Upgraded hemi to cummins
By pgfault on
Vehicle2006 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 SLT 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6M)
ReviewI just traded my 2005 Ram 2500 QC 4WD SB ST w/ HEMI+M5 to a 2006 QC 4WD SB SLT w/ Cummins+A4. The HEMI + M5 tranny were OK, but a bit weak, and hard on gas at 11mpg (13 on a very good day). The M5 wasn't particularly good at in-town driving. Highway driving wasn't any better because of too much gear. The Cummins + A4 is a different story. When empty, the truck is quite sporty and the A4 has pretty decent road manners. I can't wait to put it to the towing test. Fit and finish are very good on the '06. Road and engine noise are quite acceptable. Overall, a very good, powerful, truck for the money.
Best FeaturesMassive amount of torque. Improved fuel economy over HEMI. Better looking dash (but see below). Very good ride for a 2500.
Worst FeaturesBurled wood interior looks cheap. Power vertical sliding rear window. 3.42 rear gears for better mileage. Grill seems a bit more flimsy than '05. Needs a shield over top of AC condensor - ouch! MP3 CD capability.
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