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Looking to pull the trigger for new one.   Are they dependable now.  Having trouble with Mexico assembly so need a boost

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topdog1961
I don't have any experience with dependability on newer ones, but they seem to be the first to rust in NW Ohio. Especially over the wheel wells. These trucks are a few years old, but GM and Ford of the same years hold up better. That likely is not a concern in Texas.

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terrym
I drive a 2015 1500 with the Hemi. Have 65,000 kms on it so far and not a single issue yet. Brakes still have plenty of wear left too. It gets about 700 kms on a fill up in winter and in summer I can go 800 kms on a tank of gas. So far it has been a very good vehicle.

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Doubleplay
Cummins Diesel Rams in the 3/4 ton category are the best among the big three. However IMHO Toyota in the 1/2 ton segment is the best.

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bobman

I would order it with as few electronic gadgets as possible that's where most of the problems and obsolescence comes from in all of them

I wouldn't worry about Mexican assembly

I agree with doubleplay if it's a half ton go with the tundra

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gunner29

Myself I like ford super duty.

Several guys around here bought 1/2 ton dodge diesels and really like them.

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JoeFroESS

I have a 2014 1500 hemi 8 speed with 60,000 miles on it.  (Yeah - I drive a lot.)  I love the comfort, performance, and design of the truck.  I think that the power train and mechanicals are very solid.  

However I have had a number of problems with small electrical doo-dads such as door lock buttons (2x failures), overhead console lights (2x failures- whole console needs replaced because LEDs are soldered in - $600), backup camera, turn signal clock spring.  All of this replaced under warranty.

So my advice would be to stick with the lower trim levels with less electronic / electric parts.  Also in the higher trims, with the on-demand transfer case (provides 4 auto setting), there are complaints from people claiming that 4 lock is not actually locked until the rear wheels spin a little bit.  You may want to check some of the ram truck forums to see what people are saying.

YMMV. Everybody has a different experience and I know that there are a lot of very happy Ram owners out there who have had minimal issues.  Corollary goes for other brands as well.

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hunthemup

2006 1500 here with over $138k miles and outside of maintenance type work - not issues. Very pleased with it.

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dogrunner
My dealer handles all 3 brands, Dodge is by far the worst for constant warranty work , mostly eletrical. They joke about it all the time and nobody there will buy one. They said if the leases weren't so cheap they would probably not sell very many.

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ThomGordon

33,000 miles with no issues here. Hemi. Love it! Extremely comfortable, plenty of power & the mpg isnt too bad if I stay off the throttle 14 city 19 hwy...

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RookieEP
Cummins Diesel Rams in the 3/4 ton category are the best among the big three. However IMHO Toyota in the 1/2 ton segment is the best.

Buddy has the diesel 3/4 real nice truck but he has had to put some money in her - biggest expense the transmission less than 100,000 miles and the truck never towed. Plus he is meticulous with maintenance.

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Uplandish
2013 1500 hem,i 30K, zero problems so far. Absolutely love this truck.

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salmontogue

I own three

1997 2500/Cummins Ext. cab 8ft  335K  No repairs other than routine maintenance.  Just beginning to show minor rust. Xlnt fuel economy and tows like a champ.  Best truck I have owned.

2014 3500/Cummins SRW 4dr cab 8ft  36K Xlnt fuel economy and tows effortlessly. No problems so far.

2016 1500/Ecodiesel 4dr cab 6.5ft 17K Incredible fuel economy, better than advertised and it will tow 10K (properly equipped) although the big Cummins is better at it.  So far, I am getting 21/30 which is incredible for a truck this size.  No problems so far.

I have owned two recent Tundras, one was unacceptable and was traded early after a dispute with Toyota.  To their credit, they treated me extremely well and refunded all the money toward the new Tundra which is a nice "sorta" truck..Tundras do not do well with heavy tows and heavy loads and their fuel economy is dreadful.

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12ette

This question loomed over me for the last 2 months or so.  Dodge, Chrysler has left me in the cold several times.  I hear great things, about getting better and being more reliable.  

The 8spd trans ZF design, made under contract here has a proud following in many makes.  

The 5.7 mated to the 8spd is nice, can feel sluggish, but with 8 gears to choose, it operates at envelop's edge of each.  I sometimes felt as though I was a gear too high, but it rectified quickly.  Ram even says the transmission needs 2-3k miles (IIRC) to program itself to your driving.  

The coil spring suspension makes for a smother ride than I thought a truck could ride.  

In the end the looming question is still "Ram quality".  I bought a Ford.

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salmontogue
I should have added that a family agribusiness in two western and one mid-western state buys and uses a large number of pickups.  The diesels are all Rams and the gas are mostly Fords.  These are lessons learned by hands-on experiences

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