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What years gave the best fuel economy???
Well, last Sunday my wife totalled my 1995 Dodge Ram 4x4 with the Cummins diesel. Along with our 26' RV. Just had to keep going in a Montana blizzard instead of pulling over and waiting out the winds. Not a scratch on anyone, so I guess their is a positive side to it all.
Anyways, to me it looks like there is sufficient damage such that the insurance company will probably write it off; I doubt the fact it was still getting 24 mpg on the highway and didn't have a mark on it will mean much to the adjustors. When they make their decision, I will have to decide whether it is worth having it rebuilt or not if they do write it off and I can buy it as salvage. Maybe I will get lucky - I sure loved that truck as I bought it brand new as a factory order with my bullet bonus from my tour in Bosnia.
But, if worst comes to worst, can you folks advise me which years of the Rams got the best diesel economy? I got 24 mpg (about 29 mpg imperial) on the last tank I put in my truck and I have heard of guys getting as good as or better milage than that with similarly equipped trucks to mine in later years.
That's what I bought the diesel for in the first place, economy, although it certainly hasn't hurt when towing our now-deceased travel trailer around. I drove new Dodge diesels in the oil patch last year - gobs more power that I don't need, but nowhere near the fuel economy.
My Ram was a 95 4x4 with the long box, five speed manual transmission, limited slip differential, and tow package. Only comfort extras were A/C and a sliding rear window to access the Gemtop canopy. No trim packages, no power crap, nice and minimal plain jane truck with little to go wrong with it. Hopefully I can find something similar out there - not only do I not have the money to buy a new Dodge, but I liked my old truck better than the new ones I was driving in the oil patch last year.
Anyways, if I do have to go shopping, I would appreciate which years I should be looking at in terms of economy. I confess I didn't pay much attention to information about the successive years of Dodge trucks: I just maintained and drove the hell out of it for 14 years and was planning on driving it for at least another decade or two.