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2004 3500 Ram 5.9L 4X4 DRW mileage

Looking for city/hwy mileage from others. I just bought and getting 13.5 in city. (by hand) It has 24K on it. Will it get better with more mileage (how many miles?). Also, should I go for a chip or tuner? Also, chip/tuner recommendations (mostly interested in more MPGs?)

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I don't do much city driving, but the few times I've been able to get a determination, it's been about 13 mpg. Highway driving, unloaded, averages about 16 mpg. Loaded with a 13000# fifth wheel it gets a touch over 10 mpg at 55-60 mph. All of this is hand calculated.

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Wife drives a 05 w/ 6 speed manual. She is very light footed with it and gets around 20-22 on highway unloaded. 10-12 loaded. City driving is around 18. She has one of the bully dogs, I think the triple dog power pup. I could be wrong. All of this hand figured. I repeat, she is very light footed, like a grandma. What is it with women.

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05 AT all stock 13.5, sometimes a little better.
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Is it an auto? cause that might be hurting your milage, I have never checked my city milage cause mine is mostly highway driven, but I average about 18-20 highway and 14-16 loaded. And the Edge EZ is a good, cheap milage chip, you can pick a used one up for about $150.

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It's an auto. I'm wondering if a knock I'm getting is related to poor mileage. Drove it for a tech a dealer and he acted like knock was normal. Doesn't knock at idle...just going up hills or even a slight grade.
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I have a 6sp in mine and I'm getting 27-28 hwy and 16-18 city. I average 20.5, going by my trip meter.
If I remember right I was getting 12-14 city and 23 hwy and averaging 16-18, when I had 28K and it keep getting better until I hit 90K miles. Then it starting getting really good to what it is now. I have 120K now.

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Hand calculated mine today - 15.898 MPG - all city driving last week (stop and go traffic). Truck listed in my signature below (37,000 miles).

PS - The overhead was showing over 21 MPG at the time.

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sounds like you got a good truck - 04 with only 24k on er. i average 17, 20 hwy 15 or so in town if i dont get mad at someone . 11-13 loaded

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It's an auto. I'm wondering if a knock I'm getting is related to poor mileage. Drove it for a tech a dealer and he acted like knock was normal. Doesn't knock at idle...just going up hills or even a slight grade.
Nitroman, I would be interested in what you find out about this also. I bought my 04 back in January and took our first long trip pulling our 5er in May and noticed the knocking sound like you describe going uphill or slight grade. By the way, My mileage at 65k miles is 13-15 around town, 19 highway, 10 pulling our 5er which is around 11k pounds. Mine is an auto also.

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Nitroman, I would be interested in what you find out about this also. I bought my 04 back in January and took our first long trip pulling our 5er in May and noticed the knocking sound like you describe going uphill or slight grade. By the way, My mileage at 65k miles is 13-15 around town, 19 highway, 10 pulling our 5er which is around 11k pounds. Mine is an auto also.
I will definitely post the result. Does your knock when not towing? I'm getting about 13 in city (no real hwy miles yet) I'm a little disappointed. I hoping for 15 or more. Hopefully, it will improve as I get some more miles on it.

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This trip was the first time that I noticed it. It is exactly the sound you described in the other thread that sounded like a knock in a gas engine. I have not heard it when not towing, but, I am not on the highway that often unless towing. I was hoping for better mileage too. I guess I was a little spoiled with my 97 12v that averaged 17-18 citiy and 24 highway not towing. The extra power the 04 has over the 97 is worth it though.

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