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RE: How dependable are newer trucks with higher mileage?

Just be careful what you wish for. I not wishing for much. Let me give you a simple example: out of EVERY car or truck my wife and I have owned over the last 27 years has only had a problem one with the AC or heater, and that problem was solved. And, that's 7 different manufacturers ranging many years. Only one vehicle has had a problem with the AC and heater that the dealer and manufacture hasn't been able to fix: the 2019 Ram. It works randomly. I have a warranty. Yet, a warranty isn't very useful if the result is "it doesn't work yet." Is that too much to wish for? A functional heater? A functional AC? Everyone keeps on jumping to the stupid conclusion that ALL manufactures have problems. I'm aware of that. But, how come every vehicle we have owned from 7 different manufactures have been built and sold with functional AC and functional heaters? It's not rocket science. Furthermore, I could go back years prior to the list of cars before my wife, which had heaters that worked: 1962 VW bug with 36 hp engine 1965 Ford Mustang 1974 Porsche 914-6 (one of two sold in California - also had AC that worked) 1981 VW rabbit convertible 1985 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 1985 Ford F250 (built 460 but no AC) That's not even the whole list. The only common theme is that this is the first Ram/Dodge I've ever owned and the first anyone in the immediate family has owned. It has a heater that works randomly. And, AC that works randomly. And, a 12" screen/radio that randomly reboots. And I can't get the dealer under warranty to fix it. A functional heater ands AC isn't much to "wish" for, since you point it out. Having it fixed isn't too much to ask for either. The OP asked a simple question: How dependable are newer trucks with higher mileage. I answered the question with facts about the simple problems that my 2019 Ram has. Many of the problems are common with other 2019 owners: 1. AC issues 2. Surging as a result of a recalls 3. Clunks 4. Radio problems etc. etc. And I'm not even bringing up the CP4 fear that others have. I'm merely providing facts about common problems that currently exist. Not one that can happen, but hasn't yet happened. If the Ram has common problems and dealerships are well known in the Ram world to really suck, guess what my response is? Avoid newer Rams because the dealership suck and they can't fix problems that the manufacture can't fix. Why do I say that? This is the first vehicle that I've ever owned that doesn't have a functional heater and 4 different dealerships have been unable to address it. Don't even bother bringing up lemon laws. It doesn't qualify - not even close. Another common reply is also bizarre: sell it and buy something different. How stupid is that? The simple solution is for the dealer/manufacture to fix a simple problem that's under warranty. I'm not complaining solely that the truck has problems. I'm primarily complaining that the dealers and manufacture are inept. Substandard is another word I've used. I could use stupid but don't want to insult the other stupid manufactures and dealers. No one to date has been as stupid as Ram. Even though I'd place BMW up there with stupid, you can't blame BMW when the stupidest people on the planet are BMW owners. My truck has a clunk and there's a TSB because it's a common problem. Why is it so difficult for Ram to address a known problem and fix it? My wife even hears the clunking and she finds it annoying. She also sees the radio shut off and reboot, just like it did yesterday. She also is annoyed when it's super hot and you can't turn on the AC, and when it's cold and the only heat that works is the seat heater. And, she has also noticed when the truck bucks when pulling a trailer up a hill. Yada yada yada. But the ram dealerships are beyond stupid. Here's another odd observation: long time dodge owners defend dodge/Ram as vehemently as they hate dodge/ram. They, not me, complain about the "stealerships" and the manufacture on and on and on. But, if someone points out a problem like I have, they become the biggest defenders of the dealerships and manufacture, and I become the bad guy. It's bizarre.
Devo the dog 03/01/21 02:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How dependable are newer trucks with higher mileage?

Sounds like you should trade it in on a Ford or GM. If I did that, at least I'd end up with a better truck, instead of a cummins bolted to a hunk of metal and plastic, which many ignorantly call a truck only because of the badge.;) Or maybe I could find a Ram dealer that is able to fix all the problems. My confidence is low for two reasons: 1) if you read the dodge forums, the fan-boys consistently blast the dealers for incompetence. 2) from personal experience, the fan boys are correct. The Ram dealership's are really that bad. I do know of one dealer that is competent but it's 3 states away. And, it's a Ford dealer that also does factory service (warranty work, etc) on Ram trucks. Two computer systems under one roof but with competent Ford mechanics. LOL.
Devo the dog 03/01/21 05:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: How dependable are newer trucks with higher mileage?

