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Old 05-07-2019, 05:05 AM
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Default 2019 F-150 vs. Ram 1500

Time for a new truck. In reading internet based reviews, itís looking like Ram has really stepped it up with their latest truck.

Comparing each with the V8ís. Engines are almost identical on paper.

Anybody have any thoughts on the new Ram? Last 3 trucks have been F-150ís and just looking for something a little different this time.

Thanks.
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Old 05-07-2019, 05:07 AM
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Not to derail but I just learned of a Nissan Pro X4 with a Cummins diesel that many people are saying good things about. .
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Old 05-07-2019, 05:28 AM
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I AM IN THE SAME MINDSET!, I have had 4 F150 Eco's no complaints, but the Ram cab and appointments are stunning and make the F150 interior seem a bit dated. My only negative was the fuel mileage, but I think I will look at the 5.7 E torque with the 3.21 rear. I never tow, I'll lease it like I have my others, that way I have an escape in 24-36 months if it sucks.
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Old 05-07-2019, 05:46 AM
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Ram is an awesome truck! I have a 15 with 3.92 gears and average 14-18mpg hand calculated. I do tow, and a good deal of city driving. I came out of a 1 ton Cummins, and was not disappointed at all in the towing power.
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I've had a 2014 and 2017 hemi ram crew cab. That hemi is a great engine and gets decent mpg IF you keep your foot out of it. I now have a 2019 with a buzzin half dozen (I miss my hemi) but the space in the cab compared to the previous model is amazing. Love the amenities. Nice screen and phone features.
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The new ram interior is leaps and bounds ahead of ford. Ford looks nice in pictures, but go touch it. Cheap, hard plastics and lots of it. It takes a good photo but doesnít pass the touch test. The ram is much nicer.

The hemi engine is a very solid platform. The new hybrid drive is pretty intersting. I really like the idea but not a fan of first generation new technology. So I might wait a year or two on that.

Iím not a brand loyal person. I buy what I like. Go drive them all and play with them all.
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I have a 2017 Ram Big Horn crew cab, 5.7 with the 3.21 rear. The 8 speed tranny is smooth as silk. I came out of a 2001 F150 extended cab with a 4.6 V8. I loved the Ford but they priced themselves out of the park. My brother in law is a Ford dealer and kept pushing the Eco engine which I told him I didn't want. After much research and talking to friends who own Rams, I bought the Ram. Can't begin to tell you how much I love the Ram. The ride is super. The interior is unbelievably comfortable. I've got 30k on it and no issues whatever other than the recalls that were done. We've driven some long trips and were very comfortable. I've gotten as much as 23 mpg on the highway, but as someone said, that's if you keep your foot out of the gas tank. 19 to 20 mpg is more the average. The only thing I miss is the full size box. So far the only negative is the Wrangler SRA tires that are OEM. They ride ok but after a while they aren't worth a damn if someone spits on the road let alone a slight drizzle of rain. Replaced them with Michelin LTX MS2 Defenders. They're a world of difference. Good luck with your search.
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I have the f150 with ecoboost 3.5 and it gets decent mileage and is super quiet. A service tech had the 19 Ram 1500 w/5.7 at my house today and it looked great! He gets great mileage on hwy as 4 cylinders cut out, too.

I had a Ram 2500 with the 5.7 and that thing was a stump puller. I say get the best price since both are nice!
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Have a 19 1500 hemi 5.7 and the creature comfort along with interior space blows away anything currently on the market. Have had it for a year, 18k, tows great and I probably single handedly had all the first year new model issues, combined but still love the truck.

most of the issues were simple as the engine has been tried and tested for a long time. The new 8 speed zf transmission is rock solid with taller gears than prior generations on the ram. So a 3.21 will give you mpgís if you arenít towing >8000#ís vs a 3.92 thatís really tall for the new 8 speed, which will decrease efficiency.

i didnít opt for the e-torque option as it doesnít add anything other than auto stop/start at traffic light...nope, not needed.

i added aftermarket timber grove air bags which I would recommend over the factory auto level air ride ones as thatís been known to fail on occasion.

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Just went for a ride in a new 2019 Ram Big Horn and it was SUPER nice. Full sunroof, HUGE legroom in backseat, very comfortable, rode very nice and was very loaded for just being a Bighorn.
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Your last line really answers your question. You want something a bit different and the Ram is that. I'm a Ford guy, worked there 35 years. I like the new Ram too but will stick with my Ford's.
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Originally Posted by haneyrm View Post
Time for a new truck. In reading internet based reviews, itís looking like Ram has really stepped it up with their latest truck.

