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This is a discussion on Time for a new truck within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; So im looking at a 2003 dodge ram 1500 slt pkg 4 door 5.9Liter. Its a silver color has 4 ...

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    Time for a new truck

    So im looking at a 2003 dodge ram 1500 slt pkg 4 door 5.9Liter.
    Its a silver color has 4 inch lift decent aluminum wheels, 35 inch tires(will need some soon) interior is in great condition, two minor flaws on the exterior.
    Truck has 112XXX miles on it and he is asking 8500 let me know what you guys think and thanks in advance

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    sounds like a pretty good deal

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    I love Dodge Ram's. I have owned three, i would say its a pretty good deal as long as it runs good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zeetwentyeight View Post
    So im looking at a 2003 dodge ram 1500 slt pkg 4 door 5.9Liter.
    Its a silver color has 4 inch lift decent aluminum wheels, 35 inch tires(will need some soon) interior is in great condition, two minor flaws on the exterior.
    Truck has 112XXX miles on it and he is asking 8500 let me know what you guys think and thanks in advance
    if its an 03 it should have a 4.7L or a 5.7L hemi, 02 was the last year for the 5.9L. But as for the truck its self I've had mine for going on 6 years and haven't had any problems except the gas mileage

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    He claimed it was an 03 with a 5.9 either way im down with a 02 with a 5.9 or a 03 with a 5.7 but not a 4.7

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    save your money and buy a chevy truck.. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsgunner28 View Post
    save your money and buy a chevy truck.. lol
    Trust me im looking more than ever i think i might go with a nice C/K series if i have too

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    yup not a 5.9, but thats a good thing

    the hemi has more power

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    Quote Originally Posted by ss~zoso~ss View Post
    yup not a 5.9, but thats a good thing

    the hemi has more power
    According to one source, the 5.9 was available in 2003, along with the 3.7, 4.7, and 5.7 Hemi.

    I 100% agree that the Hemi is a better motor though. The 5.9 (360ci) is ancient, it dates back to the 60's. It still had a distributor all the way up to its last year of production as well. The Hemi also has exactly 100 extra HP, which is a huge difference in performance, and especially impressive considering the Hemi is .2L smaller.

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    you're right, Wikipedia shows that engine as available for 03

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wesman View Post
    According to one source, the 5.9 was available in 2003, along with the 3.7, 4.7, and 5.7 Hemi.

    I 100% agree that the Hemi is a better motor though. The 5.9 (360ci) is ancient, it dates back to the 60's. It still had a distributor all the way up to its last year of production as well. The Hemi also has exactly 100 extra HP, which is a huge difference in performance, and especially impressive considering the Hemi is .2L smaller.
    the 5.9 may have been available in the 2500 and 3500 trucks in 03 but not the 1500. 02 was the only year it was in the newer generation ram 1500. like you said its a very old motor that hasn't had any major changes since the mid 80's and they are pretty weak stock 245 hp and 330lb/ft.

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    245 ouch. i only saw the guy at the mall and took a brief look, ill look into it more tomorrow

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    if you want to spend a little more mines for sale 2003 hemi ram,fully loaded around 90 k miles.truck is mint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WS6S View Post
    if you want to spend a little more mines for sale 2003 hemi ram,fully loaded around 90 k miles.truck is mint.
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    I would but thats like a 2000 mile drive for me haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shermanator86 View Post
    the 5.9 may have been available in the 2500 and 3500 trucks in 03 but not the 1500. 02 was the only year it was in the newer generation ram 1500. like you said its a very old motor that hasn't had any major changes since the mid 80's and they are pretty weak stock 245 hp and 330lb/ft.
    Here's my source:

    http://autos.msn.com/research/vip/sp...1500&trimid=-1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wesman View Post
    Here's my source:

    http://autos.msn.com/research/vip/sp...1500&trimid=-1

    Perhaps it is wrong.
    As far as i know there wasn't any past 02 but hell i could be wrong as well. My knowledge is limited to searching for part for my own 02 5.9 so i could be missing something

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    Can't say I agree with most here. I have known 2 people who have owned new dodge trucks (2006 3500 Diesel and 2008 2500) and don't care for them at all.

    My cousin with the 3500 owned an 2003? F-250 Diesel and beats the crap out of his trucks (used them to pull other trucks out of the mud at work) and after spending 5k on transmission, tune and exhaust work, I saw how pathetic the Dodge's performance was compared to the Ford (Ford had exhaust, CAI and tuned). He regretted trading the Ford in for the Dodge so much he turned it back in 3 months later for another Ford.

    I worked for a guy who bought a brand new 2008 2500 and doesn't beat on it ever. He has had to replace the front bearing twice now. Took it to the dealership each time for the repair, not that that says much.

    I realize every truck/company has problems, but around here (in the older department), all you see is Fords and a few Chevy's. Rarely a Dodge. Ford has always be renowned for thier trucks, more than any other company, over the past several decades.

    Looking from the otherside, Dodge has made leaps and bounds with their products compared to previous years. And they have remained one of the cheaper trucks to purchase as well. But, that doesn't always mean they're better.

    I'd go drive a few of them within your budget and go from there, drive the sh1t out of them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMdef9 View Post
    Can't say I agree with most here. I have known 2 people who have owned new dodge trucks (2006 3500 Diesel and 2008 2500) and don't care for them at all.

    My cousin with the 3500 owned an 2003? F-250 Diesel and beats the crap out of his trucks (used them to pull other trucks out of the mud at work) and after spending 5k on transmission, tune and exhaust work, I saw how pathetic the Dodge's performance was compared to the Ford (Ford had exhaust, CAI and tuned). He regretted trading the Ford in for the Dodge so much he turned it back in 3 months later for another Ford.

    I worked for a guy who bought a brand new 2008 2500 and doesn't beat on it ever. He has had to replace the front bearing twice now. Took it to the dealership each time for the repair, not that that says much.

    I realize every truck/company has problems, but around here (in the older department), all you see is Fords and a few Chevy's. Rarely a Dodge. Ford has always be renowned for thier trucks, more than any other company, over the past several decades.

    Looking from the otherside, Dodge has made leaps and bounds with their products compared to previous years. And they have remained one of the cheaper trucks to purchase as well. But, that doesn't always mean they're better.

    I'd go drive a few of them within your budget and go from there, drive the sh1t out of them!
    There is a big difference between 1500s and heavy duty rams (2500& 3500) and from how i took the OP he is looking for a 1/2 ton

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shermanator86 View Post
    There is a big difference between 1500s and heavy duty rams (2500& 3500) and from how i took the OP he is looking for a 1/2 ton
    That is correct

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shermanator86 View Post
    There is a big difference between 1500s and heavy duty rams (2500& 3500) and from how i took the OP he is looking for a 1/2 ton
    I saw that, I was just commenting on Dodge's product line. That's all. Don't know if it's useful info to the OP or not, just throughing it out there.

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