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Old 08-08-2018, 01:20 PM
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Currently have a 2011 Silverado 1500 Z71 w/ 104K miles on her. Thinking about going with a Ram 1500 for my next truck, how does everyone like the Rams? Do they have any issues after a certain amount of mileage? Anything that I should look for while truck shopping? Prob won't go the Laramie route, but what other packages are good?

Also, I'm thinking about going away from 4x4. Have it on my current truck, and the only time I have ever used it is when it snowed in Charleston earlier this year. I use my Honda Rancher ATV when in the woods, so don't really drive my truck through much mud or fields. But I do like the option of having that 4x4.
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The Big Horn package lets you get most of the good tech, but keeps cloth seats. The new models let you get a true lsd or a new electronic locking rear diff, so make sure you get at least one of those. The 8 speed is the best transmission out there, also used in $300k luxury supercars. The new e-torque mild hybrid setup is too new to say, but the base hemi engine is really reliable with no real quirks. You'll see people talk about the hemi tick, but it's not something to worry about.
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For me and my money, I avoid the 1st year of any manufactures offering. Dodge is still offering the 'classic' for this model year. All the truck makers are offering good, long lived, powerful engine/tranny combos. The hemi/8 speed is as proven as anything available.
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I have a 16 Big Horn with the Hemi. Rides great and power is very nice. Make sure to get 3.92 gears and if you tow the air suspension is nice to help level it out. Some things in the interior annoy me like the console that makes a rattling noise and some other squeaks.

The backup camera is very nice and I like the feel of the Ram more than the other brands. 70k and no real issues
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Thanks for the replies.

I don't think I will go brand new, what is the minimum year I should look at and up?
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Imo 14+ are the ones to look for.
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I have a 2015 Express Hemi 4x4.
I believe 15+ got some type of redesigned spark plug (something) or manifolds, I can't remember...
Mine is rather spartin, but has everything I need, I love the look, 20" wheels, the 8 speed is a home run transmission with the Hemi! Mine is a 3:21 geared truck (how I wanted it) and more than enough get up and go!

Overall, I'm happy with the purchase, if I re-did, I wish I had bought a higher trim, thats all.
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Love my '14 Sport.

I've had zero issues other than the GPS and/or Sirius/XM dying at some point. I never used either of them so... meh.

Kind of wish it could tow more than the alleged 10,250 lbs. but that's a whole different can of worms.
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Love my 2015 Big Horn with the ecodiesel engine. With the GDE tune I'm getting 31mpg highway, even gets 15mpg towing at interstate speeds.
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On my second ram, 2014 and now 2019, both Laramie Longhorns....first one was a unicorn ecodiesel and the new one is a hemi. No issues in either and sold the ecodiesel with 80kmiles. The 2019 have the same hemi engine as prior years, so not new generation. Still the same reliable hemi. New tranny and of course the interior is over the top luxury. Nothing else compares. Both are row mules and do well with anything less than 7500lbs. If you need to tow more, go for the 2500.

Deals can be made now on 2018’s as discounts are steep!
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I tell you what, the 2019 Ram is FAR & AWAY the BEST LOOKING of the 1/2tons of the "Big 3"! Ford and their "modular", "nothing matches or fits", "3 piece body" F-150 look like a transformer that blew a circuit breaker, the new 2019 GMC is HORRID and the 2019 Chevy is "ok" but not what I was hoping for. The 2019 Ram quadcab is a beautiful, slick piece of equipment. I've always been suspect of Dodge trannies but honestly I don't trust ANY trans with more than 6spds anymore. (What's the purpose?)

I agree on the no Lariat/upper high end trim levels. I buy the wife "loaded to the walls, kitchen sink" models but when I buy my personal trucks I just want the "basics" like power locks/windows, tilt/cruise, black glass, cloth 40/20/40 front seat, keyless and backup cam. The rest is "not necessary" & I've always found DEALS when looking a new trucks, like $10k+ off for a crew cab 4x4. The mfgrs RAPE YOU for an extra $10k-$20k for their "top end, super loaded" models that only really have about $3k more worth of bells, whistles and largers wheels. My only "must haves" are locking rear end and tow pkg. I even prefer the smaller, black sidewall tires because I'm going to replace the stock "Dust & Dew" tires with a more aggressive white letter AT tire anyway.

