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From : texasfireguy

Q: hello all... i have a 2003 ram 2500 with the cummins 5.9l ho engine and the automatic tranny. i have just under 10000 miles on it so far. i have heard of other ram owners with diesel engines claiming that they get close to +/- 20mpg. i dont get anywhere close to this. the best i have ever gotten was 16mpg and on average i get about 14.8 - 15. typical use is highway miles usually empty driver and maybe one small passenger and not towing anything. i typically have the cruise control set at 80mph and the engine tachs at about 2300 at that speed. the crazy thing is that i get almost the exact same mileage when towing a 4000lbs trailer. the power this truck has is truely impressive but i thought i would get a little better mpgs. if there are any other 2003 cummins ho auto-tranny owners out there who track their mileage i would be very interested in what you are getting. thanks i wouldnt think that at 10k it is broken in as yet. it should increase. also back the rpm down to around 1800-2000 and see what you get. if you have 410s in it you will suffer a bit as well. roy .


From : budd cochran

tbone wrote brakes are for stopping clutches are for starting. unless you like replacing parts needlessly. lol and what parts would that be. it puts no more stress on the clutch to engine brake then it does to accelerate if you do it correctly and adds a little life to the brake wear components as well. youre absolutely correct it doesnt put any more stress on than starting. it merely doubles the frequency of use shortening its life. brakes are way cheaper to replace than a clutch and pressure plate. less down time also. actually starting off puts far more stress on the clutch then engine braking unless you are an idiot and try to use second gear at 60 mph to slow down. i have over 80000 miles and engine brake all of the time and so far no problems and still the factory clutch. why would you replace the pressure plate unless you gouged it do you replace the drums and rotors every time you replace the pads and shoes -- if at first you dont succeed youre not cut out for skydiving .

From : crookedridez

i have a 97 ram that runs good but every few days when i turn the key to start it it will make one loud click. after a few minutes of turning the key it will start up like nothing is wrong. the dealer checked it out and said they couldnt duplicate the problem and couldnt find anything wrong. does it sound like the starter is going bad should i replace it .

From : theguy

on fri 25 jul 2003 193111 gmt budd cochran wrote i knew you would have to respond. theguy wrote on fri 25 jul 2003 155616 gmt budd cochran wrote roger c. covalt wrote bud and nate and everyone else first of all i knew there was one of regulars that had moved out to utah and i thought it was you bud but wasnt sure. yep. moved here because my father-in-laws health was failing and he needed more care. stuck here because my health has declined partially i believe due to the stresses of desert life. couldnt be the stress that you put on yourself could it nope but it could be because you are unable to mind your own business. let me ask you something roger. what are the three primary attributes of a true god here we go again. another monte python movie. this one isnt in search of the holy grail though it is in search of the elusive and minuscule mind of budd. dont know the answer then why respond shut up and you might learn something. not being an offroader or a hiker i dont really get to enjoy those freedoms so they arent important to me. a freedom ive lost here is the freedom to be not looked down on because i dont believe as they do. budd i dont think that is it. people just like to see a little thought process in others. that is all they are probably looking for in you. oh...and when will you start showing you have any the mormons have some fine teachings that are biblically supported. i follow them myself and have with my family. im non-denominational btw. me im right handed. really cant switch hands salt lake city was recently announced as having less than 50% lds population. moab has less than 40%. the problem lies in that in places where no religious is needed the mormons pile it on almost to the point of being discriminatory. what relax. its beyond your comprehension. ive studied the teachings five times. ive researched the lds faith online. it has some serious problems that are irreconcilable among which the failed prophecies of joseph smith are only the tip of the iceberg. send me a email and list them for you. yeah well i read the concrete blond three times. good book less stress. if youve read it it probably should be banned. now why should the concrete blonde be banned you just gotta let me in on this one. as a mormon once you hit the local registry rolls youll have no problems. but when a non mormon walks into a local establishment and as soon as your name is mentioned you see the friendliness leave and the only reason is that the business is lds connected what does that tell you oh theyll take the money but you wont be treated as friendly as a church member. so wtf difference does that make what is it that you need budd a pat on the back every where you go your dollar still spends the same. if they chose to like other mormons better than a moron they can do that. tis better to seek a pat on the back then to be the person that stabs the back. im not a brow-beating conservative but i dont want the government taking over my responsibilities in life to my god myself my family and my country. personally i think the elected officials should work for minimum wage / 40 hrs / week and the government should get only 10% taxes . . god lives on it fine why cant the government as for the planet..god created it for us to use wisely until he returns and builds the new heaven and earth. i dont keep fish if i cant eat them. i dont believe in trophy hunting for pure sport. i believe that if the epa had some real scientists with real objectivity then environmental laws could make sense...they dont now. and i dont believe in evolution. budd first off grab a hold to a little reality. you are a brow beating conservative. as well as a fire and brimstone religious zealot. thank you. to see you bitch and cry about the way that you are treated by people who have strong religious beliefs is hilarious. to see that you are incapable of religious tolerance is expected. budd .