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Old 07-10-2015, 01:45 PM   #11
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Coincidentally, I am going on a long road trip tomorrow, and today I received a Smarty Jr J-06 diesel tuner. I did my research before ordering this, and am going outside to install it after I post this.
I own a 2003 Dodge 3500 Laramie quad cab with 8' bed, 4x2. I get 24 MPG without towing and 14 towing my 42' 5er. The engine is a Cummins 5.9 common rail
This tuner promises minimum additional 30hp in economy mode and 100hp added in performance mode. It also says it will improve my MPG in econ mode.
We shall see on this trip.
But I can say that pre-tuner, I can tow 70MPH on the flat, but it bogs down a little on mild hills. I want to eliminate that and be able to keep up with traffic.

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Old 07-10-2015, 02:37 PM   #12
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I was looking at some Dodge trucks the past few weeks and I really like the specs on the 2500 Diesel. I was wondering if any fellow forum members have diesels and what is the actual liking of them. I am looking for any and all info, especially gas mileage and breakdown problems. I talked with a few (4) of my friends that have Ford diesels (2010 - 2012 models) and they are continually complaining of issues with the engine and systems. Why the Dodge? Well I do like the ride with the independent rear suspension, and the price range for a Crew Cab is about $55,000.00 for the one that I like priced out.
We tow a 345v12 loaded to about 15,000 pounds with a 2012 Dodge 2500 manual transmission. Pulled all over the western USA and averaged about 9.2mpg. Eastern USA average 9.8 mpg. It is the diesel and we love it. Ramboxes are a big plus.
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Old 07-10-2015, 03:12 PM   #13
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I have drove the Ram with the Cummins both 5.9 12v and 24v and now the 6.7 in my 2014 3500 DRW. I won't drive any other make. Like was said in another post go to the TDR. It's the place to get your info on the Ram truck
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Old 07-10-2015, 03:51 PM   #14
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We have a 2006 ram 3500 megacab with 5.9 cummins, auto transmission and jake brake. We tow a SS 285 and is 14000 loaded. realy nice to have the power for towing and climbing. Currently have 114000 miles with minimal problems. We tupically get 21 mpg unloaded and 12-14 towing. Our lowest mileage was 9.5 towing against a 50mph head wind. After that event I have been considering installing a 52 gal fuel tank.
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Old 07-10-2015, 03:53 PM   #15
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I think I am just a little bit older than you are my first car was a 54 Chrysler Imperial with a Hemi bought used in 1967.

I hope to get at least the 200K plates from Cummins some day on my truck right now I am a little shy of 100K. I will probably order the 100K plates earlier next spring from Cummins.

Enjoy your Ram truck with the 6.7L Cummins. Did you get the Aisin or the 68RFE auto?

Why do they have two different transmissions? Is one better for towing over the other?
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Old 07-10-2015, 04:43 PM   #16
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Drove Fords for 30 years before switching to Ram. No regrets here. The Ram has the best engine, period, end of discussion.
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Old 07-10-2015, 05:07 PM   #17
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Have not heard anything bad about them. That being said my buddy just got his 2015 2500 Cummings with 13,000 miles back from the dealer last week. Four weeks ago it went in to limp mode it blew out 6th gear. I think he said it would go to 2700 RPM regardless of gear. So he traveled I-95 at 45 mph for 25 miles. Two days later it blew out 4th gear left him sitting on side of the road. I know the second time was for a pump gone bad. Not sure what the fix was for the first repair. After being in the shop for total of 33 days getting Trans refurbished not rebuilt or replaced it now slips. He is seeking Lemon Laws with lawyers.
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Nothing like a diesel for towing. The Cummins is one of the best engines on the market. Personally not a Ram fan but they are good trucks. The upgrade transmission is worth it. Several people I work with have had transmission failure with the standard one. On the 3/4 ton you may need air bags due to the new ones use coil springs that ride better but sag more when loaded heavy.
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I was looking at some Dodge trucks the past few weeks and I really like the specs on the 2500 Diesel. I was wondering if any fellow forum members have diesels and what is the actual liking of them. I am looking for any and all info, especially gas mileage and breakdown problems. I talked with a few (4) of my friends that have Ford diesels (2010 - 2012 models) and they are continually complaining of issues with the engine and systems. Why the Dodge? Well I do like the ride with the independent rear suspension, and the price range for a Crew Cab is about $55,000.00 for the one that I like priced out.

What is the cost difference between a 3/4 and a 1 ton?
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Truck listed in my signature. This is my second Ram diesel (prev was a '98).
Mileage: 11-12 towing; 19 hwy empty; 16 in town. I hate the nav unit -- it's been trouble since the start -- but I love everything else about the truck. It's powerful, smooth, tows very easily, stops well, good mirrors, great exhaust brake, great dashboard info, integrated trailer brake, very comfortable buckets, great legroom all around, and I love the remote start and keyless operation. I wish I had power folding mirrors but they weren't on this one. But, most of all, it sounds like God intended a diesel to sound -- powerful and civilized. Did I mention that I love my truck?
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