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  1. No sound from radio

    Mine used to do it on a regular basis also, had to turn it off, open the door to shut it down, then restart would typically do it. Sometimes it would take couple minutes to reset.
  2. First thing I picked up on is towing in the mountains, where are you located? Higher elevations work against a NA gas motor. I drive a '13 2500HD 6.0 as a daily driver, it is hard on fuel, but not as hard as I expected, averaging around 12-13mpg depending on how much idling time in traffic. On the highway (empty) is gets 15-16mpg. Towing would be another story, especially if you start pushing the tow weight up towards 10,000#. Really going to come down to your budget.
  3. Just make sure the truck you are looking at has 3.42 gears, not the 3.08's. 3.08's are manageable on the highway but cause too much hunting on rural roads where you are driving in that 45mph range and down.
  4. 5.3 1500 vrs 6.0 2500

    I drive a '13 2500HD 6.0 with 3.73 gears. It's a beast to drive daily. Best fuel mileage I gotten on the highway over distance is 15-16mpg at 65 with the cruise on. Around town it averages about 12 mpg. By comparison, I think the '15 1500 DC 5.3 3.08 gears was quicker (both trucks run same trans ratios), 2500HD 6.0 probably would beat it out of the hole, the 5.3 in the 1500 definitely better top end pull (cubic inches aside, you just can't beat positive effects of compression). Towed a utility trailer with both up to about 2900#, didn't know the trailer was back there on either rig. 2500HD is all about the frame, axles, ratio and cooling system. TOugh decision.
  5. 3.08 NOT 3.42 Rear End Oops

