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Jerry87 04-16-2013 11:45 AM

some advice please :)
hey guys..i just wanted some advice from some REAL truck guys.

k here is my situation...i recently bought a truck from a reputible dealership...a 2007 dodge ram 1500 laramie...and ive really had nothing but issues with it since i bought it...its a great truck..and they have fixed EVERYTHING that has went wrong with is a list of what has happened

-door needed adjusted as it had a horrible wind noise (pretty minor i know)
-heated seat stopped working
-axel connector to the boot was leaking...had to be replaced
-4 wheel drive went on it....they fixed this for free also and was about a 2500$ job
-the brake rotors on the front were extremely warped...needed new pads and rotors.

needless to say this was a headache...they fixed all this free of charge..although i had to go back there all these times...they were excellent in fixing this but still..pretty ****in annoying..

now my issue is i went in there last night..and the salesman said they feel terrible about this..and is willing to buy back this truck at the same price i bought it for..and get me into a newer truck and he promised me i would have around the same question is, is it worth my time getting a new truck after all this work has been done to it?...i dont know what to do any advice would be awesome!!

gonefishin776 04-16-2013 11:47 AM

If you could get your payments to be the same, then why not? it'll be a newer truck that will last longer. As long as it's still a truck you want and aren't downgrading on some options that you don't want to lose. I'd hop all over that. Seems like the truck has a possibility to keep having issues.

cross my fingers, bought my 2007 in july and no issues like that so far (except the pads and rotors shortly after purchasing)

Canadian Hemi Pride 04-16-2013 12:04 PM

Pretty much what gonefishin said.. If the truck is a newer model, and has all the features you enjoyed, It would be a good option. If the newer truck has less features, some times you have to decide on what parts you need and want, and some are excessive. I got rid of my 08 pontiac torrent GT, with leather, heated power seats, sunroof and loaded features minus nav., To my truck with stock with power options minus manual cloth seats. Do not regret anything as I found those were nice features to have, but ones I could for sure do without.. Plus the torrent was the suv from hell.. So many issues that several shops couldn't figure out.

I am sorry to hear about the bad experience with your ram you just bought, but you could test it out for a while to decide if it what you want to keep with all the repairs or if it is already time to swap out.

It does help that you did happen to get a great dealer who has been good with taking care of the previous problems.

Also with the door noise.. I seem to have that on the highway when there is some wind.. Did the same drive with my uncle in his brand new 2013 GMC 1500 Z71.. Was very different listening to how quiet the ride was :LOL:

brandonjansen 04-16-2013 12:04 PM

What you have to be careful of is what they're doing to make those payments the same. On a brand new truck keeping the payments that low would make the term quite a bit longer I'm assuming. Which would also mean you're paying a lot more interest (unless they're offering 0% financing). I'd find out more details about it before you make a move. When I was looking at buying my truck I got them to give me several different terms and payments and then did my own calculations to see exactly how much interest I would be paying based on the different terms.

snrusnak 04-16-2013 12:21 PM


What you have to be careful of is what they're doing to make those payments the same.
This ^

But if you are good with the finance, go for the better truck. Sounds like a good dealer.

32seventeen 04-16-2013 12:38 PM

Like the other have said, be sure to know how they are making the payments the same.
Other than the 4wd going out, it doesn't sound like you have had major problems with the truck, some of those things can be expected on a 7 year old truck.

How many miles does your current truck have and how many will the newer model have? that would be one of my major concerns....

In any case, it sounds like this dealer is really taking care of you.

dodge man 04-16-2013 12:44 PM

Yeah, I'd be a little worried about longer terms costing you more money in the long run. How many miles on your current 2007? I'm suprised they fixed all that stuff for free unless you had some kind of warranty.

ridgerunnerseoinc 04-16-2013 07:36 PM

Sounds like they treated U right by fixing everything for free. I'd keep the 2007 truck since all the bugs are now fixed (hopefully). U could have similar problems with the newer truck...something to think about.

gofish101 04-16-2013 10:31 PM

I would be inclined to accept the offer and work them on a 2012 if they have any more in stock. The warranty the dealer offered on your used truck is probably a short one and considering where you live and the weather there, I would be more comfortable getting a truck with a better warrenty even if I pay more. The winters in Alberta can be rough on vehicles and if that truck was used north of Edmonton I would be even more concerned. If you know anyone that is a mechanic or can get it inspected, that may help in the decision process. Just my thoughts.

Jerry87 04-16-2013 11:20 PM

wow thanks alot for the advice guys....and when i bought it it had 120,000 k now it has 126,000 k.....and yeah they have been super good i am happy with the managment they are really being super good about it. other than the issues i absolutely love the truck, but i am highly considering bumping up to a newer truck with less kilometers on it.

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