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2001 Dodge Ram

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  • dodgeramdodgeram Posts: 202
    Is it common for the 2000 or 2001 rams brakes too squeak before you stop. My 2000 diesel qc 4x4 does almost every time and it getting annoying, dealer says it is normal. He says they squeak because there metalic pads.
  • I have a 2001 2500 QC, LB, 4X4, Cummins. No squeaky brakes yet (2800 miles). Everything is "normal" that the dealer doesn't want to hassle with.
  • warfishwarfish Posts: 117
    My '01 2500 Quad has only 1400 miles and still no squeals from the brakes. They work very well but I have noticed red brake dust on the right front wheel after a trip with the trailer, and none on the left wheel. The dealer says that's normal because of the turbine effect from the rotor and the Chrome wheel. My '98 1500 did the same thing, and yes, the trailer brakes are working, in fact I have them set a little on the agressive side.
    I wish the rest of the truck was as good as the brakes.
  • RichinKsRichinKs Posts: 416
    Warfish, I have wondered what the red dust was on both my front wheels. My brakes do work fine an no squeals or anything. About 3000 miles now. But I've never had a vehicle with the red dust before. ... Rich
  • ginsu1ginsu1 Posts: 5
    Hi guys!

    I'm buying a Ram 1500 sport, quad-cab, 4x4, 5.2v8.

    Do you think I better change for the 5.9?
    Is there a good difference in performance?
    I'll use the truck to carry my motorcycle.

    Thanx. My deadline is tomorrow, wednesday.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    If you're pulling the motorcycle on a small trailer, the 5.2 is fine - if the bike will be in the bed, you may want to consider the 5.9. You do want to check the payloads though - the larger engine does reduce available payload by a few pounds. Also keep in mind your fuel costs, with today's prices - the 5.9 with a full bed will definitely be thirsty.

    kcram
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  • cromcrom Posts: 7
    What can you tell me on my 458 post?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Most of the folks I know who have upsized tires on their 2500s run 295s with no adverse affects. The drawback is having to correct the electronic speedometer/odometer sensor. Prior to 1998, Rams used the old mechanical removable-tooth wheels for the speedo/odo, and you could correct a tire change in a few minutes, using the maintenance manual. Now the comnputer has to be flashed, or you just have to fake it.

