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Need help with choosing a Ram 1500 Configuration #5450592 06/10/20 02:05 PM
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First time truck buyer trying to decide between 3 different crew cab configurations for the Ram 1500:

Truck A: Bighorn 4x2, 5.7 eTorque, Level 2 pkg, Anti-Spin Rear Diff, 3.21 gears and bucket seats. $34k + tax
Truck B: Bighorn 4x4, 5.7, Level 2 pkg, Night Edition pkg, Anti-Spin Rear Diff, 3.92 gears, bucket seats. $38.5k + tax
Truck C: Laramie 4x4, 5.7, 3.92 gears, rubber mats, trailer brake control, bench seats. $40k + tax

This truck will be used for Home Depot runs, road trips and an occasional trip to the junkyard or dump. No plans of going to the snow or off-roading. Annual mileage is 5-7k/yr. I am trying to make a practical decision but also want to futureproof within reason. My budget is around 40k but has flexibility if a particular configuration offers a stronger long-term value proposition. Also, feel free to suggest options that I may have overlooked.

Which truck should I choose and why?

Thanks!


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Re: Need help with choosing a Ram 1500 Configuration [Re: The Critic] #5450595 06/10/20 02:11 PM
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Don't know what climate you live in, but it sounds like 4X2 would work just fine. The 3.21 gears should also work well on the highway.


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Re: Need help with choosing a Ram 1500 Configuration [Re: JustN89] #5450597 06/10/20 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by JustN89
Don't know what climate you live in, but it sounds like 4X2 would work just fine. The 3.21 gears should also work well on the highway.

Northern CA - temp range is 40F-105F.


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Re: Need help with choosing a Ram 1500 Configuration [Re: The Critic] #5450607 06/10/20 02:22 PM
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My vote truck #C. The only thing I don't care for is rubber floor unless it is truly a work truck.

4x4 is a plus, you will get that money back when you sell.

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Re: Need help with choosing a Ram 1500 Configuration [Re: The Critic] #5450615 06/10/20 02:34 PM
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If you go with option C you will enjoy the truck so much you will put far more than 7K miles a year. Also I've had zero issues with the E-torque.


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Re: Need help with choosing a Ram 1500 Configuration [Re: The Critic] #5450616 06/10/20 02:37 PM
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My wife's truck is basically truck B, except we have the brake controller. We love it, the black-on-black is very sharp.


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Re: Need help with choosing a Ram 1500 Configuration [Re: The Critic] #5450617 06/10/20 02:38 PM
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Is the resale that much better on a 4x4?

In his climate, I'd estimate that he'll use 2wd 99% of the time. Maybe even 100%.


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Re: Need help with choosing a Ram 1500 Configuration [Re: buster] #5450618 06/10/20 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by buster
Is the resale that much better on a 4x4?

In his climate, I'd estimate that he'll use 2wd 99% of the time. Maybe even 100%.


If he gets a boat, 4x4 is useful on the launch ramps, also useful if you drive onto grass with a load. It's a nice feature to have, I used it on the weekend when we launched the Supra for example.


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Re: Need help with choosing a Ram 1500 Configuration [Re: The Critic] #5450621 06/10/20 02:43 PM
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Option C. I have rubber floor mats in my pickup, They are fine.


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Re: Need help with choosing a Ram 1500 Configuration [Re: OVERKILL] #5450622 06/10/20 02:44 PM
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Is the resale that much better on a 4x4?

In his climate, I'd estimate that he'll use 2wd 99% of the time. Maybe even 100%.


If he gets a boat, 4x4 is useful on the launch ramps, also useful if you drive onto grass with a load. It's a nice feature to have, I used it on the weekend when we launched the Supra for example.


True. The trucks I've had were all 4wd. Beneficial in snow and if you go on the beach too.

I wish more trucks had an AWD option like the Ridgeline.


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Re: Need help with choosing a Ram 1500 Configuration [Re: The Critic] #5450630 06/10/20 02:51 PM
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Me, I'd get the eTorque option as I've driven one and it provides the best stop-start experience available in a truck.
I'd get the 6'4" bed, not the 5 foot whatever bed. I wouldn't get a 4X4 without the anti spin rear diff.
It's hard to find the exact Ram 1500 I'd want in stock at dealers around me. I'm looking for a truck myself but am procrastinating.


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I think A is the best choice for the climate and use the truck will see.


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Unless you need the brake controller for towing or you need 4WD (sounds like no), there seems to be no reason not to go with Truck #A. $34K sounds like a decent price.


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option b.

4x4 will always be worth more. You never know what you will buy once you have a truck( boat, camper, trailer). IF you ever need to pull out someone stuck in a ditch or in a wet yard, your truck is capable with 4wd. I will never buy a truck with out it.

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Re: Need help with choosing a Ram 1500 Configuration [Re: buster] #5450653 06/10/20 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by buster
Is the resale that much better on a 4x4?

In his climate, I'd estimate that he'll use 2wd 99% of the time. Maybe even 100%.

In my climate I still use 2WD 99% of the time.

It's that 1% that justifies it for me....


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