Originally Posted by SM259
I also wanted the 3.55 axle ratio and it makes absolutely no sense why the axle is offered in the lower model Ram's with the Hemi but not in the Laramie. It looks like it will be offered with the diesel later this year as well, when it becomes available. I have been dealing with this since Feb, 2013 when I ordered a 2013 Ram 1500 CC Laramie 4X4 with the 8 speed and 3.55 axle. During the order, it actually showed the 3.55 axle was standard and the 3.21 axle was nowhere to be seen on the order form. I learned after the truck was built and waiting to be shipped that it was actually built with a 3.21 axle. (Lots of people in that boat!) Management from Chrysler got involved and after it was determined the axles couldn't be swapped at the factory, they cloned my order and built me a new truck with the 3.55 axle in 3 days. That portion of my dealing with Chrysler was awesome and they were very responsive. Unfortunately, the truck arrived damaged and both passenger side doors had to be re-painted. The repair was unsatisfactory, so I didn't take delivery on the second order. Now, I have a 2014 Ram 1500 cc 4x4 Laramie on order (my last try) and I'm back where I started-no 3.55 axle. I too ended up ordering the 3.92 axle as the tow capacity with the 3.21 axle is too low. The 3.92's will tow about 4,000 pounds more than the 3.21. I am a little puzzled why the Ram 1500 with the Hemi/6 speed transmission and 3.55 gears tows 2,000 pounds (8450 lbs) more than a Hemi/8 speed with 3.21 gears (6400 lbs)?
Wow, you've had it bad.
Gotta tell you, after 6 weeks of dealing with a bad paint job, NAV screen that failed in 24 hours after delivery and still no fix, I actually asked Chrysler to buy my truck back and give me my money back.
I'll be honest, I am primarily a Ford guy, and I passed on the F-150 because it's "dated" not only on the interior but exterior is too boxy.
Love the EcoBoost engine for it's power and speed, but it doesn't have the V8 rumble and sound I like. I've never owned a pick up truck before, but the EB V6 just didn't seem or feel right in a truck for it's sound alone.
I know there is a new F-150 coming April or May of next year as a 2015, but I'd be hesitant to buy a first model year vehicle (at least in the first 6 months to see and make sure bugs are worked out).
So that led me to the Ram. It looks the best of the trucks, and the Hemi sounds great. It's power is there too.
But I've worried about Chrysler quality and these issues with the 2013 solidify that. I've learned much of it is Quality Control issues because the plant workers are pissed that early this year their schedules changed and they don't like it (so they are apparently taking it out on the customers of Chrysler...that isn't so smart now is it?)
I was actually ready and called my local GMC dealer.
i don't like the looks of the new Silverado as much as the Ram, but the GMC version looks better in front and has a bit nicer interior.
The 5.3 is rated at only 355 hp, but the truck is 300-400 lbs lighter than the RAM, so it's power to weight ratio is very much like the RAM with the 395 hp Hemi.
It gets 1 mpg better gas mileage and with the 3.42 axle ratio, accelerates a touch quicker than the RAM with the 3.55's but probably a touch slower than the RAM with the 3.92's...so that's a wash since it's so close.
The GM truck is apparently very quiet and rides very good.
So I was actually ready to get my very first GM product since I had (for a very short time) a Chevy S-10 Blazer back in the early 90's (hated it, the 2.8 liter V6 was a dog, traded it back in after only 3 weeks of ownership).
But Chrysler wouldn't give me my money back, they've stated they'd allow me to switch into a new Ram. So I'm going with the 2014 and a bit begrudgingly need to get the gas guzzling 3.92 axle ratio that I don't need.
But like you, to me the 3.21's are a bit too tall, and makes for the slowest V8 powered truck on the market. Heck a Pentastar V6 with 3.55 axle wouldn't be too far behind it.
Ford's F-150 with the 5.0 would pull on it a bit, and the EB would embarrass it.
The new GM twin trucks would walk it easily too, same goes with the Tundra.
That's why the 3.55 was my choice. Makes the Hemi faster than the 5.0, equal to or a bit faster than the GM twins with the standard 3.08 axle ratio that I'm sure 70% of them will have, and should also be a bit faster than the Tundra.
Well, guess I'll see in the coming two months or so how the 3.92's are.
If the 3.92's get 1 mpg less gas mileage on average than the 3.55's, it'll require an extra 1.5 gallons of gas for every 400 miles driven.
In a 10,000 mile a year driving average, that's only an extra $100 a year, or roughly $2 a week. Not a huge amount I know.
And that may be worth it to pull a bit on another new truck owner who is tailgating and thinks he's going to go around me. hehe
I'll definitely performance test the two trucks (my 3.55 vs the 3.92 and see what the numbers say and what the improvements are with the 3.92's)