25 Kilomiles and Counting - 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Ram 1500: 25 Kilomiles and Counting

March 31, 2010

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Our 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 has been in the fleet forjust undernine months. This morning, on my way into work, it passed the 25,000 mile mark on a non-descript surface street in Gardena, California. No spectators at all witnessed this historic event.

While taking the above photo with my crummy point-and-shoot in poor light, I was reminded how nicely laid-out and clearly marked the Ram's gauges really are. And there a lot of them, too.

In addition to thesix dials you see here, the central display can be toggled with steering-mounted buttons to show engine hours, transmission temperature, oil temperature and a couple of others that are of particular interest to heavy-duty users and those who tow trailers. In fact the transmission temperature readout will be particularly useful when I tow my Miata up to Montereya couple of Saturdays from now.

Incidentally, 669 engine hours over 25,000 miles works out to a lifetime average speed of 37.4 mph, including idle time. Don't know what that means, but it would be interesting to compare to, say, a Porsche 911 GT3 if it had an hour meter.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 25,016 miles

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