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Old 10-30-2018, 03:11 AM
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Hey, I am looking at a 2015 Ram 2500 diesel Laramie that has 22000 miles on it. the Carfax shows all maintenance performed on schedule, which is very good. The truck is in great shape. My question, is there anything that I need to know about the 2015 Ram? Anything I need to look for? I noticed that the front tires were worn about twice that of the rear. Any ideas about that? He is asking 49000, do you think that is a good deal? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Need to make a decision tonight.
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Shelfish
49000 is out the door taxes, and everything.
it also has rear airbags (after market)
extra fuel tank (after market)
cold weather group
5th wheel group
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:19 AM
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I would say priced too high, you can get a new one for $53.4k https://www.dennisdillonchryslerjeep...ur5fl0jg224184
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Old 10-30-2018, 06:04 AM
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Originally Posted by MacCTD View Post
I would say priced too high, you can get a new one for $53.4k https://www.dennisdillonchryslerjeep...ur5fl0jg224184
That one is going to be plus taxes and all the other fees but I definitely feel going new would be worth it for a few grand more and have the extra 3+ years of warranty plus it not needing new tires.
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Old 10-30-2018, 06:10 AM
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I have a 2013 Ram 3500 DRW 4x4 Laramie, loaded to the gills. Fifth Wheel, 70k miles, absolutely immaculate shape. I am the second owner, love the truck. I know for a FACT that the service is all done, I just put $2200 in it, doing the oil, fuel filters, trans back flush, front / rear diff fluid change and transfer case fluid change. This truck needs nothing.

It's for sale... because I'm downsizing. PM me if you want more info. I'm in Tampa, FL.
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Old 10-30-2018, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by jlipsky14 View Post
That one is going to be plus taxes and all the other fees but I definitely feel going new would be worth it for a few grand more and have the extra 3+ years of warranty plus it not needing new tires.
In MA where I am I would have to pay tax on a used vehicle same as new, the doc fee at that dealer is $299.
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I had a 2013 CTD that was in the shop about 15 times over the 2.5yrs I owned it for DEF issues. All covered under warranty and the first year they had DEF. I traded it in on a ‘16 as a diesel mechanic buddy said that they’d gotten things right in 2015. Loved the truck and had zero mechanical issues. I did have problems with the UConnect system and backup camera though. Both were Laramie, paid $53,500 for the ‘16 new. $49K sounds high to me.

Traded the ‘16 in on a ‘17 F250 because I needed something in my business name to write off. Local guy bought my CTD and says it’s been flawless.
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Old 10-30-2018, 05:49 PM
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Front tire wear will likely be poor alignment at 22,000..factory specs suck. Google Thuren alignment specs for RAM and have it done per their recommendation. Lower ball joints can do it but they are surely fine at 22,000 I expect. Could also be just poor rotation schedule. They are heavy engines and you have to rotate the tires.
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Old 10-30-2018, 05:52 PM
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That '15 sounds like it was probably used pretty hard. I'd keep looking. The Ram Cummins is probably the safest bet out of all the modern diesel trucks as far as the risk of crushingly expensive repairs.

I'd encourage you to try to find one with the Aisin Transmission. 3500's only. Trans dipstick will be on the opposite side of the engine bay from the engine oil dipstick if it has the Aisin.

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Old 10-30-2018, 06:03 PM
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Paid 43 sticker price for my SLT 3 years ago so Price seems a little high but it is also a Laramie. 40-45 is more reasonable IMO. You could probably haggle some new kicks into the deal at the very least.

