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Dodge Ram Quad Cab



  • toyotas1toyotas1 Posts: 134
    Who's right? C&D do the comparo this month, and they give the New Ram a pretty decisive win, even with an overtaxed base engine, and they couldn't give it a 9 or 10 in ANY category, even styling (the said Ford was the sexiest!).......Motor Trend test them last month, and the call the Ram the bottom feeder, but give it points for sex appeal and handling. Who's your Daddy? I tend to side with MT on this one, only because with the current engines it CAN'T be the best in class...... but I think it's HOT! I want one, and I don't even like pick-up trucks! And, by the way, the Tundra won that C&D comparo on points......
  • pushplaypushplay Posts: 52
    Drive a new Ram and I think you may disagree a little with MT, but when the new hemi comes out their diffently won't be any question. I have a new Ram Quad with the 4.7 and love it. I had a 00 Chevy z71 with the 5.3 before this truck it may have had a little more ump, but when weighing in the engineering, quality, and craftsmanship the Ram is miles ahead. Just my opinion.
  • Dodge does offer the limited slip package with a 3:55 rear end, I have this setup. As for the differrence in ratios I like the 3:55 for my truck but I have not put my boat behind the truck yet. I get 15 MPG +/- a half a gallon with just over 2000 miles on my truck. If you decide to get the 3:90 rear end and find your gas mileage is not great you could always put some 35" tires on the truck. This would change the ratio to a happy median of roughly a 3:70 +/- rear end. Good luck

    02 Ram 1500, 4.7 liter, 4x4, automatic, 3:55 rear end
  • brando69brando69 Posts: 47
    I received a price from a dealer in the Los Angeles area for a 2002 Ram 1500 Quad Cab for $23792 plus tax and license. The pickup is equipped with the following.
    Dodge 1500 Quad Cab 4x2 140" WB $19851
    M9DV: SEAT-PREM CLOTH 40/20/40 BENCH $444
    EVA: 4.7 MAGNUM V8 $No charge
    LNJ: FOG LAMPS $123

    Customer Discount: $-484

    MSRP: $27,484
    INVOICE: $24,961

    The alleged killer deal is $23,761($1200)under invoice because of the $1500 rebate. Is this a good deal for my area. I have seen another post from a guy that bought in Texas and that deal looked too good to be true. Tempted to go to Texas.

    I would appreciate your comments.
  • indydriverindydriver Posts: 620
    Your deal is OK but.....since DC is kicking in $1500, you are essentially paying $300 over invoice i.e., the dealer gets $300 from you and 3% holdback from DC. Any dealer in the country would do this deal. Any dealer in the country will also sell you any new Ram of your choice for invoice less rebate. So, if you want to give them $300 to make your salesman happier......
  • toyotas1toyotas1 Posts: 134
    It's become a crime in this country to pay a profit on a new car or truck? People be nickel-and-dimin'.....
  • brando69brando69 Posts: 47
    Thanks for the advice Indydriver. I have made a list of Dodge dealers in my area and will fax about 20 of them and see which dealer will give me the best price. I will also check the newspaper for those one pickup only specials. I saw two listings last week for the Ram Quad Cab SLT and they were excellent deals.
  • indydriverindydriver Posts: 620
    Good luck with your fax attack but I'd be surprised if you get their "best deal". Afterall, would you give that to a customer you have no relationship with? A fax may not even be a customer, it might be their competitor checking up on their latest pricing practices. Same deal with internet shopping. I have always gotten to 'invoice-less-rebate' with any domestic dealer simply by appearing in their showroom once or twice and acting like a serious buyer (and being prepared to buy when they give you what you want). Do your homework and know what you want. Don't waste a lot of the salesman's time because, after all, you're going to ask for a deal where he gets no commission. When the time is right, tell him, "Look, I know what I want. I'm going to buy one of these, but I'm in no hurry. I'll order from the factory if I don't find just what I want on a dealer's lot. The deal is going to be invoice less rebate. Are you interested in moving a unit on this basis or should I look elsewhere?"

