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Dodge Ram Quad Cab



  • lariat1lariat1 Posts: 461
    The 4:10 axle ratio is on the off road package to compansate for the larger tires I dont see any problem with going over 70MPH with that setup, at that speed you should be at about 1800 rpm in OD.
  • davids1davids1 Posts: 411
    I run about 2000 rpm at 72 mph with the 3.55. My guess is you will be closer to 2100-2200 with the 4.10 at 70 mph. Can't think of any legitimate reasons why you couldn't drive in excess of 70 in that truck.
  • dean52dean52 Posts: 12
    Hey David, Your dealer is full of BS. I have a 2001 QC off-roader. When I get on the highway I always set my cruise on 70 mph. It tachs a little over 2000 at 70. With the 17" tires it makes it a little higher than stock gears,but gives you real good low end power. And to barbarajo comment about only goodyear tires is true, But one good thing is that the 2002 Ram will have 17" tires standard which should open the door for other tire companies to make our size. I put a PRO-FLOW Muffler on it and it sounds as Mean as it looks.
  • dram1dram1 Posts: 1
    I currently drive a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 2WD, with the 5.3L and automatic trans. I have been looking at the Dodges recently and I really like the looks of them, especially the off-road package. The stance is awesome and the wheels are very nice. I'm quite unhappy with the Chevy in terms of the rattles and squeaks on the interior. I'd have to say the drivetrain is wonderful, but the rattles are driving me crazy. Plus, the Dodge looks a lot better than the Chevy I think. I was just wondering what the Dodge is like on the inside. I have yet to test drive one and I just want to know from someone who has owned one, how solid it is on the interior. Does it rattle a lot? I have read some reviews that say it is solid and others that say it is worse than the Chevy. Also, can I order the off road package with a manual tranny? I have seen some information that says it only comes with an auto.
  • davids1davids1 Posts: 411
    My 99 1500 Quad 4x4 is solid. No rattles. The Quad cab door does squeak when the truck gets in a bind, but that doesn't bother me at all. I drove all three (Dodge, Ford & Chevy) before I bought my truck. The Dodge was by far the most comfortable of all (for me). The seat height was higher than in the Chevy, and about the same as the Ford. The seats are extremely comfortable being very supportive without being too hard. Drive them all before you buy.
  • jcmdiejcmdie Posts: 595
    My '98 quad cab 4X4 has no squeaks or rattles. Very tight truck.
  • 27jr27jr Posts: 22
    Just picked one up 2 weeks ago. Love the ride
    and comfort. Had a Taco ma Prerunner that bounced
    me all over and had no room for my little one to
    sit. Plus at 39k the cranny was slipping and tires
    were wearing uneven. Toyota bought the truck back
    and ask if I wanted a other which I did decline.
    Even the Tundra which I thought look cheap inside.
    Besides for comfort and name Toyota I could not
    see spending all that money. Got a great deal on
    the Dodge 23900, 5yrs 75k, 3.9% financing.
  • maxboxmaxbox Posts: 1
    after waiting many years, I can now purchase a new truck. always had my heart set on the dodge. will be using it for work and play so reliability and safety are a must since I have a
    newborn which will be riding along. after viewing all of the posts it seems there is a big decline
    in dodge reliability. I had a 84 b250 3/4 ton van. it took a pounding and never quit on me.
    never any major repairs. just maintenance; also why I like dodge trucks. see there are alot of
    issues with brake failure , steering problems, rough idle,tranny slips, you know the rest if you
    are on here regularly. since this will be my first pickup. here are my questions: the model i
    looked at was a 2001 qc, slt, 4x2, 5.2L .i got a price of 21,765 plus tax.that is including
    2000 cash back and 1600 off the sticker this a good price? the upgrade for 4x4=3000.
    are all of these problems poor build quality from dodge or do the other manufacturers have them as well?? any warnings or concerns i should know about?i hear alot of opinion from people who
    don't even own one. i test drove the ford f-150. i prefer the ride of the dodge.never drove the chevy.i just don't want to buy a lemon!! how does the lemon law dealer buy back work?
    this is a big purchase for me and i don't want to be disappointed. ANY ADVICE IS EXTREMELY APPRECIATED!!!
  • lariat1lariat1 Posts: 461
    In reality you will not go wrong with any make of truck it is more of a preference. I just bought an 01 quadcab and I love it there isnt a thing wrong with it, and I had the same experience with the 98 quadcab I had before. No matter which make you get you have a chance of a lemon.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    If it were me, I'd wait for the new 2002 model. It's much improved over the current model, in just about every aspect. It's due out next fall. I don't know if you can wait that long.