I would have given the F450 a real hard look.... But it has a CP4. I've considered trading in the Ram for a Ford. The CP4 issue is the same whether I own a Ford or a Peugeot. And, I don't have a CP4 problem, only other problems. But to get the same or better, turning radius, I'd have to get the F450, the ugly DRW fenders, etc. So, I'll wait. Maybe by 2022 or 2023, Ram will be able to fix the current problems. LOL. Or maybe Ford will make a few changes.
Devo the dog 02/28/21 08:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: How dependable are newer trucks with higher mileage?

Other than the constant annoying problems, the Ram is great. I just wish it didn't have the constant annoying problems. I don't understand how a truck can be considered great with constant annoying problems or perhaps my expectations are simply too high. Only problem mentioned was a heater. Nice to get some real examples Maybe I don't post the problems because I don't care enough to spew the information on the internet. An Internet forum doesn't fix problems that the dealer can't fix because the manufacture doesn't have a fix, which makes a warranty useless. But, if you want a list: 1. Transmission issues: bucks when pulling a load up a hill. It's next to impossible to document. Initially, it only happened 4 times during a 10 day trip across 5 states and back. Now, it happens frequently but only pulling a heavy load up a hill. 2. AC will not turn on if the outside temperature is too low. For example, if I'm getting baked in the sun driving into it, and it's 68 degrees outside, I cannot turn on the AC because it will not turn on no matter what I do. Documented. 3. Heater has the same issues but it's very random. It could be 25 degrees outside and we could have the heater on high. 15 miles later, it's still blowing cold air. 4. The truck pops whenever the front suspension nears full droop. 5. The first recall (emissions recall, which was required for registration) took two dealer visits to get done. 6. 2nd recall isn't done yet (bed step replacement). Will the 2nd dealer visit fix it? Won't know until I setup another appointment weeks in advance, take it to them, and leave it for ____ days until I hear something. 7. Radio randomly turns off. Have lots of photos of it off, restarting, etc. Not fixed yet. 8. Rust is starting to show thru the paint. 9. Surge. I never had it and ignored the others complaints. Then out of the blue, it started happening and is so bad, passengers feel it, and ask. Satisfied? A truck is more than a stupid cummins engine.
Devo the dog 02/28/21 08:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: How dependable are newer trucks with higher mileage?

Other than maybe the need for a DEEPER pocket, I would wonder why DEVO did not purchase a 2019 SuperDuty? Maybe I missed the reason? Jerry Simple reasons. The dodge fan-boys talk up the cummins and I when I decided buy a new truck, I thought I'd check out the Rams. This was when the 2018's were out and the production of the 2019's was still unknown. I was disappointed in the 2018's for two reasons. For starters, I was shocked that you couldn't buy a 3500 Ram with a comfortable passenger seat. Even though you could get 10 way power on the driver, 6 way power was the best for the passenger seat. I thought that was bizarre considering almost every car and truck we had owned for 18 years prior had a comfortable passenger seat. So, that was a deal breaker. The other reason was that the dealers were just plain stupid. I've dealt with a lot of dealers but never stupid dealers, at this level of stupidity. So, I put it off. Fast forward 1 1/2 years. 2019's were out. I still thought the Rams looked better than the Fords and the GM's. In my opinion, the new shape of the DRW fenders on the Ford are ugly. And, the Ford has a small screen on the interior. For the most part, the specs on the Ford and Ram were almost identical. There's just a few minor differences. At the time, the Ram had better pricing and a better warranty. So, I ordered one the way I wanted it. I got a great price too. I sold my XJR and kept the F350. My wife loves the F350, hated the seats in the XJR, and the F350 has been bulletproof. It's a great truck so I figured I could use it as a work truck (dump runs, hauling stuff in the bed, etc) and keep the Ram clean, my daily driver, and on trips towing our trailer. Other than the constant annoying problems, the Ram is great. I just wish it didn't have the constant annoying problems. For example, it would be nice if the heater turned on when you turned it on. And the list goes, on. Plus, it would be nice if the dealer did something if you took the truck in for a recall and fixing other stuff. But for some reason, Ram dealerships are full of idiots. I think it's just because they set their standard so low and consequently, they think they're high achievers. But, they're too stupid to know how stupid they are. LOL. So, that's the story. BTW, I have no idea what a deeper pocket has to do with the discussion. Obviously, it's an issue for you because you mentioned it and capitalized DEEPER.
Devo the dog 02/26/21 06:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How dependable are newer trucks with higher mileage?

