My '03 2500 Ram has the Hemi and 4x4. I work in fields all over the country so I needed a tough pickup. I have been from Oregon to Maine with this truck. I lifted my Dodge 6" on 35" tires and it works very well. I get about 9-11 MPG which isn't good but I bought the truck with 30,000 on it and have 89,000 and it has always been there for me. My last Ram had over 300,000 on it with the 5.9. My truck has been everywhere with me and has been so reliable I would trust it another 10 years.
Power, that Hemi is unbelievable. The looks are unmistakable on the Rams. And the reliability is second to none. Dodge has such a strong pickup built to work. I love the solid axle, great for getting over rocks and obstacles.
Maybe a little better MPG, driving 30- 50k a year at $3.00 gas is getting hard to pay for. But at all costs keep that bulletproof drivetrain.