Well it's been a year and I am still in love...........with my truck!
You know how sometimes you buy something and it's not up to your expectation, or you second guess your decision, you get a case of buyer's remorse well not here.
I remember my first truck back in the 80's was a used GM pickup, it was okay but you know it was a pick up. I was single, in the military living in the shacks, I really didn't need it. Even driving across Canada on leave (holidays) it was a sore experience. The only time I really used it was hauling some cr*p back to my room from home only to throw it out in a couple of months.
The only other truck I had (not counting the Isuzu trooper I brought back from Germany not sure if it is a truck) was an Chevy Sonoma which I lost in the divorce. I love saying that.
I worked that little truck hard and many times it was sitting on it's rear axle full of gravel, or towing trailers that I know was too heavy for it. I really burned that puppy out.
Fast forward to a little over a year ago. New wife, new house, new hobbies, and new interests. After constantly moving wood, patio stones, mattresses, beds furniture anything you could think of (even a steel shed on the roof) in my Intrepid, I decided to buy a truck.
I was looking for either a Dakota or Ranger (sorry), but my wife, God bless her, said "if you're going to get a truck get a TRUCK I want to be comfortable." After wiping that single tear of happiness from my eye (boy was I proud of her), I hit the web. I'm a big believer for finding the biggest bang for the buck. I'm not cheap I want quality too.
I sent out an e-mail to each of the big three for info etc, only the Dodge dealer answered.
I talked to her first, and got the best deal she could give me and test drove a Ram. I knew love at first sight but for $h%ts and giggles (and to give the others a fair shake) I test drove each of their "offerings". The Chev/GM was too utilitarian and uncomfortable. The Ford did not impress me especially when I slammed the door of the truck closed and the outside reverbrated like a loose drum, and the mirror tilted and almost fell off.
Back to the Ram.....it's the little things that I like: that subtle little light that lights up the middle console on those dark nights of driving; the little rubber protectors on the bottom leading edge of the bed (just behind the cab); the rear wheel well protectors; the 115V plug; opening the windows with the remote, others etc. I just like the details of everything, however the chrome bezel around the gear selector has to be dulled/painted.
The other manufactures may have these but I don't remember any of them having all of these.
The ride is smooth, and I haul everything in it. I have the TRX model because of the heavier suspension, and it seems I can't load it to it's max, however, I haven't used it for dirt/gravel yet. But no matter the load, the ride and handling was always great.
I haven't had any mechanical problems that others mention and crawling underneath it yesterday (I do it once a month for my own inspection) I can't get over the size of the exhaust pipe and muffler.
It's amazing how handy the truck has become. You don't realize how much you needed truck after buying one.
I'm happy, very happy.
Buyers remorse, not here!!!!!!!!
I think I'll buy the truck an anniversary gift.