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Unread 05-11-2012, 09:21 AM   #1
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Anyone have a Dodge 5.9L?

So I've been wanting a truck for a while, I was kinda set on a ZR2 because it's the best of both worlds between a small truck and a full size...but I was driving down a side street yesterday and I saw a nice little gem.

1998 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 extended cab 5.9L V8 only107k miles...driven literally by a grandpa that babied it. It's in near mint condition, not an ounce of rust, the interior is super clean, new rear tires. The old man was in a wheel chair, so there's a wheel chair lift in the back that comes with it that I could sell.

Point is, they are only asking $3750 and immediately told me before I asked that the price is negotiable.

So how freaking horrible is my gas mileage gonna be if I get this thing? 9-10mpg? Is that accurate? Who has real experience driving one of these?

I've really been wanting a truck and this sounds like a really good deal. Thoughts?

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Unread 05-11-2012, 11:22 AM   #2
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The only problem with those trucks is the tranny. If it hasn't been rebuilt yet, expect to have it rebuilt soon. I know there's a lot of dodge haters, but I've had good luck with previous 5.9's
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Unread 05-11-2012, 01:41 PM   #3
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It's a good motor just gets **** for mpg.

One of my buddies stroked his out to a 408 (6.7l) and its a bad *** truck. Motor only with stock gears and stickies he was running 12.3-12.6 in the 1/4. Now has 4.56 gears and a 100 shot of nitrous. Hasn't been to the track yet though. Stock transmission btw.

Another friend put a mild cam in his and it was getting probably 9-10 mpg with mixed driving. It didn't like to sit and idle in traffic.
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Unread 05-11-2012, 01:44 PM   #4
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My biggest fear is the MPG...and that's the reason I haven't purchased yet.
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Unread 05-11-2012, 03:55 PM   #5
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For what it's worth, don't get the ZR2 and exect a cheap vehicle to drive. I had one. The damn thing with a 6 cylinder got worse mileage than my fullsize with a V8, plus as the odometer neared 6 digits, I couldn't look at it without something falling apart or needing repair, except the engine which ran flawlessly until I traded it in.
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Unread 05-11-2012, 07:04 PM   #6
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Based on a friend who owns one, I'd say 8-10 mpg with mixed driving. If you do buy it, add an auxiliary transmission cooler if it doesn't already have one.
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Unread 05-12-2012, 11:19 AM   #7
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We had one in a 2001 1500 4x4 and got 13-15 mixed driving. My parents also have a 2000 durango with one in it its got 190k and probably gets around the same 13-15or mpg.
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Unread 05-12-2012, 09:20 PM   #8
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My DD is 99 Durango with the 5.9. I have about 170k on it and it runs perfect. Good motor but crap mileage as to be expected. I average around 13 mpg . Wouldn't trade it for a ricer though!
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Unread 05-14-2012, 06:38 AM   #9
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I'd be very happy to get 13-15mpg quite honestly. I only get around 13 in my XJ and around 10 if I'm lucky in the TJ
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Unread 05-15-2012, 10:35 AM   #10
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I had a 2002 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4 with that engine.
Had to replace the torque converter twice and the tranny once.
When the truck worked right, it would pull like there was no tomorrow.
Got about 12-14 MPG in mixed city/highway driving, depending on if I could keep my foot out of it.

*sigh* I actually do still miss that truck.
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My moms boyfriend has an 01 with the 5.9 that he bought new. He uses it for his construction business and has over 250,000 miles on it. I asked him what problems he had with it and he said the only thing that's gone wrong was the governer pressure solenoid went bad at 210k. The tranny shop replaced the solenoid and he hasn't had anything else go wrong. He said its the best damn truck he's ever owned.

One of my moms neighbors also owns a construction business and had a fleet of five Dodge rams. I was talking to him once and mentioned that I work at Ford as a mechanic, and he started going on a rant. He said "I hate to tell you this, but I'm a dodge guy. I had 5 rams that each went 300,000 miles and 2 of them only needed a trans rebuild at around 270,000 miles. I replaced them with ford f150s last year and they've had more problems in one year then all of my dodges did over ten"

I just said well, I appreciate the work!
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Unread 05-15-2012, 06:02 PM   #12
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My '99 Durango 5.9L (3.5x axle ratio) would get about 12-13 in town, 16-17 on the highway.

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