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Old 10-01-2017, 02:50 PM   #1
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Default New Ram 1500. Any owners?

So I've been looking at new trucks (mainly Rams) and barely used ones.

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I currently own a 2013 F150 xlt ecoboost 2wd crew. I bought the truck with 10k on it in March of 14 And am currently at 77,000. The powertrain has given me zero issues but statiscally I've traded trucks every 3 years. I like most things about the truck especially the big cabin, backseat and flat floor but most of all, Its paid for!

I AM NOT brand loyal. I've owned them all and multiples of most. 3 Chevys (2 1/2 tons and one duramax) 1 dodge (98 1500) a Toyota (2011 Tacoma) and 2 Fords (04 250 And my current 13)

On to the title of this thread. I havnt driven a new Ram and I know I need to. They seem to have a lot of features and optional equipment. They look sharp, the sport especially, Atleast to me.

Why does everyone I tell I'm looking at Rams take a shit on them and Dodge in general?? And they don't even own one! If I'm gonna pick up another truck payment, I'm gonna get what I want and may have to order it.

Any of you guys with late model Ram 1500's, 15's, 16's or 17's please share your experience with them. Good, bad, whatever...

Thanks in advance!!
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Old 10-01-2017, 03:17 PM   #2
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i own a 11 ram and my family all has newer rams. great trucks lots of power. anything 09 and up are the newer style and imo much better then the older ones that gave them a bad name. if i were buying used i would have bought a chevy i think there great dependable trucks just not as many features or as much power as the rams

On to the title of this thread. I havnt driven a new Ram and I know I need to. They seem to have a lot of features and optional equipment. They look sharp, the sport especially, Atleast to me.

Why does everyone I tell I'm looking at Rams take a shit on them and Dodge in general?? And they don't even own one! If I'm gonna pick up another truck payment, I'm gonna get what I want and may have to order it.

Any of you guys with late model Ram 1500's, 15's, 16's or 17's please share your experience with them. Good, bad, whatever...

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Old 10-01-2017, 05:47 PM   #3
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I have two 2015 Rams. One V6 and one Hemi. Both have been great. I had a squeaky door handle on hemi and an OTA update for uconnect and it messed up due to coverage. Took to dealer and they messed it up. Not the trucks fault. The v6 never been to dealer. Both these go back tomorrow as they are leases, but I got a 2017 Laramie last week. I have always been a chevy guy but after the crappy k2xx and GM not caring they make crap...... Ram it is.
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Old 10-01-2017, 06:09 PM   #4
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I had a 2012 Ram 1500 put 96k on her with zero issues. I pulled a 8k boat with her often with no issues. This truck had the tow package to pull 10k i think it had the 3.93 gears whatever is the biggest in the half ton. Nonetheless truck had plenty of power with the 5.7 hemi. A few days ago I traded her for a ram 2500 with the 5.7 I got a good deal would have loved the diesel or the 6.4 but for what I do she will work. The new truck is super smooth haven't towed with her yet but sure it will be fine.
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Old 10-01-2017, 06:10 PM   #5
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I have 50k miles on my Ram 1500 Hemi. Love the truck. Had issues with a bad body control module early but since then all good. Only complaint I have is the console is squeaky when it gets cold out but other than that its roomy, rides nice, and I think they look the best.

Hemi with 3.92 gears I get about 22-23mpg and everyday stop and go get 17-18mpg

Tows our boat no problem but am looking to upgrade to bigger brakes
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My Ram is my first Chrysler product. So far it's exceeded my expectations. Hemi +8 Speed is a great combo and I routinely get 18-20 MPG. I've yet to be back to the dealer and have put 9K on it since purchasing in March 2017.
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I had a 2010 hemi 1500. I put 80k miles on it and it was a great truck with no issues. I sold it because I wanted a stronger tow truck for my WC 246. The Ram was great at everything except pulling the much bigger boat I had purchased so I sold it and bought a 2017 superduty F250. Loved my Ram and Loving my F250 now. Towing my WC is night and day difference.
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Thanks for the replys guys.

Mikeeb, you're getting over 20mpg with the 3.92 gears? I found the truck I want, right colors too but was lacking 3.92 option and the enter and go option and sunroof.

The standard diff is a 3.21 and I'm just not going for that. The 3.31 in my eco does ok but in highway gear towing the boat, there ain't much left
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We have a 2011 Ram 2500 Crew cab diesel that has been flawless. So much so that we just purchased a 2017 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4wd Laramie with the hemi. The new truck is really impressive. It has the 3.92 rear, tows well and is fun to drive. In my opinion people that crap on Ram trucks are stuck in the past. I am not brand loyal either and have owned all of the big three. Some good and some not so good. My experience with the newer Rams has been great.
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Thanks for the replys guys.

Mikeeb, you're getting over 20mpg with the 3.92 gears? I found the truck I want, right colors too but was lacking 3.92 option and the enter and go option and sunroof.

