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1999 Ram pickups

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  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,657
    KC

    I've always found your comments to be intelligent and well thought out. From what I've read of your posts, I think you and I are pretty much in agreement on most matters.

    I think where you and I differ just a tad is that, while you seem appreciate new technology, when push-comes-to-shove, you tend to rely a bit more on "traditional" ideas/solutions, whereas I tend to lean in the opposite (modern/hi-tech) direction. I find this somewhat curious, because I believe I'm probably about 19 years older than you. If anything, I, the old fart, should be the conservative one!

    Just out out of curiosity, what do you do for a living that you need such a large HD truck such as as your Ram 3500? Is it strictly used for work? Do you use it for pleasure too? If for pleasure, do you pull a large trailer with it? Is it your only "daily driver"?
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,495
    By definition, I'm the senior programmer/system administrator for a maketing tele-services company. However, I tend to do most of my company's "labor" too, so the truck actually does see plenty of "truck" duty. It is my daily driver, and after leaving a string of half-tons squeaking and rattling in a heap when I was done with them, I knew I needed a stronger rig. And going back to the teenage days, I always thought 4x4 duallies were just too cool, and now I can afford one.

    In terms of traditional vs modern, yeah, I do fall towards the "t" side of that. I appreciate the use of solid axles and real springs (plus to Dodge and the Ford SD). Pickups today are marketed as everything from basic transportation to work vehicles to leather-clad fashion statements. I prefer the work-vehicle aspect; as I mentioned a few posts above about the old W350, reliability under extreme use defines a "truck" to me. A computer may help a truck's build quality and its fuel delivery, but it's the steel underneath that is doing the work, and for me, it has to be there.

    Looking at the next generation Rams, Chrysler/Dodge seems ready, willing, and able to match Ford SD-F strength for strength, and the fact that these two look the part as "trucks", probably explains their current (and future) sales. The Ram gets tweaked every year, and the next redesign is scheduled for MY2001. As long as the Ram stays true to that old W350, I'll keep buying them.

    KCRam - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Moderator

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,657
    I can appreciate your point of view.

    I do think, however, that some day independent suspensions will match and/or exceed solid axles in all respects. They certainly work on the Hummer, and I've seen them used on huge off-road Euclid dump trucks. Even the military uses independent suspensions on a number of assault-type vehicles. I think it's just a matter of time before they become commonplace on mainstream heavier trucks.

    Got any insight on the next generation RAMs?
  • jkendalljkendall Posts: 30
    I'm still trying to find out if anyone knows the start-up date for 1999 Ram production. Anybody know??
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,495
    RS,

    I would expect the next Ram to be an evolution of what it is now. The semi-styled nose will remain, and for the time being, the axles will too. I think Dodge is paying very close attention to the Ford Super Duty and will come very close to it feature for feature. Ford is marketing these trucks as lightweight mediums, not heay-duty light trucks, and their sales have been rising monthly - Ford says the Super Duty line is now 40% of all F-series, the highest that segment has ever been, so the market is there for a truck that is oerceived as a truck, not a car-replacemtn like the half-tons.

    jk,

    Production is still continuing at two of the Ram plants (Dodge City and Lago Alberto) this week, while the other two switch over, then next week, they'll swap and DC/LA will be down for two weeks. 1999s will begin at St. Louis and Saltillo then. Full 1999 production is scheduled for the end of July.

    KCRam - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Moderator

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,657
    KC

    I know Dodge is producing at full capacity. Do you see them expanding their production capability so that they could enter the crew cab market, and the the Class IV and Class V markets to compete with Ford? I'm wondering if the Mercedes merger would have any impact on that one way or another?

    It will be interesting to see what happens between Ford and Dodge in the next couple of years. I'm sure Ford will freshen up the Super Duties a bit when Dodge announces their next generation Ram.

    Any predictions as to what GM will be doing (assuming they ever get running again) with their 1 ton and above models? Do you think GM (and Dodge) are going to visually separate the HD vehicles from the lighter duty models as Ford did?

    Bob
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,495
    GM's "heavies" are scheduled for MY2000 - they claim it's the same sheetmetal. Dodge's next Ram is currently planned for MY2001 - ironically, the 1993 Ram was by far the oldest platform of the full-size pickups, and in 2000, the Ram once again will be the oldest platform.

    Chrysler announced they just expanded the Saltillo plant, and have an expansion going on line in Lago Alberto the end of this year. They expect to increase Ram production in Mexico by at least 50,000 units with these. They did say it would include a Ram-based sport utility, but that has already been identified by spies as the new 2000 Jeep Wagoneer, not a new Ramcharger.

    Chrysler's media site is very good for tracking what they do:

    http://www.media.chrysler.com

    click on search, select press releases as a source, and use keywords "sales" and "production"

    KCRam - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Moderator

  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,495
    clicked post too soon

    As for Dodge making a separate design for heavies - I doubt that seriously. The fact that they have the only "heavy-duty" looking half-ton would lead me to believe that all trucks will keep a single "truck" appearance

    KCRam - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Moderator

  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    does anyone know when dodge plans to begin installing its new ohc v8s in the ram and dakota? also, when is the next redesign due? my 1997 4X4 ram is at the end of its lease in december so i need to start looking this fall. i'm hoping the new engines and auto trannies (possibly a 5 speed auto) are coming for 1999, but i have my doubts.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,657
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    I think the 4.7 OHC will be a Grand Cherokee exclusive for a couple of years. The new Ram is due out in 2001(?). At that time I think you will see the new 4.7 (and a larger version) in it. I don't know about the Dakota. It will probably get it at the same time I would think.

    Bob
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    i suppose the new electronic tranny will probably accompany the new ohc engines. i read that the new tranny/ohc powertrain in the 1999 grand cherokee has been designed for a minimum life of 150k miles. hopefully even more durability will be built into the powertrain when it bows in the ram.
  • 33huntr33huntr Posts: 8
    I've been looking for a dealer that can tell me if I can order a 99 Quad Cab Cummins with a 6 spd. manual. I have'nt found one yet that can tell me if the 6 spd. will definitely be available or not. Does anyone know of a dealer with the information on the options available for the 99's.

    A friend of mine told me that their is a huge dealer in Oklahoma that gets in more trucks than most other dealers, and has the best selection. Is that true? And which dealer is it?
  • jkendalljkendall Posts: 30
    33huntr: The Oklahoma dealer is Lynn Hickey Dodge
    In OK City. Ask for Jim Homan who is an upper level type manager. Tell him Jim Kendall, friend
    of Dick Stowers referred you. He'll make you a
    really good deal. He'll even order one for you.
    Good luck.
  • 33huntr33huntr Posts: 8
    Thanks for the info, jkendall. I will give him a call early tomarrow.

    I will be ordering a Quad Cab 2500HD 4x4 Diesel, I hope I don't have to wait too long. But I know I'am looking at 14-16 weeks.....It WILL be worth it!!!
  • 33huntr33huntr Posts: 8
    Well, I got bad news for anyone looking for a 6 spd. tranny like I was for a 99 Quad Cab 4x4 Diesel.
    I saw a dealer option list for the "New Dodge" and guess what? No six speed tranny available when ordering a new Dodge. The lists are updated every 3 months, so I was told. I also was told that no six spd. is foreseen till mid 99 or early 2000.

    I hope that I am NOT right, and if someone has better news I'll be willing to listen.
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,495
    first batch of 1999 Ram prices are in. Barely an increase at all.

    http://www.media.chrysler.com/wwwpr98/276e.htm

    KCRam - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Moderator

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