On march 16, 2012 I purchased a new 2012 Ram 1500 4x4 Longhorn, every option Except the ram box. I spent a full day test driveing a ford F-150 5.0L Lariat, a chevy 1500 LTZ 5.3, and this dodge before purchasing.
As I am assumeing this will be a long post I will try to stick to the details and simply point out my conclusions, I love the truck so if my conclusions seem harsh it is simply me trying to get to the point.
I am from Alberta Canada but I will try to use miles and US Gallons (equal to 3.78 Liters) as most of the people on here are our friends from the south.
I am an outside sales rep and over the last 7 years have averaged about 50'000-60'000 miles per year on my vehicles.
Before this I owned a 2008 Ford F-250 Lariat Diesel 6.4L, 4x4, 4 door, Short box.
The engine failed due to an injector issue at 140'000 miles, of course far out of warranty.
Before that was a Loaded Audi A4 Quattro, then a Loaded VW Jetta Diesel, A Loaded nissan Pathfinder, and my long term lover a 2001 Dodge ram 2500 Ext Cab Gas 4x4, loaded 2 door sebring, and an Acura integra.
On top of that I have had many company vehicles as well, usually chev 1500 trucks or ford f-150's.
The reason I say this is because I have quite a bit of expeirance with many different vehicles and I spend ALOT of time in them. (my truck that I purchased a week ago now has almost 1500 miles on it) This, in my opinion, gives me a lot of expierance with which to compare the different truck setups.
Now that I gave my history, on to the good stuff:
- New truck is very comfortable, VERY quiet, and a joy to drive.
- So far mileage is around 14-15 miles per gallon, not near as good as the dealer said but I am hoping with time it will improve, and to be honest this is what all my other trucks got so I am already satisfied.
- Love the longhorn leather, and seats are very comfortable.
- Phone through bluetooth is the best of the big three (Ford, Chev, Dodge) Seems to have the best noise reduction, and is very easy to use.
- nice big and comfortable back seats in the crew.
- seams to have plenty of power to haul big trailers
- steering wheel controlls are well laid out
- Great idea on the rear floor storage.
- Truck rides very smooth and nice (only when unloaded)
- 20 gold forged aluminum rims look amazeing
- Beautiful looking truck!
And the weird / not so good:
- Nav system is terrible for this quality of truck (730n).
- Sound system (alpine) is good but not as good as Fords Upgraded sound system.
- The day to day layout and common menus of the 730n seem the same as on the Kenwood Exellon double din touch screen that I put in my Nissan Pathfinder from 2004. Wish they would have spent some time upgrading the software and made it a little nicer and more user friendly in the last 8 years...
- Why is first gear so tall and all the other gears so close together, has to be the worst gear layout in a transmission that I have EVER come across.
- Traction controll is not very good and seems like I can not turn off the engine torque management even with the button off.
- 20" passenger tires on a truck rated to haul 10'000lbs... really??? LT tires should have come standard with the Towing setup, or at least been an option.
- There should have been an optional heavier coil in the back for the towing setup, installing air lift 1000's this weekend to correct this problem.
- MDS - great idea! thankfully i got the 3.92 rear end as I can only assume the guys with the 3.55 must not go into 4 cyclinder mode as often. I wish it would not wait to be in 5th or 6th gear at 1200rpm to go into eco mode, in my mind this is simply too low for a 4 cyclinder to develop the needed power. Just seems like the software could be polished a bit OR put a button that engages 4 cyclinder mode full time and it will stay there unless you go past say 40% throttle or into an idle situation?!? I find it only usefull between 50-60 MPH and then again between 72-80 mph when the rpm's get high enought to generate enough power to overcome the added drag at higher speeds. Between 60-70MPH it is reving to low to allow the 4 cyclinder mode to generate useful power and i can not get the 4 cyclinder to work when I manually set it to 5th gear.
- Backup camera image quality is not the best, but sure is a great feature! The camera is aimed perfectly though!
- Both ford and Chev have power folding side mirrors for the big towing mirrors, for those of us who park in the garage this is a sorly missed feature.
- My brand new engine has a lifter tick...seriously...
Now to end with a question, my build sheet indcates my truck came with the 32 Gal fuel tank. I have yet to get more then 24 gallons in it. I drove it till it said 30 miles to empty... Did they install the 26 gallon tank by mistake. Also when the pump shuts off, even if I leave it for a minute, I can only put another $0.30 in before it over flows. OR did they not program my computer correctly for the bigger tank so it thinks it`s empty when it really has another 8 gallons in it.