That year had some issues with the SCR. Mine saw the dealer quite a few times before it got straightened out. It's covered under warranty for 80 something thousand miles under the federal emissions laws. There was also a water pump recall on some of them. Otherwise, it's a tank.
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Old 10-30-2018, 06:48 PM
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On the 4WD RAMs from at least 2007 to current models there's a carden joint on the front drive shaft just in front of the transfer case that should be greased at every oil change. You hit it with a needle, it's not a zerk fitting. It is very difficult to find. Service manager at my dealership didn't seem to know about it until I "educated" him about it a few years back. There was one mechanic at the dealership who did know about it, I confirmed that the joint got lubed after I got home. No problems after that. Here's a video that shows the joint.
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Old 10-31-2018, 03:48 AM
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Thanks for all the information. found out that the rear tires were replaced but the front were not. The mechanic I talked to said that the rear tires were worn pretty good and attributed it to the lack of rear air bags while towing a heave fifth wheel. He assumed that the original owner found out the hard way and then installed the air bags in the rear. Does this make since to anyone? I can tell the original owner took real good care of this truck and all the work was don't at this dealership. That makes me feel better since they have a history. They also told me if I wanted to upgrade in two years they would call when the other owner traded his new one in as he does every two years. So any thoughts on the rear air bags helping to keep the tires for wearing as bad?
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Old 10-31-2018, 07:43 AM
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I don't think airbags will help rear tire wear at all. The oe tires suck. First thing you should change. Go over to https://www.ramforum.com/ and have some fun reading.
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Originally Posted by shelfish View Post
Thanks for all the information. found out that the rear tires were replaced but the front were not. The mechanic I talked to said that the rear tires were worn pretty good and attributed it to the lack of rear air bags while towing a heave fifth wheel. He assumed that the original owner found out the hard way and then installed the air bags in the rear. Does this make since to anyone? I can tell the original owner took real good care of this truck and all the work was don't at this dealership. That makes me feel better since they have a history. They also told me if I wanted to upgrade in two years they would call when the other owner traded his new one in as he does every two years. So any thoughts on the rear air bags helping to keep the tires for wearing as bad?

That doesn't make any sense to me. That tech is making up stories.
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Typical tech talking about something that he has no knowledge. The cardan joint on the front drive shaft is supposed to be lubed every oil change according to the book but not a big deal. It also really doesn't need the schedule that they say because these trucks went to a front axle disconnect on 2013/2014 so unless in 4WD the joint doesnt turn.
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Old 11-02-2018, 06:56 PM
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I have a 15 2500 the rear tires wore out twice as fast as the front . I pull a heavy boat about 2 mi to the boat ramp every week with several ss and one that goes up a big hill from a dead stop so i attribute the rear tire wear to the torque and constantly digging to get going.
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Old 11-05-2018, 04:12 PM
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I just paid about that price for a new 2018 model Laramie. In the west, Dave Smith Motors in Idaho or Lithia in Grants Pass Oregon both have super deals. My cost was $12,000 off of list price, plus tax etc. Bought it from Lithia Grants Pass.
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Old 11-06-2018, 04:44 AM
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good reliable truck, but if you are new to diesels, be aware that maintenance is expensive. Front ends don't last long due to weight, oil changes, fuel filters, etc all cost more. Cummins is a beast of a motor that will take a beating, but the ONE thing that WILL take any diesel down is dirty fuel. Buy fuel from a reputable source and change fuel filters per recommendations. Not a bad idea to add extra filtration either.
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:26 AM
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Didn't read all the comments, but, IMHO, the price is high. I bought a brand new 2018 Ram 2500 Crew Cab, 4x4, with the Cummins, Long Horn Edition, for $51,500. Had for about 6 mos now. My first ever Dodge/Ram. Told myself I would never own a Ram. But, I love the truck. And I get 21mpg in Daily driving.
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I have a 2015 2500 Limited Mega Cab 4X4 with currently 52,000 miles on it. It has been great truck with only one or 2 little things that popped up since I purchased it. My truck has a sticker price of $74,+++ I paid 67K for it. Very recommendable.
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Originally Posted by Fatherof4 View Post
Didn't read all the comments, but, IMHO, the price is high. I bought a brand new 2018 Ram 2500 Crew Cab, 4x4, with the Cummins, Long Horn Edition, for $51,500. Had for about 6 mos now. My first ever Dodge/Ram. Told myself I would never own a Ram. But, I love the truck. And I get 21mpg in Daily driving.
was that OTD? I was priced 51,500 for a tradesman OTD by a local dealer
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