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Dodge Ram Pickup 1500, Dodge Ram Pickup 2500, Dodge Ram Pickup 3500, Fuel System, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Truck
This is the place to discuss (or even brag about) the mileage performance of your Ram pickup!
#349 of 360 Re: RAM 1500 Big Horn MPG [dustyk]
Aug 28, 2011 (11:37 am)
I have 2011 Ram 1500 Big Horn RWD Quad Cab with the 5.7 Hemi and the 20 inch wheels. I have not averaged anything better then 12 mpg and that's an honest reading as I input my mileage and gas purchase on GasBuddy.com and keep records every time I fill. This really sucks because the only major difference between this and my 2005 Dodge Ram RWD Thunder Road truck that I traded for this truck is the gear ratio but I don't think it should go from getting 16 to 17 mpg on the average to at best 12 mpg and there is some highway mileage on both to consider so there is no difference there. The new RAM truck had a rating of 13 mpg city to 19 mpg hghwy. I do not understand why such the difference especially since this is a 6 year newer truck and the suspension system is supposed to be much lighter so that could only help. I have taken my new Ram to my dealership and they have run all the system checks and nothing comes up on it. I have even tried babying her and still not getting any difference either. If anyone could help with any suggestions please reply. I have contacted RAM and of course the response I get is basically sorry about my luck but to take it to the dealership to see what they can do... which I have already done and explained that to them. Even one of the service managers at the dealership said he has a 2009 Ram and is getting poor gas mileage as well but seemed to see a slight increase after the break in period but was not anywhere near my 2005 Ram's mileage.... NOT COOL especially when gas prices are as high as they are. There should be a warning of this on these trucks.... RAM do not mislead the customers because I will probably not be buying another Ram in my life if this is the way it's going to be..... so sorry about your luck RAM and I will spread the news!!!
#350 of 360 Re: RAM 1500 Big Horn MPG [thunderroad4]
Aug 29, 2011 (4:06 am)
I'm sorry to hear that you're disappointed with the mileage on your Ram. I have basically the same truck, but mine is an '09 4WD.
Now that summer is here, I'm getting 16.5 to 17MPG in all around driving, and that's not BS. My driving is suburban/country and small town with very little city and very little freeway driving. I normally drive at the limit or 5 over and keep any freeway driving to less than 75MPH. I am very careful with the throttle, driving to maximize the " Fuel Saver " light staying lit, and coast up to stop signs and lights that are red. Coasting is a huge contributor to mileage - it helps recover the extra fuel used when accelerating. I also mix 87 and 93 octane gas to get 90 octane for the same price as 89. IMO, using the recommended 89+ octane will return a bit better mileage.
I also shut the engine off if waiting awhile at a takeout window, etc. - unless the air needs to be running, of course.
These things may require a change in driving habits and can be a pain in the rear at times, but are effective at saving money at the pump.
I love my Ram, and I know it will return decent mileage with a little effort.
#351 of 360 Re: Ram Diesel Mileage [tmak]
Nov 15, 2011 (4:44 pm)
I purchased a 2011 2500 megacab laramie 4x2 3.73 rear-end high output approx; two months ago. MPG has been absymal. So far 2,600 miles, actual avg with gallons purchased 11.2. I would say 80% city 20% hwy. I've been very easy on the accelerator and not towing anything or carrying much weight. The truck seems to perform great and love everything about it but the mpg makes me sick. Apparently high output means low mpg.
#352 of 360 Re: RAM 1500 Big Horn MPG [cobrazera]
Nov 17, 2011 (3:33 pm)
I understand your point of babying my Ram to conserve the gas but considering my 2005 was getting better efficiency then the 2011 I am quite disappointed to say the least especially when they charge the prices they charge for these trucks which was right around $40,000 msrp for mine. I have went and watched the "ECO" light and stayed right around the speed limit and still have not seen over 14 mpg except when we took it on the highway over 600 miles and got 17.7 mpg at best even though the computer in the truck was saying I was getting around 20 mpg. So if I wanted to go slow I would have bought a smaller engine that just does not make any sense and I do not constantly get into the accelerator so to get an average of 12.8 mpg and I have about 4600 miles on my 2011 Ram 1500... that's just plain wrong! I do appreciate the input though but it just does not remedy the situation.
#353 of 360 2011 Ram 2500
Nov 29, 2011 (8:26 am)
I recently bought a new 2011 2500 with the Cummins. I am getting about 13 to 14 in the city which to me isnt bad. I also just took a road trip and was getting about 18 to 19. I was impressed and found that the computer estimate was pretty accurate. I HAD an 2004 Avalacnhe with 411 gears and the gas mileage and even the pulling was horrifically bad. Im actually getting an overall better gas mileage now in the Dodge than I was in the Chevy...imagine that.
#354 of 360 Re: 2011 Ram 2500 [paulli36]
Nov 29, 2011 (3:32 pm)
took my 2011 mega-cab cummins to dealer to check why milage was so low, found out it was continualy regen mode, now happy to report 14.8 city, and 18.6 hwy now up to 3700 miles.
#355 of 360 Re: RAM 1500 Big Horn MPG [thunderroad4]
Mar 17, 2012 (12:08 pm)
i dont understand why you people are even talking about mileage. If i wanted great mileage i wouldn't have bought a truck never mind the hemi. I bought it for a truck not a smart car. If you want good mileage buy a small car.
#356 of 360 Re: RAM 1500 Big Horn MPG [mrhemi1]
Apr 23, 2012 (6:01 pm)
Let's think things through. The reason a lot of people buy trucks, myself included, is that they're necessary tools for jobs that a Smart can't be used for. Almost every day, my truck is used to carry 4 or 5 big guys in the cab, at least 1,000 pounds of equipment (sometimes over 4,000!) in the bed, and to haul around a trailer with a couple of tons on it. It does all of this, day after day, mile after mile, without so much as a hiccup. I'd love to be able to do all of this with a 30+ MPG vehicle, but there isn't one available that meets my needs.
Now, since we've established that a Smart just isn't a choice for some people, let's see why MPG in trucks matters- I'm looking for a truck and have the option of truck A that gets 13 MPG versus truck B that gets 17. The current price of diesel is $4/gal and I expect to drive 25k miles this year. Given this, truck A will cost me roughly $7,692 to operate for the year while truck B will cost $5,882. That's almost TWO GRAND saved in just one year because I didn't have the mindset of "pfft. It's a truck, mileage doesn't matter."
Jun 29, 2012 (3:26 pm)
Just ran my first tank of gas in my new Ram 1500 (Quadcab Express, 5.7L, 20", 3.92 LSD).
Drove 402 miles and put in 22.84 gallons of mid grade for an average of 17.6 MPG. Of those 402 miles, 160 were suburban driving and 242 was freeway (between 70 and 75 MPH, a few passes at 80 MPH).
The truck had only 32 miles on the odometer when I took delivery and that it was topped off (it took an additional 1.2 gallons before automatic shutoff of the pump) and then refilled at the end using the same pump, I believe it is a fairly accurate manual computation. The computer was very close at 17.7 MPG average.
For a brand-new truck with no break-in, I consider that exceptional fuel economy. With any luck, it will pick up an additional 2 or 3 MPG as it breaks in.
#358 of 360 2004 5.7 hemi
Oct 30, 2012 (9:46 am)
I haVe a 2004 quad cab hemi 20 in rims with 127k miles. I am pretty good with maintainece. Years ago I was getting 15 mph. Over the years it is now 11mph. I suspect the gas quality has gone down with ethanol. I currently use 92 oct or the truck runs poorly