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Detroit3000 11-09-2013 08:25 AM

Is the "upgrade" really worth it?
 
Hi folks,
I'm looking at the possibility of trading in my Ram on a different one. My current one is pretty much set up the way I want it, level, 34"s, navigation, ect... I could go on and on lol. Let's say I've done everything I want to do it make it "mine". I tow a small camper with it 4-5 times a year and it gets the job done. Looking at get a 2010 with a hemi. I really don't "need" it but I feel it will make my towing more enjoyable and I like the looks of the 4th gen trucks. Not sure if I'm going to be disappointed in it or not. I kinda feel if mine now had the hemi I wouldn't even be thinking about getting rid of it. Am I going to be disappointed in the early 4th gen or happy?

Excoastie 11-09-2013 08:48 AM

I "upgraded" from an '08 QC Big Horn which had the HEMI to my current truck, which is a '10 CC Sport, also with the HEMI, and I don't regret it for a minute.

The 4th gens were done right when they were redesigned. The ride quality of the 4th gens versus the 3rd gens is like night and day. They ride pretty much like a car, but have the versatility of a truck. Both of my truck were two wheel drive, with stock suspension along with stocks wheels, so that may be a factor as well. My '08 had the crappy Good Year tires, I've replaced the crappy tires on my '10 with Cooper Discover HT Plus tires and I haven't looked back.

I've taken my '10 on several road trips, and it has always been comfortable, with plenty of room for all. I live in the northwestern corner of Louisiana, and I've driven it to New Orleans twice (about 6 hrs), Galvaston, TX once (about 8 hrs) and to Atlanta, GA (11 hrs). On the interstate dependent upon my speed I got 19-21 mpg and around town I tend to get around 12-14 mpg. The HEMI is highly dependent upon how you drive. If you baby it, you'll get a lil better mileage, but if you put your foot into it, it'll suck up the gas.

Hope that this helps

Exco

RPM666 11-09-2013 09:49 AM

I would say go for the newer truck. I went from a 2008 to a 2012 and the difference is night and day.

What size 34" tires do you have? My 08 was leveled with 275\65\20's on it and when I bought the 2012 I had the dealer swap the tires for me. My 2012 4x4 had zero issues with that tire size and no level, this includes full locking U-turns, no rubbing etc.

What options\specs does the 2010 have that you're looking at? If it's pretty loaded out it'll be well worth it. And you get to have fun removing all the aftermarket parts from the 2008 and selling off what you can't put into the 2010.

Chunkem 11-09-2013 11:27 PM

You will notice a difference for sure.....Good luck with your decision and please let us know if you decide to trade up.....

Ed

gcscott 11-10-2013 06:46 AM

Well you spent all your time and not to mention the money to get your truck the way you want. You said you only pull a smaller trailer with your 4.7L.

If you just "want" I think you will look back and think "why did I do this". You can save the money for something else or better yet save the money for retirement so you can have a enjoyable retirement and a new truck.

I am retired and if you think money goes fast now, try living on a fixed income and buy something new and still pay your monthly bills. The government doesn't have your back so put some money away now so you have some later. JMHO.

Dancianne 11-11-2013 08:55 AM

Don't upgrade
 
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Originally Posted by gcscott (Post 1242192)
Well you spent all your time and not to mention the money to get your truck the way you want. You said you only pull a smaller trailer with your 4.7L.

If you just "want" I think you will look back and think "why did I do this". You can save the money for something else or better yet save the money for retirement so you can have a enjoyable retirement and a new truck.

I am retired and if you think money goes fast now, try living on a fixed income and buy something new and still pay your monthly bills. The government doesn't have your back so put some money away now so you have some later. JMHO.