    Mine had 3.08's, only towed over 2500# or so couple times. It's weird, there's a benefit to 3.08's as well as a drawback. Benefit is you can run it in 4th gear which is 1.15 trans ratios effectively running it in 3.55 equivalent which isn't all that much gear on the highway. With 3.42's 4th gear puts you at 3.93 equivalent, 5th gear drops it down to 2.90 which is too low. 8 speed trans has a 1/1 6th gear which is ideal for towing.
  6. Had the Ram couple weeks now, put just shy of 600 miles on it so far. I've always been a GM guy first, Dodge and Ford tied for 2nd or 3rd. The Ram just drives a lot nicer. Ride, trans, power delivery, handling is just better. Don't know about the testing, personally don't care about 0-60 differentials of a couple 10ths. Ride and handling has a lot to do with the 5 link rear suspension, coil springs and factory anti-roll bar. Trans is smooth, shifts are quick without being harsh. Considering the 8HP Trans was developed by a German company it's no surprise it shifts like what you would expect in a German performance sedan. A feature I like is how the gear selector is setup. On the GM you can override the AFM by moving the shift lever to manual and then move the gear selector to either 5th gear or 7th gear respectively to keep the motor out of going into AFM but you are limited to either 5th or 7th gear, once you allow the trans to shift into either 6th or 8th AFM is switched back on. Dodge has gear selection set up so that you leave it in drive and just adjust the gear selector to whatever top gear you want to get to (including 8th gear) and the cylinder deactivate is turned off, click the gear selector once more and it goes back into AFM/MDS. FWIW, I test drove a new F150 with the 2.7L turbo V6 with the 10 speed, it was surprisingly responsive and smooth. Maybe it was the lighter weight in the rear due to the aluminum body, but there was a noticeable bouncy ride typical of a leaf spring suspension and exasperated by reduced weight on the rear end.
  7. Never understood why GM insists on running 275/55-20 but only a smaller 265/65-18 when a 275/65-18 is the same size. Get 275/65-18's.
  8. spud68 (hell of a handle by the way), a lot of the driveability with the Chevy has to do with three things : dialed in torque management from the factory, gear ratios (I'm hoping your's came with the 3.42's?) and the change from AFM to V8. First mod I did to mine was tune out the AFM. Between the torque management , trans hunting and CPM validating the load to get the motor back into V8 mode, it often seemed like an eternity, in reality it may have been a second or two, but was definitely noticeable transitioning just as you described. I do think that can be tuned out. The '13 2500HD I drive has the 6.0 and 6L90 trans (same ratios as the 6L80) with 3.73 gears out back, that combo is great.
  9. Good luck on the back surgery. My father is dealing with that now, has for years, back pain is not pleasant. Question, what does the LT2 add to the package. My '15 DC had buckets and a console which I really miss in the '13 2500HD (company provided, all expenses paid, so can't complain). As I looked around for crew cabs , I couldn't find any that had the console except for LTZ's, guess my LT was an anomaly.
  10. Won't lie, the shift knob takes some getting used to, the turn to drive is ok, that's kinda natural, put your foot on the brake quick flick to the right, done. Drive to reverse simple as it should be takes concentration, throw back to reverse is short, I've already hit park several times doing 3 point turns. But we are creatures of habit. Took me a while to get used to the 1-4 skip shift pattern in TransAm we had, my Chevelle had a reverse pattern manual shift valve body for the T400 (if you don't know what that is, instead of D-R-N-3-2-1, shift pattern changes to D-R-N- 1-2-3). Can't tell you how many times I'd just plain forget and start it out in 3rd gear. Will take some getting used to.
  11. I've got a '13 Silverado 2500HD Ext Cab LT here for a daily driver( yes, that's not a misprint) ready and waiting for any serious hauling/towing duties. Regarding the air bags, not sure why they didn't level out rear when loaded, I've been running AirLift 1000 (red bags) in every coil spring car and truck I've ever owned since the 70's. Probably will install a set in the Ram also.
  12. Notice, there's things I clearly said, I don't like about the Ram.
  13. Just telling you my driving impression. Ram 1500 feels more responsive. And for the record, I am a Chevy performance enthusiast at heart. Read my ID GRN69CHV. I've built and ran big block chevy's well into the 700+HP range (NA) for street use. Done LS swaps. Built and ran 7500+ rpm small blocks. Been there, done that. The Ram feels more responsive, if it didn't I'd be the first one to say so. Maybe it's the way the power curve hits, the Ram's tip-in and mid-throttle is much better than the 5.3/6 speed/3.08 from the '15 LT DC. Overall, the truck feels more nimble just driving around. I read the link you posted, talk about newer vs older architecture, what could be older design than a solid rear axle bolted to leaf springs. For my intended use, it's a better package. Haven't seen GM's '19 platform up close and personal, don't know what new innovations it will bring to the table, but do know I'm not interested in dropping $50K on a new truck to find out.
  14. I've been a Chevy, Ford, Mopar guy my entire life (61 years of it to be precise), so fully understand the plus and minuses of each brand. Wanted a crew cab, wanted something loaded, didn't want to spend over mid 30's. Friday, traded my leased '15 Silverado DC LT with 59,800 miles for a '16 Ram CC Laramie with 9200 miles. Truck was a one owner, bought in Nov 2016 by an older guy that kept it in a garage and drove it casually for one year. Had looked hard at a '16 Silverado High Country (5.3L) with 8,000 miles (wanted $40,000 for this) as well as several GMC SLT's ,Chevy LTZ's (5.3's or 6.2's) as well as a '15 Denali 6.2. 6.2's I looked at were higher mileage 15's. Everything in the price point I wanted to stay at ( $35,000 ) had a lot more miles and the 5.3L. ( and yes I looked into Laura GMC, still more money than I wanted to spend to get a fully loaded vehicle not to mention a 13 hour one way drive). Not that the 5.3L is that bad, but if I was going through the cost and aggravation of changing vehicles, I wanted more power (this is just a weekend cruiser). Overall impression after driving it for past 4 days and putting on about 300 miles in mixed driving. The Dodge wins. Interior space is just better. Even the high country just looked Spartan. Rear seat crew cab to crew cab, Dodge has more room. Dodge had built in under seat storage, storage bins in the floor and fold flat floor, these are all wins. This one came with the Alpine 10 speaker system (about 500 watt system) with sub, hands down one of the best sound systems I've ever heard in a vehicle. Everything about the interior just is nicer. Uconnect was simple to connect to my IPhone and works seamless. Front seats in the Dodge have better bolstering. I'm 6'2, 240# and very muscular, bolstering may or may not be for everyone, I like it. As for driving, Ram feels better. Ride is similar to the '05 Avalanche I had or a Suburban, attribute that to the rear coil springs instead of the rear leafs, also helps that the truck rolls on factory 33" tall tires (275/60-20). Handling is nimble, steering feel in the Dodge is lighter, I'm on the fence with this, I like it, but kinda like the slightly stiffer GM steering input, going to take some getting used to. Power/throttle response, no comparison. This truck has the base 3.21 ratios so a good comparison vs the GM 6.2L with the 3.23 (both trucks had 8 speed trans with similar ratios). Both would spank the 5.3L, 6 speed, 3.08 combo that I had in the '15 LT. I think Dodge has less torque management dialed in, throttle response is muscle car like. I also like that the Dodge doesn't have excess rake built it. Both trucks are quiet when sealed up, the Dodge has just enough V8 sound to know there's 400HP (395 actually) under the hood and you can hear it with the windows down. What don't I like / going to have to get used to. Already mentioned the lighter steering input. Non-dampened tailgate, didn't haul much in the '15 Silverado but will miss that feature. Doors feel lighter in the Dodge, could be the sheet metal is just a little lighter, Chevy did feel like the doors shut with a thud. We'll see how it holds up.
  15. Mine was consistently going non-functional. It either wouldn't connect to my IPhone or wouldn't have any sound. Had this issue with my '15 Silverado and the '12 Cadillac SRX that I had prior.

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