My current 2016 Silverado 4x4 LS stickered for $42k, I paid $32 with factory incentives late 2016. I see all these "super d-duper, dolled up, kitchen sink" trucks that sticker for $55k-$70k and the only time they get any serious factory $$$ back on them is during a major model change like GM is doing right now on 2018s as they prepare to roll out their 2019s. I just have a "mental block" about stroking a check for $50k+ for a truck I'm going to USE LIKE A TRUCK! Detroit just charges that extra $10k-$30k for a few extra thou in options because everyone is still standing in line to buy them!

NOT this cowboy.
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I have a 2015 Big Horn 4X4. It been a great truck so far.
I have about 37k on it now.
Level kit, running boards, exhaust, bed cover added after the purchase.
Just put new tires on it. Nitto Terra Grapplers G2--- 275/65/20
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Nice. I'm looking at a 2015 Big Horn 4x2, silver exterior color. It has 38K miles on her, and a clean car fax. They are asking $24k for it, and I feel like this is a really good price compared to Chevy, Ford, ect... Don't understand why Ram's are so much lower on their prices than other manufactures.

I also can't decide if I want to get 4x4 or not. How can I tell what the rear end gears are?

Also, in the notes for the vehicle it states (10 year/ 100). this can't be the warranty right?
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Also, in the notes for the vehicle it states (10 year/ 100). this can't be the warranty right?
Powertrain warranty.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powertrain
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Thanks, that's what I was thinking. This alone makes this sound like a good deal.
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I also can't decide if I want to get 4x4 or not. How can I tell what the rear end gears are?
If you have access to the VIN click here, do a search and it’ll bring up the truck’s build sheet.

You can also click here and here to pull up the original window sticker and tow capacity.
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Originally Posted by jshanks View Post
Nice. I'm looking at a 2015 Big Horn 4x2, silver exterior color. It has 38K miles on her, and a clean car fax. They are asking $24k for it, and I feel like this is a really good price compared to Chevy, Ford, ect... Don't understand why Ram's are so much lower on their prices than other manufactures.

I also can't decide if I want to get 4x4 or not. How can I tell what the rear end gears are?

Also, in the notes for the vehicle it states (10 year/ 100). this can't be the warranty right?
May have to get a dealer to run the VIN to tell you the gearing. 4X4 depends on where you live. When I was in Georgia, no. Now that I'm in PA, yes. Snow sucks with 2 wheel drive pickups.

RAM discounts the heck out of their trucks from the get-go for much lower than sticker, especially for leases. Makes the resale market tough when new is almost the same monthly payment.

My 2016 Big Horn with the 3.92 rear is a pretty solid truck. We don't drive it much, but with the crew cab we have a big comfy interior, pretty good tech if you're into that sort of thing. The dial gear selection (not sure what year that started) takes some getting used to. I kept forgetting to put it back in Park!
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Originally Posted by jshanks View Post
Nice. I'm looking at a 2015 Big Horn 4x2, silver exterior color. It has 38K miles on her, and a clean car fax. They are asking $24k for it, and I feel like this is a really good price compared to Chevy, Ford, ect... Don't understand why Ram's are so much lower on their prices than other manufactures.

I also can't decide if I want to get 4x4 or not. How can I tell what the rear end gears are?

Also, in the notes for the vehicle it states (10 year/ 100). this can't be the warranty right?
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Love my 2017 Big Horn 4 X 2. The ride is great and plenty of power. I was a Ford guy but they just priced themselves out of the market and all they wanted to sell was ECO-Boost. I'm an old school guy. If you keep your foot out of the tank, the mileage isn't bad either. Radio had to be replace under warranty and a recall for cruise control. Here's mine.

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Originally Posted by Redwine View Post
I have a 2015 Big Horn 4X4. It been a great truck so far.
I have about 37k on it now.
Level kit, running boards, exhaust, bed cover added after the purchase.
Just put new tires on it. Nitto Terra Grapplers G2--- 275/65/20
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Hey Red, any mpg drop after putting on the Nittos? I like those tires and would like to put them on my 2017, just don't want mpg's to drop.

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