2009 Dodge Ram 1500: 25 Kilomiles and Counting
March 31, 2010
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