    If you need a truck now, I'd probably opt for the Chevy (or GMC). I don't care for the styling, but it's been rated very high by every publication that's tested it.

  • wundaswundas Posts: 3
    I looking at buying a new 3/4 ton with the v10 and 355 gears. Does any one have any idea about the reliability of the v10? What about the Automatic transmission? Mileage?

    I will not be working the truck very hard.
  • zeke18zeke18 Posts: 1
    I have recently bought a 1995 dodge extended cab diesel longbed 4x4. I have a vibration only between 40 and 45 mph. The vibration feels like a tire that is badly out of balance. I have had the tires balanced,shocks replaced,tires rotated and force balanced the second time. Has anyone else had a problem such as this.
  • here is a fix for your squeeky window,:
    take a soft cloth and spray some silicone lubricant on it. wipe the rubber seal around the
    door jamb and also along the window's upper seal.
    wouldnt hurt to spray a little bit on the lower
    rubber/vynal seal at the bottom of the window when the window is down. Also, after windexing
    the inside/outside of the window, take a little
    bit of silicone on your cloth and wipe across the
    top 1/4 inch of the length of the window. that should prevent squeeks in the future, retreat the
    seal once a month or more if you live in a dry climate.
  • rcagnorcagno Posts: 1
    I have a 1998 2500 quad cab diesel. Ever since day one I have gotten terrible mileage. Before I bought my truck I talked to a lot of people with the cummins diesels. All were getting in the high teens to low 20's mpg. I currently get 11-12 city and 14-15 highway. I called Cummins direct and they said there must be something wrong. I brought it to several dealers in two different states to check it out. The all said I should get better mileage but they didn't now why i wasn't. I wrote numerous letters to Dodge and they refused to do anything. Maybe I should start looking at Ford's.
    Any options??
  • Wundas, why are you buying a V-10 if you aren't going to be working it very hard?
    I bought a 2001 1500 quad cab sport package/ off-road package w/5.9 and auto. for $26,400.
    I am very happy with the trucks power and I am averaging 11 mpg city / 13.5 highway (averaging 65-70mph). ***Note (not 13/17 as posted on the window)***
    I don't know first hand about the V-10, but when I asked the fleet manager I bought my truck from about them,( prior to buying my truck) he said that realistically the V-10's average 8 city /10hwy mpg.
    That and the $2,500 to move up to the 3/4 ton (V10 isn't offered in the 1/2 ton) AND the additional cost of the V10 option persauded me to stick with the half ton 5.9.
    Like you I don't work it very hard, occasionally towing a 17' trailer and moving furniture etc.
    Oh, did I mention it turns more heads than any car I've owned since my '67 GT Mustang???
    I LOVE my truck!!!
    PS: Any V-10 owners out there... If my info on the V-10 mileage is inaccurate.. I humbly apologize in advance.
  • calfirecalfire Posts: 1
    I have to agree with lionmaster1, I've owned my Dodge 1500 Off-Road 4X4 Sport for approximately 3 months. I drive quite a bit of highway miles, and love the ride, power and solid feel. I'm also very impressed with it's off-road capabilities. If you want torque for pulling buy a diesel, otherwise the 5.9L magnum has plenty of power, and with a couple of bolt on performance parts you can easily be at 280-300hp and still get better gas mileage. Plus with the $2000.00 Rebate the price is truly hard to beat.

    I Love My Truck !!!
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    First, if the 5-speed transmission you are referring to with the 4.7 engine is an automatic, it is NOT an older design. In fact, its rather new (545RFE).

    The 360 motor (5.9) should come with a 45RE or 46RE automatic transmission. That is the latest version of a family of transmissions that trace themselves back to the 1960s.

    My opinion only, others may disagree. The 360 motor is strong and very durable. It has a reputation for being a torque motor, probably one that it deserves. It is not much more in horsepower than the newer 287 (4.7) engine (235 vs. 250). It is a heavier, cast-iron head, thick-wall design like the 318. Chrysler continues to cam this motor for torque, whether right or wrong. This will likely translate to a thirsty engine at highway speeds.

    If your towing requirements are something like 0 to 5% of the time, keep in mind that you will be paying the price in gasoline for this power plant every minute it is operated. If you can afford that cost and want a very good hauler motor when you need it, then by all means it's a good deal.

