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Old 02-24-2012, 11:51 AM
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Hi, I'm new to the forums and will soon be purchasing another truck. I am looking at 2002-2005 Ram 1500 Off-Road Edition and am trying to decide between the 5.9 or the 5.7. I dropped a 5.9 into my Dakota that I currently drive and have never had a problem besides a Crank Sensor (@177k miles). However the 5.7 has 100 more horsepower and is probably more efficient as it's a newer engine. I am going to be buying a Ram with 80-120k miles on it so I am curious if the 5.9 is as durable as the 5.7?

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Its no more effecient, but it is ALOT more powerful. You get 100 more HP and ooodles more TQ.

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Well obviously for performance factors I would rather have the Hemi, but I'm wondering if it's as durable as the Magnum? Any thoughts?
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Putting a Hemi in your truck is not impossible, but very costly, different engine setup, computers, automatic transmission upgrade. If you decide to go that route, you would want a Hemi out of a non MDS Hemi, like in the Heavy Duty Rams

There are many 4.7 & 5.9 Magnums still on the road today & they are easy to modify, i think that speaks for itself
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Well thanks, but I meant to say that I am trying to decide between a Ram 1500 with a 5.9 or a Ram 1500 with a 5.7, I am in the market but can only afford high mileage, so which is more durable?
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Theyare equal in terms of durability, but the 360 has more long term results, simply because its been around since the late 50's.
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Yeah that's what I was thinking, thanks.

By the way I notice you have the 4.7, how is that engine? Because before I was looking at Rams I wanted a Quad Cab Dakota but the 4.7 made me nervous due to the fact that it is a new design and a SOHC so I was leaning towards the 5.9
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i would get a hemi i was a dodge tech for over 10 years the 360 is very dependable but they get cracks in the cylinder heads between the valve seats quite often and the most i saw with a hemi was a broken exhaust valve spring i have owned both the 5.9 and hemi and 2 diesels i just bought a new 2011 ram with a hemi . so i say hemi or nothing
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and the hemi has a far better transmission than the 5.9 . the 5.9 has a 46re with many problems and the hemi has a 545rfe that is bullet proof
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Alright awesome then, I guess I'll be specifically looking for a 2003-2005 Ram 1500 Hemi with the Off Road Package, thanks a lot
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