    kcram
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  • ginsu1ginsu1 Posts: 5
    Thank you, I'm going to the 5.9 !!!
  • warfishwarfish Posts: 117
    I have the opposite problem of most of the posts regarding tires. My 2500 came with LT265-16R tires and I'd like to go to a smaller size to get a few more RPMs for towing. It seems Dodge puts the bigger tires on 2500s and a smaller size on the 3500. This makes no sense to me, especially when you order a truck set up for heavy towing.
    Right now I'm turning about 1750 at 65mph. Can anyone tell me what to expect from RT235 or RT225 tires? Would they fit on the same rims?
    I'd also like to get rid of those darn Michelins,
    I know they get great mileage but I'd prefer a tire that sticks to the wet roads and preserve my valuable neck. These Michelins are as slick as snot on a doornob when it rains. Ken
  • geno7geno7 Posts: 10
    I am interested in a Dodge 2500 Quad 4x4 Cummins diesel with a short box. I would prefer the 235/85R16 tires on the truck instead of the 265's - less road surface, less friction, better mileage, and the 235's are just slightly taller than the 265's. Why can't you chose them as an option for the 2500 when they are stock on the 3500? kcram can you give me some ideas on this. Thanks
  • RichinKsRichinKs Posts: 416
    for you being so dissatisfied with your very expensive truck. I wish there was a solutition the you felt good about. I have the 4.10 rear end and hope I will be able to tow in OD on my second trip in a couple of weeks. And I know quite a few who do tow in OD with the 4.10 with both diesel and V10. Is DC telling you none of their trucks will tow in OD or just the ones with the 3.54 rearend and LT265 tires? Another question, how does 3rd with the 3.54 compare to OD with the 4.10 in RPM? I'm running 2000 in OD at 65 with 4.10 and LT265. I figure your running about 2400 in 3rd. Of course that would be about 1700 in OD I think. One is too high RPM and the other to low. Perhaps towing at 60 mph in 3rd whould be best for your setup. Switching to LT245 ties and rims also (more expense) I don't think is a solution cause you would still be about 1775 in OD, still to low an RPM. My figures maybe to low. Swapping to a 4.10 rearend would cost about $1000 per axle and althoug others do it and I hope to, I don't know for sure yet I can tow in OD. But that would let your diesel run about 2000 rpm in OD. I don't know, but with the Diesel option, I think you might be better off running 3rd at about 2300 rpm because of the diesel narrow operating range. You'll still get pretty good fuel milage compared to a gas engine like mine. I hope some testing will find away for you to make do with what you have for a few years as all your options cost a bunch.
  • RichinKsRichinKs Posts: 416
    You might check the load rating of the LT265/75 vs LT235/85. My Michelin LT265/75 R16's are rated as "E" 7 ply (10 ply rated) 3415 lbs at 80psi. I agree the LT235's might give better mileage, but will it be enough to even notice?
  • warfishwarfish Posts: 117
    Thanks for the thoughts.
    Yeah, DC says it doesn't matter what gears you have, if you have the auto you can't tow in OD and if you do and wreck the tranny they will know you abused it and will not honor the warrenty.
    According to my figures, which I think are at least in the ball park, going to TR225/75R16 tires would put me almost exactly in the same range as your 4.10 rear end. the diameter of the smaller tire is 29.2 compared to 31.6. That would put me at just under 2000 RPM at 70, and that's what my friends with 3500 trucks are running at with LT215/85R16s.
    I guess I may have to take your advise and just be happy to plod along at under 60 but I don't like it.
    Can't wait to find out how the new Chevy diesel does. I can't afford it now but in a few years maybe I can.
    I'd like to know what would happen if I put the smaller tires on my rims. The specs call for 7 inch max and mine are 8. Ken
  • RichinKsRichinKs Posts: 416
    because when the service manager at my dealership thought I could not tow in OD he called the tech support line. They did not tell him I could/couldn't tow in OD but suggested how he could determine why I was not able to tow in OD. The manual (and you can read it better than I'll sumerize it here) says it will down shift if the load is to great (and what is that?) or on a hill or in a headwind. Basically don't tow in OD if the transmission is hunting. But it doesn't say that very clear. So a case could be made for either view. By hooking up the computer the technition can tell why it is down shifting. And that should tell if it is normal or for the wrong reason.
  • warfishwarfish Posts: 117
    Like a dummy I didn't get the name of the person I was talking to at DC. Actually I talked to two people, the first was a man who left me on hold for 20 minutes after he said he would open a file for me and never came back. On my second call I got a female who talked to me like I didn't know how to get in my truck, let alone drive it. She was insulting and refused to even listen when I read her the paragraph you refered to about towing in overdrive. She insisted it said to never tow in OD, and we all know that's not wht it says. Ken
  • Just my 2 cents here. I also have an '01 2500, Cummins, auto, 3.54, and 265 tires. My rationale behind not getting the 4.10 was that the Cummins would be revving too high on the highway. I figure the transmission is the weak link, and I want to prevent it's early demise. It seems to me that the philosophy of towing with OD off - on hills, when the tranny hunts - makes sense. If the tranny is happy in OD (on the flat), it should be ok. If the tranny is in and out of 4th a lot, then I think that's hard on it.(Plus it drives you nuts!)

    This makes the most sense to me - regardless of what the manual or DC says. I also believe this would be true with either the 4.10 or 3.54. I know the 3.54 will be noisier out of OD with the rpms up, but with the 4.10 it would be like that even in OD. Imagine how high the rpms would be in 3rd with a 4.10?

    Unfortunately, my little 2000 lb trailer doesn't give me any real data to support this. I barely know it's there when towing - the only time I take it out of OD is to pass somebody on a 2 lane highway. But when I do get a heavier trailer, I still think the 3.54/Cummins/265 combination will work well to tow with in or out of OD. When I need the power, I'll just take it out of OD.

    By the way, I get 18 mpg towing my little trailer with cargo, 2 adults, 1 child. (3000 miles on the truck so far)
    Good luck - I hope you find a satisfactory resolution.
  • warfishwarfish Posts: 117
    I hope for your sake you have a tranny that works right. If you do you will probably not have any problem with a heavier trailer. My problem is with towing on very slight grades or into a little headwind. With only slight pressure on the pedal it hunts continuously, so I have to just leave it out of OD. The engine has all kinds of power, gets me almost up to highway speed quickly, then the tranny craps out and downshifts before I get to 65. DC says its supposed to do that. yeah, and pigs fly.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    geno,

    Click Dodge Ram II/Post 46 for a detailed mph/rpm table.

    kcram
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  • doodles2doodles2 Posts: 1
    I'm so disgusted with my new truck!! I have only 3500 miles, but have been back to the dealer 5 times due to a miss, surging, and just flat out no power under 2000 rpm. The service department told me not to drive under 2000 rpm. I have a v-6 5-speed manual, at 2000 rpm, I'm traveling 72-74 mph. So I have to break the law to utilize overdrive! Plus, I'm only getting 15 mpg.This is the last Dodge I will ever buy. Warning to all, go get anything but a Dodge!!!
  • jcmdiejcmdie Posts: 595
    Nobody buys a truck and puts a 6 cyl. and still expects power or performance. A 6 in a truck is for someone content to plod along. What kind of power are you expecting in overdrive? It's intent is to be used after you have your truck brought up to speed, that it will then maintain itat a lower RPM.
  • cdeancdean Posts: 1,110
    Does Dodge use the same transmission behind the Cummins and the V10?

