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Old 12-11-2018, 08:39 AM
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This is going to sound a bit like random thoughts.
I bought my Pickup 2 years ago: (Ram Quad Cab Express) for $25K, it's the most I ever spent on a car however it's also the most basic car I've owned in a long long time. I rationalized the purchase at the time in that the Sport or Laramie were another $5-10K for essentially an interior upgrade. It's nearly paid off.

Since then I've seen the 2019 Ram (beautiful) and been in a handful of friends trucks that have heated leather, remote start, nicer features, more luxury (Bling) and essentially, become annoyed at myself for skipping all the feature I wanted in the first place!

I've contemplated trading in for an upgrade (We like the Durango RT for example) but feel I'll take more of a loss (and start a new loan) than I'm willing to right now which leaves me with wanting to make some kind of "upgrade" to what I have to make it more of what I want however I can't put my finger on what is a tangible mod for my own truck to hold me over...

Any suggestions?
Old 12-11-2018, 08:54 AM
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You're the only one who can resolve your quandary. It's a personal question of perceived value. Do you perceive the "bling" value for the additional $$$?
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They have aftermarket remote start that uses your stock remote. Just hit the lock button 3 times and it cranks up. Can also get aftermarket leather covers that go right on your existing seats, or neoprene, that are heated. Not a wrong answer, just a matter of what you are comfortable with. I generally buy new or late model used, and then kill a vehicle. Current truck has over 200K on it, and I plan to run it for a few more years at this point.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
They have aftermarket remote start that uses your stock remote. Just hit the lock button 3 times and it cranks up. .
I've been trying to research that locally as I don't want another fob however I'm a bit apprehensive to allow someone to splice in something... If anyone has a tip I'd appreciate.
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you can pretty much add any option you want on down the road, just have the dealer flash in the sales code for that option. All the connectors and such are already in the truck, just need the switches and whatever it is you want to add. There are aftermarket options for heated seats, or find seats out of a wrecked truck. For what its worth, 2019 is a first year model, I wouldn't buy one. They'll have some kinks to work out
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Unless its a "dealer add" option, its doubtful a dealer would want to mess with it.

Originally Posted by kawakx125 View Post
you can pretty much add any option you want on down the road, just have the dealer flash in the sales code for that option. All the connectors and such are already in the truck, just need the switches and whatever it is you want to add. There are aftermarket options for heated seats, or find seats out of a wrecked truck. For what its worth, 2019 is a first year model, I wouldn't buy one. They'll have some kinks to work out
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all those options can be bought aftermarket and most likely alot cheaper! after market radio with blue tooth/ hand free/navigation for $500 or less, leather seats can be done for $1500 or less.
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Unless its a "dealer add" option, its doubtful a dealer would want to mess with it.
If you install the stuff yourself, all they have to do is flash the code into the computer.

I bought a module and switch to add integrated trailer brakes to my Ram. Installed, took it to the dealer and told them I wanted that sales code flashed in. 35 bucks and 20min later it was done. Now, its tied to the truck and shows up as an option when the VIN is run.
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Originally Posted by kawakx125 View Post
If you install the stuff yourself, all they have to do is flash the code into the computer.

I bought a module and switch to add integrated trailer brakes to my Ram. Installed, took it to the dealer and told them I wanted that sales code flashed in. 35 bucks and 20min later it was done. Now, its tied to the truck and shows up as an option when the VIN is run.
Thats pretty neat.
I'm due to visit a dealer for my (various) recalls, I'm going to inquire about the remote start, just don't want anyone with a van and cable cutters to monkey in an aftermarket unit.
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Somewhat like you, but I bought a Big Horn Quad cab in 2014. Got aftermarket leather before I took delivery. I think they can add heat, mine already had it from the factory.
Only thing I wish I had was Nav, and I'm getting coupons in my email now for $150 off so may go ahead and get it.

