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Dodge Ram Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • inukeu2inukeu2 Posts: 23

    You'll be hard pressed to find a manual on the dealer lot unless someone ducked out on a special order. I had to order mine but it was a painless process that allowed me to get EVERY option that I wanted.
  • goose1207goose1207 Posts: 113
    Do the dealers not discount as much when you order the vehicle as opposed to picking one off the lot? Also, have you driven the automatic? How does it compare to the 5spd?
  • inukeu2inukeu2 Posts: 23

    I can tell that you have thought about this a lot. I offered 2% over the kbb invoice BEFORE the rebates and got the price without any haggling. This was in mid January after the initial shock of the mayor was over. I wish I had gone lower than that. The dealership was eager to sell, and I said nothing about the dealer holdback which they gladly pocketed. They even went so far as to give me the loyalty discount to offset the advertising fee and I'd never owned a dodge before. The fact was that they wanted wanted to make $500 and I wasn't about to drive any of the loaded trucks they had on the lot. To answer your second question I did drive the automatic and it is smoooooth. It had plenty of power for the casual around town driver, but it ran out of wind when really pushed. I think I could still respect anyone for driving the auto but only if they ordered the 3.92 rear end. You'll need the torque to turn those big tires. Whatever you decide it's a great buy. You'll be happy no matter what but I knew that I would be happier with everything that I ordered. Good Luck.
  • I have been pre approved for a loan for 24K and am hoping to find a dealer that I can get a QC 1500 4.7L that is not fully loaded, but has some of the nice upgrades. I have researched the invoices on various dealer sites and it looks like the truck I want has an MSRP of $30K. My hope is that with the 2K rebate and $1-$2 back for my trade I should be able to fit within my limit.

    Does that sound right to this group? I have built this on Edmunds and it appears I am close.

    Also, if anyone has purchased a sheel for the back of one of these who much do they cost?

  • Well, I just got back from the dealer and brought home my new truck. I think I got a good deal, but am sure I could have done better if I pushed. I read a lot on the negotiations board and tried to use some of the advice to get a fair price that I could live with. I think I did.

    2002 QC 1500 4X2 140" WB
    Bright White Exterior
    Navy Blue Interior
    4.7L V8
    Premium cloth seats w/
    8 way driver
    60/40 rear
    Flat load floor rear
    Customer preferred Pkg 24G
    Trailer Tow Group
    Two tone paint
    Anti Spin differential
    Sliding rear window
    Keyless Entry
    AM/FM/CASS/CD w/ Infinity Speakers
    Steering mounted radio controls
    17 x 8 cast alum wheels
    Front Hood Shield

    Sticker was $29,215
    Minus Rebate $2000
    Minus Trade In $1000

    I got out the door for $24,500 including taxes, title, tags everything. That is $500 over my target, but my target was really for the price of the truck so I felt good to get the TTL also.

  • 1500 ST
    3.7 V6
    Cloth Seats.
    19150 Sticker
    Talked down to 16000 BUT Had a 2002 Sunfire that was wrecked and repaired to trade.......Upside down 3000. Payed 19100 For Truck....
  • I think that I just need a little convincing. I currently have a '01 Silverado 5.3 L. I love the truck except when I am loaded down or pulling my camper, 3000 lbs dry. I was looking at a 2002 Ram 2500 Ext. Cab with the Cummins SLT. I sat in the truck and loved the set up, not too mention the truck looks great. I wouldn't let myself drive it yet, as I am still debating the over expense. I do commute approx 250 miles per week, and hall the camper approx. 10-12 per year. Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

  • Extra Options being Rear Sliding window and automatic tranny.

    Std equipment includes Cruise, CD single with changer controls, 4.7l Engine.

    Just a few bucks over $24,000 (includes $1000 rebate) sticker being $27595.

