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Old 07-29-2015, 06:52 PM   #43
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We then drove half hour to another Dodge dealer that had a Mega Cab 2500 with Hemi 6.4. We liked the way both drove. Very impressive and payload was 4108 on the 3500!

What surprised us, both trucks MSRP was $55k. Looks like lots more truck for the money than the others we had seen. Salesman said we could likely buy for $50k out the door if we wanted to come inside. It was tempting.

hey if you wait a month you can get it for $42K or so.. (when the new stuff comes out they become holdovers and good for a 10% rebate to dealer) plus if you have a trade in be sure to get a good KBB private party sale price to figure how much to make sure you are getting for it..

car dealers are sharks and you are a chicken breast in the water.. know your numbers..

and if you want to finance i suggest Pentagon federal Credit union.. they have new (car) loan at 1.49% if you are not former/ current military, you join a companion org to get membership to join pen fed. click the "join now" tab and go from there.

you can't go wrong with a cummins diesel with exhaust braking built in.
ps be sure to check up in Raleigh at the dodge dealer on hwy 70 up by I-40 and the new Cabela's.

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Old 07-29-2015, 06:59 PM   #44
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Canelas. Sweet.

The 2500 with 6.4 Hemi was 3150 lbs.
The 3500 with diesel was 4108 lbs.

The unique thing about this truck, we can easily out both kids and German shepherd in the HUGE backseat. Loved the truck interior, nice as any we have seen. And both motors were very powerful. Smooth shifting transmission as well. And priced about $10k below similar Ford and Chevy trucks. Still got a lot to learn, but we were impressed to say the least.


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Old 07-29-2015, 07:08 PM   #45

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"car dealers are sharks and you are a chicken breast in the water.. know your numbers.."

I resemble that remark....

Their only sharks to those who don't have a big enough boat....

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Old 07-29-2015, 07:22 PM   #46
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OK the Mega Cab has a 6 1/2' bed that's good. The bad, they are assembled in Saltillo, Mexico.

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Old 07-29-2015, 07:50 PM   #47
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Same as being assembled in Texas or California

This truck is very unique for our family and dog. Dog will be in back center floorboard. Tons of room for kids, or 7 foot tall volleyball players. Just a very interesting cab design.

But as said, I got lots to learn. I'm not very familiar with the reputation of Cummins. And I've heard a few bad reports on the 68RFE transmission, maybe they have improved, assuming the Internet ramblings I read had merit.

There is a $2500 upgraded AISIN transmission, but I'm not sure about specific enhancements. As always lately, lots of homework to do. But our initial impression, "This is it".

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Old 07-30-2015, 06:51 AM   #48
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The 68 standard auto is fine. Unless one decides that these overpowered light duty pickups "need" to have factory programming altered for more HP. Computer management of engine torque is the culprit when bypassed.

If you like the gasser, get it. I'd hold out for the 6.4L, but any motor in these trucks is far more than needed.

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