Overall, the fit, finish, and ride for
the 2005 RAM 2500 with the HEMI is quite
good. While the chassis is fairly stiff,
the ride is reasonable. If you're
expecting anything in terms of gas
mileage, this isn't your truck. The
HEMI works pretty hard at propelling the
6,000 lb truck down the road. If you're
looking for a RAM 2500, spend the bucks
and get the Cummins.
The M5 tranny is for tow-mules only!
Mileage is 11-12 in mixed hwy/cty
driving mainly because 5th gear is way
too high. 1st gear is a granny gear,
effectively making this a 4 speed.
Overall, it's a pretty decent truck but
the Cummins drivetrain is a must. I'll
probably sell my HEMI truck in a year.
The availability of the no-frills ST
package, with tough cloth seating
surfaces, rubber floor. Available
manual transmission, even though the
gearing isn't optimal.
Full control of the lighting system.
No Daytime Running Lights.
Offer 6-speed manual with overdrive for
cruising. 70mph at 1750rpm should be
Real foglights - amber lamps with sharp
cutoff in beam above the horizontal.
Rear seat cup holders.