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Old 01-27-2010, 06:46 PM
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Hi, I need to buy a truck for my business. My requirements are:

1) Needs to be full size
2) Needs to look nice (I like the "look" of the ram ext cab or quad cab)
3) Would be nice to be able to pull small trailers (up to 1,000 lbs)
4) Decent fuel economy
5) 4wd preferred (not absolutely essential)
6) ext cab or 4 doors (no std cab)

The truck will be used in Colorado. I have found some very nice looking 98 - 2002 Ram 1500 and 2500 trucks.

Questions I have:

1) Would a 2wd get better gas mileage than a 4wd?
2) Would a 1500 get better gas mileage than a 2500?
3) Is there much difference in fuel economy between different V8 motors?

Thanks! Steve
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:50 PM
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hello and welcome what other info on the trucks do you have what engines do they have is the 2500 diesel?
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If you really want power and economy, then look at the '06 and newer Hemi's with MDS.
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My choice was made to go with the 2500 since the crew cab 1500 has the really short bed. I went with the Mega Cab 2500 that has a 6'4" bed. The 1500 is like 5'6", looks a little funny to me being so small.
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Quad cab with the long box..........not a fan. 2 wheel vs. 4 wheel in fuel i wouldnt say theres alot of difference. You know trucks in general arent great on gas. Im not sure what you think decent on gas is? how many miles per are you looking for?
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To answer your questions
1) 2 wheel drive gets better gas mileage.
2) 1500 is lighter so it gets better gas mileage
3) The smaller the motor less fuel can fit in the cylinders.
What you need to know is pickups are very light in the rear end and will beak lose in snow easily unless you have weight in the bed over the wheels. I like four wheel drive. I like the 2500 for the bigger frame it has ( 1500 is a 2"X4" and 2500 2"X8" ) Motor will depend on if you're driving around are you climbing hills allot, personally the bigger the better great for highway and hill climbing.
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my opinion is if you dont need the bigger truck i wouldnt get it unless its a 4x4 cause i personally love 4x4s.
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I disagree a bit with the smaller motor always gets better mileage. The best fit for the job always wins. If you need to pull a load then get the bigger engine. Here are some facts from my experience that may help. I own 2 Rams, see signature.

The '99 will get stuck on wet grass empty with OEM tires. I have been able to walk the rear of the truck left and right for over 1/4 mile on wet roads. It gets 15-16 MPG and runs accelerates great with its shortie headers and single Flowmaster exhaust. It's 8' bed is very nice for hauling lumber. I pulled 7000 lb trailers quite a bit with no problems.

My '08 gets 12mpg being pampered on the same routes as the '99. The '06 to '08 1500 Mega Cabs have basically a 2500 frame, suspension etc. The MegaCab has an amazing amount of room, turns heads and can be a challenge to park. It rides a bit rough (air suspension being added next month).

IMHO 4X4 is a requirement in CO in a Ram. I bought mine a year old with 25k miles and saved a good size chunk of change.

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Alright, it looks like you need an all 'round truck. I would recommend a HEMI to start with. The '06+ have good power on demand if you need to tow, but also have the MDS to save your mileage. Also, with the HEMI, there really is no difference between 2WD and 4x4. I notice no difference with my '07 this winter. If you're looking to put quite a bit in the bed, and not just pull a trailer, then I'd look for the TRX package since it has a stiffer suspension.
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Lots of great advise here - thx to everyone!

Phrede, I am surprised at your 99's MPG of 15 - 16. That is what I'd like to get. I am going to need to put on quite a few miles per month - maybe as high as 2,500 miles some months. 15 - 16 MPG would be great and 10-12 would be "not so great".

Why do u think your 99 is doing as well as it does on gas?

Thx, Steve

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I disagree a bit with the smaller motor always gets better mileage. The best fit for the job always wins. If you need to pull a load then get the bigger engine. Here are some facts from my experience that may help. I own 2 Rams, see signature.

The '99 will get stuck on wet grass empty with OEM tires. I have been able to walk the rear of the truck left and right for over 1/4 mile on wet roads. It gets 15-16 MPG and runs accelerates great with its shortie headers and single Flowmaster exhaust. It's 8' bed is very nice for hauling lumber. I pulled 7000 lb trailers quite a bit with no problems.

My '08 gets 12mpg being pampered on the same routes as the '99. The '06 to '08 1500 Mega Cabs have basically a 2500 frame, suspension etc. The MegaCab has an amazing amount of room, turns heads and can be a challenge to park. It rides a bit rough (air suspension being added next month).

IMHO 4X4 is a requirement in CO in a Ram. I bought mine a year old with 25k miles and saved a good size chunk of change.

HTH and good luck
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