Wise advice gcscott ! Money has a way of just slipping away during our lives for so many things we don't really need. To Detroit, here are some additional reasons to pass on trading:
1. You know your present truck well and are happy with it, a 2010 will obviously be a used one which you may or may not know much about it's past history and care.
2. It would be my guess that your insurance and property tax will increase somewhat on the 2010, adding to the overall cost of ownership.
3. Many of us never get quite what our present vehicles are truly worth when we trade. Think about much you have already invested to get your '08 just like you want it to be,...can you hope to recover that money? And would you have to start all over with similar mods on the 2010, again more money?
4. If indeed you are still bound and determined to trade, consider a new one instead. Yes I know that would mean still higher costs, but this is the time of year that dealerships are offering huge discounts and low or zero interest rate financing, plus you'd have a brand new warranty, and no problems for a long time. Often used trucks are over priced to buy, but this not necessarily true of trade in value given.
5. gcscott gave you truly excellent advice about keeping your money for more important things down the road. The future is always uncertain, jobs, health, the economy, family or lifestyle changes, and for certain the biggie,...retirement. Wouldn't you rather see that money in your banking account? And to quote financial guru, Suze Orman, "...always keep a minimum of 6-8 months cash reserves to handle emergencies".

gcscott 11-11-2013 12:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Dancianne (Post 1242933)
Wise advice gcscott ! Money has a way of just slipping away during our lives for so many things we don't really need. To Detroit, here are some additional reasons to pass on trading:
1. You know your present truck well and are happy with it, a 2010 will obviously be a used one which you may or may not know much about it's past history and care.
2. It would be my guess that your insurance and property tax will increase somewhat on the 2010, adding to the overall cost of ownership.
3. Many of us never get quite what our present vehicles are truly worth when we trade. Think about much you have already invested to get your '08 just like you want it to be,...can you hope to recover that money? And would you have to start all over with similar mods on the 2010, again more money?
4. If indeed you are still bound and determined to trade, consider a new one instead. Yes I know that would mean still higher costs, but this is the time of year that dealerships are offering huge discounts and low or zero interest rate financing, plus you'd have a brand new warranty, and no problems for a long time. Often used trucks are over priced to buy, but this not necessarily true of trade in value given.
5. gcscott gave you truly excellent advice about keeping your money for more important things down the road. The future is always uncertain, jobs, health, the economy, family or lifestyle changes, and for certain the biggie,...retirement. Wouldn't you rather see that money in your banking account? And to quote financial guru, Suze Orman, "...always keep a minimum of 6-8 months cash reserves to handle emergencies".

Dancianne is right on with the advice of buying a new truck with warranty and peace of mind, excreta. If you are going to do MODs to the truck you are better off doing it to a brand new truck. MODs will cost the same either way. I would also order a new truck and not purchase one off the lot, so you can get just what you want. Not, I like that one and find out you missed out on some options you wanted because it's pretty and the salesman is pushing the sale. I got a really good deal ordering a new truck (just what I wanted) because the dealer new the truck was gone the next day it arrived on the lot, so his money wasn't tied up in inventory. He made money and I got a deal.

I worked construction for 30 years as a union worker and I was laid off 4-6 times per year. Just the nature of the job and not my work habits. I always had cash reserves of about 1 year wages in the bank. Now a days with the economy a cash reserve is mandatory. You never know if you get laid off, sick or injured, and even worse disabled and can't work.

Believe me I spent my share of money on things that i thought i needed (wanted) but I am glade I have a good pension and money in the bank. I know that I can live conformable into my 80's and not have to worry about paying my bills. If I die before that time, then my sister will be a very happy person.

Money saved now is money to spend when you really need it. I not saying, be a cheep person, just spend your money wisely and enjoy life.

Greg

Grubrunner 11-11-2013 12:12 PM

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Originally Posted by gcscott (Post 1242192)
Well you spent all your time and not to mention the money to get your truck the way you want. You said you only pull a smaller trailer with your 4.7L.

If you just "want" I think you will look back and think "why did I do this". You can save the money for something else or better yet save the money for retirement so you can have a enjoyable retirement and a new truck.

I am retired and if you think money goes fast now, try living on a fixed income and buy something new and still pay your monthly bills. The government doesn't have your back so put some money away now so you have some later. JMHO.

Astute response.

Well said.

Detroit3000 11-13-2013 07:16 PM

Well after a few days of hmm-hawing I pulled the trigger and traded mine in on the hemi. I felt a got a great deal and I also keep the 34' toyos. I've only drive the new truck home but I am already happy with my decision

dodgeboy360 11-13-2013 09:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Detroit3000 (Post 1244991)
Well after a few days of hmm-hawing I pulled the trigger and traded mine in on the hemi. I felt a got a great deal and I also keep the 34' toyos. I've only drive the new truck home but I am already happy with my decision

Did u trade for the 2010 or get a brand new one? And pictures are mandatory lol


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