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Old 01-26-2010, 12:41 AM
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I'm not too crazy about the hoods on the 2009/2010 models. I would like to get maybe a 1996 or 1998 Ram 1500 as well.
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old ones are good cause you can beat the hell out of em but new ones have a warrantee also less likely to break down . i have had both and i have to say newer rams are better cause if you break down you have road side assist and you can still customize them to a point, plus gotta love only paying the deductible if some thing breaks as apposes to the whole thing on a older ram
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That's a tough call, for most of the reasons already mentioned, and I've had both. My '81 was a lot easier to work on, plenty of space under the hood, could sit under there if it was raining haha, but a rock solid truck and you felt it. No where near the creature comforts I have now, but heater worked, radio worked, seatbelt worked, and it never left me stranded. Much simpler, and there were no MIL's or warning lights, if you knew your truck, you would know if you had a problem, didn't need a light to tell ya' you're low on oil, and she could take everything we could throw at her.

My '08, yeah I like cruise control and A/C and I think my Jeep is the only vehicle I have left in the yard with a cassette player (remember those?), but more comfortable ride, still feels rock solid, does great in high water.

Bottom line, I love them both, but as a daily driver/worktruck, I would have to say new. Warranties are a good thing and for as many older vehicles as I have owned, it's nice to have one that doesn't need something every weekend.

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I am a sucker for the big eyes and curves of the 2008 plus she is a pretty powerful b*#$h with that hemi!
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Older is better because you can work on it yourself and it is not hard. The new rams you have to be rocket scientist just to change your spark plugs. I just think older is better because everything us right there.
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wow good debate on this and so close on the poll too.
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I have been raised with dodge and I have inherited a passion for them from my father. I am a sucker for the old dodge trucks like the power wagon and the trail duster. True power houses equipped with 440's and 360's that I have witnessed put chevy's and fords to shame in tough truck competitions and mud boggs. I rode north in a 3/4 ton club cab that was a combination of 3 different years of trucks (1975-1978?) to go snowmobiling and dirtbiking on a weekly basis. That truck had an engine that came out of my dad's mud bog/dune truck, which was a 440 built to the hilt. That engine alone made me a believer in DODGE power. But back to the question.... I like the older Rams and I was really impressed when they hit the market with the new bodystyle (1994), however, unfortunately they proved to have quite a few issues. The 360 was a great engine for so long but I think they could have done a better job when changing it into the MAGNUM platform. The stock horsepower numbers were lack luster and the fuel mileage was dismal 11 miles to a gallon. The Hemi was a much needed addition to the struggling mopar arsenal. My dad went and bought a BIG HORN in '06 with, of course, a HEMI. I remember how jealous I was at the time and then, to make matters worse, He immediately installed the MOPAR CAI and MOPAR performance exhaust! That is a great truck and has been very good to him thus far. I was fortunate enough to be able to buy an '09 RAM 1500 Big Horn in May of 2009 and this truck, I feel is truly an amazing display of engineering and craftsmanship. This truck is a great example of a vehicle built right by a struggling manufacturer making one last stab at the world to prove that they still got it. The horsepower numbers are rediculous. The VVT is a huge step. The coil spring rear suspension is revolutionary. The interior is spacious and layed out to perfection. The body style moved away from the outrageous hood/grill design (that seemed to grow every year) to a tougher more aerodynamic forward lean. The old Rams may be built tough but this one has style, grace and toughness. Now it is only a year old, and I could eat my words down the road but I really believe that DODGE GOT THIS ONE RIGHT! Even though mine is only a 1500, I still see the same jealous look, that I had in '06, in my dad's eye everytime he jumps in the truck with me. So 2009-2010 RAMS all the way!!
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I've only had 2 vehicles since 1979 that had less than 100K when I got them, one of them had 90K. Drove most of them for 10 years or more. Put more miles on one than all previous owners combined, and it's still running. I've gotten more of my money's worth out of older than new. BTW, the one I bought in 79 was new, drove it 14years. This opinion isn't necessarily about Dodge, just older vehicles in general.
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lets see i picked up my 98 for $4500 and have probably invested double than in repairs, $9000. now I have a clean runner that is reliable and has gotten me nearly 30,000 miles in the last year... pretty good for a truck with 150k (miles). I still have $30000 dollars worth of upgrades and repairs to put in her before she equals a new ram.

If i were to break my habits of vehicle ADD then a new truck would be in order, but for me, to pay off a new vehicle would take years. I just get plain bored with one after a few months, this ram's done good to be in my hands for a year and if i dont find a cheap cummins i will be holding on to my lovely gas pig for a few more years!
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I like my new ram; however, I would take an 2000 or 2001 with a hemi in it. I was raised in one of those truck(not literally, just grew up with it) and i miss the interior.
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