Originally Posted by tryit1sagain
This question is for Rusty. (I couldn't pm you, post count not high enough). What are the differences you've noticed in your trade from a tundra to the Ram? I'm on this forum trying to get info about the ram. However, the Tundra and Ram are my two top choices. Honest information from a previous owner would prove very valuable. thanks.
I can answer this, as I have had 2 Tundra's and a RAM. In fact my Last Tundra was a 2010 Platinum, and Now I have a Laramie, so eye for an eye they are pretty much identical.
THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE is options. RAM's/Ford's are the Build-a-Bear of the truck world. You can literally build exactly what you want, or come pretty close to finding one on most Lots. Tundras are very limited in options, and ordering one is complicated.
Toyota is smart. They take the best of the best, perfect it with their Lexus engineers, and then after 2-3 years filter those technologies down to Toyota. The problem is that Lexus doesn't build anything on the Tundra platform, so the Tundra tends to get less attention.
For example, the Tech Package on the Tundra Sucks. I know a few people who have had issues with UConnect -- but when it works, it's freaking awesome.
Also, the suspension on the Tundra is a bit cushy -- nice if you never go off road. If you put the TRD bits on it, it does become a nice offroad truck, but it's a beast on the road. The one thing the Tundra needs is a Sway bar, it's a $300 TRD Upgrade, and worth every penny.
The Paint on the Tundra is CRAZY Thin and tends to have lots of Orange peel on it. Bugs, Rocks, etc. You name it -- Kiss the paint good bye. Have a bad detailer wax it? Swirl City -- Assuming they don't burn right thru it. I know a few people who have had some Paint issues on the ram, but the paint on my Laramie is gooped on. And I link thick paint on a truck.
The Engine packages on both trucks are pretty much identicle. RAM does a bit better job of making the Hemi have a bit more throat to it stock, but a $100 weld in flowmaster can fix that on the tundra. Also, 6-Speed Tranny's are almost identical. Altho, sometimes the RAM Tranny can get a bit 'confused' -- some of that is due to the MDS, and not the tranny. The RAM 8-Speed is unmatched by Toyota -- even the 2014's will still come with their 6-speed.
The one thing the Tundra does better than most any other truck on the road, Their Brakes. They are Massive, and do a spectacular job of slowing down that 2-ton beast.
Maintenance: Tundra's are f'n expensive. 5-20 Full Synthetic oil changes, $120 done by the dealer. Something like 8quarts. Wear Items are expensive too.. And Dear god -- If you get any of their nicer Wheels -- DON'T EVER BREAK/BEND/SCRATCH them... Some are $500 new, and really hard to find takeoffs... They just don't have the volume of RAM/FORD, and lots of time only have a wheel for 1-2 years.
Finally Value. You get so much more truck from RAM for the money. Identical Trucks will be 5-10k difference in price. The Tundra Platinum, which is pretty much a Laramie/Longhorn, is 45-50k. Period. That's a bit meatball to swallow.