Incredible. Yes, it is incredible that Dodge could have such a cult-like following. I guess to some owners, all that matters is that the dodge truck has a cummins engine - the rest of the truck is meaningless metal and plastic. The other manufactures understand that there is more to a truck. It can ride smooth. It can have comfortable seats, and a nice interior. It can have AC that works. A decent transmission. A radio that doesn't shut off randomly. Even a front suspension that you don't need to weld so it stays aligned. LOL. I'm glad I kept my 2005 Ford because I have something to drive when the ram is in the shop. It's never had a problem. Not one. Nothing. All I do is change fluids and the typical maintenance and wear items. The ram has had more problems in one year of ownership than any other car my wife and I have owned over the last 20 years, combined.
Devo the dog 02/06/21 09:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: How dependable are newer trucks with higher mileage?

I gave the best source for all the good and bad and that's not good enough. No, it's not because it has nothing to do with my answer to the OP's question. I provided reasons why not to buy a 2019 Ram. You want to prove that the problems don't exist because your truck, which is a different model year, doesn't have the problems, and a website exists that claims theses trucks are the gold standard. None of that changes the existing problems with the 2019's, that are addressed by TSBs, recalls, and unknown fixes that haven't been issued by the manufacture. But I understand that you're in love with your truck. Enjoy its company on Valentines. LOL.
Devo the dog 02/05/21 09:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: How dependable are newer trucks with higher mileage?

"I think your assumptions that those issues are widespread throughout Ram trucks are a bit grandiose." Let me use one of the engineering and manufacturing problems as an example: The AC. There is a TSB to replace the AC unit because the Peugeot was too stupid to copy the design of every other auto manufacture that exists on the planet. The fix is to remove the dashboard, which means remove the trim, to replace the entire AC unit. Why? Ram didn't include a diverter valve on the heater hose inlet. Seriously? Even my wife understand how stupid this is. So, if you do a simple Ram Forum search, the easiest way for a 2019 Ram owner to improve the AC performance to install a shut off valve on the heater hose inlet. If you shut off hot water to the heater core, it'll improve the AC performance, which is why EVERY other manufacture on the planet has been doing this for 20+ years. Ram didn't. LOL. So, they now have a TSB to replace the AC unit behind the dash. Whoops. Why didn't Ram just copy what every other Manufacture has done for decades by Including a diverter valve that shuts off hot water to the heater core when you want Max AC? Because too many owners will accept it, and defend it.
Devo the dog 02/05/21 07:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: How dependable are newer trucks with higher mileage?

YEP, a simple read thru the turbodieselregister.com the gold standard source for RAM/CUMMINS will show they are generally trouble free trucks. This is why the trucks are substandard. Too many existing owners think they're the gold standard because of something that exists on the internet. I'd call that great marketing. So, the manufacture produces what they can get away with. How you know anyways? Do you own a 2019? No. But you're more than willing to defend the manufacture that you own. It's like you're in a cult. Maybe you need to be deprogrammed. LOL.
Devo the dog 02/05/21 07:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: How dependable are newer trucks with higher mileage?

