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I picked up my 4dr crew cab 6'4 bed 4x4 tradesmen today. The biggest 1500 there is. I had about a 40 mile drive home of city and some highway driving. Here are some things I noticed.
Received truck with a full tank of fuel and 3/4 tank DEF. The interior was better than expected with cloth, plastic and some vinyl. Very spacious in the front and back seats (I'm 5'8) plenty of leg room and head room. Right away I noticed the sound quality of the cab. I couldn't hear anything from the engine at idle and could barely hear it at 2 thousand RPM. The gear up and down shift is conveniently located on the right of the steering wheel along with the cruis control. The satellite stereo has good clean sound with way to many stations and enough base to vibrate my butt in seat. I like how the tradesmen comes with power everything except the seats and heated mirrors. Overall the controlls are very simple to use and the rotary gear selector is smooth and easy to get use to. Storage space is definitely not an issue inside with 2 glove compartments, cener fold down console and rear seat storge bins.

Driving is the best part of the entire truck. Smooth smooth smooth shifting. It doesn't have the typical throttle delay most diesels have but more of a normal car response. This thing has plenty of power at take off and in passing gears. I kept the coil spring suspension instead of the air ride and am glad I did. Lets just say it rides nice. The thing that is surprising me the most is the MPG. I drove it normal like I do any other vehicle and in stop and go traffic I never dropped below 24.5 mpg (0 - 35 mph traffic). At speeds of 55 to 65 I saw at best so far 33mpg and 29.5 at worst. I cant recall the RPM ever going over 2 thousand. One other thing I noticed is when standing next to the exhaust, there was no sound or smell.... just oderless invisible fumes. I have single exhaust not dual.

I will get pics maybe tomorrow if its not raining like today. I live in Kentucky by the way so the roads are MPG friendly for the most part, no mountains just small hills here and there. I hope this small review is insightful for you. If you have questions, feel free to ask.
 

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Congrats on the new truck! How would you compare engine response to throttle inputs vs gas V8 under normal driving?
Compared to my 4.7 magnum v8 2005 Durango, the response to me is nearly the same. The ONLY difference I think I'm noticing is taking off from a complete stop. There is about a half a second delay on throttle response. Thats under normal NON HEAVY FOOT conditions. I have not mashed it yet.
 

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Compared to my 4.7 magnum v8 2005 Durango, the response to me is nearly the same. The ONLY difference I think I'm noticing is taking off from a complete stop. There is about a half a second delay on throttle response. Thats under normal NON HEAVY FOOT conditions. I have not mashed it yet.
Not bad at all at least it's a good transition moving away from a V8. Looking forward to what you have to say about what it's like when you mash the pedal and really push it.
 

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Not bad at all at least it's a good transition moving away from a V8. Looking forward to what you have to say about what it's like when you mash the pedal and really push it.
Ok so I just got home from delivering some furniture and at a stop light I said the heck we ith it and punched it up to about 3500 RPM. No more of that.... the tires broke lose on the pavement and when the catch you feel that 420lbs of torque and that 240 hp push u back in the seat. Oh and the mpg runs as bout 12 while doing it.
 

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Ok so I just got home from delivering some furniture and at a stop light I said the heck we ith it and punched it up to about 3500 RPM. No more of that.... the tires broke lose on the pavement and when the catch you feel that 420lbs of torque and that 240 hp push u back in the seat. Oh and the mpg runs as bout 12 while doing it.
Lol. I'm to much of a wimp to try it.
 

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Ok so I just got home from delivering some furniture and at a stop light I said the heck we ith it and punched it up to about 3500 RPM. No more of that.... the tires broke lose on the pavement and when the catch you feel that 420lbs of torque and that 240 hp push u back in the seat. Oh and the mpg runs as bout 12 while doing it.
Plus you have no weight over the rear tires...

But LOVELY! I remember a few years back I test drove a BMW 335d, and no joke that was the car that completely changed my perspective of diesel forever. At a stop sign TC and stability off, MT gear box, hammer the throttle and she spun the wheels into the top end of 2nd gear. I was so thoroughly impressed with the amount of torque it was unreal...

Glad your having fun with it ;)
 

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Ok so I just got home from delivering some furniture and at a stop light I said the heck we ith it and punched it up to about 3500 RPM. No more of that.... the tires broke lose on the pavement and when the catch you feel that 420lbs of torque and that 240 hp push u back in the seat. Oh and the mpg runs as bout 12 while doing it.
Hahah nice.
At least you can feel the 420 ft-lbs of torque! I take it that this felt a bit V8-like to you?
 

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Ram man, how's it going Sir? Where are your pictures? I'm do my review this weekend.
Its going good. Im at 690 miles now. I noticed a burning smell yesterday only when I was driving below 30 with the fresh air fan on. It's gone now. I guess it was cooking stickers off still.

I try to post pics but it keeps telling me invalid picture type.
 

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Its going good. Im at 690 miles now. I noticed a burning smell yesterday only when I was driving below 30 with the fresh air fan on. It's gone now. I guess it was cooking stickers off still.

I try to post pics but it keeps telling me invalid picture type.
Copy Pasted from the Other Thread...

how are you trying to post RAM MAN? Using the paper clip attachment or the mountain picture button?

Using the paperclip attachment button for uploading files from the PC disk directly and use the mountain button if you have the picture hosted at flicker or photobucket or something.

In fact thats what I would recommend, load them to a flicker or photobucket, free and easy to sign up, then you can just right click, copy img URL and boom, insert with the mountain button...
 

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Getting my limited 4wd in about 2 hours. First trip in the morning will be 250 miles rural South Carolina highways, anxious to see fuel mileage
 

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Getting my limited 4wd in about 2 hours. First trip in the morning will be 250 miles rural South Carolina highways, anxious to see fuel mileage
Great way to break it in with that many miles on it's first day.

Are you going to be towing anything?
 
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