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Truck dealers - July 3, 2017, 10:33 AM

I'm currently looking at getting a new full size 4 door pickup. It seems like we used to have a salesman or two on the site. I'm looking for something basic like the ram 1500 tradesman with a v6 (very modest towing needs and want to net 20mpg or better). I don't need 4x4, don't really care about bed length (the 5'7" beds are fine), don't need cosmetic upgrades, and I don't have a brand preference. Of course I could order an un-optioned truck but would prefer to get something off the floor so long as the options don't make the price crazy. Any salesman/dealers out there?
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July 4, 2017, 05:42 AM

Good luck. I'm not a salesman but like you, I wanted a 4 door, 2wd, V6, basic truck that would bet me decent mpg.

I found a RAM 1500 with the "black out" package, V6, 2wd, no decals or emblems at all, just black everything. Commuting from So MD to the Pentagon my average mpg is between 25 to 27 mpg depending on the season (winter is around 25mpg). Of course, I keep speeds below 65 and my shift usually takes me outside of heavy traffic times.

It'll pull motorcycles fine, hauls kayaks/motos/atvs fine. No issues in 60,000 miles and I do all the maintenance except tire rotations. Only oil and filters so far. Too easy.
Only complaint I have is its size, geez it's big and the "kisses" it receives parked at work show. 2nd, I'd like the A/C to be more powerful but it's more than adequate. That's it. oh, I wish it was a 6spd manual but thats dreaming.


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July 4, 2017, 06:06 AM

Cool, that's better than the mileage I was hoping for. I've found what seems like a good deal on a ram 1500 (what's up with changing the name from dodge?) and will be heading to the dealer this morning.

I'd like a manual trans too. Even my wife's minivan (mazda5) is a manual. I did buy an automatic for my youngest daughter who has some anxiety issues so there'd at least be one less thing for her to worry about.
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I have a Ram also (4wd CC Hemi) and I can't wait til the lease is up on it, the drivers window shudders when going down (only 15K on it currently) and the transmission in it SUCKS, it's the worst vehicle I've owned (and the only new vehicle I've ever bought/rented long term).

Used truck prices are insane, I don't know what I'll replace it with when it goes back next year, but I need something as I don't drive my other car in the winter.


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you a member of USAA? I saved about 8k in price reduction on my truck. I bought new.

USAA also has a used vehicle purchase program.
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I have a Ram also (4wd CC Hemi) and I can't wait til the lease is up on it, the drivers window shudders when going down (only 15K on it currently) and the transmission in it SUCKS, it's the worst vehicle I've owned (and the only new vehicle I've ever bought/rented long term). Used truck prices are insane, I don't know what I'll replace it with when it goes back next year, but I need something as I don't drive my other car in the winter.

You can't pay me to touch a FCA product. They're all so horribly flawed and engineered.
Can't wait to see how they make an abortion of the 18 Jeep Wrangler



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I'm currently looking at getting a new full size 4 door pickup. It seems like we used to have a salesman or two on the site. I'm looking for something basic like the ram 1500 tradesman with a v6 (very modest towing needs and want to net 20mpg or better). I don't need 4x4, don't really care about bed length (the 5'7" beds are fine), don't need cosmetic upgrades, and I don't have a brand preference. Of course I could order an un-optioned truck but would prefer to get something off the floor so long as the options don't make the price crazy. Any salesman/dealers out there?
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you a member of USAA? I saved about 8k in price reduction on my truck. I bought new.

USAA also has a used vehicle purchase program.
Nope... I was all set to join the navy until their doc looked at my spinal xray. Joke is on them though as I haven't had any issues and I'm old enough to have been retired for a few years.
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