Less than 1 year with a Tundra and I'm back into a Ram!

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FloridaHemi

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Had a 2017 Pearl White Ram 1500 Longhorn from 2019 until a year ago when I was driving cross country and the transmission failed and I sold it and got into a Tundra. Once I got used to the Tundra and spent more time in it, I realized screw Toyota reliability, this things sucks compared to the ram's interiors and drive.

I missed everything about the Longhorn living in the Rockies, heated seats, heated steering wheel, drive, sound (hemi 4 life), etc.

Welp I'm back and this time in a 5th gen Limited with some new features (12in screen, rear locker, and e-torque).

Bought her off a 1 owner who leased it for the last 3 years. Going to ride the air suspension until it fails and replaced it with a 4 or 5 inch lift kit and 35s on some new wheels.
Good to be back and looking forward to sharing the progress as I build her out.

P.S. Those racks and tonneau cover are from my 4th gen. It's like I never left! ✊
 

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crazykid1994

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My father has a 2016 tundra TRD off-road. as nice as his is I think my 17 express feels more comfortable and has the same technology features. The new tundras have some nicer features but the rams still seem better. The only other truck I would think about right now would be the f150. :doublepuke: I will never ever own another gm product. Only real Downfall I see with the tundra is it does not use a v8 anymore. Twin turbo 6 is their only motor available in the new truck. Although if I had to buy a new truck it would most likely be a ram 3500 srw Cummins or a 2500 6.4 hemi so I could be a 5th wheel
 

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Welcome back, good looking RAM!

Let us know when you are ready to replace the air suspension with a lift. We have assisted may others get rid of their air suspension for a lift kit package
 

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Less than a year? I only made it 4 months. Similar situation--2017 RAM had issues with check engine light flashing, engine vibrating (maybe fuel injection), normal mechanic couldn't find anything, suggested a trip to the dealer but first appointment was 3 months out.

Don't really like Tundras, but I drive from OR to CA a lot, thought the "contract" was that you bought one and you never had problems. Instead, I had nothing but problems for 4 months. Many were because of dealer incompetence or negligence in doing the "Pre Delivery Inspection," but even once I resolved those the Tundra still asked me for a pin every 5 minutes, the ABS system went off all the time no matter I adjusted the sensitivity to the lowest settings, had two safety recalls, etc. I couldn't stand it.

I had the lemon law attorney ready to go for the "Pin" issue, but then just traded it in on a new 1500 Rebel. I lost more money than I'd care to, but glad my first and only experience with Toyota is over..

Of course the 1500 screen started rebooting on the way home from the dealer (not kidding), but at least I love the truck, will work with them to fix it.
 

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Less than a year? I only made it 4 months. Similar situation--2017 RAM had issues with check engine light flashing, engine vibrating (maybe fuel injection), normal mechanic couldn't find anything, suggested a trip to the dealer but first appointment was 3 months out.

Don't really like Tundras, but I drive from OR to CA a lot, thought the "contract" was that you bought one and you never had problems. Instead, I had nothing but problems for 4 months. Many were because of dealer incompetence or negligence in doing the "Pre Delivery Inspection," but even once I resolved those the Tundra still asked me for a pin every 5 minutes, the ABS system went off all the time no matter I adjusted the sensitivity to the lowest settings, had two safety recalls, etc. I couldn't stand it.

I had the lemon law attorney ready to go for the "Pin" issue, but then just traded it in on a new 1500 Rebel. I lost more money than I'd care to, but glad my first and only experience with Toyota is over..

Of course the 1500 screen started rebooting on the way home from the dealer (not kidding), but at least I love the truck, will work with them to fix it.
I've had numerous experiences with Toyotas over the past 51 years I've been driving. Overall, my experiences were good ones. Some gave no problems, others had some... same results I've gotten from GM/ Ford/ Jeep/ et. al.
It's probably the luck of the draw!

