I'll get the ugly out of the way. I bought a RAM....yup the hat tasted like dirt too! Short story, my leased 17 F150 got stolen and was not recovered within 15 days so insurance simply paid it out. I've been using my old 2004 6.0 F350 farm beater for my daily work duties and frankly it's well past its prime and could have a fatal breakdown any moment now. I'd rather keep it alive for hauling 1000lb hay bales in the field a few times per month, not asking much from it in it's golden years and this way no costly tow bills if it calves.
So enter truck shopping. First, I didn't want to lease or finance...cash deal.Done. Simple. Second the new rig had to be a 3/4 ton (again, lack of trust for the old stroker pushed me here) Third It had to be used, can't afford 50K (Canadian) to spend on a new one. Plus with the new GM 3/4 tons being at least 2 years out I figured I'd better do something quick.
Wanted a GM, but they're pricey. The premium is big for a GMC 3/4 ton...even gas pots. Ford's are tough one, can't get an alumaduty in the price range I was looking at, go down to the pre-17 Super Duty and it feels like a truck from 20 years ago....not much better than my 200K 2004. Plus the Ford 6.2 doesn't impress me much.
So I looked at a few Rams. Get this, got a 2016 RAM 2500 outdoorsman crew 4x4 with under 39k for $31,500 Canadian, just under 25K USD. Man, these things ARE cheap! A comparable GM/Chev was 7-8,000 more and that's without some of the features that came with the Ram (basic sle and LT) I hope it lasts, the hemi scares me to bits with the never ending valvetrain/camshaft/ issues, but I'll be nice to it and pray to the god of Ram electrical systems daily. I'll be certain to keep up on the good and ugly of owning a FCA product. My past experience in the fleet business had me putting little faith in the reliability of their products. Plus, I've gotten so many good years out of one of the worst truck engines in history (my early 6.0 diesel) I figure the 4 leaf clover in my wallet works to some degree.
Pick it up friday. And i'll post pics of the awful pos then. And some say I'm biased and a GM fanboy...Ha!!