We have a small farm and use the truck for basic transportation, recreation, long trips and hauling loads.
For a big powerful truck it has great fuel economy (18-19 mpg pulling over 18,000 lbs and regularly over 22mpg empty - the BEST I ever got was 28mpg on a long trip)!
Great resale value.
Relatively comfortable, good visibility, dependable.
I've put over 140,000 miles with only normal maintenance, replacing the serpentine belt, batteries and at around 120k mi, upper and lower ball joints.
I traded a '02 1500 QC 4x4 on this truck and have not regretted it yet. The power of the CTD engine is unmatched to any gas engine on the market or any other diesel as far as I'm concerned. I just rolled 10K on the odometer and can't wait until this engine is broken in. Fuel economy to date is better than my gasser ever was.
So far with about 11,000 miles, no problems, rides good, handles well. I tow a 15,000 pound 38 foot RV back and forth from New York to Florida with no problems. More than enough power and the automatic transmission works well. For a 1 ton truck it rides well, my back doen't bother me on my trips. I tried out a Ford, but the Cummings is far superior.
After receiving my black Dodge the clear coat would not protect the paint even w/ extra care . Bought this for hauling goose neck trailers. What I got was a truck equiped with a roller coaster past life that reminds you at 35 empty and 55 loaded that it is not designed for pulling trailers. The 4x4 dully long bed has a drive line alignement problem that can not be fixed. 7,000 miles on a $43,000 trk and its the worst ever.
Best diesel on the market. I have not had any problems at all and it drives wonderfully. I have put nearly 30,000 miles on it and it is just starting to break in. Mine is single wheel rear end so it goes places that the duals cannot. Great Truck!!!