The standard diff is a 3.21 and I'm just not going for that. The 3.31 in my eco does ok but in highway gear towing the boat, there ain't much left
Our new Ram with 3.92 gears does about 18-19 mpg highway empty. That's hand calculated.
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I had a 2014 laramie limited crew cab with the air suspension and I loved it. It towed well but then I began having issues with the air suspension. If you do decide to get one make sure it doesn't have the air suspension. It's just an issue waiting to happen and I only had 43k on my truck when I decided to get rid of it.
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I was a Ford person, but they have just priced themselves out of my budget. I gave my '01 F150 XLT (145K) to my son. I loved it. After some research and talking to friends that own Rams, I bought a "17 Ram Big Horn Crew with a 5.7 Hemi. I have it two months and put 5K on it. After trips to Florida, New York , West Virginia, and Maryland, I love it. The ride is great and I've gotten 18-20mpg on the highway. My wife loves it so much that she hasn't used her car in a good while. I don't tow so can't help in that area.
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Love my ram 1500 ecodiesel.

14-15 mpg towing the boat, 26-28mpg highway.

I have no clue why the hemi is so, popular. Way worse mpg.
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Thanks for the replys guys.

Mikeeb, you're getting over 20mpg with the 3.92 gears? I found the truck I want, right colors too but was lacking 3.92 option and the enter and go option and sunroof.

The standard diff is a 3.21 and I'm just not going for that. The 3.31 in my eco does ok but in highway gear towing the boat, there ain't much left

That was on a trip from Md to Fl over the total trip doing 70-75 the whole way with perfect conditions. It's my everyday truck so my screen lives at 17.4 usually
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I have a 2017 with the Hemi. Got it this past summer, replacing a 2014 Silverado. My Chevy had more bells and whistles, but overall I think I like the Ram more. The one thing that a lot of people overlook is the Ram suspension. It's the only half ton with independent rear suspension. The difference in ride quality over the silverado (or most any other truck I've been in) is quite noticeable. It's a very comfortable truck for every day use. My girlfriend who doesn't know the difference between a wheel or a tire even comments on how much better riding the Ram.

The other benefit is that the Ram just looks badass. Mine is a silver quadcab with the Black package, so it has the black wheels, black badges, and smoked headlights. Way more "manly" than my Silverado was.
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Im on my second Ram. Last one was a gas guzzling Hemi and now on an EcoDiesel. Love the gas mileage and its been a work horse, at 47k now. I looked at going to something else but this truck is just too good for my needs. Id love to have a 2500 Cummins though.
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The standard diff is a 3.21 and I'm just not going for that. The 3.31 in my eco does ok but in highway gear towing the boat, there ain't much left
What are you towing?
The 3.21 gears I believe are rated over 8K. That is what is in mine.
Only time I sense a lag is in 1st gear, 2nd is when the power comes on. I was pulling our boat loaded with camping supplies up a hill and was easily passing 18 wheelers without sweat nor much throttle.
I drive empty too much so I was specifically looking for a 3.21 truck.
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I have a 2017 with the Hemi. Got it this past summer, replacing a 2014 Silverado. My Chevy had more bells and whistles, but overall I think I like the Ram more. The one thing that a lot of people overlook is the Ram suspension. It's the only half ton with independent rear suspension. The difference in ride quality over the silverado (or most any other truck I've been in) is quite noticeable. It's a very comfortable truck for every day use. My girlfriend who doesn't know the difference between a wheel or a tire even comments on how much better riding the Ram.

The other benefit is that the Ram just looks badass. Mine is a silver quadcab with the Black package, so it has the black wheels, black badges, and smoked headlights. Way more "manly" than my Silverado was.
I think you are referring to the Coil spring 4-link rear suspension. It's still attached to a Solid axle, therefore is not considered an "independent rear suspension"

I do agree, it's the best rear suspension design when compared to Ford and Chevy's leaf springs.
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Our new Ram with 3.92 gears does about 18-19 mpg highway empty. That's hand calculated.
I have a 2015 Tradesman with 3.92 and the 5.7 Hemi and the 6-speed. Picked it up used with 17k miles a little over a year ago and have put 12k more on it. Only thing other than gas has been one oil change. Mine has the tow package (rated for 10,200#) and the backup camera. I use it as my daily driver (13 miles mixed city/highway). I get about 16.5 mpg on my commute and between 19-19.5 mpg on highway driving. Towing (local only) I get around 10-12 mpg.

My only complaint so far is the stock Goodyear tires have horrible wet traction. I will be replacing them before next spring even though they have over half the treadlife left.
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I think you are referring to the Coil spring 4-link rear suspension. It's still attached to a Solid axle, therefore is not considered an "independent rear suspension"

I do agree, it's the best rear suspension design when compared to Ford and Chevy's leaf springs.
correct. my bad. pre-coffee posting is never a good thing. I knew it was something different but was having a brain fart. I think they call it a 5 link though. Either way, it's mucho better than other trucks.

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