    toyotas.....don't feel sorry for my dealer, he gets it back from me in the service bay.
  • brando69brando69 Posts: 47
    I did the fax attack for my wife's van last year and it worked. We got her van for $300 under invoice. The auto market in the Southern California area is very competitive and the faxes are sent to the fleet department. I should know in a few days if it will work again. I will also call that dealership in Texas and see what kind of deal I can get from them.
  • Let us know how it goes. Did you call Randall Noe yet? One of my favorite things to do is drive through the local dealerships parking lot with the Randall Noe "God Bless America" tag on my truck. Just got an email form someone in California last night. Sounds like a serious buyer. Go to Texas. You will enjoy the return trip.
  • kcowboykcowboy Posts: 33
    I'm thinking about getting a 2002 Ram Quad 2wd, will be trading in my 2001 Tundra 2wd access Cab, no problems with the Tundra I just like the better cab room with the Ram Quad. I talked with Kelly Ann and she offered me a good deal. It seems though the tow package and two-tone paint are hard to come by. The tow package seems to be offered on their in stock 4wd's and the two tone paint has to be ordered in. Not a big deal but those options would be nice. The deal I'm being offered would be hard to pass by. I'm just curious do you think there will be better rebates this summer also does anyone know if they are planning on having the 5.7L as a option on the 2003's.
  • brando69brando69 Posts: 47
    I faxed 20 dealers in the Southern California area and received five responses. The deals ranged from MSRP(the dealer is on dope) to factory invoice.

    I also called Randall Noe and spoke to KellyAnn and she gave me a killer deal on a 2002 Dodge Ram Quad Cab "Lone Star" edition. Pickup is equipped with auto,power windows and locks, AC, Overhead console, Cruise, Tilt, 20" tires/rims, fog lamps, anti-spin rerear endnd AM/FM CD for a total of $21,685(that includes the $1500 rebate)plus T.T.L. I am not sure that is the pickup I want but I saw a similar one here going for $30,000. The deal sounds too good to be true.

    I called the dealer that gave me the factory invoice and he said that deal was so good that he suggested that I fly to Texas and drive the pickup back home.

    I just have to figure out my costs. I checked flights to Dallas from Los Angeles are about $500 one way. The drive back is about 1450 miles( 24 hrs of driving). I think fuel costs will be like $200.

    Anyone from the Los Angeles area thinking of going to Texas to buy a Ram let me know. Maybe we can fly out the same time and drive back. You can e-mail me at
  • lamarjlamarj Posts: 21
    I thought that was someone else who sent me the email...Check with Southwest Airlines. Don't know if they fly out of your area. Fly into Love Field. Someone from the sales team will come pick you up. That is a sweet deal, bro. I would jump all over it. Whatever it takes to get to Truckville, make it happen. You will not regret dealing with the good old boys, and girls, in Texas!
  • lamarjlamarj Posts: 21
    By the way, I know what you are thinking right now. I almost did not go to Texas because I thought it was too good to be true. I took the chance and I am driving my dream truck. Like all good friends, mine were waiting for me to come home empty handed. A friend of my wife told her that her Husband just received his 02 Quad that has been on order since October! Same color as mine, he has leather and a few comfy options. He used a relatives DC discount and still paid over $30 large. Toyota1 joked about we be nickle and Wife was too embarrassed to tell his Wife what I paid.

    You can be sitting in the truck next week. Get into the Mayors Club while the getting is good.
  • stooges3stooges3 Posts: 18
    Does anyone have any info on how long it takes for a newly ordered truck to reach the dealer? I live in the N.Y. area. DC gives me a different story than the dealer. I wonder who's lying. My truck was ordered on 3/15.
  • bc01clsbc01cls Posts: 44
    No nickel and dime-ing at the Dodge dealers. Here in the south they have a large inventory at many locations. I found 6 equipped how I wanted at one dealership, with the 24G package, tow package, posi, fog lights, steel loading floor, deluxe stereo, multi speed auto and V-8. Didn't want the 360--not that much more power for the increase in fuel consumption. The 4.7 accelerates briskly, although I wouldn't turn down a spare twenty. I bought mine at 0%, $214 below invoice and a 7/100k. How can anyone argue over that??!!
  • xyz71xyz71 Posts: 179
    I thought California has different emission requirements? If you buy a Texas truck - will it pass California smog check without modifications? I know a guy that bought a new truck in Kansas, then moved to California -he ended up spending several hundred $$ getting his new truck inspected - dealer was no help. This was 10 years ago, so maybe it is different today.
  • brando69brando69 Posts: 47
    You are correct xyz71. The vehicle must meet California emissions requirements and I am checking with our department of motor vehicles. It appears that 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 should have no problem because it is an ultra low emissions vehicle. I will make sure before I go to Texas.
  • brando69brando69 Posts: 47
    I contacted our department of motor vehicles today. I was told that as long as the new vehicle has an emissions device on it and it passes California's smog test there should be no problem. I know that the 2002 is an ULEV vehicle and it should have no problems passing the smog test in California. I will also call Dodge and see if vehicles sold in California have any special emissions devices installed on them.
  • lamarjlamarj Posts: 21
    Brando69 looks like he is campaigning to be the next Mayor. Doing his homework. He is going to be very happy in Truckville!

