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Posted: 12/14/2010 3:15:14 AM EDT
looking for the best year i can get and every little bit of extra MPG is good because i do about 40k a year. i dont want a new truck. i thinking the hemi?
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 3:19:10 AM EDT
[#1]
My neighbors back home have a Dodge 1500 with a hemi. Last time I checked they were on transmission number 3, don't recall what year it was.

ETA spelling
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 3:21:57 AM EDT
[#2]
How much moolah do you have?

If you're looking for a "little bit of extra MPG", I'd steer clear of a Dodge with a Hemi.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 3:22:12 AM EDT
[#3]
Hemi gas mileage will suck worse than other similar trucks.

Do you want a full size truck or can you go with a Ranger or Taco sized truck?
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 3:24:19 AM EDT
[#4]
Tacoma Tacoma Tacoma.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 3:37:35 AM EDT
[#5]
i would go with a tacoma but i think i want a full size truck. looks like im goin to have to spend around 20K ive heard of many people doing good with the hemi? up to 20mpg for all highway and 16 for mixed. i actualy saw the computer (dont know how accurate they are) say 21 average
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 3:38:21 AM EDT
[#6]



Quoted:


looking for the best year i can get and every little bit of extra MPG is good because i do about 40k a year. i dont want a new truck. i thinking the hemi?


Think Diesel with a manual transmission.  You did say truck, right?

Otherwise, get a car.



 
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 3:40:48 AM EDT
[#7]
2004-2008 Ford F-150.  I have an '04 and I get 19-20 mpg on the highway all day long.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 3:44:03 AM EDT
[#8]
Quoted:

Quoted:
looking for the best year i can get and every little bit of extra MPG is good because i do about 40k a year. i dont want a new truck. i thinking the hemi?

Think Diesel with a manual transmission.  You did say truck, right?
Otherwise, get a car.
 

im worried with a diesel the extra MPG would be offset by the maintenance and price
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 3:44:15 AM EDT
[#9]
my 2009 ram has the 5.7 l hemi....gets about 21 on the highway if you arent flying. 60 or 65 is best for mileage. Thing has tons of power and looks very nice to boot.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 3:46:45 AM EDT
[#10]
Well, I average 21.7 mpg on the highway in a 2010 Crew Cab Hemi 4x4..... My buddy is getting 19 in his 2010 Ford.

I average 15 in the city, he is averaging 12.

I have the Hemi and he has the 5.4. My truck tows much nicer than his, mine kicks his ass in any sort of race and my biggest pet peeve is that his hands-free navigation/ phone is TERRIBLE. Nobody can understand him while he is using it and the sound is very delayed. We have nearly identically optioned trucks and I must say that I am glad that I bought the Dodge. I also forgot to mention that I paid $8k less than him as well .

This is my second Dodge, the other was a 2006 Ram 1500. I drive my vehicles hard and I am yet to have any sort of major failure on either truck. The biggest problem that I ever had was that I burned up the power steering pump on the 2006 after going to oversized tires. I have been super happy with my 2010 and would highly recommend one. Did I mention it has a 5 year/100,000 mile warranty as well? You can also pay a bit extra for a lifetime powertrain warranty the last time I checked.

ETA: Sorry I don't have any experience with the Chevy's.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 3:52:18 AM EDT
[#11]
Quoted:
Quoted:

Quoted:
looking for the best year i can get and every little bit of extra MPG is good because i do about 40k a year. i dont want a new truck. i thinking the hemi?

Think Diesel with a manual transmission.  You did say truck, right?
Otherwise, get a car.
 

im worried with a diesel the extra MPG would be offset by the maintenance and price


Valid concern.

I think a mid-size like a Tacoma or Frontier would do nicely for you.  You won't give up much in terms of utility, and you'll still get easily over 20 mpg.

I'm in southern Louisiana, 350 miles away from anything I want to see, and my Frontier getting 23 mpg on real ethanol gas has been a wallet saver since my move.  The only reason I'd get a full-size anymore would be if I needed to tow more than a couple times a year.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 3:56:17 AM EDT
[#12]
Quoted:
my 2009 ram has the 5.7 l hemi....gets about 21 on the highway if you arent flying. 60 or 65 is best for mileage. Thing has tons of power and looks very nice to boot.


This.

My 2010 gets about 18.5 - 19 on the highway driving about 70mph.  Significantly less though in town.  5.7 Hemi with 3.92s in the rear end.  Power and looks, check.  Also has a lifetime bumper to bumper warranty that covers just about everything except tires and brakes.  Been a great truck so far.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 3:58:46 AM EDT
[#13]



Quoted:


im worried with a diesel the extra MPG would be offset by the maintenance and price



I had a (company truck) '02 Ford 1 ton 4x4 that weighed between 10.5k and 11k pounds every day of its life.  I drove it until it had 242k miles on it.  I pulled the service box off and put a flat bed on it and transferred it to another site.  It still lives.  While I had it, I put a heater core and a crank sensor in it.  I did have the transmission (automatic) rebuilt at 150k, but only because I was going to lose my ability to do so if I missed the window (bill payer was retiring).  The truck would regularly get 17 MPG daily.



