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POLL: Body style, Which do you prefer, 4th gen./classic or 5th gen.?

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by EdGs, Jan 11, 2021.

Body style: which do you prefer 4th gen./classic or 5th gen?

  1. 4th gen/classic

    169 vote(s)
    71.3%
  2. 5th gen

    68 vote(s)
    28.7%
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  1. Brian Nickelson

    Brian Nickelson Junior Member

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    4th Gen all the way. I don't know why they had to change the design. I don't know of any complaints about the classic look. I guess the designers get paid to change things. I agree that the 4th gen has a more distinct look and the 5th gen looks more like the others. My opinion of course. Everyone's entitled to my opinion.
     
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  2. corneileous

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    And that matters why? I haven’t driven any of the new 5th Gens but that doesn’t need to happen to fully base my decision. One of the main things I don’t like about them is if you want the higher-end model, you pretty much have to settle for all that lane departure/front collision warning/and blind spot warning radar bullshit. Glad my 18 limited hasn’t that crap. You actually have to DRIVE my truck and pay the fuck attention to what you’re doing because it ain’t gonna beep at you if you get outta lane, and it ain’t gonna hit the brakes if you are occupied with whatever distraction you’re occupied with other than driving.

    Can’t imagine why....lol. They try to make shit better as the years go by so there’s no mystery there. Lol.
    You bought it used- but you say it wasn’t from lack of maintenance. Look, I know the 5.7 Hemi’s have a well known and well documented issue with the MDS Lifters and the cam; there’s no argument but how you do your maintenance and what products you use when you do your oil changes greatly affects your chances of falling victim to that. Excessive idling, using cheap oil and filter and keeping that oil in there too long is one of the major things that contributes to that.

    I don’t know if your new one has those cool factory LED headlights or not but for one, yeah- those are a vast improvement but being that we have the aftermarket, there’s no excuse for settling with shit bulbs in the older trucks. Matter of fact, I’ve heard countless whining about the 4th Gen premium projector headlights but you know, if you yank those cheesy shitty stock bulbs out and put some good ones in there, they’re actually pretty badass. I really didn’t need to spend about 450 bucks on HID lowbeams, LED highbeams and fog lights because just the simple $170 I spent several months prior on stuffing Sylvania ZxE’s in my brights, lows and fogs was far better than stock but with the HID’s and LEDs, I really cannot imagine any....... aftermarket or better factory headlights in anything being truly better cost justifing and effective than just a simple bulb upgrade to HID and LED but yes, I know, there’s people who will argue that and that’s fine. All I’m saying is that I truly have no rhyme or reason to ever drop 12, $1300 on any new set of aftermarket headlights.


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  3. corneileous

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    It’s still a 4th Gen that’s made after the 4th Gens were officially discontinued for the new bodystyle.


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    Both gens have beautiful trucks and some that, well not so much. After driving a 5th gen for 2 years I think the 4th gen looks very dated. New things become old. I won't go back to a new old truck!
     
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    It should be considered outdated because virtually for 10 years, nothing really changed. At least the 3rd Gen changed what, twice?

    But hey, it’s proof that the 4th Gen was very popular and remained unchanged for ten years because it was that popular and if I’m not mistaken, they’re already up to the third year of still producing brand new 4th Gens.


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  6. Dennis Flannery

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    I have a Gen 3 and drool over both Gen4 and 5. I can’t separate body style from function tbh. I had initially passed on the 06 because I thought the headlights looked goofy as hell. But when I realized the wholesaler didn’t know what he had and then drove it, I was in love. I got a $19k truck for $16.5. It’s got 329k on original motor and tranny; replaced some water pumps, an alternator or two and rebuilt the front end myself. Am putting a rebuild list together now rather than buy a newer model. Can’t bring myself to get rid of her!
     
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    I bought a 2020 5th Gen and voted that way. I had been seriously looking at the Raptor. If I was buying on looks and performance, I would have bought the Raptor.

    My goal was over the road comfort, economy, and towing. I love the 5th Gen Eco for exactly that.
     
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    I've had 1 through 4 now. Between 4 and 5, definitely a 4th gen. That being said; my preference in order; 1st >2nd>3rd>4th>5th.
    If comfort is a priority, the reverse is true. LOL
     
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    I voted for the 5th generation, although I own and really like my 4th generation (2017) Ram. The newest iteration of the Ram looks really good and seems potentially more functional in many ways. Granted, I plan to keep what I have for a long time as it just works well for me, especially when towing my camper. When I do upgrade, it may, depending upon some other factors, be to a 3500...probably also a Laramie, and maybe with the 6.7L High Output engine. My 2017 has been pretty good... very few problems and very few issues. I have enough invested in new batteries and tires that it may push back a new truck another year or so.
     
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    That’s funny, I felt the same way about the first run Gen 3 trucks. I didn’t like the front ends because they made them look too much like the old 2nd gens which, I love the old second GEN trucks but, they could’ve at least done a little bit more to make the early third GEN‘s look a little bit more different from the second GENs.

    But yeah, I will admit that that ugly orange stripe on the bottom of the 06 and 07 headlights was kind of hard on the eyes which is why I’m glad on the 2008s, they got rid of that.


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