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Factory Spec: 4.7-liter V8 engine - 310 horsepower, 330 lb-ft of torque.


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View Poll Results: Are you happy with your 4.7L V8?
Love my 4.7 175 44.19%
Kind of wish I went with the 5.7 111 28.03%
REALLY wish I went with the 5.7 81 20.45%
I'm not picky.. 29 7.32%
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:50 AM
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Yes. Thanks for the thumbs up! I was just posting the reason as to why I went with the 4.7L. An answer to the threads question which is: Happy with your 4.7? and my poll answer as well.

Now, if there was a 5.7 hemi option with the manual transmision on the 1500. Would I have bought it instead of the 4.7? Heck yeah!! I would have overpayed for it!
Before I purchased my truck, I sent a letter to dodge. One of my questions that I asked them was if there would ever be any plans on putting a manual transmission on a 1500 with the 5.7 hemi.
Their response was that they always strive to please their customers. And that was it.
Thats when I made my decision. I didn't really buy the truck for fuel economy. Granted it does consume less gas than my eagle talon. LOL.
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should have got the 5.7 liter but other then that happy all around .. shot i got out of a ford so that should tell u alot
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I bought a 2010 Ram 1500 crew cab 4wd with the 4.7 and 3.92 gears. It was a killer deal and I could not resist. I tow a 7x16 enclosed trailer about 10 times a year (weighs 4000lbs loaded) and the truck could pull it but spent most of the time in 5th gear at 3000rpm on the highway at 70mph. Got about 8mpg while towing. Over the winter, I got a CAI, superchips programmer, and a 180 thermostat. The truck ran way better and actually had a bit of spunk to it. I got a load leveling hitch and went out with my 1st trip towing the traier in March. Same old thing.... Pretty disappointing. Last week, I went to the dealer and traded it in for a 1500 crew cab 2wd with a 5.7 and 3.92 gears. No comparison!!!!!! The 5.7 hauls ass and gets better mileage. IMO, they should only offer the 4.7 in regular cab 1500s.
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I bought a 2010 Ram 1500 crew cab 4wd with the 4.7 and 3.92 gears. It was a killer deal and I could not resist. I tow a 7x16 enclosed trailer about 10 times a year (weighs 4000lbs loaded) and the truck could pull it but spent most of the time in 5th gear at 3000rpm on the highway at 70mph. Got about 8mpg while towing. Over the winter, I got a CAI, superchips programmer, and a 180 thermostat. The truck ran way better and actually had a bit of spunk to it. I got a load leveling hitch and went out with my 1st trip towing the traier in March. Same old thing.... Pretty disappointing. Last week, I went to the dealer and traded it in for a 1500 crew cab 2wd with a 5.7 and 3.92 gears. No comparison!!!!!! The 5.7 hauls ass and gets better mileage. IMO, they should only offer the 4.7 in regular cab 1500s.
There may not be a comparison for you...but I hauled 6,000 several times with my 4.7 when it had 3:55's, and I never had a problem. She was fully capable. A little slow and did drink gas, but when I am towing I am not supposed to be driving like a maniac. Maybe there was something wrong with your truck? 330ft-lbs is more than sufficient. In fact, I have towed more with less. People tow 6k+ with 2nd gens all the time, the 360 was a dog compared to a 4th gen 4.7.
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^I agree. I've hooked up a few thousand pounds to my truck several times (quad cab with 3.55) and barely noticed it. Mpg goes down to like 14ish city/17ish hwy but that's still pretty good. My buddy's 5.4L F150 has more trouble pulling than my 4.7L(until we get over ~5,000lb), and his is only extended cab, and he has lower gearing. He also gets about 12city/15hwy(when not towing) I believe and I get like 17city/21hwy. Several factors that make mpg vary but it's close. Just like AOO said, you're not supposed to try to hold 80 mph with a trailer.

I've even hooked up 8,000lb to my truck and towed it a few miles, it wasn't really bad at all. I'm sure it would have been on the highway though.
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I wasn't driving like a maniac, and I was holding 70, not 80. This is all flat highway driving. It's not just the weight, it's the wind resistance It's a 7x16 enclosed trailer, 6 1/2 foot interior height, loaded with 3 streetbikes, generator, tools, etc. The truck could pull it but it got a workout. Even with the trailer empty, the truck was working hard.
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I hear you. No doubt the hemi has more low end torque. I just find that the 4.7L does much better than most people claim(from my experience anyway). Even my dad's 2005 4.7L with much less power tows fine at 65-70mph.

One of the hardest things I pulled was an EMPTY, light utility trailer. The damn gate has so much drag. It pulls better loaded than empty.
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I bought a 2010 Ram 1500 crew cab 4wd with the 4.7 and 3.92 gears. It was a killer deal and I could not resist. I tow a 7x16 enclosed trailer about 10 times a year (weighs 4000lbs loaded) and the truck could pull it but spent most of the time in 5th gear at 3000rpm on the highway at 70mph. Got about 8mpg while towing. Over the winter, I got a CAI, superchips programmer, and a 180 thermostat. The truck ran way better and actually had a bit of spunk to it. I got a load leveling hitch and went out with my 1st trip towing the traier in March. Same old thing.... Pretty disappointing. Last week, I went to the dealer and traded it in for a 1500 crew cab 2wd with a 5.7 and 3.92 gears. No comparison!!!!!! The 5.7 hauls ass and gets better mileage. IMO, they should only offer the 4.7 in regular cab 1500s.
Thanks for your post.. its good to hear some feedback from someone who has ACTUALLY used both engines in the 4th gen rams. How noticeable was the difference between the two when you're not towing?
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My brother's hemi and my buddy's hemi I am around and in very often, among many other friends who have various 5.7L and 4.7L rams in 3rd and 4th gen flavors. IMO it's not a huge difference or really barely noticeable on the street between any of them when you are driving normally. The difference is when you put the pedal to the floor. Obviously the hemi has more pickup with the extra ~80 horses and especially right off the line. Also especially when they have lower gearing lol.
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Im overall happy with mine, its my first truck and im not using it to tow anything besides my dirtbikes. i hand calculated my fuel mileage and im at 14 mpg in the city, 18 if im cruisin at a nice speed down a side road and about 21 on the highway. I have my foot to the floor in it a fair bit also but for what im using it for works like a charm, just couldnt imagine towing!
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