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Old 07-24-2011, 09:24 PM
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Default In the market for a 2009 Ram 1500 - 4.7L? 5.7L?

I am in the market to sell my Wrangler and pickup a used 2009 Ram 1500 Quad Cab. I am finding the 4.7L models to be more in my price range over the Hemi equipped. I am looking for some real world information between these two engines.

What kind of milage are you getting out of your truck?
Have you towed with it? How much? How would you rate it's capabilities?

I will, rarely, tow a 3400lb car on a trailer through north Texas (not much for hills). I want to make sure that whichever I do get, will pull that without stretching the trucks limits too far.

Any other comments on what to have/avoid/etc on a 2009 are welcome! I am looking to know the in's and out's of what I should want to have in a new-to-me Ram.
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Are you on ranger-forums? your user name looks familiar I used to post over there as Liftedgreen4x4.. I don't have an 09+ hemi but my buddy's dad has one and he's getting 18 city. hope that helps.
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Are you on ranger-forums? your user name looks familiar I used to post over there as Liftedgreen4x4.. I don't have an 09+ hemi but my buddy's dad has one and he's getting 18 city. hope that helps.
Yep, I used to be on RangerForums with the same name. On Mopar and Jeep JK forums as well.
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well you get mds with the hemi so the gas mileage is very similar, maybe even better with the hemi, and you get a lot more power.
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I, just 1-month ago, bought my 2009 RAM 1500 w/HEMI.
I also own a 2004 Dodge Durango equipped with the 4.7L.
I can honestly say that the mileage is about the same between the 2 engines.
We've taken two trips in the RAM and I saw anywhere from 18.5 to 20.5
I've not yet pulled anything with my RAM but from the aspect of sufficient power, I'm not concerned.
I have towed with my Durango and wasn't impressed with its power. It would rarely allow itself to shift into OD.
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Mileage is realy no different between the two, and the hemi is only 1300 more as an option new, so use that when looking for used trucks. The hemi shouldn't be much more than a 4.7 truck.
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We have 2 of each vehicle all are quad cab, all came with limited slip rear and factory tow package all 4 are 2009

all trucks have appx 37k on them

4.7 we average 14 to 17 city depending on the driver highway 18 to 23

5.7 we average 11 to 14 city same drivers, 17 to 20 highway

the mds is fairly useless unless you are on level roads highway speeds and we had to have plugs, not all, replaced on both 5.7s they were fouled and i suspect the mds and lack of firing some plugs at times may be the problem

the 4.7 pulling the trailers we ahve from 2500 to 4100 all pull with no problem, of course the hemis are better for the heavier loads, but for the mileage we do much better with 4.7s. We are in ny state where there are a few big hills to pull up and the 4.7 has had no problems.

Only mods on all 4 are k&n drop ins
on another note the hemis have been in and out for a lot of pain in the butt things engine wise and the 4.7 only routine maintainance.

Bottom line if you want to be faster than others do the 5.7, if you want better mileage go with 4.7

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I'm happy with my 4.7L, it really has more than enough power for daily driving and having some fun. It will also tow your 4000lb with no hesitation. The 5.7 is just even more power and mainly for extremely heavy towing. I wouldn't hesitate to tow 8,000lb with my 4.7L (although at that weight I'd probably wish I had the hemi). I also have the superchips on mine which really makes a whole world of difference. When stock I was averaging in the 16's for gas mileage and now with superchips I average in the 17's, but if I go all highway and keep it at 70mph I get above 20mpg (got 22.5 this weekend on a 4 hour trip). I'd say if you want the hemi, look for it, but don't let it be a deal breaker, the 4.7 is a great engine and sounds like it'd fit your needs.
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Thanks for the info guys. It seems like a 4.7L is right up my alley. I need to stick with a 2wd otherwise the truck will end up like my current daily driver



As soon as I get rid of that, I should have a '09 Ram in exchange.
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what ever you decide, i would think hard about getting the 3.92 rear end with LSD
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