The Ram recently received a nice set of chrome Mopar side steps. These bolted on with no drilling or welding on to our crew cab at a cost $633 a pair. Step-in height was reduced by almost 9 inches, a difference that was received enthusiastically by the shorter members of the staff. The Ram continues to be our workhorse, as a tow vehicle and moving truck.

"If you buy this, you better have something to haul, otherwise it's not fair to the truck. It's like having a greyhound you never let run," said art director Mike Royer. The Ram also helped with moves into college dorms and transporting exercise equipment. Through it all, the Cummins I-6 continues to operate smoothly and reliably, and more than one staffer feels driving the Ram is like driving a full-size sedan.


2010 Ram HD 2500
Months/mi in service 12/20,262
Avg econ/CO2 14.0 mpg/1.59 lb/mi
Energy cons 241 kW-hr/100 mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $1045.49 (3-oil change, rotate tires, full inspection, 1-replace fuel filter, front and rear differential fluid)
Normal-wear cost $0