Might buy a Power Wagon

Discussion in 'Dodge Ram Power Wagon' started by n2fordmuscle, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. n2fordmuscle

    n2fordmuscle Junior Member

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    Hey y'all. New member here.

    I've owned an 02 Dodge Ram 1500 4.7L. And currently own an 03 1500 HEMI. I plan to trade it in for a newer 4x4 HEMI powered 2500. This will be my daily driver, about 30 miles round trip to work every day. I tow (car on a trailer) maybe a couple of times a year. And we're planning on getting a small camper soon. Both of those scenarios should be at or under 8000#, and not frequent at all. We also have an 06 Jeep Rubicon, and enjoy off-roading every once in a while. So, I'm thinking a Power Wagon might be a nice addition. I've been eye-balling 2010 - 2011 models. However, I recently learned of the '05 model, and love it. I don't really want one that old, but if I were to find one, I've got a few questions.

    How reliable are the exclusive parts on the '05 model? Like the "smart bar", the lockers, etc. Are they the same as the ones on the newer models? Are they hard to find / expensive?

    Any real world experience with what gas mileage I should expect in the '05 model? How about the '09-'10 model? About the same?

    Any other input on reliability or known issues to look out for either the '05 vs the '09-10 model?

    Thanks for your time!
     
  2. DannyMK2

    DannyMK2 Senior Member

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    2009 and 2010 are two different body style trucks.

    the 2005 smart bar differs from the 2006-2009 trucks, and im pretty sure the 2010+ smart bar is different from those as well. the 2005 smart bar used to be significantly cheaper then the 2006+, but im not sure if they are available new anymore. you may want to get the vin or part number to see whats still available.

    the lockers themselves dont really fail, its usually the smartbar, which controls them. its pretty common for guys to just bypass the smart bar and hardwire the lockers in this case.
     
  3. n2fordmuscle

    n2fordmuscle Junior Member

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    Thanks for the info. I sold my 1500 yesterday. So, driving the Jeep or my '76 Mercury Montego station wagon for now :) , until I find my replacement 2500. I definitely have the bug for a Power Wagon. More to come....
     

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