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    Question 3.7 -6 cylinder Dodge truck

    anyone have one likes / dislikes. thanks in advance

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    Change the oil...On time every time and also consider using synthetic instead of regular dino oil...Inspect the engine for sludge if you are buying used
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    New truck, Ram crew cab for 19,500. just wondering if the motor would be useless in a full size truck

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    Well its not like you have a boat to tow or anything...So it should go fine just full of diapers and donuts
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryT View Post
    Well its not like you have a boat to tow or anything...So it should go fine just full of diapers and donuts

    thats funny right there,, i dont care who ya are

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    Dam...I was just informed making fun of family vehicles is off limits
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    I had a 3.7 in a 99 model single cab . It was an ok motor for what it was and it didnt give me any real problems in 130,000 miles . The motor was kinda funny about what gas I used though , if I ran regular unleaded in it ( which i did all the time ) the valves would clatter a lil bit .
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    One of my good buddies had an 03 ram single cab 5 speed with the v6. Not sure if anything has changed or not, but he would pull a 22 foot aluminum bowfishing rig all the time with it. I never drove it but far as i know it never gave him any issues.

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    I had a Dakota with the 3.9 and it was a pig. Way under powered. So, I can't see how the 3.7 was a improvement! I burned as much gas with that slug motor as my friend with the 318 v-8! If your planning on towing, I would avoid it!

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    Thanks Bruce just the info I was looking for . too bad I didn't ask about a Dodge dakota with the 3.9 but thanks for paying attention.

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    Well your going smaller, and the bigger one is apiece of shit! So what do you expect out of the smaller one that will be even more under powered? Then again, you do have a under powered fishing bucket with a lot of bling on it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quickrelease View Post
    I had a Dakota with the 3.9 and it was a pig. Way under powered. So, I can't see how the 3.7 was a improvement! I burned as much gas with that slug motor as my friend with the 318 v-8! If your planning on towing, I would avoid it!
    I'll agree about the 3.9, never drove a 3.7. My 3.9 does OK on gas mileage in a single cab Dakota and does OK pulling a 17ft tin rig but I couldn't see it pulling a larger fiberglass boat in a fullsize truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enforcer410 View Post
    New truck, Ram crew cab for 19,500. just wondering if the motor would be useless in a full size truck
    I drive a dodge nitro 2008 with a 3.7L...It has torque and can pull a lot of it's size...but plan before passing on the highway if your towing.

    I doesn't have much power....So far so good. The Oil change are a real PIA on theses. I don't know how it would do on a full size truck tho. Maybe you met to say 4.7?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Runner View Post
    I had a 3.7 in a 99 model single cab . It was an ok motor for what it was and it didnt give me any real problems in 130,000 miles . The motor was kinda funny about what gas I used though , if I ran regular unleaded in it ( which i did all the time ) the valves would clatter a lil bit .
    I revolk my comment above !!! I think that was a 3.9 I had in my 99 Dodge !
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    New Dodge, I'm assuming 2012 and the old V6, not the new Pentastar (is that the right name?). I think the new one is 3.8 too, if I'm thinking right.

    So, from what I've heard about the 3.7 in the Jeep world it's a dog (though some people do like it). Sounds like waiting for the 2013 that will get the new V6 and new 8 speed tranny would be the way to go if you really want a 6 - supposed to have more power, better gear spacing in the tranny, and better fuel efficiency. Otherwise, you might consider a look at the Express package that'll get you a Hemi and some other upgrades for a decent price.

    Just my $0.02, but probably not worth half that! lol

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    i have a 3.7 in my jeep liberty. it pulls my baby ranger well. not much power to pass at highway speeds, but allright. if you are going to get larger size boat......pass. just my 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryT View Post
    Dam...I was just informed making fun of family vehicles is off limits
    did he put a hex on ya??

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    My Nitro 3.7 developed transmission problems 4 years in towing am 17 ft aluminum. I used synthetic and changed transmission fluid every 25-30 k. The gas milage was only 18-19 so not that great.

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    I don't know about a 3.7L for a pick up, with only 211 HP that's not a lot for a full sized vehicle. I drove a RAM Quad 4x4 with the HEMI for 7 years, that's a good combo for a full size. You could go smaller with the 4.7L V8, but you only gain about one MPG in both city & highway, and the HEMI offers much more power when needed. I just traded it a couple weeks ago for a Durango with the 3.6L Pentastar engine. Its a 6 cyl that puts out 290 HP and can tow 6200 lbs. I've only had it a couple weeks but so far I like it. Enough power and it uses half the gas I put through the RAM. I haven't towed my TR-21 yet, and I'm sure it won't be near as good as a HEMI, but I'm downsizing both boat and tow vehicle and it should fit my future needs just fine. If you're just looking at a regular cab, for driving without hauling much, you could get away with the 3.7L I suppose, but it wouldn't be much fun.

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