well guys (and gals) I'm finally at a point were I can say a ram is in the close future for me.
it's been a crazy past couple months between full time work and school, the fire department and my family so I've been content with my 275$ beater. this weekend it started leaking coolant from an unknown location. I suspect a crack in the rad as the pool is caused by runoff from the bumper. the wife asked how much I plan on putting into the thing as it was only bought for 275. I took that as she doesn't forsee putting money into it, which she confirmed. so began my hunt for a ram again!
I showed her a couple really clean second gens, and all I got was resistance from her. after some digging, she said we need four "real" doors, not what the second gens have. FINE BY ME!!! so into the third Gen category I search now. I'm still pulling for a CTD like I've been planning, but I have opened my mind up to 1500s again should the right truck/deal come into play.
I don't have a time frame for anything yet as we are now wading into our first home buying process, and that has precedence over the truck for now. the fact that I have the wife on board and committed to the truck bodes well. I'll keep y'all posted on any potential candidates for the newest 00RAM
(side note... if this car hadn't shit on my plans, this next month would have brought around the purchase of a 2013 Harley Davidson 883 IRON straight from the factory, with a 1250 conversion kit on order as well. I've been drooling over it for a while and it was going to happen for sure. I'm slightly upset about not getting it, but I'm beyond pleased to get a Ram again. the truck is a better purchase anyway.)