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#72 of 856 'Laramie' designation
Jul 29, 2001 (8:05 pm)
A local dealership advertised last week a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Quadcab 4X2 SLT 'Laramie' with V8, speed control, power windows and locks, AM-FM Cassette for $17,998. I assumed this to be without AC and on a five speed manual transmission since the ad did not state otherwise and those two options usually cost money rather than discount a vehicle.
I used the dealership's website to submit an inquiry via an online form. Asked to be contacted by email or phone regarding what specifically was optioned in the inventoried vehicles for this price, and asked about the Laramie designation.
Well, the dealership is about 25 miles away and its been 3-4 days (honestly can't remember since it was a webpage form submission instead plain email) and no response. I also stated I was interested in buying within the next two weeks, but it appears they are not interested in me, my communicae, or something else (laziness?).
I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the 'Laramie' designation and what it actually entitles in way of options. Also, for a 1500 QC 4X2 SLT Laramie, does $18K seems reasonable for the SE market (Atlanta) with current incentives?
I know some will say this should be posted under the Smart Shopper board, which I've done, but I thought I could get some feedback on the 'Laramie' designation thing from current owners of this pickup.
Jul 30, 2001 (1:40 am)
I am not to sure what the "laramie" means anymore it used to be the upscale trim level on dodge trucks but now it is just the name I believe like silverado for the chevy or lariat for the ford. The slt package includes air conditioning but I am not to sure on the transmission, with all the incentives out there it could be a loaded truck the manufactures are loosing sales and they are trying to sell vehicles I bought a 01 ram 1500 last october it is an SLT 4x4 quad cab and I paid 24k for it.
Jul 30, 2001 (4:00 am)
I do believe the "Laramie" and "SLT" designation go hand-in-hand. You can't get one without the other. If you use the Edmunds web site to price out a vehicle, and I recommend you do before you buy, the Laramit SLT package will be the "G" package. Good luck.
#75 of 856 Ram Transmission Problem
Aug 13, 2001 (5:11 am)
I have a 2000 Ram 1500 with the 5.9 liter engine and auto trans . At 14,000 miles if I let the truck sit for over two days it would take about 4 or 5 seconds for it to engage in drive from park . The dealer replaced the converter and the front pump . Worked fine for 3,000 miles , now it does the same thing -- only worse . Now the dealer is saying that a dodge service bulletin indicates that it is ok for it to take up to 6 or 8 seconds for the trans to engage after it stands for a few days . That seems crazy .. and it didn't happen until 14,00 miles were on the truck . Dodge transmissions are junk !!!!!!!! What is the best truck to buy .... other than a Dodge ?
Aug 14, 2001 (2:57 pm)
What kind of mileage should I be getting with my
2000 1500 Quad-cab with a 5.9 and a 3.55 gear?
I'm getting 10 & 11 mpg now with a lot of pinging.
Aug 15, 2001 (12:04 am)
Need to take yor truck to the dealer, I have a 2001 and my dad has a 2000 both with the 5.9 and 3.55 rear end we both get 12-14 city and 17-18 highway and no ping.
Aug 16, 2001 (12:34 pm)
Thanx lariat 1, is yours a 4-wheel drive and have you ever heard of the pinging problem? I heard the dealer could reload the computer in it and all
would be well. I'm using PLUS grade of gas and it helps the ping but it's just not right.
Aug 16, 2001 (12:43 pm)
Yes both trucks are 4x4. The only gripe I have about the truck is the rough idle and the window trim on the drivers side keeps tucking under the door. I have had my truck since last Oct and my dad bought his in Dec 1999. We have not had a problem yet with either one. I do have some advise for you about the transmission though. I always turn off the OD when I am below 50 mph that way I know that the fluid is moving good in the transmission, I learned the hard way to do this with my 98 thast had the Cummins 24v in it.
I tow a 5000# boat with mine and never heard a ping, the only noise is the familiar whine of the 5.9 when I stomp the gas for a smoke show. Also all I burn in it is 87 octane gas with no additives.
Aug 17, 2001 (10:51 am)
I do the same thing with the over drive deal. I too learned the hard way with a Chevy, in fact I limit the Dodge to 45 mph before I let it have the overdrive. I'm taking it to the dealer asap
for the pinging. I just read it again about upgrading the computer on the truck.They said it only takes about 30 minutes. I have warranty time left on it, so I better get in gear.
#81 of 856 4x4 or not
Aug 22, 2001 (1:45 pm)
Hello truck owners. I am considering buying 2001 Ram Quad Cab, which would be my first truck. I wanted to know how well the rear drive versions run in the snow. i live in Michigan and while we don't get a lot of the foot or more snowfalls, we get plenty of the 4 and 5 inchers. I looked at a 4x4, but since I know I won't be going off road I wanted some feedback on whether it made a differnce in the snow. I have also heard that placing some sand bags or other heavy items in the bed will give you traction in foul weather. thanks for your input.