2013 RAM 1500… Truck of the Year as Expected

Discussion in 'In the News' started by xcel, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    I just got back from the RAV4 short lead in Phoenix. After checking yesterday afternoon's e-mail, I was informed of a much shorter time frame with the 2013 RAM 1500 (noon today to Monday morning) with Friday the only day of good weather before the Press Fleet Company wants to retrieve it :(

    If we can keep it until late Monday afternoon, I can hopefully complete the calibration drive(s) on Friday and the steady states all day on Monday. If they pick it up on Monday morning, I asked that they reschedule it when I can have it for a full week as I will not be able to finish up with one good day of weather over the next three.

    I am not sure what the heck is going on with this RAM truck? I was preliminarily scheduled to receive it for a week two months ago but it did not arrive into the Chicago press fleet in time. By the time it did arrive, I was already knee deep into three short leads far away from home. It was scheduled to be with us from the 13th (today) - 20th and I was informed late yesterday afternoon that it would have to be cut back to just 3 full days. That is not enough time.

    I did request for a reschedule between Christmas and the 10th of January. From the 11th until the Chicago Auto Show in Mid February, I have (3) different reviews (one of them the 2013 C-MAX :)) to complete in Southern California, the Detroit Auto Show in Mid January (I will probably miss it this year), the 2014 Mazda6 short lead in Texas and some contract work for the Chicago Auto Show in mid February.

    This sucks.

    Wayne
     

  2. Say it ain't so! I'd be happy to go for some live, on the scene coverage. :D
     
  3. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    Wayne
    Any reason to think that the Dodge folks think the Ram isn't ready?
    Some late problem problems cropping up?
    Or just lotta interest in their testing fleet-so had to restrict time?
     
  4. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    I would expect the later. The Penstar and transmission have already been available in other models and have showed no issues.
     
  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi James:

    I will set you up for Detroit if you want to go! The only dates I can get for the C-MAX drive is right during that period and only in Southern California.

    Charlie, 5-minutes after I typed the above reply out, I received a note from Chrysler's Chicago area rep with the following:
    I also received an e-mail from the press fleet handlers that they will pick it up on early Tuesday morning so I will have Monday to complete the steady state testing… Damn I hope the weather holds out.

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2012
  6. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    Dont lets us down Wayne!..stock up on coffee and mountain dew
     
  7. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    Ahhhh-so too much demand for it.
    Makes sense- 25mpg 1/2 pickup 300 hp-no motor trickery no turbo-so reasonable price.
    Freakin Grand Slam-

    "Yahooooo Mountain Dew- it will tickle your innards"
    Anyone remember that jingle for 40 years back?
    I loved Mountain Dew when I was a kid-really sweet and citrusee-caffeine didn't hurt either!

    Oh- if it comes to it-we'll accept a light snow 60 mph-??
    Can you safely drive that fast in snow-just curious-NOLA- not a problem

    Wayne-not too add too much pressure-We are waiting-impatiently-just kidding!
     
  8. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    bring the Pup and have her give you a good nip if you start to wander off :)
     
  9. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Charlie and Herm:

    You two are hilarious :D

    Currently the sun just dropped below the horizon and while temps are ok (still above 40 degrees F), the winds are still out of the SW at 12 mph. Tonight they will die off to almost nothing as temps drop to below freezing. Tomorrow between 11:00 AM and 02:00 PM, the hourly is showing a wind speed of between 3 and 5 mph and temps between 41 and 43 degrees. Once I have the top off fills on both ends of the calibration loop completed, I will have an aFCD and odometer offset. With that and the temperature, I can get that 60 mph steady state done first so at least we will have a baseline.

    The 2013 RAM 1500 is "BIG" compared to most vehicles I have driven in the past few months. With its std. 17 in alloys, it looks pretty hot too... For a truck that is :)

    Wayne
     
  10. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    That was one of the "Big" things we missed when we moved from an '04 Ram 2500 to the Elantra. I had the front bench seat that would allow Mama to lay down on road trips. As long as I kept it under 60 I could achieve a whole 19 MPGs. The Dodge always reminded me I was in a truck. I might be a bit odd, but I preferred that compared to the more car like Chevys and Fords.
     
  11. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I have , but it was a melting , slushy snow. Not really recommended though.
     
  12. 2RR2NV

    2RR2NV Ultimate Newbie

    same here. i really miss my first 03. loved that truck. sure MPGs were terrible, but i'm a truck guy at heart.
    if we can ever wing it, we'll have another. Since i traded my truck to get her a safer vehicle to haul kids for wedding gift, she feels that i deserve a truck down the road. man i love her.

    Can't wait to hear the results.
     
  13. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    I would love another one but just can't warrant the fuel useage and added maintenance. That and my wonderful bride lets me play with my bikes anytime I want. I can always use more motorcycle gear!

    We did just switch out the Elantra we had with an Equinox. That made a big difference in comfort, especially the noise level.
     

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