Satisfied Dodge truck owners post

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by nosparkplugs, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,445

    You may get high teens around town empty. Not likely to happen with an enclosed trailer in tow. The cummins is easy on fuel but light towing and empty truck you aren't likely to see mush improvement over your 1/2 ton chevy. I'm guessing you can squeak out 20mpg highway and maybe 10-13mpg towing? The dodge will probably match this and do the work with ease but you won't be saving on fuel really.
  2. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,783

    I have seen it first hand with the overhead fuel thingy. I have always wondered how off they actually were. We took a trip and calculated the millage and his was off by 2mpg. still thats pretty damn good close to 30 on the highway!
  3. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,445

    Does he have propane injection and/or nitrous and/or water/meth? These will give you a false sense of how much "fuel" is being used but will cut down on diesel usage.
    I personally believe the 98.5-02 vp44 trucks were the most fuel efficient. A buddy of mine was able to get into the 20's (21-24mpg) with the 6speed and 3.55's. That's about the limit without other sources of fuel (in my opinion) and the newer ones don't seem able to produce quite those numbers.
  4. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,463

    No If that exsisted, everyone would have it. You'll find out when you get one. You wont get but about 14 towin around town, and maybe 16 on the highway. empty, 20hwy. You'll see.
  5. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,783

    Yeah that's still gonna be better than my v6 Chevy! I figure if I'm pulling at higher rpm's all the time my smaller engine is working hard to move my trailer. I think if I had a bigger engine I could burn less fuel with it by not working as hard. As for the 04' its just got intake/exhaust, a programmer and stacked chip. I believe its a Diesel Dr. and an edge.

    I guess I will have to wait and see once I get one (looking at an 06' Cummins). I'll keep you posted.

    Oh and sorry for getting this thread side tracked and off topic, as I am not a Dodge owner yet lol.
  6. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I love the new 09 Ram. The truck is gorgeous. The Ram should be truck of the year.
  7. TandM

    TandM LawnSite Senior Member
    from south
    Messages: 772

    I am a satisfied dodge truck owner my 77 w 200 is a beast!!! starts every time. I love my old truck except the fuel mileage 8mpg. one of the guys at the contracting company was talkin smack about how his 05 f 250 with a 6.0 could take my dodge in tug of WAR!! we hooked the strap up he locked four wheel drive and so did I. I stuck it in first and lightly applied throttle. all I saw was a ford gettin pulled down the road haha. and we have a 07 cummins that maxes out empty 21. with the 5.9 and no mods. dodges for me!
  8. Texsun

    Texsun LawnSite Member
    from DFW
    Messages: 4

    I realize this is about work trucks, but I felt like I needed to say I'm just as pleased with my '06 SRT10 today as when I bought it 2 years ago. Puts a grin on my face every day :cool2:
  9. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,445

    Nice trucks for sure with the six speed.
  10. TomberLawn

    TomberLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,299

    Have you ever had a Dodge Cummins? My Cummins routinely gets over 20mpg, driving country roads, not open highway. Pulling the trailer around town, 17-19. My brother's 2002 gets about 22, which includes running fire calls with the volunteer fire department. My grandfather's 1995 Cummins, with over 300,000 miles, gets 22-23mpg average. A friend of mine has a 2006 or 2007 4x4 with a few modifications (chips, exhaust) and got 30 on the computer on the way home from the beach. Driving around town, he gets about 20-22, hand calculated, and he's got a lead foot. Don't knock something just because you haven't experienced it.

    I'm very pleased with my truck. I plan to keep it for a very long time. I've seen many Cummins owners put 500k, even 1 million miles on their trucks. I'd like to do the same. I'm over 1/10th of the way there!

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