It sounds like you've had some bad experiences with your specific truck and that you might have a lemon, but I think your assumptions that those issues are widespread throughout Ram trucks are a bit grandiose. LOL. Almost every item I listed has a TSB because the issues are common enough for RAM to issue a TSB. And I need to go back to the dealer. Again. Does this make it a lemon. Not as far as the law is concerned and I'm not claiming that it's a lemon. Don't tell me to go to another dealer. Been there done that. That's part of the problem. The service at the dealers suck because there are too many Ram owners accept substandard engineering, manufacturing and warranty support. Plus, a dealer can't fix what the manufacture doesn't know how to fix (yet). Head in the sand, everything is perfect does not force a manufacture to get better. They know they can get away with selling a truck that has problems, year after year. LOL
Devo the dog 02/05/21 06:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: How dependable are newer trucks with higher mileage?

Don't buy a 2019 or newer Ram (new or used). The trucks are substandard at zero miles and the only way to expose the problems is by driving them. They can pull heavy trailers, have great exhaust brakes, and are quiet on the highway when towing. But, the rest of the truck has too many problems. Unfortunately, the typical long time dodge/fiat/ram owner only cares if the truck can pull a heavy trailer. So, the manufacture produces a substandard truck knowing they can get away with it. Maybe you can elaborate. ONLY issue and it's rare is they went to the CP4 injection pump for 2019 and 2020. The 2021 RAM's now have gone back to the CP3 pump. For those with the 19 and 20's you have a 5 year 100k powertrain. IF something happens it WILL be taken care of. So please tell us about all these "substandard" issues. Radio doesn't work properly and even though it's under warranty, Ram hasn't been able to fix it yet. Two issues: 1. It randomly shuts off and reboots. 2. The second issue isn't a big deal but it exists. The service/help button does not connect to Ram when you place a call. But, it will connect to Sirius or Emergency road side service. Ram is aware of this issue and there isn't a fix planned. AC: If the outside temperature is too low, the AC will not turn on, even if you switch it to manual, turn up the fan, ect. This is a separate issue from the lack of performance from the AC due to no diverter valve. Transmission: While pulling grades, the transmission will momentarily attempt to downshift and then stay in gear. Consequently, there is a bucking. Initially, it happened once per trip. Little by little, it turned into happening on every grade. Body mount: Thump/clunk when front suspension (either side) approaches full droop. Surging. This is an odd one. After I brought it to the dealer for the 1st recall, they did an emissions update and there wasn't surging. Once we moved to a colder climate, the surging started and it's very noticeable. Check engine light: Latest issue. Don't know what the issue is yet. I'm bringing it to the dealer again to address recall #2 and the other problems above, again. Will the warranty help? A warranty isn't helpful if you take it to the dealer and the result is: Don't know how to fix it yet. But, the problem is in the system. This is the reason why I say it's substandard. If the problem exists, the dealer knows it, but the manufacture doesn't have a fix yet, it's substandard. BTW, you may have noticed that I didn't address the CP4.x pump issue. It hasn't failed so I can't comment on it. All I have mentioned are the problems that Ram hasn't been able to fix yet. This is the first Chrysler/Ram/Dodge/Fiat/Peugeot we have ever owned. We have never had this many problems owning any other car from any other manufacture. Ever. LOL. The truck is great pulling loads. It has great engine braking. And, it's quiet. But taking it to a dealer to fix something over and over and over, plus the recalls, is a bit of a hassle. Maybe this is just normal for Chrysler/Ram/Dodge/Fiat/Peugeot owners and that would explain why Chrysler/Ram/Dodge/Fiat/Peugeot is so far behind on everything other than the engine. Maybe the longitime owners don't care, or understand, that a truck is more than just an engine that can pull a heavy trailer. So, the manufacture gets away with producing a substandard truck.
Devo the dog 02/01/21 06:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: How dependable are newer trucks with higher mileage?

Don't buy a 2019 or newer Ram (new or used). The trucks are substandard at zero miles and the only way to expose the problems is by driving them. They can pull heavy trailers, have great exhaust brakes, and are quiet on the highway when towing. But, the rest of the truck has too many problems. Unfortunately, the typical long time dodge/fiat/ram owner only cares if the truck can pull a heavy trailer. So, the manufacture produces a substandard truck knowing they can get away with it.
Devo the dog 01/31/21 06:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Should I get a new Tow Vehicle or a Bigger Gas Tank?

