Although we used it every day, night and day, for 18 hours a day for six straight days, we came away not liking the cruise control system very much. If it sounds like alphabet soup with some digital action thrown in, it was — but easier than it sounds. When the Sterling brand was phased out by Chrysler Corporation, the Bullet was discontinued. We found it hard to shift directly into reverse, overshooting nearly every time. As for maintenance, its second to none. Louis on, we would be crisscrossing the old Route 66 on what is, in effect, the New Route 66, from there to California. Let me start by saying pictures don't even do it justice, this is the type of truck that looks even better in person than it does in pictures, its like stepping into a brand new Cummins in 2002.
These were Class-4 and Class-5 trucks with a gross weight of 16,500 lb 7,500 kg and 19,500 lb 8,800 kg , respectively. Having done an average of more than 800 miles per day for six straight days in this new Ram, loaded it and unloaded it twice, and run hundreds of gallons of gasoline through it, we came away very impressed. When the tank starts to go dry every 270 miles or so, you stick your credit card into the pump, dispense gasoline, get a receipt and fire up, all without any human contact. Dollars rounded to the nearest whole dollar. The redesigned trucks bolstered sales, with 400,000 sold during 2001-2002 and nearly 450,000 sold during 2002-2003, a new high point for the Ram name.
The idea of moving your kitchen and bedroom around on four tires to almost anywhere has been supplanted by the idea of taking the kitchen, the bedroom and the car. All pistons are machined to the same weight regardless of size, to maintain piston balance. The primary reason was that Dodge did not manufacture a true crew cab to compete with Ford and other manufacturers. If you're relatively short, you may want to try that package regardless, since it includes a unique and easy-to-use feature: electrically adjustable pedal height. If you are looking for a truck that will outlast a new one, and get compliments everywhere you stop this is it.
We feel that the cruise control should have been placed on a stalk, because people without oversized hands will find it hard to operate the wheel-mounted cruise. Most places, the speed limit was 75 mph, so we cruised at 80 in the safe zone, our Valentine One radar detector pointed toward our destination and giving us in some cases three miles of warning. This calculation reflects amounts in U. The twin drop-down cupholders in the dashboard retained drinks of every size and flavor at fingertip reach, and there were three handy 12-volt power points for radar detector, cellular phone charger and a power converter for the laptop computer. The seats in our test vehicle were very adjustable and hence comfortable, but they are part of a rather pricey option package.
Maximum trailer weights shown are rounded to the nearest 50 lbs. Though we never spent much time in it, the rear space is generous and useful. As the chart shows, we cannot find much of a compelling reason to go with the Dodge. There are little places to put coins, highway passes, and such in the dashboard, along with small map pockets in the front doors. . The cylinders are numbered from fron to rear, with cylinders 1, 3, 5, 7 on the left side and 2, 4, 6, 8 on the right side. The meteor crater in Arizona.
Seating, belt and steering wheel comfort are very good, as is interior storage and organization. The seems to handle bumps better, though the Ram admittedly does a good job of smoothing out moderately rough surfaces. This is only one thread in the enormous quilt that is the American road, but it is a really, really good one, as long as you can deal with the sameness of the manmade stuff. Check with your dealer for exact monthly payment. While the heater is powerful and works quickly, the vent fan can be noisy - despite huge, square vent openings. It was optional with the 5. In 2016 Cummins broke the 900 lb-ft torque mark.
All of the character that was Route 66 is gone, replaced by rest stops, oases, truck stops and crossroads that all look alike. It was built at Dodge City in Warren, Michigan 1500 only ; St. For both 2015 and 2016 Cummins had broken the torque records for any massed produced road worthy vehicle in the United States. The 2004 version was available only in a single cab with a 6-speed manual transmission and a Hurst shifter. While slightly more refined than its predecessor, the changes are evolutionary, and some of the best differences weren't available on our test vehicle. The Cummins corporation actually made the engines for the Chrysler corporation bda Dodge and Ram companies.
The turning radius has been shortened, so that it is a foot less than Chevy's and about 18 inches less than Ford's - and 18 inches can be a long distance. It had hydraulic control, electronically controlled governor, overdrive lockout and converter clutch. The four-wheel-drive light trucks 1500 series lost their live axles in favor of an independent front suspension, but the 2500 and 3500 series retained the live axles for maximum longevity and durability. Mountains and deserts and sunsets too beautiful for words. This was a major update including an all new frame, suspension, powertrains, interiors, and sheet metal. Cruising speed At cruise, the Dodge Ram is very comfortable in normal conditions and very uncomfortable in crosswinds, which prevailed at 25 mph and higher for the entire second and third day of our trip, across Texas and New Mexico. This new Hemi still delivered 345 hp 257 kW and 375 lb·ft 508 N·m.
Flowering purple trees in central Oklahoma. Use synthetic axle lubricant with the trailer tow package. This truck was built on the 2500 platform. The 2002-2003 Dodge Ram - 1500, 2500, and 3500 Specifications The was available in regular cab and Quad Cab styles. All loan figures are based upon non-commercial usage and are subject to credit approval from an independent lending source. If a highway clogged with very expensive motor home rigs with boats, cars, motorcycles, and trucks attached can be said to be an indicator of empty-nester wealth, we are in good shape.
The four-door Quad Cab body carries full-size rear doors for excellent ingress and egress, and the rear seatbacks can be folded down individually to create combinations of seating and storage space in the rear cab. Being in the same house with Mercedes-Benz seems to be helping. It also has an internal power outlet and a sensibly designed, removable coin holder with no room for pennies. Given Chrysler's current reputation and market position, not leapfrogging the competition by a substantial margin can be fairly dangerous. On the second half of the trip, with a 580-pound motorcycle cinched down in the bed, the ride was excellent. While we didn't test the 3. Creeks and rivers and dams and trickles, no two alike.