Comparing each with the V8ís. Engines are almost identical on paper.

Anybody have any thoughts on the new Ram? Last 3 trucks have been F-150ís and just looking for something a little different this time.

Thanks.
I've had both, and prefer the Ram.
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The new ram interior is leaps and bounds ahead of ford. Ford looks nice in pictures, but go touch it. Cheap, hard plastics and lots of it. It takes a good photo but doesnít pass the touch test. The ram is much nicer.

The hemi engine is a very solid platform. The new hybrid drive is pretty intersting. I really like the idea but not a fan of first generation new technology. So I might wait a year or two on that.

Iím not a brand loyal person. I buy what I like. Go drive them all and play with them all.
I always thought brand loyalty was kinda dumb. If company A had good trucks, and then quality slid over the past few years, a "loyal to company A" buyer will overpay for a lower quality truck. Buyer loses.
If company B had crappy trucks and then improves quality, that same "loyal" buyer will continue to stick with company A, so again the buyer loses. The same holds true regardless of brand.
IMO brand loyalty only helps car manufacturers, not buyers.
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Not to derail but I just learned of a Nissan Pro X4 with a Cummins diesel that many people are saying good things about. .

we had a '16 Nissan Pro4 XD truck. it was amazing. unfortunately we had to send it back on lemon law, but we tried very hard to find another like to purchase afterward.

the only thing I didn't like was Nissan did not give block heaters unless you were in Canada. Being in WI the fuel gelled up a few times. we would have bought a heater but we knew the truck was going back so why put more money into it. as it is we have a very nice tonneau cover and set of side steps sitting in the shed that we have no use for.

I have a 3500 Chevy gasser that I use to pull our camper and the Nissan pulled the camper very easily. it did have some issues with diesel smell though. we would come to a stoplight and it smelled almost like the exhaust was routed through the cab. only at random times though.
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With both being the V8 I will would take the ram. That transmission is just absolutely amazing.
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I have no brand loyalty. I've owned GM, Ford, and Ram. For years I preferred GM pickups over the other two but our 2014 Silverado 1500 work vehicle changed all of that. So I tried a Ram and liked it. Then in December I tested and purchased a 2019 Laramie crew cab. Interior wise the Ram really is the nicest of the three. Fit and finish is excellent and the interior is plush. Switches and controls are well laid out and everything is within reach. The adjustable center console is sweet. Plenty of USB ports and even a place for your phone to hold it in place. Ride is by far the best of any pickup I have driven. Cabin is quiet. Visibility is great. Ram LED lighting is a huge leap forward. The headlights are some of the best I have had in any vehicle, period! The ZF 8 speed transmission shifts perfectly and very smooth. There is plenty of power from the hemi and paired with 3.92 gears it feel like a pretty quick truck.

So far the only real complaint I have about the truck is the brakes began squeaking about a month ago. It only happens when hitting the brakes around 50 mph and stops as you slow. At slow speeds there is no noise. I talked to the dealer and they will address it on my first service so no worries. My understanding is Ram has a new brake pad to address the issue. Other than that, a great truck!
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I'm in a similar situation as I have been hunting new trucks for a few months. I had narrowed it down to Ram and Nissan. After finally driving a 2019 Ram last week, my mind is made up. Might be buying this weekend if I can find one that has what I want.
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I'm in a similar situation as I have been hunting new trucks for a few months. I had narrowed it down to Ram and Nissan. After finally driving a 2019 Ram last week, my mind is made up. Might be buying this weekend if I can find one that has what I want.

make sure you get the 3.92 rear axle. That needs to be a requirement for any trim for anyone on this forum......
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make sure you get the 3.92 rear axle. That needs to be a requirement for any trim for anyone on this forum......
I'm guessing you mention that due to towing abilities. But how is the highway driving when not towing? 15 years ago I had a truck with tall gears and I said never again.
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I'm guessing you mention that due to towing abilities. But how is the highway driving when not towing? 15 years ago I had a truck with tall gears and I said never again.
with the 8 speed transmission, the 3.92 is perfectly matched to the Hemi power.
the 3.21 is too low and knocks off 3000# of your towing ability. 8k vs 11k, not that you need that much, but the pull from a stop unloaded is much sportier, better gear holding ability vs constantly hunting on small hills (unloaded) and if you add better (heavier tires), it will keep you in the sweet rpm spot for better mpg vs lugging the engine. Especially since the Hemi has mds which drops to 4 cylinders on highway.

take both out for a ride 3.21 vs 3.92, the decision will be easy!
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