I now drive a '08 Dodge.  I just turned over 100k on it (26 months).  Other than very regular oil changes and warranty work, nothing has been done to the drivetrain.  Initial purchase price is higher, but I don't get the maintenance comment.  A local shop charges $55 for an oil change (and I am picky about oil changes).



Oh, and it is kinda nice to have the power to choose my own speeds up a hill, regardless of the load.  If you want stellar mileage, get a car.  If you want a truck, get a truck.  





 
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 3:59:06 AM EDT
[#14]
I should mention that my truck is also tuned, so that could account for my better mileage. I also drive about 65-68 mph.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 4:03:05 AM EDT
[#15]
Does it HAVE to be a pickup?

No, like do you absolutely positivly carry things that would never fit in a van or large station wagon?

I work with countless young guys who say they NEED a pickup, when all that goes back there is bags of fast food trash.

If the answer is 'yes', then Tacoma.  Or wait for that new Ford f150.

Link Posted: 12/14/2010 4:14:54 AM EDT
[#16]
Quoted:
Does it HAVE to be a pickup?

No, like do you absolutely positivly carry things that would never fit in a van or large station wagon?

I work with countless young guys who say they NEED a pickup, when all that goes back there is bags of fast food trash.

If the answer is 'yes', then Tacoma.  Or wait for that new Ford f150.



OP is from Jersey, probably gets real shitty during the winter time up there.  It doesn't matter if he "needs" a pickup for carrying stuff, if he's using it to get around during bad weather.  Cars don't really stand up to trucks at all for winter driving.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 4:24:10 AM EDT
[#17]
05-06 2500HD Duramax. All the truck you will ever need, better mileage than gas burners.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 4:31:47 AM EDT
[#18]
Quoted:
05-06 2500HD Duramax. All the truck you will ever need, better mileage than gas burners.


This is what we had at work, it was by far the best truck I'd ever rode in for power, comfort, features.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 4:32:12 AM EDT
[#19]
im like going off road and all that plus im a carpenter so i can be using it for transporting my tools everyday to loading it up with sheet rock for a side job. and on any random time of the year i usually get a dirt bike or quad. that can be handled with a trailer if i needed to. and i can be driving anywhere up to a hour and a half in traffic to work. so im screwed either way unless i got two vehicles. but i dont think i want that insurance bill
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 4:33:19 AM EDT
[#20]
The new Ford F150's offer some versions designed for excellent fuel economy. The new (to the F150) Ecoboost engine seems to be capable of very high MPG's.

A couple of years ago, Ford offered the SFE pickup, with a tall rear ratio, a 6 speed automatic and 4.6L engine tuned for MPG. I rented one for a week and was amazed at the 21MPG. The weird thing was that it was fast too, and very responsive.

But, the big diesels are capable of incredible MPG's. I drive an F350 diesel and it's fairly good on economy.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 4:40:21 AM EDT
[#21]
what about this whats the difference if i spend 20k with 10% interest and 10k down compared to 28k with 0% interest and 10 k down? anyone know how to figure that out?
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 4:47:48 AM EDT
[#22]
Quoted:
what about this whats the difference if i spend 20k with 10% interest and 10k down compared to 28k with 0% interest and 10 k down? anyone know how to figure that out?


A $20k truck financed at 8% over 60 months with $10k down is roughly $220 a month with a total payment of around $11,500 (estimating because I don't know your tax, registration etc)

A $28k truck financed at 0% over 60 months with $10k down is roughly $320 a month with a total payment of around $18,000 (again, tax, registration, I estimated.)
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 5:04:13 AM EDT
[#23]
F-150.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 6:26:54 AM EDT
[#24]
Unless you tow heavy and regularly, Diesel is turning in to a bad choice.  I drive a 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel and normal mileage is about 17-19 mpg.  With the difference in the price of Ultra low sulfer diesel vs gasoline the cost per mile starts to favor gas.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 6:31:46 AM EDT
[#25]
F-150 if you need a full size, Ranger if you don't.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 6:36:05 AM EDT
[#26]



Quoted:


Tacoma Tacoma Tacoma.


Tacoma Tacoma Tacoma Tacoma.



 
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 6:45:45 AM EDT
[#27]
Quoted:
Quoted:
Does it HAVE to be a pickup?

No, like do you absolutely positivly carry things that would never fit in a van or large station wagon?

I work with countless young guys who say they NEED a pickup, when all that goes back there is bags of fast food trash.

If the answer is 'yes', then Tacoma.  Or wait for that new Ford f150.



OP is from Jersey, probably gets real shitty during the winter time up there.  It doesn't matter if he "needs" a pickup for carrying stuff, if he's using it to get around during bad weather.  Cars don't really stand up to trucks at all for winter driving.