    Tell Kelly Ann I said hello.
  • brando69brando69 Posts: 47
    I want that Dodge Ram 1500. I can buy it now if I go to the dealer in my area and can get it for invoice minus $1500. It's a black beauty! I just have to wait and see if I can buy it in Texas and bring it back to the commie state of Kalifornia.
  • brando69brando69 Posts: 47

    Here's a link to an article from California's EPA and the procedures for buying a vehicle out of state. Looks like I won't be going to Texas unless that Dodge Ram is California Certified and will state it on the emissions label. The article was dated in 2000.

  • brando69brando69 Posts: 47
    Please check your emissions label on your Dodge and let me know if it says California certified or legal for sale in California.
  • brando69brando69 Posts: 47
    The fleet manager called me and threw in lifetime oil changes and a dinner coupon if I buy the Ram 1500 this weekend. I'll keep you posted. I am getting weak! :)
  • gaspumpsgaspumps Posts: 1
    I noticed your from California, lifetime oil changes. From where?..and dinner TX or California.
  • brando69brando69 Posts: 47
    The deal is from a 5 star dealer in Southern California.
  • xman1035xman1035 Posts: 52
    I like the new Ram 1500 Quad Cab but I am concerned about safety. I am a police officer and have investigated numerous traffic accidents and safety is the most important thing I look at especially when you have children. I have seen too many kids get hurt in auto accidents.

    I checked the data on the 2001 Dodge Ram and it scored poorly in the 40 mph offset crash test.

    The 2002 Dodge Ram has not been tested in the 40 mph offset crash test but was tested in the 5 MPH bumper crash test and it beat out Ford 150, Chevy/GMC Silverdo/Sierra and the mighty Toyota Tundra in this area.

    I am going to wait and see if the new Dodge 1500 can beat the mighty Toyota Tundra in the 40 MPH offset crash test. I suspect that it should based on its performance in the 5pmh bumper test and improvements in its frame. I'll wait for the new crash data before I will buy this pickup. I may even call the IIHS and see if they have a crash test date for the new Ram.

  • nit1195nit1195 Posts: 9
    Hello Stooges3,

    I ordered my Ram 1500 QC on November 1, 2001, I picked it up from the dealer (Herbee Dodge in West Islip NY) on January 18, 2002. Even though it was longer than the 6 to 8 weeks that the dealer stated, it was well worth the wait. In about 1 to 2 weeks call the dealer and ask him for your VIN number, Once you have that call 1-800-992-1997. That is the number for Daimer customer service.
    I called them every day to see the status of the truck. They can tell you when it is scheduled for production, and then once it is in production, tell you the status. Once it it shipped they will tell you what rail car it is in, and then you can go to the rail car web page and track it to you dealer.
    Good luck with your new truck
  • lamarjlamarj Posts: 21
    Where is the Emissions Label?

    Tell your dealer to give you lifetime dinner coupons and a free oil change.

    Sounds like you are in the drivers seat on this one. Just like it should be. You get to choose between two sweet deals rather than having to make a decision from a limited number of choices handed to you.
  • brando69brando69 Posts: 47
    The emissions label should be on the inside of your truck's hood. It will say vehicle meets EPA emissions standards or something like that and hopefully mention California on it too.

    I went to my local dealer today and missed the fleet sales manager but did test drive the Ram 1500 and was surprised that the 4.7L V8 moved the truck quickly.The truck is very roomy and just looks good.
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