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Old 09-15-2015, 10:58 AM   #1
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New 2500 6.4 or ????

Wow...Trying to sneak in and pick up a 2015 Ram 2500 and I am torn......I know the long standing debate over gas vs diesel and its well documented here and elsewhere. However, the 6.4L is a solid power plant and for what I do outside of Towing the Camper it might be a better fit. Also nearly a 1K higher payload cap with the Gas mill too. Couple that with nearly the same MPG as my current 1500 Hemi (reported on Cummins Forums, and Ram Forumz) its hard not to take a good look.

Looking at an SLT with a Cummins, comes in at 4 grand more than the Bighorn Blacked out Edition I really like....with the 6.4. I get all the advantages and disadvantages of both but its really hard to make the call.

85% of my time will be solo towing nothing. Big Decisions.
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Old 09-15-2015, 11:16 AM   #2
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Both nice. I had almost bought the 6.4 Bighorn Blacked out Edition but the dealer drug his feet so I ended up with the 3/4 ton 6.0 chevy. Sure would have liked to had the Dodge tho. I think I'd go with the 6.4 as it will take some time to recoup the cost of the diesel for no more towing you are planning on doing. Later RJD
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Old 09-15-2015, 11:26 AM   #3
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I would go for the 6.4 but I would make sure to get the 4:10 gears which most do not have. The 3:73 gears are standard and there is some lag between shifts.


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Tough call. The Cummins is an incredible towing engine and really great for long trips with heavy loads. Actually makes towing fun. But when not towing and for short trips around town I would probably go with the 6.4 Hemi. Like I said, tough call!
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Old 09-15-2015, 11:29 AM   #5
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Unfortunately If I want to cash in on the 2015 deals, I need to settle with the rear end options. Most are 3.73.
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For clarification, I travel in the truck for work often. MY 2011 ram has 130K on it, mostly work miles. About 7-10K towing. 90 % of my driving is highway.
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Old 09-15-2015, 11:36 AM   #7
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All good considerations, my determining factor was I bought this last truck with the "this is the last truck for a long time" mentality. I wanted something that was going to get me a solid 12 to 15 years down the road without losing much power over the course of that coupled with a little higher re-sale value. I had a hemi ram 2 trucks ago and it felt "doggy" around year 6-7. I had the money to spring for the diesel and it opened up the possibility of a TT upgrade (bigger) in the future with still being able to handle it. This is what made my decision.
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If you are driving that many miles on the highway and towing 7 to 10 thousand a year I would get the diesel. You will get better mileage, stop for fuel less and have better resale if you trade. Diesel does not makes sense in many cases but in yours it does.
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I think he was saying that 7-10K miles of the 130K was from towing not 7-10K miles per year.


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The reason we didn't go with a diesel is that our truck sits alot. If you are driving it daily.. maybe a diesel is the way to go, esp with the dismal gas mileage.

Mind you, I love my 6.4.. and its plenty for what I need. But if it didn't sit alot, i would be driving a diesel
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