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2011 Ram 1500 Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: A beast of burden yet a comfortable family hauler, the Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 is ready to work. by ggariepy

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Update: it's 2022 and now year nine of my ownership. The truck now has 96,000 miles. It is still every bit the truck I described below and it has grown in my esteem. There are more dents now and the finish is coming off the Mopar tube side steps, but thanks to an aggressive and regular practice of washing the vehicle after use in the wintertime, it's still rust free. It runs and drives as well as the day I got it. This is the best vehicle I have ever owned. The only negative to report is the presence of the "Hemi tick", but so far it hasn't impacted the driveability of the truck. Original review:
The reviewed vehicle is a 2011 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman edition, equipped with the part-time 4x4 drivetrain and the 5.7L Hemi. Wearing 17" wheels, it's capable of trailering 10,000 pound loads. Attractively styled, the Outdoorsman package features two-tone paint, skid plates for the engine and transfer case, and aggressive all-terrain tires. Mine has the factory-applied sprayed-on bed liner. Rounding out the exterior accoutrements are dealer-installed Mopar running boards, which I consider a necessary accessory for a vehicle of this height.

Along with all standard accessories, my truck is further equipped with the front bucket seat/console option, the premium "EVIC" gauge package, 115V inverter and a CD/AM/FM/Sirius receiver that is also capable of being upgraded with a Bluetooth transceiver.

My vehicle is used as a truck is intended: frequent hauling of bulky items, fairly regular trailering, and around-town trips. I've accumulated some dents and scratches along the way that are just part of a working truck's life.

Reviewed: 2011 Ram 1500

4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed 390-horsepower 5.7L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

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