    Personnally I think the 4.7 is more than adequate for towing within the applicable towing range of the vehicle. I've driven 4 new RAM 1500s, one loaded with better than a 1000 pounds and it did fine on hills. Others would want more power.

    Good luck,
  • babbitbabbit Posts: 2
    I'm looking to get rid of my '93 Cummins 4X4 (good, reliable truck, just a bit old and I'm not crazy about the automatic) and am seriously considering a newer gas 5 speed Ram 3/4 ton 4X4. I'm not interested in another diesel due to the cost but would like some pointers on bumping up the output of any factory 5.9 - the previous post indicated output 250-300HP up with some boltons. I use the truck to pull a 5th wheel (5000 lbs) and do a bit of offroading so lack of power is a concern.

    Does anyone have any comments on towing power of their 5.9 and also any suggestions on performance boltons? Also any comments on the reliability of Chrysler's 5 speed - I heard there were lots of problems with the old 5 speed Getrag's in the diesels.
  • camdudecamdude Posts: 4
    I currently own a 99 Dakota SLT club 4x2. I love the truck, however it is not fulfilling my needs. I have two children who currently ride in booster seats and the room is pretty tight. As they grow, it will only get tighter. Anyway, I will eventually be moving to a slightly higher elevation and will be in need of a 4X4. I do not want anything smaller than a 3/4, as for the resale and payload. Here is my delema: When I am at play, I do medium to medium heavy hauling but may need to haul heavy cargo, as per my move. Also with the gas prices soaring in CA, diesel fuel is significantly cheaper. So, I am indecisive as to which brand and type of cumbustible engine. I kind of like the sound of both types, each has its own.... how should I say... (arh arh arh). Its basically power vs torch. Reliability is of utmost importance. I will also be using this mystery vehicle to and from work (8-10), which is a lot of cold runs. I am a little gun shy as to Fords, as I was fixing or repairing daily but they was first on race day. In all fairness, they were not Pickups.
    Any advice is appreciated.

  • 10spot10spot Posts: 2
    V10 Reliability

    Wundas- I have the Dodge Ram 2500 SLT, SB, V10, Quad Cab, 2wd, 5 spd., 355 gears and LT 265/17 R16 AT OWL tires. It is the new Bright Silver color and it looks sharp. I spent 2 years researching trucks and vans through the internet and product info. I bought it in Nov. and chose this truck for the following reasons:

    The V10 vs. V8 gas milage in the 2500 is about the same since the V10 will handle the weight much better.

    I could never find any consistant problems with the newer V10s (2000 and up). There were a couple but if there are a lot of them, they generally show up in these forums.

    The power is awesome. I hope to have a bay boat and wanted to be able pull that and anything else I MIGHT need to in the future. Actually, I tell people that I have a 4'11" wife and two little dogs that I haul and figure that's a good enough reason. I love the looks on their faces when I say that.

    The 5 spd is the most reliable transmission based on all I've read from the supporters on this sight and other sights. It has been around for quite a while. Also, I wanted the low gear with the power and anti-spin to help me on slippery ramps since I couldn't justify the extra cost and maintenance for 4WD.

    I wanted a truck that can handle the GVWR that I may ever need. The 2500 is in my range.

    I WANTED THE DIESEL!!! but I couldn't justify the cost, front end problems, some 6 spd problems and the extras like guages, etc. that seem to be needed to make sure the engine, etc. isn't damaged.

    I got a Chrysler loan for 5.9% which was very good at that time.

    I knew the dealer costs through Edmunds and other sources. I told the dealer that I would pay $300 above those costs and they agreed. I paid $25,334 with the following options: 27G pkg., Trl. Tow pkg., Trvl. Conv. Grp., Rear Seat Storage, Anti-spin Diff., Rem. Keyless Entry, Fog Lamps, Security Alm. and the tires. If anyone lives in Jacksonville, FL., go to Orange Park Dodge. Ask for Clinton Pack or Tom Conn. They are very good.

    So far I love this truck! I don't drive it hard either. I have a little over 4000 miles on it and get a consistant 12 mpg (city/hwy), give or take .2-.3 mpg. Since I live in Jacksonvile, it is flat so that helps.

    I hope this helps. Take care.

