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Old 05-14-2007, 10:49 AM
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Default Dodge 1500 5.7 Hemi for towing??

I am half way in the market for another truck, my 96 Suburban has 140k on it and while it is great I am thinking of going back to a truck.
I have found a decent deal on a 2004 Dodge 1500 4x4 with the 5.7 Hemi.

Most of my use will be towing, other than that a little around town but I have a couple of other cars that I use for work in my businesses and really will not use it that much.

I have never been much of a Dodge fan but I am not brand loyal even though I have had Chevy's for the last 10 years.

Anybody tow with a Dodge Hemi and how well do you like it and also what kind of fuel milage should you expect both towing and non towing
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Old 05-14-2007, 11:34 AM
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Default Re: Dodge 1500 5.7 Hemi for towing??

Now I don't own a 2004 Dodge 1500 4x4 with the 5.7 Hemi, mines a 2500 diesel, but I know of several people with the hemi and they also tow (tow package w/ rear gear). I guess the real bottom line is I've never heard them complain one little ioda about the lack of power, gas mileage yes, but not a lack of power. Sorry I don't know their mileage numbers off the top of my head.
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Old 05-14-2007, 01:06 PM
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I own a 2004 1500 Hemi. But mine is a rear wheel drive with anti-spin rear end. Presently 45k miles on it. Plenty of power to pull anything you want. I can't complain about traction with the rear wheel drive either. If you are towing with it select the tow/haul mode and put it in cruise control as much as you can, let the computer control the shifting, it does a good job of it. I noticed you have a 210 Sea Pro I figure it would tow that boat with no problem.

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The very best I ever did get on the hwy is 18.1 mpg, with an average in city mileage of about 15mpg. Towing 4000# at interstate speeds, I try not to look, but it is around 10.5- 11.3 mpg. Now the bright side is if you are towing 4000# the truck will perform just the same as if you were towing nothing at all. Brakes have not been an issue on mine, but some of the early '04s had some problems, but if you are buying used with a few miles on it this should have already been taken care of.

I have zero maintenance issues with the truck, no failures at all. Oooppps! Wait one. I remember the rear end went out at 15k miles but it was replaced with same day service and at zero cost to me. Some sort of small retaining clip that held the shims in place broke and ended up in the gears. They told me this was a common failure, but the replacements came with a different retainer. To date I have had no reoccurrance.

The other manufactorers have some things that are better than the Dodge. Ford is much queiter in the cab, Chevy rides a little better,. But considering overall cost and the performance I have recieved I think I made a good choice and would do it again. Maybe I would go for one of them Mega Cabs.
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I have the 2004 Dodge 1500 4x4 with the 5.7 Hemi. 78K daily commuter, Although I dont trailer anymore I did trailer my 3500# Bayliner for two years. Not one single complaint with the truck or the boat. Handled very well even going across the Chesapeake bay brdge in high winds. Ventura four wheel 7000# trailer, I never checked the MPG while towing because I dont like to cry in front of the kids. Only two issues I have had with the truck which I know are common with this truck, rear end pinion seal and rear end speed sensor repaclement. Other that that I put a starter in it. Knock on wood.
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Old 05-15-2007, 08:42 AM
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I have an '05 2wd with the towing package and it pulls my Key West 225 with no problem. I also get 19 mpg on the highway (not towing) at 70 mph.
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i have a 2004 hemi quad cab slt 4x4. 23k miles and love the truck. I will get on a long trip around 19-21 mpg higway sped around 65-70. Stop and go traffic I get around 13 mpg. It does take regular gas and have towed a few things like a u haul trailer did not know was tehre. Also a yard of dirt (figure around 1800 lbs in the bed) and no problem at all.

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Well looks like I bought it, I made an offer and he took it.

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how much did you pay if you don't mind me asking. I paid 24k for my new truck and sticker was close to 36k. Dodge always has rebates got 5 k and dealer discount
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Old 05-15-2007, 10:51 AM
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the difference from brand new and used was so minimal that I went new was like an extra 5k so felt the 7 yr 70,000 warranty was worth it which the 2004 your buying should have as well
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Old 05-15-2007, 11:58 AM
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I have towed 8700lb+ boat & trailer (as weighed on a scale) with my 2005 Durango. I have the 5.7 Hemi, HD Towing Package and 3.92 axle wich is rated for about 8900 lbs.

Pulls the boat ok.
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Old 05-15-2007, 04:04 PM
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Man, that Hemi really seems to get much better mileage than my 5.9 (360CID Gas) does. I have an 2003 Quad Cab 4X4 and only get about 13 or 14 mixed highway and city driving. I have never done better than 15 on the highway.
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Old 05-15-2007, 04:18 PM
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highway running 65 mph around 1500 rpm can get 20 mpg all day long. I am planning on getting the new 2500 with cummins and 6 speed auto. Give it a year to prove itself. Held me back in the past was the 4 speed and did not want a 6 speed manual in a non gas truck shifting all the time...
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At 17k you done okay.

If memory serves I paid 22, 500 or 23,000 can't remember exactly. Quad cab, aluminum wheels, 5.7L, 3.92 gears, nothing else special.
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Thanks, really wasn't sure he would take the offer but he was ready to move the truck.

Looking forward to dragging the boat with it this weekend
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Old 05-16-2007, 09:52 AM
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Look at the new dodge's hate to throw a wrench in your plans but dodge is giving a 6 k rebate now. So you might be able to get a brand new truck for a few grand more then 17k.. That was the same situation I was in 3 years ago. Worth a trip to the dealer and push one dealer against the other. Truck sales are down for Dodge and everyone else.. I bet you get out the door for around 24k depending on what options you want. I got basically every option but leatehr and took one off their lot same day.
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:41 PM
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Your 2004 should have the 7 year 70k powertrain warranty standard.

HOWEER YOU MUST REGISTER WITH A LOCAL DEALER AND PAY A SMALL FEE ($50ish) TO TRANSFER!

I think there is a time limit on this as well - 7 to 14 days after you buy the vehicle.

I bought an 04 Durango with the warranty and I literally had to go to 3 dealers before one could figure out how to transfer the warranty. They said they do approx one every other month. That means that 95% of all used Dodge buyers don't get the warranty they deserved. Plus when I go to buy the extended warranty, it will be cheaper becuase I have the powertrain warranty in effect in my name.

Just giving you a heads up. I have an 04 Durango and am happy with it, I will say the 5.7 hemi is a nicely made engine. I get pretty good milage as well - 16.5-17 on the highway and averaging around 15.5 mixed. (better than my 2001 5.9 durango)
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wellcraft290 - 5/16/2007 9:52 AM

Look at the new dodge's hate to throw a wrench in your plans but dodge is giving a 6 k rebate now. So you might be able to get a brand new truck for a few grand more then 17k.. That was the same situation I was in 3 years ago. Worth a trip to the dealer and push one dealer against the other. Truck sales are down for Dodge and everyone else.. I bet you get out the door for around 24k depending on what options you want. I got basically every option but leatehr and took one off their lot same day.
This is good advice.
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katkt thanks that is what happened to me. I wanted to spend 10-15k but found nothing then had to spend high teens to get something decent and priced out a new one. Never looked back and so happy to own new for a few grand more. No problems or headaches at all.
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Well I had a 2003 Hemi 4x4 Quadcab and really was not impressed by it's towing capabilities it lacked lowend power badly. I have since replaced this truck with a 2006 Hemi 4x4 Quadcab and it tows beautiful so go figure...
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