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Old 10-25-2021, 04:59 AM   #1
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What truck should I get?

I had a Ram 1500 SLT 4x4 with the 5.7 HEMI V8. I was recently in an accident that declared my truck a total loss.

I chose to take the insurance settlement and then replace the vehicle. The plan is that I take the insurance money and use that to purchase the vehicle. I want it to be another 2014 Ram 1500 with MDS and the 8 Speed box.
I don't really want to go in for another finance. I just want to use the insurance money, buy a used vehicle with and hopefully get back to what I had with my old truck.

Honestly, looking online and checking the used car lots, it isn't an easy search to find one within the budget.
There were quite a few GM trucks and 2013 Ford F150s (V8 models); but not many Rams.

Honestly, while the GM trucks seem to have better reputation for reliability, they have issues with their cylinder deactivation on their engines. Doesn't work as well as MDS; and the ones I am looking at only have 6 speed boxes which means that fuel economy will be less. The cabins have really cheap feeling plastic and somehow when I sit in a GM truck, I feel that they don't have as much visibility as others. I feel like I'm sitting in a large sedan. I guess anyone who has owned one will be able to explain why that is so, but I don't feel that is good for going off road.

Ford.. Based on the budget, I would have to go in for the 2013 models which literally don't have any infotainment at all and the interior plastics are just as bad as the GM trucks. I could remedy the infotainment with one of those Android units, however we all know those aren't really the best. There were a couple of 1st Gen Raptors and my brother suggesting I go in for something different and get one of those. The sound of those engines are awesome, but frankly, that is all the Raptor has going for it. I spend most of the time on the road rather than off it. Secondly, I would like my truck to be an all rounder like my Ram was. My brother used it to move house twice. A friend borrowed it to do the same. Its good for everything. The Raptor would not have been able to do that.

Toyota Tundras are great, but the internet is just too full of condescending Tundra owners - filling every single Youtube video and forum with comments about its reliability and how much it is better than any other truck on the planet. Add the fact that the interior is incredibly dated for the year, its really thirsty on fuel and the infotainment is horrible - no, Tundras are not for me. Plus, Tundras over here have the Toyota tax; just way too expensive for what they are, even with higher mileage.

Maybe I'm biased after having a Ram for almost 6 years. Right now, I feel I need to get another RAM. It just has the best of everything.


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Re: What truck should I get?

Pretty hard to get anything other than a RAM once you've tasted one.
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Pretty hard to get anything other than a RAM once you've tasted one.
Absolutely correct.. Hence why I settled on a 2014 Ram 1500 SLT again; just like the one I had.
The truck came with a Borla exhaust and a Mopar performance intake. All in all, I'm pretty happy with the purchase.
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