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A few weeks ago I asked about an F250 I might be getting. It didn't happen, so another truck deal came by. Much, much different.

It's a Ram 2003 1500 4wd quad cab short bed. I have only looked at it once and the empty gas tank light was on, so no test drive. I have no idea what model it is as the salesman was selling a truck to my step son too. That deal was much more important, so I have been pretty patient. It has just under 80,000 miles. I don't know what engine it has either. It has 20" tires. Why does a person want 20" tires on a truck?

I like the Ram quad cabs. I would appreciate any thoughts, like last time.
 
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I try to avoid anything that has been jacked up with tall rims or any other mods. I prefer buying a vehicle in bone stock condition. Could be an awesome truck though, so don't rule it out yet. Seems like they'd put some gas in it if they wanna sell the thing!
 

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It's a Ram 2003 1500 4wd quad cab short bed. It has 20" tires. Why does a person want 20" tires on a truck?
To make it look stupid! Like a fat man with skinny legs. :D

I had a 2000 Ram 1500. It had to have been the most comfortable interior/ride/etc. I ever had. One thing, I thought the brakes were a little marginal, so test it out.
 

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One thing the dealers like to do is put new tires on a unit for sale . But they wont bother to align it for obvious reasons . After a test drive the tires will have a smell to them that is very odiferous if suspension problems are severe . The nose don't lie. Buyer beware.
 

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This is my 2004 I bought used, in 2010. The deal was to good to pass

on. A friend was the dealer. previous owner spent a small fortune on mods

that they didn't pay him for when he returned the leased truck.

It has 20" wheels. Wish it didn't. I had to replace them last winter. Big

bucks, but less than buying new rims and tires.

It's got lots of get up and go, and compared to our Ford F150, it is

sooooo much better in 4wd in the snow.

Those big fat tires do the job.

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Side note: it has this crazy loud MagnaFlow exhaust.(police magnet)

Sure is fun to drive. But that Hemi loves gas. luckily I don't go far from

home.

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A bit Off Topic but I see Chrysler is bringing out a 1500 diesel. It's a 3.0 l turbo diesel I think with 240hp and a lot of torque. It will be much cheaper and easier on fuel than the HD diesel pickups with all the HP. It's about time they made a diesel available in a more affordable class of truck. Most people don't need 400hp or whatever the big diesel rigs have now.

20" tires. That bites hard! I wonder if they last longer?
 

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Funny, around here , the 20" tires are less expensive than the more popular 17" factory stuff ???? Must be a supply and demand factor.
I can't wait to see the market responds to that 1/2 ton diesel option. If its a hit it will become a game changer for sure !!
 

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Our friends have a 2001 Dodge 2wd quad cab from new and they really had good luck with it , tow a 5,500lb camper , not sure of the engine size but believe he has a 3.91 rear which helps towing . The factory exhaust sounds good on it too lol
 

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I have a 2003 2 wheel drive quad 5.7 ....it replaced my 96 quad 360....with 250,000 miles....I like both trucks...but one thing to watch for on the 2000 and up....the shift soleniods in tthe transmission can go bad....they can be fixed in the driveway...but it's no fun...having a good garage do it is around $1000. The second is the carrier berings in the rear....they also can be problem prone..I had them replaced in my 96 too.....Not trying to scare you off.....just two problem areas in that year truck....I love mine...but had I known about these two problem areas I would have looked at mine closer....( don't ask)......
 

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not sure why manufactures are puttin 20" rims on all there trucks now id rather have my 15" rims any day. the neighbor has a ram 1500 quad cab 4wd short box hemi rides great going down the rd lots of room inside but im not a dodge fan id rather a ford or chevy
 

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I took it for a test ride today. It got horrible mileage. Thanks to Sparky, I noticed an engine oil or Transmission oil smell after running it a while. I told the salesman I was going about 40 miles total, I said put a quarter of a tank in. He had it ready when I arrived. It was right on one quarter tank. I drove 45 miles and the empty light came on. I was still 12 miles from the dealer. I put five dollars in and headed back. I didn't spare the horses on my dime. Terrible acceleration.

We were way far apart on price. The salesman was a good guy and not slick, I liked that. I'd look at another if he calls.

Thanks for all your thoughts. All were good. I agree with you Daniel. Stock is the way to go. Will, it's surprising how similar that truck looked to yours.
 
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