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Old 03-08-2012, 10:39 AM
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As was said, if you're looking at used, definitely go hemi over the 5.9. The 360's were bulletproof motors, but were bolted to trannys that had a limited life it seems like and they def. don't produce the same power. Especially at the mpg's. Hemi is miles ahead of the 5.9. I love my truck, I got a Quad Cab 4x4 Larami. It's 3rd gen, but it's perfect for me and I'll never ever go back to a single cab, I got too much crap to haul around for no back seat. Plus, seating for 6 comes in handy on bar night... lol.
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If you can, go 4th gen. Worlds above the 3rd, and not even in the same league as the 2nd gen. I sacrificed the Hemi to have the rest of the truck the way I wanted (bought used), but if you dont have to, get a 4th gen with the Hemi, you will NOT regret your purchase.
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when people say go 5.9, they are generally speaking of the cummins diesel. or at least i am.
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Get the new 2500 dodge is going to make or already has, it has a 8 gal gas tank to start on and then switches to Natural Gas. Just had a wright up in our local paper.
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when people say go 5.9, they are generally speaking of the cummins diesel. or at least i am.
I, personally refer to the it as the cummins myself. When I say 5.9 im talking about the old monster 360. Just my .02 cents.
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Get a 4th gen. with 3.92 rear axle with you incline to buy a RAM HEMI 1500. I am very happy with my 2012 RAM. Dodge dealers are giving about 10.000 off off the sticker price on new trucks.

Take in consideration about your needs:
- heaving Towing vs. occasionally towing
- 4x4 vs. 4x2
- 5.7 vs 4.7
- 3.55 vs 3.92 rear axle
and other options

Do you really need a 2.500 HEMI?. My 1500 tow my trailer without problems.
2500 is stronger if you need towing more than 10.000 lbs.

I used to own a Chevy 2500 HD and had a poor MPG, that was my last 2500 I owned. Now I know a 1500 will be enough for my needs.

Good luck to you!

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I can only speak from my experience, but I found a 2011 1500 crew cab with the sport pkg and the 5.7 hemi and I get pumped up every time I get in it. I use my old beater truck (14 years old and 160000 miles) to work in and just use the new one for trips and around town, but love the way it drives and cant complain about the gas mileage. (17 in town and 20+ on the hwy). Got all the luxury crap in it and the wife even likes it. Dont tow with it but could if I needed to. Hope that helps.
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I really don't mean to talk negatively about the 1500. The Sport I test drove gave me the biggest grin, it's a fantastic truck. But coil springs on a trucks rear end? That's what Suburbans have and if you've ever seen a suburban with a load, you can tell.

I've said this before, but the fact is that it all depends on what your intention is. I strongly believe that if you're ever going to haul or tow more than 80% of the rated capacity of the truck: go to the next level.

That said, I think the 1500 will be totally fine for most folks, especially if you put air bags on to give you that stable feeling when loaded.
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I really don't like that people spread word around that coil springs on a truck is a terrible idea. It's not the fact that it's a coil spring setup, it's the fact that if you load something to it's limit then it is simply that; at it's limit. If you take a 1500 with leaf springs that's rated at 8,000 lbs and put 8,000 lbs on it and it sags and feels somewhat usntable, does that mean that leaf springs are not a suitable suspension for trucks? ...no...so why does it mean that with coils?

I've had a few leaf spring trucks and now this coil spring truck. I will say that I rarely tow, but I do haul a lot. Not only that, but I often haul more than the truck is rated for. I find the coils to handle the loads equally as well as the leafs. They give a better ride supposedly (I don't really care or pay attention to this, but I'm sure it's true...). The biggest benefit to me is just simply a better design, better suspension travel, articulation, tracking, etc... without any capacity sacrifice. There is more overall suspension travel maybe, but why is that bad?
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