Had my 04 for 3.5 years now. Have had to replace 3 lights (1-fog, 1 headlight and 1 brake light) and the lift pump. Replaced my Michelins with Bridgestones and am still "paying" for them. Cost me almost 5 mpg. Still get 22+ , but the 28 @ 62 mph was pretty sweet. She loves 75 and 80 , but you better have deep pockets , 17 mpg empty 10.5 pulling fully enclosd car trailer. Bought it when I retired hoping it would easily outlast me. So far so good .
Raw power, rides like a "caddy" loaded.
Needs much "taller" final drive for us highway dwellers. Gear it for 1650 rpm @ 75 mph.
First diesel and will never go back to gasoline. Unbelieveable power, will pull anything you can hitch up. A bonus is the fuel mileage, I get 17-19 around town and get 21-22 on interstate when keeping it around 62- 65 mph, around 2000 rpm. Get above that and it drops to around 18 empty. Pulling my trailer with about 3500- 4000 lbs, I get 15 mpg. Much better than my previous gas truck. Ride is a stiff, but what do you expect from a 1 ton truck. It drives well and is responsive for a big truck. Spend extra for the Infinity sound system, it's worth it. Should also consider more agressive tires if going off road any, stock tires are more for street. So far, not a single problem with the truck.
Infinity sound system, power plus decent fuel mileage, electronic 4X4
Interior a little plain, but I've noticed they've upgraded in the 06 models, they look nice.
Have a Ram 3500 HO diesel. In a word
the truck is phenomenal. It drives
like a 1/2 ton, it's comfortable,
reliable, has great looks (I recommend
the sport package), and has
unbelievable power. I live in snow
country and it drives through snow (no
matter how deep) like it's not there.
I actually pulled 2 (yes, two) trucks
out that were both stuck in the snow
(an older dodge and a ford), and my
3500 pulled them both out together!
As if all of this isn't enough, I
average about 14 mpg around town and
always get over 20 mpg on the highway
(makes you think the fuel gauge is
stuck). The Big 3 all
make good trucks - but none better
than this one.
Two things: the looks (sport package)
and the extreme power with the Cummins
HO diesel. OK, three things: the fuel
economy. For a truck that weighs so
much it gets unbelievable mileage.
Put the 'LED' arrows for turn signals
in the mirrors (Ford & Chevy both have
them). Make front tow hooks standard
for the 1-ton. More choices in
interiors (both colors and design)
would be nice as well as some new
THE TRUCK HAS PERFORMED AS WELL AS
ANYONE COULD ASK FOR. THE FUEL ECOMOMY
IS GREAT, WHILE STILL HAVING LOTS OF
POWER TO PULL MY 33 FOOT FIFTH WHEEL.
THIS IS MY SECOND CUMMINS ENGINE, AND
WILL NOT BE THE LAST. I AM A FORD GUY
USUALLY, BUT THE POWERSTROKE DOES
NOTHING FOR ME. IT IS STILL NOISEY,
LIKE THE OLD 7.3, AND DON'T SEEM TO
PULL AS WELL.
THE WHOLE TRUCK IS GREAT! I LIKE ALL
THE FEATURES THAT IT HAS, SO TO SAY
WHICH IS MY FAVORITE, THEY ALL ARE.
THE ONLT IMPROVEMENT THAT I WOULD LIKE
TO SEE IS THE AVAILABILITY OF BUCKET
SEATS WITH A CONSOLE, INSTEAD OF THE
FOLD UP MIDDLE CONSOLE.
great truck does a great job on fuel
economy averaging 20 plus miles per
gallon and maintence is a big plus oil
change every 15000 miles verses
competition 3000 miles never gave me
any trouble very reliable and power is
also very important it has more power
than compatition but i wouldn't mind
having more power
I love new cummins diesel especially
when it comes to work, I like those new
large disc brakes and that its much
quiter than erlier models
would like to have larger fuel tank
approximately 42 gallons, softer seats,
geared slightly higher when you are
driving 75 mph that your engine is
running 1900 rpm this would increase
fuel economy when your going out of
town and don't have to stop for fuel as