problem now is the steering wheel doesn't want to come back to center on it's own on the highway. If I make a slight adjustment left or right, it stays there and is very slow to come back. The service manager told me before that the steering box is sometimes a problem on these Rams, and it may need to be replaced. They went to a different box in '99 that they thought would be an improvement, but it may not be. I've read from other guys (I think on TDR) that steering wander can sometimes be helped by changing the tire pressure. My wandering (which is different from the wheel not coming back to center) seems to have improved since the alignment, but it could just be that I'm used to it and don't really notice it much anymore.
    Let me know what happens with yours and I'll do likewise.
    Dave
  • RichinKsRichinKs Posts: 416
    I found the chart. I'm going to leave the pressure up for my trip but Monday I may try it. Its interesting their chart recommends less pressure for max load that the door frame. I may talk to a Michilin dealer next week. Probably get a third suggestion.
  • Rich:
    Let me know what the Michelin Man has to say. I have Michelins too. By the way, I plan on rotating often and religiosly.
    Have a great trip!
    Dave
  • RichinKsRichinKs Posts: 416
    Dealer determined my truck is drifting due to caster being off by 1/2 degree. They do not have the equipment to fix it and are subcontracting the job to and alignment shop. Apparently it involves bending the axle!. That sounds a little drastic but the tell me there is no caster ajustment for my truck. I have an appointment for next Wednesday. ... Rich
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