I have a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab ST with the 5.7 liter Hemi
engine. This truck has an electronic throttle control and did not come
with cruise control. Can anybody tell me what I have to add to put
cruise control on it.
I assume because it has electronic throttle the cruise must be
controlled by one of the modules but I don't know which one or what I
need to add.
You'd need your PCM re-programmed to support cruise control. You'd also
need a new steering wheel, and possibly a new wiring harness and/or
clockspring on the column to support the CC buttons. It depends on whether
the clockspring is pre-wired for the CCD bus connections.
Most dealers will order the cloth seat and cruise control upgrade. I
know on my 2002 1500 it was an option. I bought the cheapest truck I
could get; my carrying and towing requirements were not great. I didn't
even know that I had the cruise upgrade until my wife was driving it on
the highway the first time and immediately set the cruise. It was right
under my nose and I didn't even see it til then.
It was an option though.
I actually liked the V-6 with the stick shift. Sounded good and got
better gas mileage than the 4.7 I now have in the Dakota. If your towing
demands are small, it was (and is) a good engine. Almost as much
horsepower as the 4.7.
I drove a 4.7 2003 before I bought my truck and it was tolerable, but I
drove a friend's Dak with a 3.7 and I couldn't have taken it for long,
it was too gutless for me. Kind of reminded me of my 77 Power Wagon, a
real slug when I bought it. Top end was like about 75 into a good
headwind, and it took all day to get there. a thousand bucks in parts
and a lot of work got it running pretty decently. When it ran.
If Dodge hadn't killed the 360, I never would have bought a Dodge in
2003. The 318 and 360 choice in 2000 kept me from buying a Ram back
then. I drove a couple and the insane amount of pinging in the 360's
totally turned me off.
I had 3 of them, and the first one, in a 74 Roadrunner was the only one
I was really happy with.
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