The Rams are way more comfortable than Tundra. Every vehicle type/brand has it's upticks and lesser-than aspects compared to something else.

It's good that you are so chuffed over Ram!
 

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I really wanted a Tundra at first as my wife has gone through 2 Highlanders and a Lexus that were just about as trouble free as is possible and were well built and comfortable. Then I found out the V8 was gone. Then I found out how poor the V8 mileage was which ruled out a used one. Then I found out the turbos on the V6 were failing and owners were reporting a major decline in reliability. And on top of that I saw a video of one with a sunroof that an adult couldn’t sit in the back seat w/o their head brushing the headliner (not that I cared for another sunroof that I never used). Sitting in one, it felt more of the size inside as our last Highlander and smaller than the RAM. Thats a twist - an American vehicle that makes better use of its interior space than a Japanese vehicle. I did like the little combination safe in the console but really it’s just a gimmick and the stickers were lower than the RAM but I’m doubtful the out the door price would have been as good. No regrets on going with the RAM.
 

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I really wanted a Tundra at first as my wife has gone through 2 Highlanders and a Lexus that were just about as trouble free as is possible and were well built and comfortable. Then I found out the V8 was gone. Then I found out how poor the V8 mileage was which ruled out a used one. Then I found out the turbos on the V6 were failing and owners were reporting a major decline in reliability. And on top of that I saw a video of one with a sunroof that an adult couldn’t sit in the back seat w/o their head brushing the headliner (not that I cared for another sunroof that I never used). Sitting in one, it felt more of the size inside as our last Highlander and smaller than the RAM. Thats a twist - an American vehicle that makes better use of its interior space than a Japanese vehicle. I did like the little combination safe in the console but really it’s just a gimmick and the stickers were lower than the RAM but I’m doubtful the out the door price would have been as good. No regrets on going with the RAM.
go sit in a tacoma.... if your remotely close to 6ft tall your head will brush the headliner as well. i really do not understand how grown adults can daily a tacoma
 

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I understand that with the Sunroof, in the back seat, adults heads are essentially stuck up in a recess in the headliner behind the rear of the sunroof. Lean forward and bump your head on the headliner. And for a truck of this dimension, why does it feel so much narrower inside than a RAM?
 

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Toyota... simply, boringly, reliable. When the destination matters more than the journey, Toyota is what you want.

Not knocking that, it's what lots of people look for in a vehicle. A Toyota will run 200k miles (or more) with only minor maintenance. Mopars won't to that. You'll have more enjoyment of the drive with the Mopar while you've got it, but it will cost you more to keep on the road.
 

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Had a 2017 Pearl White Ram 1500 Longhorn from 2019 until a year ago when I was driving cross country and the transmission failed and I sold it and got into a Tundra. Once I got used to the Tundra and spent more time in it, I realized screw Toyota reliability, this things sucks compared to the ram's interiors and drive.

I missed everything about the Longhorn living in the Rockies, heated seats, heated steering wheel, drive, sound (hemi 4 life), etc.

Welp I'm back and this time in a 5th gen Limited with some new features (12in screen, rear locker, and e-torque).

Bought her off a 1 owner who leased it for the last 3 years. Going to ride the air suspension until it fails and replaced it with a 4 or 5 inch lift kit and 35s on some new wheels.
Good to be back and looking forward to sharing the progress as I build her out.

P.S. Those racks and tonneau cover are from my 4th gen. It's like I never left! ✊
I've had my Ram since 2018. Never had a problem with the air suspension. Had problems with the gas pedal from time to time, but I have a Pedal Commander in as well, and that's where the issue sometimes crops up with the computer thinking my gas pedal has a low voltage condition. I just set the PC mode back to the way the truck is stock, reset the ODBII code, and back in business. Only time it's a real PITA is if it throws the code while I'm driving - then the truck goes into "limp" mode. Happens about once every six-eight months. Good luck with your new one!
 
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