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Second Ram 1500 ... very pleased with the brand!

Edmunds.com logo Edmunds.com 9/12/2015 Mark

This is my second Ram 1500, first was a 2003 Quad Cab 4x4 with a 5.7 Hemi and a 6'4" bed. It served me well enough that I went back to Ram when I purchased my 2014 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 with a 5.7 Hemi and a 5'7" bed. The '03 had he Off Road package, the '14 has the Outdoorsman package. I mention this because unless you have a true need to go off road, you really do not want an Outdoorsman. It is the most stiffly sprung 1500 in the Ram line. It also comes standard with 10 ply tires versus the normal 4 ply tires. Together these two things make you painfully aware of every pothole in the road! past that the truck is FANTASTIC!My truck has the 8 speed transmission with 3.91 read end (standard on the Outdoorsman) and with the 390 horse Hemi it will flat out move when you need it to move. The surprising thing is that I am averaging 17.5 mpg and on a recent road trip from Topeka, KS to Madison, WI the truck averaged 18.5 for 1198 miles. WOW ... in a 4x4 ... my best friends F-250 Super Duty 4x4 diesel doesn't do any better and I didn't pop $4500 for a diesel option like he did! I am now at 27,000 miles and still love my Ram. I change the oil, put gas in it, and goes and goes and goes, and looks good doing it. Would I recommend a Ram to a friend or family member, after eleven years and several hundred thousand miles ... Absolutely I would!Update March 2016: next month I will have owned my Ram for two years and I am now at 35,000 miles. After going through my second winter my overall mileage has dropped from 17.5 to 16.8 ... early morning warm-ups I guess. Last fall I added a topper and a full BedRug turning the back of the pickup into he biggest trunk I've ever seen! Do I still love the truck? That would be a yes and no. I still love the truck, but it was way overkill for me. The Outdoorsman is the most off road ready pickup in the 1500 line. As such it is more stiffly sprung and comes standard with 10 ply tires. If you hunt, fish, need to go off road to get to that special spot, this is your truck. If like me you spend 95% of your time on streets and highways you would be better served with a Big Horn or Sport model.

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