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Old 06-20-2012, 04:16 PM
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hey im looking for some info on the 3rd gen HEMIS. planning on looking at a few but dont know much about them. any help on what year is the best/worst for the hemi and tranny in the truck and any additional info on pros and cons. i dont really know much about them or all the technical terms haha. also im thinking of a 3/4 ton but i hear ther terrible on fuel? thanks for the help!
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Well i have a 2006 3/4 ton with the 5.7 HEMI in it and i average between 13-17 miles a gallon...and i havent had any problems with it..jus normal wear n tear...my truck has about 190000 miles on ...hopes thats helpfull...
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First off, any TRUCK with over 300hp on tap will get crappy mileage. It's a small block pushing something that weighs 4800lbs (1500 RC SB) to much much more in 3/4 and 1 ton varieties. 2003's have the worst reputations because there was a small run of bad valve springs. There are people who have had them, and there are many more people who haven't (I just hit 120,000 on mine). 2003's also have the worst computer setup ever, so if you ever decide to do some serious mods and want/need custom tuning, it is severely hampered. 2005's seem to be the best all around year for tuning. 2006-2008 1500's have MDS. You can search far and wide and spend nights reading about the different opinions on this. The transmission (it's the same for the 3rd gen hemis) seems to be hit or miss across all years. Some people have blown up multiple stock ones, some people are well over 100,000 and counting on their original. Try to find one that was babied with meticulous maintenance records.
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Firstly, welcome from Calgary!

Secondly, it depends on what you're looking for and what you need it to do. A rule of thumb for selecting the towing capacity of your truck is:

if you like the idea of having a truck and occasionally will use it: get a 1500
if you need a truck and will regularly use it: get a 2500
if you USE your truck: get a 3500

As lonestar pointed out, stay away from the '03s, they are a PITA for a lot of things. If you want 'better' fuel mileage then the '06-'08 1500s with the MDS works well, plus they are tunable to disable it if you want. The '04-'05 are the best for raw performance because they don't have the MDS. If you get a 2500 then you don't have the option of MDS, across any year, and all 3rd gens have the same transmission, and it's a good transmission overall with a very small number of major issues. It's definately an improvement over the tranny in the 2nd gens.

If you're looking at a 2500, I would seriously recommend looking at the diesels, they are longer lasting, have the power to move the size of the truck, and are a lot cheaper to operate and mod compared to gas engines, the servicing on them just sucks when you do have to do it.
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right on that stuffs good to know forsure. if anyone has some basic knowledge of the 3rd gens they could share it would be greatly appreciated from a newbie! thanks for the tips
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Like what kinda "basic knowledge" you looking for besides what's posted? Are there specific questions you need answered?
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Firstly, welcome from Calgary!

Secondly, it depends on what you're looking for and what you need it to do. A rule of thumb for selecting the towing capacity of your truck is:

if you like the idea of having a truck and occasionally will use it: get a 1500
if you need a truck and will regularly use it: get a 2500
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As lonestar pointed out, stay away from the '03s, they are a PITA for a lot of things. If you want 'better' fuel mileage then the '06-'08 1500s with the MDS works well, plus they are tunable to disable it if you want. The '04-'05 are the best for raw performance because they don't have the MDS. If you get a 2500 then you don't have the option of MDS, across any year, and all 3rd gens have the same transmission, and it's a good transmission overall with a very small number of major issues. It's definately an improvement over the tranny in the 2nd gens.

If you're looking at a 2500, I would seriously recommend looking at the diesels, they are longer lasting, have the power to move the size of the truck, and are a lot cheaper to operate and mod compared to gas engines, the servicing on them just sucks when you do have to do it.
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Like what kinda "basic knowledge" you looking for besides what's posted? Are there specific questions you need answered?
just the best years, good mods, HP, ANY MAJOR PROBLEMS WITH SPECIFIC MODELS, random stuff like that
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-Best tuning year, arguably 2005
-Mods? Exhaust, CAI, programmer (be it custom or canned depending on mods), cam, gears, head work, forced induction, nitrous; only limit is the year you pick and your wallet
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x2..pcmwise, 05's are considered the best..if you got a tuner for it, it would have more parameter options than any other year...if you want to do modding, this would be the year to get..
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