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Dodge Ram 1500 — buying American again

By: 29 June 2010 4 Comments

Like a lot of Americans, I was downright irate when the federal government announced it was bailing out General Motors (GM) and Chrysler.

This is, after all, a capitalist economy — companies that can’t compete fail and are replaced. Bailing out a company that can’t cut it seems, well, fundamentally wrong.

After fuming over bailouts for awhile, I swore to never buy an American car again (I drove a Toyota Matrix at the time). I then swore to never buy an American car again unless it was made by Ford. Yes, Toyota and Ford were worthy of my cash, but Chrysler and General Motors were not.

I now own a 2010  Dodge Ram 1500 with a crew cab, a ridiculously powerful V-8 under the hood and an unhealthy curb weight of just over 5,000 pounds.

So, what happened? Simply put, the threat of financial ruin seems to have inspired Chrysler officials to put some serious thought into the vehicles they were releasing to the public.

The Dodge Ram has always been a good truck, but this new batch of them is nothing short of impressive. The build quality, ride, features, warranty and price are hard to touch. My wife and I test drove  Ford F-150 and liked that very well. We also enjoyed the Toyota Tacoma we looked at but, surprisingly, decided the Dodge was the best of the lot for our needs.

We can haul up to 1,700 pounds of stuff and have enough room in the cab to fit four adults (at least) in comfort. Chrysler’s decision to use some coil springs on the back axle instead of strictly leaf springs means the truck glides down the highway with car-like smoothness (that’s right — the Dodge has the least “truck like” ride of anything we drove). The interior is very comfortable and attractive rather than merely utilitarian.

In short, we love the truck (we’re not thrilled with the gas mileage and I absolutely hate parking that monster, but we’ll all adjust). That’s shocking, considering how I regarded most Chrysler products as absolute garbage less than a week ago.

For those who have sworn off buying Chryslers, you might want to take a second look. Hopefully, the same goes for GM vehicles.

Besides, considering how the economy is taking an absolute beating, perhaps buying American — or at least keeping an open mind and looking at vehicles made by the Big 3 in Detroit — is a prudent move, indeed.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email =


  • Monty Montgomery said:

    Uh, the Dodge has coil springs INSTEAD of leaf springs. THATS what makes it ride better than other trucks.

    Otherwise, spot-on with the review. Those that think only Chevy and Ford make good trucks have never driven a modern Dodge.

  • Ethan C. Nobles (author) said:

    Could have sworn it was the other way around. Looks like I’ll have to do some research (and probably make a change).

    Thanks for the input. Yeah, anyone who bashes the Ram hasn’t driven one.

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