Hi everybody, so after driving Silverados for 23 years, my 2015 4WD crew cab with the 6.2L engine and 83K miles was staring to nickel-dime me and was rusting pretty good on the frame under the bed. New trucks are too expensive so I looked for something comparable used, 2018 or newer with 30K miles or less. Must-haves were comparable engine, limited slip rear diff, heated seats, and full front center console. Call me old school but wouldn't consider Titans or Tundras. F150's have a great 3.5 Ecoboost engine but weirdly you can't get them without either an open rear diff or an electronic locker. That left Rams or used Silverados and Sierras with the 6.2, but the GM's were all thousands more expensive. Our only experience with Dodge was a 2002 Caravan that killed us with repairs and we swore we'd never buy Dodge again, but I test drove a 2018 Ram anyway. It was OK but I couldn't get comfortable without a telescoping steering wheel (longer legs than upper body). Drove a 2021 new body style with the 3.92 rear axle and was sold.
So for about 2 weeks I looked for used 4WD crew cab Big Horns with Level 2 options, 3.92's, and anti-spin differential, within 200 miles of Pittsburgh. Must have reviewed 500 window stickers - that combination is sooooo hard to find. Came upon about 4 candidates and, although the white with chrome wasn't my first color choice, the price for the miles was the best available, and as a bonus it has the LED lighting package. But ordered some black emblems to replace the chrome, we'll see how that looks.
I was amazed at how well it handles corners compared to the Silverado, although to be fair the Silverado had a 2" lift. Acceleration and braking are also better. Gas mileage is worse, even with a smaller engine, about 14.8 mpg so far although I've only had it for about 300 miles and keep dipping into the gas pedal (Silverado was 15.5). It's also a little bigger, with more back seat room.
Things that I don't like:
Can't turn down the volume on incoming text or call notifications
The steering wheel scroll buttons won't let you go backwards through your favorites, and you have to select AM/FM/XM to scroll through those favorites individually
Even with adjustable pedals and the steering wheel all the way out, I'm reaching forward for the wheel (more of a me problem than a truck problem)
No seat memory settings like I had in the Silverado
Small list but that's it. Really happy so far with the switch and looking forward to learning all the tips and tricks!
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