Im an Ex-Pat/RAM owner but I dont get having a RAM in the UK
Back in the UK I owned WRX's, GTI's and various hot hatches, and I used them properly (track days, country roads). Then 18 months ago I moved to Alberta where to say every other vehicle on the road is a Pick-Up truck would not be an understatement. I then started to take not of them, how quick they are off the line and how good they sound. then 6 months ago i decided I needed one and began, last week I got one, and I love it too bits.
However, not wanting to offend but: i would never ever in a million years consider running or driving one in the UK and really don't see the appeal of such a vehicle back in my former home (my other vehicle here is a Grand Cherokee and that's almost too big for the UK IMO). Parking spaces too small, roads too narrow, left hand drive, fuel prices, running costs etc etc. If I unfortunatley had to return to old blighty i'd certainly not buy a truck there, i'd be driving another WRX or GTI. I really don't get the appeal to driving one in the UK :4-dontknow: :str:
I can understand that completely. Too many roads in the UK are just modern paved cart paths, and not much larger either. Having a large truck doesn't makes much sense over there, just like owning one of the tiny vehicles here is looked oddly upon. Unless you live and work entierly in a large metropolitan area it doesn't make sense to own something like a smart car.
In my case, I grew up with landrovers everywhere because it was a requirement to have 4wd and an enclosed cab when you were in the bush. I don't see much reason for them here except as status symbols.
Ram in the uk
BlueMonday, don't knock it till you try it! I drive a Dually on these little English roads and get on just fine! I'm running a cummins with around 550hp and 1000lbf and still get 22.5 mpg,which I'm guessing is better than your old wrx.
99% of the roads are wide enough (if you can travel the country in a lorry you can easily fit a ram ). Parking is fine unless you go into town centres with restrictions of course, but if you know you're doing this you take the mrs car!! :i_rolleyes:
Anyhow, the enjoyment I get outta driving my truck far outweighs any negatives! Wrx? Pah.:LOL:
Hey don't underestimate the allure of pickups in the UK I'm new to the site and Dodge Ram ownership, chose the Dodge and the model I have to tow a fifth wheeler and it does what it says on the tin a great towing vehicle I get 24mpg on motorways and 18 'round town
I'm from the UK and lived in Reading from 98-2000 and the motorcycle dealer where I got my only form of transport (Yamaha 400cc City bike) had picked up a used Gen II Ram 2500 HD Reg Cab with the V-10. He was lucky his shop was on a dead end street as it was the only place he could park the monster.
At 75 pence a litre back then it was over 150 quid to fill up.
Glad I'm back in the US of A with my Challenger SRT, Dodge Ram R/T and Titan.
And the answer to that is, don't buy a vehicle you can't afford to run or are too scared to drive!
Like I say, I get around 500 miles on 130 quid which is a damn site better than my works van or my BMW 540. And a frick load more fun.
Course it's more expensive here, but that's tough luck! I live here and put up with it! And as we all know, where's the fun in being sensible?
the roads have never been a issue running american cars /trucks for me ,
the lack of power steering on the dodge charger and ford f100 pickup is what stands out as hard work
when it came to parking in small tight spaces here in the UK
its the price a petrol/gas here in the uk which is scarey :smiledown:
i got my ram converted almost 6 years ago to run on LPG
it was then 1/3 price of petrol
its now about half price of petrol
after runnin american cars and pickups since 1985 yer could say i never bought my motors for economy,
my hemi ram has now become mainley my weekend toy
the times have long gone when i would have 2 american V8s as daily transport
1988 till 2001 i had 2 american V8 allways taxed tested insured an ready to drive
this was mi other car
i sold the camaro
an got this caddy as my other car
sold the yellow transam an got this white transam
then sold both the caddy an the white transam
and had 2 black transams at the same time
sold one of my transams an got this 71 r/t440 charger
then sold the charger an got this z28 (embarassingly slow after the charger)
then sold the other black transam
an got this f100 as my work truck,been running american pickups around 20 years
sold the z28 ,got this transam as my other car (did 66,000 miles in the transam)
sold the transam an got this gmc
sold the f100 an got this chevy pickup
then sold the chevy pickup an got this ram (did 45,000 miles in the ram)
that was the last time i had 2 american V8s at the same time
then sold the gmc jimmy an got a little nissan 4x4pickup as a work truck
nissan been replaced with a little 4x4 toyota hilux as my work truck
just one V8 these days
done nearly 30,000 miles in the ram ,but a reckon from now on be only around 3,500 miles each year ,
did more miles (4300) in 17 days during march ,driving around some great american southern states, florida alabama mississippi louisiana arkansas tennessee
back down thru mississippi across gulf coast into florida :,than the miles in a year here in the UK
6cyl Z1300 Kawasaki usually 21-22 mpg (picture at the TT races Isle of Man)
maybe because of the way i rode it
rear tyres lasted between 800 -1000 miles,sometimes as little as 10 days ,i was buying rear tyres 3 at a time:Wow1:
blew head gasket once under 10,000 miles
also had to replace bent valves twice and camchain by 24,000 miles
but got every where fast ,
then police cars started to appear with cameras :smiledown: so the z1300 started spendin alot of time not been used,then i sold it
my ram only does around 12 mpg on'a run but , lpg at around 72p liter its around the same cost as your diesel money wise per mile
but does show 5.6 mpg average sometimes :doh:
anyways just got a parcel deliverd from rockauto (with free tool box magnet :smiley_thumbs_up:)
with a injector wireing harness (fits under valve cover)for me mates broke down 7.3 power stroker ford ,so its time to get spanners cracking
Hey nice array of motors friend! Bet you're gutted about selling the zed!! I had a carb 13 several years ago and sold that! Done the whole streetfighter,drag bikes with turbos etc routine and now got a z1000j but pining after another 13.
Regarding fuel, who gives a shit?! If you enjoy driving/riding it ya gonna pay to fuel it aren't you! I've got my cummins Dually, B*w M5 and her indoors I bought a 540 touring to Pootle around in. ( I gotta drive it too,so a corsa is a no
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