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Old 02-24-2014, 03:29 PM
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Any thoughts on current model Ram Power Wagon?

my son will be driving soon and i'm looking to buy a truck that will eventually be his and also be useful to me. i can't stand the thought of giving up my FZJ80 so i don't want to buy a truck for myself. I've been thinking around the 10-15K range would be a good start for a kid driving. I was initially looking at used F150s and F250s around the $10-15K mark, then the power wagon caught my eye. I found a 2005 a few states away with 100K miles that the guy was asking $15K. any one have any experience or thoughts on one of these? i'm certainly not trying to start a brand war, these just looked like cool trucks with factory lockers/winch, etc.
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:01 PM
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If you want everything to fall apart around the drivetrain, then buy a Dodge... otherwise, I'd look at other options, like the f150/f250.
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:55 PM
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Bet you could find a cherry 7.3L PS in that range
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:04 PM
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As long as you're good with the gas motor in a 3/4 ton pickup, AND your son is trustworthy enough not to get into all the trouble that f/r lockers and a winch could get him into, go for it! Obviously you're used to horrible fuel mileage with the 80 already.

As for the Dodge falling apart around the drivetrain comments, that rhetoric is usually reserved for Cummins motored trucks...FWIW, I've been very happy with both of the 3rd gen Rams I've owned.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:41 PM
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A good friend of mine had one for a few years. Pretty capable off road for a factory truck, but it was an absolute pig on fuel. I think it had 4.56 gears and with the hemi and big tires its very thirsty. His main reason for selling it was the 12-13 MPG he got on the highway. If you don't care about mileage they're a decent truck.
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Old 02-25-2014, 01:37 AM
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12-13mpg is about par for every 1/2 to 3/4 ton gasser I've had including about 15 fords and a half dozen each GM and Dodges over the last 20 years, including my new F250 6.2 that gets 11-12 mpg consistently. Only trucks doing better were my '11 F150 5.0 2wd and new 1500 Chevy 4wd get about 15 out of those.
Got a 3 rd gen Ram 2500 with 120 k mi on it now. Diesel so no comparison to the Hemi but the rest of the chassis, drivetrain and interior are holding up great.
I wouldn't hesitate to buy that power wagon if it was in good shape. For $15k it should be in perfect shape.
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:42 AM
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I can't speak to the gasser portion but I have owned 10 Dodge 2500s since '91 and haven't had any issues with anything falling apart as they have all been very solid trucks. I only have had the Cummins though, driving each to past the 200K+ miles before trading in for upgraded features or more interior room, not due to any mechanical or body related problems.
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