Thinking of trading in my '99 Dakota Sport (V6) for a new '05 RAM 1500
Quad Cab 4x2 Hemi (Sport appearance group/look). Saw some last night
at the dealer and with the employee discount and other discounts the
hole in the pocket would be about $22k.
Any pitfalls or drawbacks on the new RAMs - especially the Hemi
Thanks in advance for your advice.
So many say that about the Hemi but I find the opposite. I also have a
2001 Ram 1500 QC with the 5.9L. The Hemi flat outperforms it with ease
and I get better mpg. Now when I load it down such as towing the Hemi's
mpg drops to 8-10 but it does perform well.
Just traded my 02 4.7L 4x4 Dakota in on a 05 Ram QC 4x4 Hemi with 20"
wheels. Love the go power and the big beast will stop on a dime and give you
back a nickel. Gas Mileage so far is 11.8 with 800 miles on the clock, and
no interstate just two lane highway and city. Be ready to fight on the trade
in price for your truck. It took me two days of fighting just to get Kelly
Blue Book trade in out of the dealer.
Dealers won't give the KBB trade in value. They give the current
wholesale auction value. Why would they give more than what they can
get the same vehicle at auction? My guess is it appeared they gave you
KBB by cutting into their profit on the new vehicle. They're making a
ton of money on this employee pricing thing. I bought my 2004 last
summer and paid about $1500 less than the current employee price.
Definitely the fuel economy. My son's friend just got a new 05 Ram 1500 QC
Hemi. Bright fire engine red and 20" wheels, leather interior. Sharp
looking truck. Around town he claims he gets between 10 and 12 mpg
depending on how he drives. He's only 21 so you know it's mostly around
It will improve as the engine breaks in. I have a 2004 Hemi Durango 4x4
and get about 16 around town, 19 or so highway.
The 20" wheels make little sense to me. It's a truck and a 4x4. That
might hurt the city mpg if the overall tire diameter is larger.
What ever happened to the "multi-displacement" option that was going
to be available on the Hemis? It was supposed to disable 2 or 4
cylinders when running at a stable cruise, then cut all the cylinders
back in when power was needed. Talk was something like 30 mpg during
the "small displacement" phase.
I've heard nothing more about it. Did it go the way of the older
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