Get some popcorn & refreshments, I've got a story to tell.
Per some members' requests, here is my introduction for the 2019 Ram 1500 I bought on Monday. It was a dark & stormy night...wait a minute, wrong story. Over the last few months, my '02 Sierra Z71 was getting a bit irritable. It overheated on New Year's Day when it was 0 damn degrees F. I replaced practically everything (water pump after thermostat, upper & lower radiator hoses, & radiator cap), but a few weeks ago on a 90+ degree day, the temp crept up to an uncomfortable level. But the red flag went up 2 weeks ago when the oil level light went on...3 weeks after it did the last time. Usually, that light flashes on after 2K miles. But I didn't put 2K miles on it in 3 weeks. That was a pivotal moment when you ask, "Where do I go from here"? Do you go with another pre-owned or new? If used, how low mileage do you find acceptable? If new, what are my needs or wants? I looked at cars, and their major benefit was just fuel mileage. So, back to trucks. I was tired of having a wrenching party every weekend, so new it would be. The 2019 GM twins were just now getting to the dealers, so there will be no deals anytime soon. The 2018 GMs I liked, but I wanted my purchase to look like the newest ones out there. So, we arrive at Ram. No room in the budget for a 12" screen, so I looked for a Laramie trim (mid-level). I found many with a great list of features & the $40K ballpark was do-able. I knew from my last year that I don't use 4WD enough to have it again, so we might save some coin on a RWD model. I found a good price on a Laramie 2wd in Nashville & went to look at it (after stopping off to look at an overpriced one). When I got there, we went through the formalities & got to the test drive & I see the odometer has over 4500 miles on it. Maybe a demo, but that price isn't looking as good as it did. Fast forward to the credit check & I am informed that my last auto loan (paid off 2 years ago) didn't show up. So, the dealer tried to offer me other options. One was a different 2019 Ram. For the sake of getting a new truck with a warranty, I chose the cheapest one on the lot. Yes, you read that right. But, the next thing they try to offer is a 2017 Ram Quad cab. It is instantly out of contention for not being a crew cab. So, it looks like the "stripper" might happen. And, it did. I didn't even test drive it since it should drive the same as the Laramie. So, without further ado, here come the pictures, because no one reads GMI for the articles.
And this answers the question, what do the tail lights look like if you don't get the LEDs?
And the interior:
Hey look, rear seat heat/air vents.
The Ram bins.
All 4 doors have door pockets for their door pockets (look under the window switches). Storage for days.
So, how about that dash? Hmmm...I don't see any leather here.
That thang got a Hemi? Yep. Perks of being a truck built early in the first year. No eTorque.
Any party tricks? I think so. I don't know how many other rear camera systems will allow you to look behind you while in forward motion, but the Ram does.
The option to set the electronic parking brake automatically when you put the truck in park? That's pretty cool to me. Again, I don't know if any other vehicles with electric parking brakes do it.
OK, so we've seen the pictures, how does it drive? Would you be surprised if I said it rides better than the Z71? Obviously not. And having double the number of gears is very reassuring that the engine won't drop it's crankshaft on the ground. It took GM long enough to move away from 4-speeds. The "base" model radio is miles ahead of 2002 technology, but more importantly, it does many things that bigger head units do. It's surprisingly good for only 6 speakers. And, I don't need album artwork when music is playing on my USB thumb drive, but as you can see, it's there (albeit smaller). Speaking of USB, even the stripper has dual USB and dual USB-C ports. Be aware, each style is paired, so you can't plug all 4 to electronics that can play music. It wanted me to play from my phone when I tested this out even though a thumb drive was in (both plugged into the #1 pair of plugs). You might be able to plug in other electronics (GoPro or other camera, portable Bluetooth speakers, etc.) that need a charge, but I didn't have anything like that handy at the time. And thankfully, I checked the window sticker & saw that a tilt/telescope wheel was standard. Like I said, I didn't test drive the stripper because I wasn't crazy about it after driving the Laramie (heated steering wheel, heated/cooled seats, power sliding rear window, power adjustable pedals, etc.). That telescoping wheel was a little touch that is a big impact. Those first 24 hours trying to drive was nuts since the PDI worker pushed the column all the way toward the dash. I could barely reach the turn signals. "So that's how the T-rex felt", I thought. Well, that's my narrow-minded introduction to the 2019 Ram 1500. I hope you enjoyed it.
Oh, one more thing. At around 3/4 throttle, the exhaust note is actually very muscular. At least from the inside of the truck, I can't say from the outside. And remember, this truck doesn't have the dual exhaust with the swanky notches in the rear bumper.
There you go. Ladies & gentlemen, start your questions & bitching. I'd better go put my flamesuit on now.