LOL.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 2:00:15 PM EDT
[#28]
2011 dogde ram, pics of new truck and old one tomorrow
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 2:07:27 PM EDT
[#29]
Quoted:
Quoted:
Quoted:
Does it HAVE to be a pickup?

No, like do you absolutely positivly carry things that would never fit in a van or large station wagon?

I work with countless young guys who say they NEED a pickup, when all that goes back there is bags of fast food trash.

If the answer is 'yes', then Tacoma.  Or wait for that new Ford f150.



OP is from Jersey, probably gets real shitty during the winter time up there.  It doesn't matter if he "needs" a pickup for carrying stuff, if he's using it to get around during bad weather.  Cars don't really stand up to trucks at all for winter driving.


LOL.


Yup.

It's sad how many arfcommers have the "PICKUP TRUCK OR NOTHING!" blinders on.

Link Posted: 12/14/2010 2:13:34 PM EDT
[#30]
F150 or tundra
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 2:22:20 PM EDT
[#31]
Quoted:

Quoted:
Tacoma Tacoma Tacoma.

Tacoma Tacoma Tacoma Tacoma.
 





Oh, you said Tacoma not Nacoma.  
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 2:30:17 PM EDT
[#32]
Ranger. Not incredible mileage but good for a pickup, and they're pretty reliable.
Link Posted: 12/18/2010 1:36:41 PM EDT
[#33]
watchout for them poles
Link Posted: 12/18/2010 1:48:10 PM EDT
[#34]
Tacoma Tacoma Tacoma
Link Posted: 12/18/2010 1:49:29 PM EDT
[#35]
Get a tank then you won't have to watch out for poles or pedestrians.
Link Posted: 12/18/2010 1:52:44 PM EDT
[#36]
Link Posted: 12/18/2010 1:53:03 PM EDT
[#37]
Link Posted: 12/18/2010 1:53:59 PM EDT
[#38]
Could could probably find a good price on an 06-07 Nissan Titan.  My dad had one, he liked it, I liked it.
Link Posted: 12/18/2010 1:56:40 PM EDT
[#39]





Hood latch looks a little bent



 
Link Posted: 12/18/2010 2:03:02 PM EDT
[#40]
5.9L cummins... pick your body style.
Link Posted: 12/18/2010 2:05:44 PM EDT
[#41]


Man, I would have just tied that shit to a telephone pole with a chain and pulled it all back out straight.
Link Posted: 12/18/2010 2:15:01 PM EDT
[#42]
Hemi =/= Gas Mileage
Link Posted: 12/18/2010 2:38:32 PM EDT
[#43]
I find it very hard to believe any dodge gets 20mpg especially trucks, my old neon didn't get 20 in town. 35 on the highway though.  but thats  a compact. My experience says dodge=/= gas mileage. My dakota only got about 12.
Link Posted: 12/18/2010 2:50:58 PM EDT
[#44]
Anything but a Dodge.  
Link Posted: 12/18/2010 2:53:08 PM EDT
[#45]

Get a full size American half ton before you get a Tacoma. I had a 2000 tacoma short bed 4x4 with a 5 speed and  2.7L 4 banger. It hot a whopping 22-24 mpg. If you drove good. Now get a V6 and you'll get less than that.  Now get a chevy, ford  1/2 ton 4x4 and you can get 18-20 mpg with wayyyy more room and wayyyy more towing capacity.


Personally, I would by a 2003 to current Chevy ext cab 1/2 ton 4x4. They get great milage, the 5.3 V8 is a great motor. Mileage is good for the trucks size and power. A ford would also be a good choice. I'm actually a Mopar guy, but i only like their Diesel trucks. Unless your talking about an old Power Wagon.
Link Posted: 12/18/2010 2:55:40 PM EDT
[#46]
No issues with any of the dodge trucks I've owned.   The new one (2009 RAM 1500 QC), has 30K on it and is running like a top.
In town, I get 14-17 MPG (depending on how far down my foot goes) and ~22MPG on the highway@70MPH.
Link Posted: 12/18/2010 2:56:33 PM EDT
[#47]
A little rubbing compound and some duct tape and your good to go.

ETA: Dodge rules for trucks.

Link Posted: 12/18/2010 3:03:46 PM EDT
[#48]
You dun fucked up, you got a Dodge.
Link Posted: 12/18/2010 3:08:03 PM EDT
[#49]
Everyone I know ( 6 or 7) guys that own a Dodge Hemi gets about 15 mpg in them on the highway and 11-12 around town.

If you wanted extra mileage then the choices would have been a Chevy/GMC, Ford F-150 or the Tundra.

Of course any of these three will have a lot better resale value than anything Dodge or Chrysler puts out.

BigDozer66
Link Posted: 12/18/2010 3:11:19 PM EDT
[#50]
for those of you who didnt see in my other topic... i got the dodge..... and look whats parked next to me... lol thats my buddy's truck there nice but this is luxury  
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