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shades9323

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I went from a 2014 Ram 1500 to a Chevrolet 2500 HD without a test drive. I was lucky to find a truck in stock. The guy who originally ordered it got tired of waiting. I got my truck. Win win I guess.

What is it that you are worried about that a 20 min test drive will tell you?

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shades9323 wrote:

I went from a 2014 Ram 1500 to a Chevrolet 2500 HD without a test drive. I was lucky to find a truck in stock. The guy who originally ordered it got tired of waiting. I got my truck. Win win I guess.

What is it that you are worried about that a 20 min test drive will tell you?


A lot of truth in that. Being a GM guy, especially easy. You can test drive about any GM HD and get an approximate feel of the suspension and interior layout. Test driving any used gm diesel from '20 to current will give you a feel of the engine, nothing substantial has changed since '20. I like the look of the GMC as well, I am ok with the Chevy version but the GMC AT4 is a great looking truck.


2020 Chevy 3500 CC 4X4 DRW D/A
2013 Fuzion 342
2011 RZR Desert Tan
2012 Sea Doo GTX 155
2018 Chevy 3500HD CC LB SRW 4X4 D/A
2015 Chevy Camaro ZL1

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ksss wrote:

shades9323 wrote:

I went from a 2014 Ram 1500 to a Chevrolet 2500 HD without a test drive. I was lucky to find a truck in stock. The guy who originally ordered it got tired of waiting. I got my truck. Win win I guess.

What is it that you are worried about that a 20 min test drive will tell you?


A lot of truth in that. Being a GM guy, especially easy. You can test drive about any GM HD and get an approximate feel of the suspension and interior layout. Test driving any used gm diesel from '20 to current will give you a feel of the engine, nothing substantial has changed since '20. I like the look of the GMC as well, I am ok with the Chevy version but the GMC AT4 is a great looking truck.


They do look good. I like my cherry red tintcoat z71 LT. I think it looks sharp! ??

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Posted: 04/08/22 07:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My 2003 RAM 3500 turns 20 y/o this year.
Never had DW.

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The GM 1 ton trucks ride the best of any 1 ton with the possible exception on the Ram’s with the air ride option.

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Last two of three trucks that were new, I ordered, not test drives. Drove all three for 200K miles. All were GM's. Pretty much did the same with my 2014 use 1500 I drive now. Took it for a drive when I went to pay for it.

Not saying dont get a test drive, but trucks today are way better than the first new one I bought back in 81.

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I test drove my 2019 Chevy on the 11.5 hour drive home, Idaho was the closest I could find a long bed diesel in white. Can’t imagine trying to find one now.

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blt2ski wrote:

Last two of three trucks that were new, I ordered, not test drives. Drove all three for 200K miles. All were GM's. Pretty much did the same with my 2014 use 1500 I drive now. Took it for a drive when I went to pay for it.

Not saying dont get a test drive, but trucks today are way better than the first new one I bought back in 81.

Marty


When I went to pick mine up they asked if I wanted to test drive it first. I was like nope, lets sign that paper work.

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My 2008 3500 SRW 4x4 Ram has never "death wobbled". That said, I bet a 2022 3500 GM would be a nice truck but what if it didn't drive better?


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coolbreeze01 wrote:

My 2008 3500 SRW 4x4 Ram has never "death wobbled". That said, I bet a 2022 3500 GM would be a nice truck but what if it didn't drive better?


As subjective as what "drive better" means, I think there is zero chance of that.

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