  • eagle63eagle63 Posts: 599
    Do you guys know if it's possible to get the limited slip rear diff without getting the Off-Road package?
  • jloftisjloftis Posts: 1
    Hello ZEKE18,
    My bet is you bought that Dodge used and I also bet the tranny has been out of it. Here is the problem. Dodge Ram Drive Shafts are balanced on the vehicle. If you ever drop the drive shaft you have a 50/50 chance of putting it back wrong. If you do there will be a vibration at certain speeds (the speeds change with each truck). All you have to do is take the drive shaft loose from the rear end and turn the shaft 180 degrees(1/2 turn) and rebolt it. Make sure tranny out of gear or it won't turn. A LOT of dealers don't even know about this!!
  • l_keeganl_keegan Posts: 6
    Hello Eagle63:
    Yes you can get the limited slip differential without ordering the off road package. I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 with the limited slip differential and it does not have the off road package.
  • I have a 2001 RAM 2500 Quad Cab with the 5.9L gas engine and 4:10 gears. Does anyone have experience with any bolt on accessories that will increase my performance and/or help me get better gas milage? I would like to hear your testimonials about products that you have tried or are currently using. Thanks
  • jcablejcable Posts: 1
    I have a 98 2500 Dodge with the 24 valve Cummins and I am having problems with the torque-converter unlocking and locking back up while I am driving. I have had the truck in the garage two times and the computer doesn't show any thing wrong. Has anyone had any similar problems?
  • lariat1lariat1 Posts: 461
    I had a 98 ram w/24v and used to do the same thing. The only thing I can recommend is having the bands adjusted in the transmission. I traded my truck in 6 months ago mostly because the transmission was getting ready to let go in the truck.The 24v is bad for transmissions.I had 265 16 tires in the truck and 3.55 gears in the rear end as a result I was turning around 1600 rpm @55mph this happens to be the start of the torque curve of the 24v and there is not enough fluid pressure in the transmission to provide cooling in the transmission. But the truck was fun to drive while I had it. That thing would pull a mountain if it had a way to hitch it up.
  • joeyv75joeyv75 Posts: 3
    I've recently read a consumer review website that said the closer a truck feels like a car the better it is. Needless to say the Ram placed last. I love my Off Road Ram because it is a truck's truck. The other posts are right about the gas mileage 11/13.5. Nowhere near 13/17. My father in-law has owned about 5 different 94+ Rams and says it should get better above 10K miles. The lack of tire selection is frustrating, but the wheels are killer. Drove it across the country (VA/WA) in 3 days and it was nothing short of pleasant. Across the western states with 75 mph speed limits had the cruise at 80 and was turning about ~2350 rpm. Looking for cat back exhaust and thinking about Gibson. Any advice? Only one problem. limit switch for parking brake release doesn't reset when the brake is released. I've had it adjusted twice and it's still messed up.
    Why the Ram is better than the other's.
    1) wider and taller than the toyota
    2) better looking than the (carlike)Ford.
    3) the interior is much better layed out than both the Ford and the Chevy.
    4) the Off Road Ram is the best lookin truck out there
    5) only half ton 4X4 left with solid front axle. (gone in 2002.....what a pity)
  • jeffnfljeffnfl Posts: 2
    I own the 01 Ram 4x4 Sport Off Road with a 5.9L engine. I installed cat back Flowmasters on the side NASCAR style,a Jet Technology computer module stage 2(an add on.. not the entire ECM) with a 180 degree thermostat and a K&N air filter. The Jet module will give you good performance gains by resetting engine timing,spark and fuel curves with minimal time and work. I can tell you it was well worth it, as it now kicks as*. Best bang for the buck to get an added ~35hp. Check out;

    for info and parts for your 5.9L
  • jeffnfljeffnfl Posts: 2
    I own a 01 Ram 4x4 Off Road with the 4.1 axle ratio. I have driven it STEADY at 118mph on the turnpike without a problem. Dont expect to get it there in 9 seconds, but its steady, strong, and would go even faster if I kept the OD off. Too bad the guy who told you it wont go over 70mph wasnt sitiing next to me.
  • eagle63eagle63 Posts: 599
    Just picked up my new '01 4x4 QC 1500 with 5.9 this weekend. So far I love it! it rides great, without being too "carlike." -hard to describe. Exterior is white with agate interior. tow package, HD service group, limited slip, travel conv. group, etc. Even though I have the 3.55 gears, I think the acceleration is impressive.
    I like the Fords and chevys too, but the Ram just had something "extra" that was appealing. I'd definitely recommend one to anybody looking for a fullsize truck.
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