    i figured they would at least have different gearing between the diesel and gas.
  • cdeancdean Posts: 1,110
    jc
    not being condescending, but i think the DC 6 cylinders are little anemic. a friend of mine traded in a Chevy v6 for a Dodge v6. he only drives around, no towing. he's really disappointed in the new Dodge. compared to the Chevy, it has zero power, and the Dodge only got about 14 mpg, while the Chevy v6 was getting about 20. V6's aren't meant for heavy duty work, but GM and Ford both have v6's that are very peppy and driveable, Dodge does not.
  • jnikjnik Posts: 1
    Any thoughts on pros/cons of a 1500 Quad-Cab with the off-Road package vs. a 2500 Quad-Cab? Probably won't tow a lot and probably won't plow. Just looking for comments/experiences.
  • warfishwarfish Posts: 117
    The difference in towing capacity between a 1500 and a 2500 is negligible. If you plan on towing a fifth wheel, go for the 2500. If you plan on towing a boat or tag along camper of less than 6500 lbs, go for the 1500 with the 360 engine. My personal experience is that the 1500 rides a lot smoother, but people who like a real firm ride will dissagree. I traded in a 1500 for a 2500 and except for the larger carrying capacity I liked the 1500 much better.
  • jcmdiejcmdie Posts: 595
    I'll agree that dodge is behind in both performance and mileage comparing engines from chevy and ford. They are in the process of fixing this. I would never buy without test driving to be sure the power was adequate. A 6 in any truck is pretty marginal but dodge does scrape the bottom with thiers.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    cdean

    Currently, Dodge uses the 47RE automatic behind both the V10 and Cummins. Both engines also use the NVG4500HD 5-speed stick, but only the Cummins gets the NVG5600 6-speed.

    Supposedly, with the redesigned HD Rams, the Cummins will get the NVG5600 and the Allison 1000, while the new V10 will have the NVG4500 and a Mercedes 5-speed automatic, but rumors continue that the NVG4500HD may be out there as well.

    kcram
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  • ihrkeihrke Posts: 1
    I'm interested in getting more performance from a 2001 Dodge 2500 Cummins w/ 6spd HO. There are several available; such as Banks, TST, Dr. Performance, etc. Does anyone objectively compare the actual on-the-road performance of these products. They claim increases such as 100 - 200 hp and 200 to almost double the torque. Can any of these deliver that kind of performance without severely decreasing the life of the powertrain? If so, which is the best? I'm choosing the 6 sp because it should prove more durable than the automatic. Also, I continue to read about the OD shifting problems with the automatic and don't care to fool with it. I currently have a '97 Ford w/ the PSD and automatic and have had no problem with it while pulling in OD (about 6000 lbs) except for lack of power in the mountains or passing on the two lanes. If anyone has some solid information on these upgrades please let me know. Thanks, Ihrke
  • eric16eric16 Posts: 38
    I have a 2001 ETC with the Auto, no problems towing in OD. I have heared that if you uprate the HO you run into EGT problems quick. You need to check out the TDR site at http://www.turbodieselregister.com/ You will find answers to all kinds of questions there. You can start with injectors for about 500.00 that will give 50 HP more at the wheels, call DD stage I's. This is where I am going to start. Mild HP upgrades should not hurt your motor as long as you monitor it,i.e. Boost and EGT.
    Just my 2 cents worth

    Eric16
  • Hey guys. I am looking at a 2000 3/4 ton 4x4 quad cab cummins auto with the 4.10 rear end. I am in the boat business and normally tow about 3/4000 lbs but I have towed 16,000 lbs. I did that with a '97 k2500 Chevy 5.7/350ci. Don't tell the leasing company! I want to keep the next truck for a while so I want to make the right decision. This is a daily driver as well. I want some mileage too. I don't need to pull the house off the foundation either. I am thinking more toward the 3.54 rear end. I have talked to guys that tow boats back and forth to FLA and back(I'm in Ohio) and they say that the 4.10 gear kills the MPG's, puts the rpm's to high at 70mph. I have managed with this chevy w/4.11's and a 5.7 for 3 years without any problems. I also have the itch to lift the ram and run 35" tires. I have seen this and it ROCKS!!! Would that kill the performance with the 3.54's. I know that the 5 speed is the way to go with hauling but its kind of a pain in the a_ _ at the boat ramp. Talk to me Dodge boys!
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