The remote start (with seat and wheel heat coming on) in the winter is what I'd miss the most. I'd add that if I were you, along with the Katzkin leather and not get back into a payment. They are great trucks.
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Your BEST bet is to hit google with a search for a forum specific to your vehicle. I can almost guarantee that someone in there has done or researched all the "upgrades" or modifications you would want to try.

For example, i'm in the same boat. I have a 2008 Nissan Frontier that I love but I blew the motor up with 260k miles on it. It's paid for and I don't want to add another payment to my monthly budget. BUT....i want "latest/greatest" features. So I'm swapping in the 5.6L drivetrain from a Titan. Upgrading the suspension. regearing for performance on and offroad, updating the interior with nicer trim bits (carbon fiber, etc...classy stuff though), adding newer leather heated/cooled seats from the newer Pathfinder, adding remote start, upgrading the stereo to android touchscreen, GPS, wifi, video/streaming/youtube/etc, then i'll get the body work cleaned up and either repaint or put a nice wrap on it.

I'll have the performance I want, the modern features/amenities I want, new drivetrain, etc....etc....etc....and no car payment. Plus, it'll be EXACTLY what I want it to be, no compromises.

Long story short...find the Ram forums and start researching. I'd come here for boating stuff first...but not this.
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I just did the same thing...I bought an entry-level Tacoma because the price I negotiated was too good to pass up. I just couldn't justify paying $10K-$18K more for bells and whistles. All of my buddies have loaded F150's and F250's, and while nice, I like the simplicity of my truck. All of those automatic and electronic gadgets are going to be a nightmare years down the road, unless you trade out your vehicle every few years. I drive my vehicles until the cost of a repair is more than the vehicle is worth. With the limited driving I do, this might be the last daily driver I every buy, given their history of reliability.

I'd advise you to stick with what you have, particularly if it's nearly paid off. I hate car payments more than the dentist.
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Put a couple grand into the stereo, some weather tech floor mats and some nice aftermarket custom fit seat covers. Any good stereo shop has aftermarket remote start also.
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this is probably the easiest remote start kit that I've found for the Ram. While it does require you ship them their little module thing once you get it loaded and wait for it to return, it does Not require you to visit the dealer. On the forums, people have had varying levels of nightmares with having their dealer figure out adding the factory remote start addition. You'd think it'd be really easy for them....


remote start and the steering wheel stereo volume controls are the only two things that I wish my '17 Ram had. Otherwise, I love the simplicity of it.

I did add the weathertech floor liners and some "leather" (nice vinyl) seat covers.
And tinted the windows.
And some minor de-badging on the doors.
And LED headlights.
And upgraded fog light bulbs.
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When you really look at the cost of the factory options they're kind of a ripoff. You can get some really nice leather seat covers for a tenth of what the factory leather costs. You can get a WAY better stereo/bluetooth setup for WAY less than the factory options cost too. Call up Xzibit and pimp your ride playa. Then enjoy your lack of payments the next few years.
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Tailgate assist
remote start
heated leather seats
pedal commander
8.4 uconnect radio with aftermarket speakers
Then get the truck detailed

It'll be like a new truck! Every trim level comes with stuff you don't care about to get some of the stuff you want.
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ah yes, forgot about that. I did the tailgate assist, as well.
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
Tailgate assist
remote start
heated leather seats
pedal commander
8.4 uconnect radio with aftermarket speakers
Then get the truck detailed

It'll be like a new truck! Every trim level comes with stuff you don't care about to get some of the stuff you want.
what sort of review do you have of the Pedal Commander? Happy with it?
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what sort of review do you have of the Pedal Commander? Happy with it?
Pedal Commanders are just a placebo effect. They open the throttle at a faster rate then the actual pedal input. Makes you think its faster then it actually is.
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Originally Posted by tmd11111 View Post
Pedal Commanders are just a placebo effect. They open the throttle at a faster rate then the actual pedal input. Makes you think its faster then it actually is.
so a small amount of input results in a bigger amount of "jump" off the line? Seems like it would make for a really touchy pedal if trying to navigate city traffic without spilling your coffee.

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