So there you have it... get a bigger truck or bigger gas tank in the current one? If money isn't a concern, shop around and decide which manufacture you like best. Then order the truck you want. Keep in mind, delivery times are much longer due to the Corona. If you don't want to buy a new truck to replace a truck that's only 1 year old, put in the larger fuel tank. The added weight from the fuel will only be 107 lbs and you are still a few hundred pounds under payload capacity.
Devo the dog 11/21/20 11:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

Vicentric aren't experts. I was waiting for someone to post this. The data is generalized, as you stated. Furthermore, it's either one or two years behind (can't tell), which is also a red flag for me.
Devo the dog 10/04/20 08:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

A Fiat by any other name is still a Fiat. I had a 2005 Fiat TJ Unlimited. That's a fiat. I had '67 CJ5. It was manufactured by Willys, had a Buick engine, a Ford transmission, a Warn Overdrive and Dana axles. Some called it a Jeep. I simply called it a machine.
Devo the dog 10/03/20 12:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

Foreplay to a Ram owner: "Honey, git in the trailer." Foreplay to a Dodge owner: "Honey, git in the truck." LOL.
Devo the dog 10/03/20 11:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

And if Ram claims it's a Ram, it's also a Ram. http://www.spikeengineering.com/3500/Ram.png width=800 www.ramtrucks.com But I understand why it's also a Dodge to the knuckle-draggers. Once a knuckle-dragger, always a knuckle-dragger. These are the people that held back Dodge/Ram/Chrysler/Fiat/Peugeot from advancing the trucks. All they want is a manual transmission and a loud engine. Nothing else matters. LOL.
Devo the dog 10/03/20 11:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

Still looks like a Dodge to me. https://i.imgur.com/gl3kaJzl.jpg :):) LOL. The photo you selected shows a 1500. Thanks for making my point because that's a great example of a wussy french truck. It probably gets 26 mpg hauling a few bags a groceries. Best name for that car is la putain.
Devo the dog 10/03/20 06:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

Very true. I still have a 2005 Ford V10 dually, DRW 2WD with 4.30 gears. This truck is bullet proof so I kept it. I also have a 2019 Ram HO dually, DRW 4WD with 3.73 gears (but is it a Fiat or a Peugeot?). I ordered from the factory in Mexico. *snip* You should've got a Dodge instead. Looks like he did?Technically it's a RAM, Dodge became extinct at the end of the 2012 model year. Technically, Ram is owned by Fiat (FCA) which merged with Peugeot. So, a Ram is a Fiat is a Peugeot, and it's made in Mexico. I call it La Puta because it's a HO.
Devo the dog 10/02/20 10:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

That being said, when you hook up a trailer to them, they all get about 10-11 mpg Very true. I still have a 2005 Ford V10 dually, DRW 2WD with 4.30 gears. This truck is bullet proof so I kept it. I also have a 2019 Ram HO dually, DRW 4WD with 3.73 gears (but is it a Fiat or a Peugeot?). I ordered from the factory in Mexico. When towing the same 5th wheel, I have lots of data that proves that the Ford will get as little as 8.4 mpg on a trip (round trip) and as much as 10 mpg (round trip). Overall, I figure on 9.4 mpg. The new Ram has averaged as little as 9.0 mpg (round trip) and as high as 10.7 mpg (round trip). The only difference is that the Peugeot has better downhill engine braking and is 15 years newer. I won't drive it to the local dump because it is a wussy french truck. The Ford does the dirty work. I did upgrade the brakes on the Ford and they are awesome. But, the engine braking on the Peugeot is nice. The Peugeot cost a lot more. If the overall cost of the truck really mattered, I wouldn't have bought a new truck. The Ford works. But in the end, "the want" was greater than "the need." I also waited for the 2019 Ram because it was so much quieter than the 2018, and the 2019 passenger power seat finally matched what Ford offered as an option 20+ years ago. LOL. If Ford offered a truck that had a decent 12" screen in the cab and didn't have the butt ugly DRW fenders, I would have bought the Ford. But, they don't and probably won't for years.
Devo the dog 10/02/20 07:51am Tow Vehicles
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