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Re: New Ram V6

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Id like to add a few things to the discussion. Hopefully my experience will help clear a few things up for prospective buyers.

I owned a Dodge 2500 w/ the hemi engine. Bought it with 20k, traded it with 80k. It was an 04 model year - regular cab long bed 4x4 with the 5 speed automatic and 4.10 gears. 265/70/17 rubber.

The best mileage the truck EVER got was 13.1 - thats unloaded, southbound on I-57 with a tailwind. I pulled a Big Tex 22.5k gooseneck trailer with the truck. With a 15k load the truck regularly returned 7mpg.
The hemi is a very good engine, but it is not the best towing engine. It does not have the low end grunt like a large cubic inch gas engine would. Have to keep the RPMs up to move the load.
The engine was using almost 3 full quarts of oil per oil change interval by the time I traded the truck. It had been used for farm work and it hauled heavy loads.
To a buyer who tows occasionally, a hemi powered Dodge truck might be great. To a buyer who plans to tow heavy loads daily, perhaps consider a diesel or be prepared to trade pickups often.

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