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Jul 08, 1998 (5:01 pm)
GM's "heavies" are scheduled for MY2000 - they claim it's the same sheetmetal. Dodge's next Ram is currently planned for MY2001 - ironically, the 1993 Ram was by far the oldest platform of the full-size pickups, and in 2000, the Ram once again will be the oldest platform.
Chrysler announced they just expanded the Saltillo plant, and have an expansion going on line in Lago Alberto the end of this year. They expect to increase Ram production in Mexico by at least 50,000 units with these. They did say it would include a Ram-based sport utility, but that has already been identified by spies as the new 2000 Jeep Wagoneer, not a new Ramcharger.
Chrysler's media site is very good for tracking what they do:
click on search, select press releases as a source, and use keywords "sales" and "production"
Jul 08, 1998 (5:03 pm)
clicked post too soon
As for Dodge making a separate design for heavies - I doubt that seriously. The fact that they have the only "heavy-duty" looking half-ton would lead me to believe that all trucks will keep a single "truck" appearance
#30 of 37 just wondering....
Jul 13, 1998 (3:27 am)
does anyone know when dodge plans to begin installing its new ohc v8s in the ram and dakota? also, when is the next redesign due? my 1997 4X4 ram is at the end of its lease in december so i need to start looking this fall. i'm hoping the new engines and auto trannies (possibly a 5 speed auto) are coming for 1999, but i have my doubts.
Jul 13, 1998 (12:46 pm)
I think the 4.7 OHC will be a Grand Cherokee exclusive for a couple of years. The new Ram is due out in 2001(?). At that time I think you will see the new 4.7 (and a larger version) in it. I don't know about the Dakota. It will probably get it at the same time I would think.
Jul 14, 1998 (6:51 am)
i suppose the new electronic tranny will probably accompany the new ohc engines. i read that the new tranny/ohc powertrain in the 1999 grand cherokee has been designed for a minimum life of 150k miles. hopefully even more durability will be built into the powertrain when it bows in the ram.
#33 of 37 6 speed tranny quest 33huntr
Jul 15, 1998 (3:45 pm)
I've been looking for a dealer that can tell me if I can order a 99 Quad Cab Cummins with a 6 spd. manual. I have'nt found one yet that can tell me if the 6 spd. will definitely be available or not. Does anyone know of a dealer with the information on the options available for the 99's.
A friend of mine told me that their is a huge dealer in Oklahoma that gets in more trucks than most other dealers, and has the best selection. Is that true? And which dealer is it?
Jul 15, 1998 (8:28 pm)
33huntr: The Oklahoma dealer is Lynn Hickey Dodge
In OK City. Ask for Jim Homan who is an upper level type manager. Tell him Jim Kendall, friend
of Dick Stowers referred you. He'll make you a
really good deal. He'll even order one for you.
Jul 16, 1998 (4:26 am)
Thanks for the info, jkendall. I will give him a call early tomarrow.
I will be ordering a Quad Cab 2500HD 4x4 Diesel, I hope I don't have to wait too long. But I know I'am looking at 14-16 weeks.....It WILL be worth it!!!
#36 of 37 6 speed tranny update
Jul 21, 1998 (4:12 am)
Well, I got bad news for anyone looking for a 6 spd. tranny like I was for a 99 Quad Cab 4x4 Diesel.
I saw a dealer option list for the "New Dodge" and guess what? No six speed tranny available when ordering a new Dodge. The lists are updated every 3 months, so I was told. I also was told that no six spd. is foreseen till mid 99 or early 2000.
I hope that I am NOT right, and if someone has better news I'll be willing to listen.