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Well, after ten days with my Ram, here's my opinion of both trucks.

Things I liked about the Silverado:

1. smooth engine, even accelleration, power at low RPM

2. good trans

3. good mileage with the 5.3 (22 combined)

Things I like about the Ram:

1. superior quality interior

2. very smooth ride even with the factory 22" wheels

3. did I mention the smooth ride

4. what a smooth ride

5. port injection so I don't have to think about how much carbon is accumulating on the valves like the direct injection Chevy

6. superior electronics

7. much bigger bang for the buck options and standard equipment wise

also don't forget that in 3 years it will start rusting away on you...a 3-5 yr old dodge looks like a 10-15 yr old chevy/gmc.... just saying

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That's great so you are off to the Fiat forum then... Thanks for the update

Yep, I'm off. With no squeeks, no rattles, I can actually read the displays on my dash and Chrysler actually had their suppliers put all the resistors in so all my A/C & radio lights work too. Bye.

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also don't forget that in 3 years it will start rusting away on you...a 3-5 yr old dodge looks like a 10-15 yr old chevy/gmc.... just saying

Unlikely. I live in Souther AZ. We don't have rust. But it is nice not to have a 2014 truck that sounds like a 1954 truck when I make turns.

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Unlikely. I live in Souther AZ. We don't have rust. But it is nice not to have a 2014 truck that sounds like a 1954 truck when I make turns.

Sir, this is a GM site and you have a Fiat truck now... I'm sorry that you had problems with your GM but we need to stay on topic here. Hope the Ram treats you well. Oh BTW, people are here to try and help each other and I do believe you're just trolling now... If you would like to help out and offer suggestions, you're more than welcome. Please don't come in here just to brag about your Ram. Like another said, there is a Ram forum for that.. Edited by 20Bowtie14

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Hopefully those RAM's don't spring a manifold leak (20,000 miles) and their plastic play-school key's don't get stuck in the ignition like my co-workers did! His is a 2013 5.7.

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Calm down the man is sharing his experience with us. I may even decide to trade for a Ram. Guess what though? I'll still remain a moderator here because it's a great site. Has been a lot of help with my 02 since I've been a member and I'll continue to frequent the site.

 

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New Chevy owner (2015 Chevy LT Crew, 5.3L V8) - just picked up truck from dealer yesterday. Test ride went ok, didn't notice any vibration. Felt a bit of a vibration at 35-40mph, thought maybe its the wheel balance.. then I find this thread. Oh boy.. I thought I was moving away from Ford to a more reliable design that's been proven. Did not expect this.

 

I've read a bit of the thread (but not all 356 pages!!)

 

Is there a summary of what to do? I've seen tires, driveshaft balance, pinion angle, tie rods, rear end.. etc listed as being root cause but is there a summary of what the fixes are? Does it depend on the truck?

 

The vibration is not that bad and I can feather the gas to help it. It actually drives great at highway speeds. Love the truck otherwise. A question for the community: should I live with a slight vibration or do I bring back to the dealer to fix? Will they make it worse? Should I wait until GM figures it out?

 

If I do have a problem down the road, I want to make sure that I've documented the fact that I'm having the same issue. That's one argument for taking it to the dealer.

Your problem sounds like a bad rear end. Specifically the ring pinion gears backlash out of spec. The gap is too big on many rear axles, which generates a shake/rumble at speeds below 50mph...especially noticeable when you are decelerating. Take it to dealer, they will measure backlash, and order you a new rear axle assembly.

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I'm going to post a new question, anyone have issues with their transmission? My uncle bought a new LTZ Crew 4x4 with the 5.3 and he is saying that his is very "clunky" and it will randomly jerk when in a gear change, predominantly at highway speeds. I'm unaware of any trans. issues like that, he said it basically jerks the entire truck and throws him forward.

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I'm going to post a new question, anyone have issues with their transmission? My uncle bought a new LTZ Crew 4x4 with the 5.3 and he is saying that his is very "clunky" and it will randomly jerk when in a gear change, predominantly at highway speeds. I'm unaware of any trans. issues like that, he said it basically jerks the entire truck and throws him forward.

Yup, happens to me all the time. According to my dealer, it's "normal operation" for these 6 speeds cause they're "funky". Yeah, that gives me a lot of confidence GM. I love my 02 silverado but these k2 trucks... I'm really losing hope in mine

 

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lots of people have clunky transmission issues, a quick search will give you lots of results. For some of us clamping rear springs and or tightening the rear u-bolts has helped.

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so with about 2 seconds of looking I found this....

 

"So after reading several posts between a few different sights it seems that the problem I have is caused by the rear mount on the transfer/transmission case. Good news, right? wrong I explained everything, crawled under the truck and showed the movement with in the driveline and explained that several people have replaced the mount with the Ford Raptor mount which is much beefier and doesn't allow the vibration under torque. However, Ford explained to me that it makes perfect since however since the trucks are so new (even though its essentially the same driveline as previous years) Ford haven't released a TSB for this fix?? So after the 5th visit to Ford and 2.5 days of "diagnostics", (simply new tire and road force balance) they concluded that 1 more of the 4 brand new tires that were already replaced were bad and they couldn't explain it. So I asked them did you check the suspension? Nope. Check the rotors for possibly being warped? Nope. Check the driveshaft to make sure it's balanced? Nope....soooo....2.5 days and 1 tire on the 5th visit!......Unbelievable customer service! To top it off surprise surprise the shudder/vibration is still there!"

 

now there hasn't been as large of an out pooring in the ford space yet... but starting to sound alot like the GM problems... I don't know what wheels/tires etc... but don't run to fast... it is possible that GM will figure this out which they did for me (rearend and tires)... and Ford seems to have some quick answers but so did GM at first... maybe they are all using the same outsourced vendors??? makes you wonder....

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Unlikely. I live in Souther AZ. We don't have rust. But it is nice not to have a 2014 truck that sounds like a 1954 truck when I make turns.

I think you hit a hot button this whole thread is starting to vibrate ;)

 

 

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haha yea, If only I could just jump any and all speeds with a vibration.... wait they all do, I'm fully regretting this truck right now and wish I just got the Ram

I know the feeling and I'm so sorry your going through what I did and many others are now . There is answer though it's never to late to get a Ram . One of my best decisions I've ever made .

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I'm going to post a new question, anyone have issues with their transmission? My uncle bought a new LTZ Crew 4x4 with the 5.3 and he is saying that his is very "clunky" and it will randomly jerk when in a gear change, predominantly at highway speeds. I'm unaware of any trans. issues like that, he said it basically jerks the entire truck and throws him forward.

Mine had that too !

 

Also it would increase 300 to 400 RPM's before it would upshift, again " Normal Opperation " deemed by GM

the excessive noise from the injectors and of course the vibration where they spent over two months and over

1,000 miles and never did figure it out.

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Mine had that too !

 

Also it would increase 300 to 400 RPM's before it would upshift, again " Normal Opperation " deemed by GM

the excessive noise from the injectors and of course the vibration where they spent over two months and over

1,000 miles and never did figure it out.

It's really sad to see this happening

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