4x4, 4-door Hemi 2500-It's handsome,
tall and very rugged. After recently
suffering the woes of owning an IFS 4x4
Chevy, I was ready for a solid front
axle truck. That doesn't exist in the
1/2-ton class, so bring on the 3/4-ton
class. Choosing between the Ford and
Dodge was easy (Chevy's HD trucks are
all IFS). The Dodge AAM axles are
larger, the Dodge standard gas engine
(HEMI) is more powerful and efficient,
and the Dodge price was better. YES,
the truck is fast. It's a 6000lb,
3/4ton truck that does a 17.5sec 1/4
mile, or can haul my 4-horse
The HEMI rumble.
The big AAM axles
NVG271 manual transfer case.
545RFE, 5-speed auto transmission has 2
overdrives. 4th gear is 0.75 to 1, and
5th is 0.67 to 1.
Cruise control at 70mph will bring
4-wheel disk brakes.
Front coil springs.
It fits in my garage.
The interior is bland and cheap looking.
I wish it had the bed features of the
Nissan Titan (compartments, factory
liner, attachment points, etc.)
Your wife may ignore you for the truck.
I waited for the year that the 2500 was
introduced with the redesign + the
Hemi. It has not been disappointing. I
have received a lot of compliments on
it in the past year, mostly on its
style, but this truck has got guts
where it counts. I hauled a lot of
building material over the summer and
it was more than capable. The Laramie
package has all the necessary creature
comforts for my long commute.
AM/FM/CD/Cassette sound system, folding
rear seats, flexible center console
Lights on with wipers, XM satellite
radio, auto on-demand 4WD, tighter
My vehicle is powered by a Cummins HO
turbo diesel. I recently took it for a
ride into the mountains west of Denver
and was amazed at the ease with which
it climbed. The interior is comfortable
and suprizingly quiet for a diesel, the
handling quick and accurate, and the
ride is smooth while still maintaining
a truck-like feel. After four months I
still jump at the chance to drive it.
The raw power, superior comfort and
intimidating looks are the favorite
features of my RAM.
Rear seat headrests would be a welcome