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Old 04-27-2013, 09:57 AM
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Hello hello!

I'm on my way to testdrive a -09 dodge ram 1500 5,7L hemi with MDS. (60,000km)

I am totally green when it comes to fullsize pickup trucks. The only pickup ive driven is Toyota hilux (which i love).

However, i'm interested to try the ram crewcab becouse of the interior space and that it looks so god damn badass cool!

So, to the point. I have no idea how the quality of the car (or brand in general) is, i have no idea if i should look for anything special when looking at the truck.
Is there anything i should watch out for or so? I guess what im after is some general tips and tricks to have with me when taking it for a drive. The car do however have some extras and i'll post my questions regarding them now:

Rambox - The truck have it. Is there anything to look for about them? Holes underneath, leaking, anything?

Diablo T-1000 box - What is that? From what ive read its a box that enables you to turn the MDS off. Why would you want that? Does that box do anything else to the truck? Is the lifespan of the engine or anything else affected by it?

Extralight behind grille - Is there anything to look for here? Rust, is that common when mounting light lights like this?

Catback exhaust system - what does that thing do, exept perhaps change the exhaust sound?

Many questions, i know. But i have faith in that the dodge community have the wisdom to answer them all.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:20 PM
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Hello hello!

I'm on my way to testdrive a -09 dodge ram 1500 5,7L hemi with MDS. (60,000km)

I am totally green when it comes to fullsize pickup trucks. The only pickup ive driven is Toyota hilux (which i love).

However, i'm interested to try the ram crewcab becouse of the interior space and that it looks so god damn badass cool!

So, to the point. I have no idea how the quality of the car (or brand in general) is, i have no idea if i should look for anything special when looking at the truck.
Is there anything i should watch out for or so? I guess what im after is some general tips and tricks to have with me when taking it for a drive. The car do however have some extras and i'll post my questions regarding them now:

Rambox - The truck have it. Is there anything to look for about them? Holes underneath, leaking, anything?

Diablo T-1000 box - What is that? From what ive read its a box that enables you to turn the MDS off. Why would you want that? Does that box do anything else to the truck? Is the lifespan of the engine or anything else affected by it?

Extralight behind grille - Is there anything to look for here? Rust, is that common when mounting light lights like this?

Catback exhaust system - what does that thing do, exept perhaps change the exhaust sound?

Many questions, i know. But i have faith in that the dodge community have the wisdom to answer them all.

Thanks in advance!
The diablo is a tuner and can change many different performance options on the truck as well as turn MDS off as you have said.

I would make sure the lights are wired in properly using the correct fuses and relays and also check for rust around the mounting location.

Catback exhaust system increases performance and changes the exhaust sound as stated.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:28 PM
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The 2009 is a pretty solid truck, excellent ride, with plenty of power.

Be aware of the recent recall for the pinion nut that may come loose, you can check the forums here for that.

One other recall item was for the HVAC system where the motor for the blend door may stop working.

Make sure these two have been updated on the truck.

Mine has 42k miles, close to the one you are looking at, and other than the motor for the blend door I have had no failures.

They probably don't use raod salt where you are so rust should not be a big problem

Follow the service schedule and use the proper oil and filter and you should have very few problems.
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:56 AM
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Thanks for the replies. I will definitely look for those things before i buy.
They do use road salt up here in sweden, but the car have got a "underbody treatment", dont know what it's called in english.

I see that the diablo box could be tuned to increase the fuel economy, that would be something i could benefit of sometimes. Do you know how big the gains could be?

I hope that the truck lives up to my expectations. I really do love the looks and the rambox together with a rolltop would suit me like a glove! Lets hope it's a great ride and that it's as big inside that it looks.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:12 AM
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And another thing. Do all 5.7l hemi engines come with mds? Ive spoken to a dealer about a -10 and he says it odes not have mds
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To the best of my knowledge all 1500 series Ram trucks have MDS with the 5.7 engine. I doubt there were any exceptions for Rams built for foreign sales.

2500 series trucks have the 5.7 without MDS.
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