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Old 09-29-2011, 08:28 PM
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I've always had Toyota Tacoma's. Nice little trucks. Just purchased a brand spank'n new 2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman, 5.7 Hemi, with an 8 foot bed, and it's a 2 X 4. It's HUGE compared to my little Tacoma. I thought about (and kinda wanted) a 4 X 4, but talked myself out of it for various reasons. Mainly because I have never needed 4 X 4 capability. In 65 years, I've never been stuck somewhere so bad that I couldn't "rock her out". And, the 4 X 4 option would have cost me an addition $2500. I think it gets a little lower MPG than a 2 X 4. Plus I "heard" it requires a little more maintenance. The only boon-docking I do is down fire roads, and if I see deep ruts ahead, I never try to go through them without first getting out and checking them out. This has kept me out of a lot of trouble.

So here are the questions. Do 4 X 4's get lower MPG and is there more maintenance involved than with a 2 X 4. Also, will my new Tradesman be at least as good in getting me unstuck as my little Tacoma was? The reason I'm asking is because the next time, I may just get that 4 X 4, lower MPG and higher maintenance notwithstanding! Then again, I may not, if the 2 X 4 holds her own.

Just as a side note, a dealer once told me not to get a 4 X 4 unless I really needed it. Guess I just been lucky so far, and I'm pretty cautious.

I gotta say this is one BIG, POWERFUL, and SWEET truck !

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personally i love my 4x4 i seem to get the same gas millage as my friends but honestly didn't buy if for gas milage lol. one major question do you have an open diff because if you do you can get stuck really easy, also 2wd's can do better off road with better tires.
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personally i love my 4x4 i seem to get the same gas millage as my friends but honestly didn't buy if for gas milage lol. one major question do you have an open diff because if you do you can get stuck really easy, also 2wd's can do better off road with better tires.
I'm the OP. My truck has something called "Electronic Stability Control", which I'm suppose to turn off before attempting to "rock the vehicle" to get unstuck. My manual doesn't really explain what "Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is. I also have a "Towing" button, but the manual doesn't explain that either. Can anyone provide any info on these 2 items?

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The electronic stability control is a nanny that manufacturers insist on putting on new vehicles because there are a lot of dumb people who drive. It's to help keep you in control in the event of abrupt maneuvers and such and does need to be turned off when offroad as it will cut your power if it senses ANY wheel spin.

The tow button adjusts shift points and turns off the MDS when towing to make it easier on the truck, namely the transmission.
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I'm of the school of thought that if I'm owning a truck, why would I NOT want a 4x4? I didn't buy it for mileage and with the simple twist of a knob I don't have to "rock the truck out". Being in Iowa, and you in WI, I would think snow would be reason enough to get a 4x4. That's my 2 cents though.
That all being said, since you got a 4x2 before asking the question I would just sink some money into a really good set of tires.
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Having lived in Iowa (once!) it sure was nice to have a 4x4 for those deep Iowa shows that come in winter....when we got them! In Ice 4wd isn't an advantage and my be a disadvantage because you think you are bulletproof until you try to stop!
I also had 2x4s and with a bit of weight in the bed, proper tires, and judacious driving I never had issues except in deep snow which is something I probably shouldn't have been out in anyway. Never had a truck with so much as a limited slip differential until the ram I own now.

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i usually never get "stuck" i mainly go up grassy hills and when u do that with morning dew it starts to slide everywhere in 2x4 so i flip on the 4x4 and it goes forward like if it was on asphalt. Its really handy and it always nice to say "yea its a 4x4" lol
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i've owned several toyota trucks myself, great trucks. we get too much snow up here for me not to have 4WD, i imagine it's only worse where you're from. that being said...if you don't need it you don't need it. no point in paying for something you'll never use.
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My input comes from spending 25 years in cold weather areas and lots of snow and mud...I have had front wheel drive vehicles, rear wheel drive vehicles and 4X4's (including my 2011 Ram) and I can tell you, if you are cautious and know how to drive decently, you will be just fine with a 2X4. I have, many times, gone looking for trouble with my 4X4 locked in 2X4 mode and would still have a VERY hard time getting stuck. Only one time with my Jeep did I actually use the 4X4 to get out of the mud, only because I purposefully had stopped in over 2 feet of mud and tried to get out (and even with all the mud I ALMOST made it out but my tires fell down into someone elses rut and couldn't climb out without 4WD).
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Having a 4wd is handy, but for most people not neccessary. I personally have a 4x4 for our winters out here; between the ice and snow, having the ability to pull through the snow pile that builds up around the vehicles when it's parked in the shop yard for weeks on end is really handy. When I drive the gf's caliber, I still have no problems in snow unless it's deep.

It comes down to if you NEED 4wd of just WANT it. I personally want it in case I ever need it in our winters, but if you don't need it, then the 2wd will do everything you need it to.
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