The farm I work at on the side has a 01 dmax my couisin has a chipped 06 dmax drive them both and love them I have also drove a cummins and am a dodge guy. I would say get a 06 07 5.9 cummins better torque, and MPG is great. Guys on the dodgeforum hav seen 22 maybe higher mpg driving around empty and see around 18 pulling.
1997 Ram 1500
2005 Ram 2500 HO Cummins
2014 K&K 20ft landscape trailer
2013 x739 4x4 with 54in HC deck / 60in HD Broom
2015 John deere z930R 54in deck