Re: Dakota => Hemi Ram?

From: Gary Hedlin (
Date: Sun Aug 22 2010 - 13:13:05 EDT

Do you know if it has the lifetime powertrain warranty on it?

Every so often I'll see a Ram and think about getting one, but in the
end my idea of just putting a hemi in the 05 and driving that for 5
more years sounds a lot better.


On Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 9:08 AM, Barry Oliver
<> wrote:
> You know, stopping at a car dealer at 8:30pm on a Saturday night when you
> have been out in the sun all day and are all wrung out is rarely a good
> idea.  Especially when you are not looking for a new truck , don't want a
> new truck, really don't want a new truck payment, and generally have no
> business on a car lot in the first place.
> So there I was last night, driving along and minding my own business and
>  then my short attention span got the better of me, and I was distracted
> [...ooohh, Shiny!]  by a YELLOW 07 ram 1500 crew cab, big horn edition; at a
> little po-dunk dealership in the middle of no-where..
> Here's what I know:
>  Price:  $23,990
>  Body style:  CREW PICKUP, short bed  -the short 4 door, not the mega
>  Mileage:  25824
>  Exterior color:  YELLOW
>  Interior color:
>  Engine:  5.7L, 8 Cylinders  GAS
>  Transmission:  4 Spd Automatic
>  Drive Type:  4 Wheel Drive
>  VIN:  1D7HU18217S252105
>  Features: Air Conditioning, AM/FM Stereo, Compact Disc, Dual Air Bags,
> Power Brakes, Power Steering, Tilt Wheel, Factory tow package.
> It's bigger than I want, but in yellow it's damn purty.  It also is 1/2 the
> price of a 2010, for only 25k miles.   Since I have 150k miles on my Dakota
> and it still runs like a champ, I assume the hemi should give me roughly the
> same level of reliability.  My only complaint with the Dakota is the gas
> mileage, which if the ram even lives up to the low end of it's range should
> be the same in town, and much better on the highway - supposedly the 07 got
> the MDS which should help even further.
> Now, new trucks are just ridiculously expensive, so I have pretty much
> crossed them off my list:
> Local 2010 Rams:
> MSRP $41,105  2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup SLT 4x4
> MSRP $39,860  2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup SLT 4x4
> MSRP $40,379  2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup SLT 4x4
> MSRP $41,105  2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup SLT 4x4
> MSRP $44,725  2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup SLT 4x4
> MSRP $39,810  2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup SLT 4x4
> Local 2010 Dakotas:
> MSRP $32,450  2010 Dodge Dakota TRX 4X4 Crew Cab v6
> MSRP $31,345  2010 Dodge Dakota Big Horn (Lone Star) 4X4 Crew V6
> So, here I am, thinking about whether I want to mess with this, but
> unfortunately for every reason I can come up with *not* to pursue this, I
> can come up with an equally valid reason to go ahead and do this...
> Decision, decisions, decisions....

Gary Hedlin
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