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I remember driving the original Rams when I was a CDPJ salesman in the 1990s. The diesels were LOUD!

The original Dodge Ram looks TINY next to the current one.

MSRP was $18,000 in 1994 ($31,725 in today’s dollars) for the original Ram; $71,000 for the 2020.

Personally, I’d take the original one.


Which one would you take?
 
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Loved my 94 pearl blue short bed Laramie.

5.9L Magnum engine and she could haul [I should have my mouth washed out with soap for using such terms].

Paid 18k at Paul Bailey's in North Kingstown, RI.

Love my 15 5.7 Hemi pearl blue Big Horn. I'm not a leather fan so I stick with cloth.

Paid 38k at Bales in Jeffersonville, In.
 

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Have to admit my '06 looks puny compared to the new ones. Especially the HD's. Saw a 2019 Ram 2500 (Cummins) parked with a camper. Truck was huge.

Noticed a late '90's Dodge Ram for sale on my way to church (private seller). Looks to be in decent shape. Should stop by and see how much he wants.
 

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Well I still have my second generation truck that I bought new. Yes it's a diesel and yes it's loud. The sticker in 2002 was 38 grand and some change. Which is about 54 grand in today's money. I haven't priced 2500 Laramies today, but I have priced 1500 Laramies that are about 54 grand.
 

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I’m all for simplicity these days.
 

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I have a 2018 RAM 2500, and I have to say I love it. The 94 is cool, and it would be fun to have one as a run around town truck. For every day, and what I do the 2018 does the job.
 

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But why have they grown so much given they have the same capacity? Big rigs are constatly trying to down size for more load wereas pickups go the other way.
- is that people whant size more than capacity?
 

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I think what the cabs can carry passenger wise dictates a lot towards the size. Trucks have essentially taken the place of full size cars from the old days. There used to be a reason 4 door trucks were called crew cabs. Railroads and the military were probably their biggest customers.
 

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But why have they grown so much given they have the same capacity? Big rigs are constatly trying to down size for more load wereas pickups go the other way.
- is that people whant size more than capacity?
Because the larger the footprint, the less it will penalized for fuel economy in the US.
Because people want both room for 3-5 passengers and a pickup bed.
 
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I think it's odd that the video criticizes the ride of the "stock" suspension on the older truck when it appears to me it's lifted a bit.
 
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Truck pricing and complexity has gotten so out of hand, it blows my mind.

When my wife finishes nursing school, I am planning to get a new truck. I've been specing out 2500 regular cabs, and its amazing how expensive they can get. A well-equipped, but not fully optioned, 6.4 Big Horn 4x4 Regular Cab has an MSRP around $47k...a nicely optioned Tradesman $44k.

I know there are deals to be had on trucks...unfortunately it seems like regular cabs don't get as much rebate. I am by myself 90%+ of the time I drive my daily driver...what the hell do I need 4 doors for?
 

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I think what the cabs can carry passenger wise dictates a lot towards the size. Trucks have essentially taken the place of full size cars from the old days.
Indeed, this has been my point for awhile: body-on-frame construction, V8 power, RWD, cabin large enough to carry 6 people in comfort, quiet ride. Sounds a lot like the formula large American sedans used for decades.
 

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Truck pricing and complexity has gotten so out of hand, it blows my mind.

When my wife finishes nursing school, I am planning to get a new truck. I've been specing out 2500 regular cabs, and its amazing how expensive they can get. A well-equipped, but not fully optioned, 6.4 Big Horn 4x4 Regular Cab has an MSRP around $47k...a nicely optioned Tradesman $44k.

I know there are deals to be had on trucks...unfortunately it seems like regular cabs don't get as much rebate. I am by myself 90%+ of the time I drive my daily driver...what the hell do I need 4 doors for?
I just spect one out on Ram's website yesterday. Nothing spectacular, a 1500 Big Horn package two 4x4 crew. 47,000 dollars sticker. It's crazy.
 

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Ill take the second gen in a heartbeat.
I have been saying for a while now that trucks are bigger and have more capasty then they use to.
 

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I remember driving the original Rams when I was a CDPJ salesman in the 1990s. The diesels were LOUD!

The original Dodge Ram looks TINY next to the current one.

MSRP was $18,000 in 1994 ($31,725 in today’s dollars) for the original Ram; $71,000 for the 2020.

Personally, I’d take the original one.


Which one would you take?
Both, but a standard cab 4x4 3500 Big Horn Cummins base price is under $50k. The real cost of a new 1994 Ram CTD is about $31,000 in today's dollars. There's a ton more technology in a 2020 Ram, safer, stronger, more comfortable. Is there $20,000? That I don't know.
 
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On the bright side(?) they sell for less than that
My local dealer is putting a leveling kit on them, putting more aggressive tires on them, and still has them advertised for $8-10k under sticker. They've got a bunch of them, and the salesman said they still a lot quicker with the leveling kit and aggressive tires.
 
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