    Added a receiver hitch for $150 installed and a bug deflector for $87.
  • loncrayloncray Posts: 301
    To the gentleman thinking about the Ram to haul his camper - I just took delivery on my '03 2500 CTD HO QC - and I love it. It's got a ton of power and is the best-looking vehicle on the road. I don't think you'd have any problems hauling a 3000 pound camper (I presume you don't mean slide-in) - and you KNOW you're the best-looking thing out there!
  • Hello loncray, May I ask how much you paid and what major options you have on your new 2500 CTD? Thanks in advance.
  • Hello XTOCAK, I wanted to make sure the truck you listed the info. on was a 2002 and not a 2003 Ram 2500 4X4 QC. Please advise and thanks in advance.
  • loncrayloncray Posts: 301
    Well, it was about $39.6k for everything. I got the Laramie package (which comes with about everything), the CTD HO, and 4x4. I think about the only things I didn't get were the side airbags, Sport package, and the heated seats. She came with the leather and the dual temperature controls and the rear load-floor (which has already come in handy) and the limited-slip rear. Oh, I also got the tow package. She's already been in for her first recall - a few CTD's came out of Mexico with loose fans so they're checking them all out - but mine was fine all along.
  • jeff186jeff186 Posts: 95
    The ads I've started to check by me seem to show that the best deals are available on regular cab pickups as opposed to the crew cabs. Guess the crew cabs are more popular? Anyone else notice this or I am seeing a mirage?
  • azrynoazryno Posts: 1
    I haven't received my dodge yet, it's supposedly on the train, but, I have been quoted a price of $500 over invoice, which I feel isn't all that bad. I will be paying $32,500.
  • am working with dealer now.

    Says Edmunds invoice price does not include a $500 regional advertising.

    Is this fee legitimate????

    Other wise he is selling:
    2003 Quad cap Ram 1500 SLT 2WD, Short bed for $26.4K with following options:

    M9 Premium Seat-Cloth
    AHC Trailer Tow
    CVN Storage - Fold flat
    24G Auto Transmission
    DMH Axle Ratio: 3.92
    DSA Limited Slip Rear Diff.
    GXM Keyless Remote
    SCV Leather Steering
    WPG Wheel - 20" x 9"
  • Check the Edmund's FAQ for info about advertizing fees. Whether this fee is legitimate has been debated in Smart Shopper. This archived discussion may be of interest:

    Dealers Advertising Fees

    Hope this helps!

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • Bought my Ram 1500 back in August 2002. Dealer had MSRP listed at $25,595. Just needed basic truck have two kids so did not want carpet, plus I do lots of outdoor activities. Truck has convience package for cruise/tilt, chrome wheels, rear-sliding window, automatic transmission. Walked out paying $20,900, which was cool because most online car sales listed it at $21,800.
  • 2003 Ram
    Regular Cab
    5-45RFE (I think that's the abbr.) Auto
    17x8 chrome-plated steel wheels
    265/70R17 Goodyear SR-A tires
    Under the rail bedliner, diamond plated rail protectors
    Cruise, tilt, CD player w/changer controls

    Got the truck for invoice in the end. ($22,600). I had about $1200 rollover from my other truck, but I got the rebate, plus an extra $700 for my tradein and a 5yr/75000 bumper-to-bumper warranty.
  • Had to order it today, since there were no 1500's with the old 5.9ltr to be had in the configuration I wanted.

    03 Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4
    Atlantic Blue Pearlcoat
    5-45RFE Five-Speed Automatic Transmission
    Hemi(R) Magnum(R) 5.7L, V8 SMPI Engine
    3.92 Axle Ratio
    20" x 9" Chrome-Clad Aluminum Wheels
    Four-Wheel Disc Antilock Brakes
    Folding Flat Load Floor Storage
    Anti-Spin Differential Axle
    Remote Keyless Entry
    Fog Lamps
    Power Trailer Tow Folding Mirrors
    Sport Appearance Group
    Trailer Tow Group

    Dealer invoice $30,770, MSRP $34,533
    Got it for $30k + Tax + Paperwork
  • bweavebweave Posts: 16
    Yogi, what is the delivery date for your truck?

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