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Yes, I still have my beloved B5.5 Variant, but I needed to sell my 200K mile Jeep and get a new utility type vehicle. So in case anyone is in the market for a new full size truck, here's what I got:
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab in Laramie trim with a HEMI, of coarse:






I looked at a number of other four door trucks, and there are some that are a little more refined inside or offer more creature comforts, but I decided on this one for the combination of performance, capacity and price! I also think it looks much better from the outside than the others, especially the Nissan Titan, though it is a bit more modern inside (albeit plastic!).

I would have really liked a diesel, but that would have required the purchase of a Super Duty and the extra size and price are simply not worth it. I also thought about a more compact truck like the new GM Canyon/Colorado, but they are such junk I didn't even bother to drive them. Besides I need a wider bed that can fit at least two motorcycles.

This truck rides great for a beast this size. It's very quiet and smooth on the highway and has good acceleration... even when loaded.
Brakes are pretty good and it actually corners quite well... I was surprised. The 20" wheels with 275's help that. The 20's are chrome covered aluminum. They are heavy... you can feel it.
Curb weight is right around 4,800lbs, which is actually lighter than a lot of the others in this class. The engine is the 5.7L (345cu.in.) small block HEMI with 345hp and 375lb-ft torque. Tranny is a 5 speed automatic and the rear end is a 3.92 (3.55 standard and 4.10 optional). With the tall 20" wheels it could use the 4.10.
It does suck a lot of gas if you dive it aggressively, but if you take it easy you can get fairly good mpg out of it. I sit in traffic a lot, so my average of 14.8mpg might be a little lower than it should be. On consistant highway cruising it gets over 18mpg.
A diesel would be better, but this is where the price comes in. This truck had a MSRP of a bit over $36,500. After wheeling and dealing and getting assorted rebates, I paid closer to $25,000 for the truck. That's pretty damn good, and the best price I was able to get on a similarly equipped diesel was a bit under $40,000. To recover $15K in fuel economy would probably take longer than I will own this truck!!

This truck has been great so far (2,000 miles). I just did the 1st oil change: 7 quarts of 10W-30 and a filter. Very easy.
Everything works well. Nothing rattles.
Very happy with it.
Did I mention, the HEMI sounds pretty good
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And HELL NO! It does not fit in the garage! :weirdo:
 

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That is a looker!

I like the Dodges best too, except for the automatic trannies, which scare the crap out of me. But still, nice truck.

I just can't see myself toodling around in a full-size pickup.
 

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The tranny is an newer Daimler 5 speed. It was an area of concern, but works very well...so far.
Plus it's got a 7/70 warranty and 24hr roadside assistance.
 

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must be nice to do an oil change w/out jacking up the vehicle!
 

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HAHAHAHAHA! Yes it is, but strangely enough, it's tighter to get under the front of this thing than my old Jeep Cherokee was. :???:
If it didn't have the 20's (17's are stock) I would not be able to use my crawler. As is, the front lip hits my chest.
 

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I thought about dropping the rear a bit to make it a little more level, but that would take away some of the load capacity. I do plan to do some heavy hauling with this thing.

It does need an exhaust system, K&N and a few other nick-nacks.
 

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Johnny B5.5 said:
"Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!"

HAHAHAHAHAHA
My wife did that to me the other day when we took it out for a spin! :lol:

Thanks for all the compliments. :beer:
I was a little :nervous: that I was going to get flamed for buying a huge, gas guzzling, American truck.
 

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I was a little :nervous: that I was going to get flamed for buying a huge, gas guzzling, American truck.
WTF? Why in hell did you have to buy a V8 Hemi, gas guzzling, polution creating huge truck? If I see you ridin my @$$ you're going to get the fingers. Better watch out boy, you're gonna be in for a nice arse beating.

:p JK man, feel better now?

Steve
 

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Honda_to_VW said:
This was cheaper then the Titan? C&D TV did a comparison this past week-end where they said the Dodge was the most expensive. Odd.

Great colour, that for sure! Those 19" mags?
20" bling bling 8)

Yes, MSRP is high, but the incentives offered by Dodge (and the other American brands) makes it a great buy.
Figure that prices on the Ram range from well under $20k to about $40K, depending on how they are equipped.
Sticker on this truck was higher than a Titan, but you'll never get $10,000+ off the MSRP on one, as far as I know.
 
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