2015 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4X4 Long Box (1095)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2015 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4X4 Long Box. Now that’s what I’m talking about – Ram is my kind of truck. I have a friend who loves Ford but I just sold a big F350 Crew with a Power Stroke V8 that is in direct competition with Ram trucks. My experience with it and all the horror stories I learned about the problems Ford has allowed to haunt its devoted customer’s leads me to say there isn’t a chance in hell I would do that again.

My favorite truck in life was a 1955 Ford ½ ton pickup and I loved it. But that was then and this is now. I’ve also owned a Ram 3500 dual wheel that I bought with 220,000 miles, owned it for over 10 years and sold it about two years ago. The Cummins Turbo Diesel was just broken in and since I also owned a Peterbilt big rig at the time I, as most lovers of Cummins engines, want a Cummins Diesel in their pickup trucks. Most of those Pete’s with Cummins diesels get a million miles before they need any real work.

So to be fair and balanced I’ve also owned a Chevrolet Silverado and wouldn’t do that again either. Back to the Ford F350 Power Stroke 6.0 liter V8. I have 5,000 reasons to feel bitter about that purchase decision. $5,000 to have a bullet proof bypass system for the intercooler installed to fix what Ford screwed up. Thanks Ford for nothing. How they could give its devoted customer base such crap without offering to fix it, in or out of warranty makes me angry. No thanks. Ram is the better choice. I’ve owned many vehicles over the years and the auto repair shop I co-owned for over a decade gave me a realistic view of this great industry.

Ram is the hot ticket as far as I’m concerned from my varied experiences. Sorry Tom I just don’t agree with your love of Ford, but sometimes love is blind.

General Information: Parts – US/Canadian 70%, Mexico 18%; Assembly – Satillo, Coahuila, Mexico Class –Heavy Duty Vehicle, Cars from Ram – Pro Master Cargo Van, Pro Master City, Pro Master Window Van, Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 Chassis Cab, 3500 Pickup, 4500 Chassis Cab and Cargo Van.

Handling & Performance:

Very difficult to drive around town. It takes two or three parking spaces when you go shopping. In short it is not made for normal city driving. On the other hand on the ranch it is a great work horse and if you need to pull a house this is the tool to do it.

Styling:

This new 3500 is strikingly beautiful. It’s not likely it will be featured on the Sports Illustrated swim suit edition but I was instantly impressed with how it looked. What a great improvement with the rear fender treatment over the Dual Wheel model. Nice.

Fit and Finish:

Outstanding. Far better than the Ford – in my considered opinion.

Cost:

Priced as well as Ford or better.

Conveniences and comfort:

Everything you could want in a luxury vehicle but it comes standard in this working man’s truck.

Consumer Recommendations:

Drive the Ford first and then when you drive the Ram you’ll see and feel the difference.

Recognized Competition:

Ram 3500 Longhorn 4X4 Crew Cab long box $56,000, Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD $49,000, Ford F350 Super Duty Crew Cab $56,000, GMC Sierra 3500 HD $50,000.

Good News:

Beautiful, tough, strong and powerful.

Bad News:

I would consider the need for a dual wheeled model. It makes driving more of a chore if you don’t really need it. Herewith some pros and cons of owning a dual wheel pickup.

Pros:
Much greater load carrying capacity,
Higher stability (lots of sidewall means less flex)
Greater safety (if you suffer a rear blowout you still have round rubber on the road)
Looks

Cons:
At tire change time you get to buy 6 vs. 4
With custom wheels tire rotation becomes a real drag
Changing tire size becomes more problematic.
Rear tire wear becomes a factor if you do a lot of in town driving (lots of turns wears the crap out of the wide tire set)
That bubble butt is harder to get into parking slots
You have to learn to take corners a bit wider (or risk buying a new tire due to a trashed sidewall)
As stated b4 a bit of a mileage hit.

Standard Equipment:

6.7 liter CumminsTurbo diesel inline 6-cylinder engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, leather bucket seats, front, front seat mounted side airbags and side curtain front and rear airbags, back up camera, with rear park assist system, stability control, anti-spin differential rear axle, 3.73 rear axle ratio, trailer brake control, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes, remote keyless entry, theft deterrent system, cruise control, power windows and locks, power chrome trailer tow mirrors with power fold away,

Gas Stats:

$3.39/ Gal avg. July 5, 2015

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

HEAVY DUTY VEHICLES DO NOT REQUIRE THIS INFORMATION.

n/a  City and  Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $ 54,980.

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