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I kind of agree with all the plastic in the ford interior. I know all trucks have probably just as much plastic but it seems to stand out in the ford. I have an 18 F350 Limited 350SRW and compared to the Ram Limited, mine feels so cheap. I think it’s because Ford put in way too many different colour and material combination. There’s fake looking wood, little chrome accents, cross hatched metalish/plastic , black plastic etc. It seems like the designer had a list of what looks were in higher end luxury cars and had to check all those boxes. The limited ram interior feels very classy and like the smallest detail wasn’t overlooked. That’s personal preference. I don’t think the Denali is even in the same market as interior design goes. Hell, my buddies 2500 Denali has plastic plugs in his dash covering holes for missing option. They didn’t even try to cover up the fact that an option was missing. Just plug the hole boys.
When I bought my 2012 Ram 2500 6.7, on the test drive, it felt really slow compared to the competition. I was planning on deleting before I even took delivery so I knew that wasn’t going to be a problem. It wasn’t, that truck was extremely powerful after I deleted it. Best sounding truck I have ever heard and none of it was from the exhaust system. Bullet proof, especially after my first tranny failed at 240,000km and I put a monster rebuilt one in. lol. Ford had problem with the gearing between 3-4 gears. That was what the tranny guy said.
For my needs:
GMs: Too low to the ground, filling def under hood is stupid, def tank hangs down too low, low towing ratings, have to lift them 6” for 35s and you will still have to cut some of those square wheel wells out. Very basic interiors and lack of storage. Technology is lacking. But hell, can’t beat that ride.
Dodge: known ball joint problem (non grease-able so throw in a set of moogs), they are also too low for my needs - level and 2” block in the back is a must, technology has caught up to the fords in the 19s. Feels slow-needs a tune for sure. Command start cold operation is a joke - trucks don’t warm up unless you run outside and set the high idle with the cruise control buttons, AC in summer to stay cool requires the automatic high idle to kick in.
Ford: great factory height - didn’t need lift or bigger tires, class leading tech (for 18s and previous), electrical gremlins, cheap parts (tee fittings on coolant lines, cheapest 400W inverter know to man, nothing just feels solid, no dielectric grease in exterior non waterproof wire harnesses)
(I normally lift because I need the ground clearance. Bigger tires are the only way to get ground clearance)
The reason I went Ford is because I was sick of lifting, after market rims and the damn Ram AC and Heat issues listed above. Ford had the most technology and I really enjoy the glass roof. Never open it like a sunroof but it makes it feel so open in the cab. I’m in the truck about 8hrs per day while working. Ford for me had more to offer than the competition. I wanted a high end trim level because I don’t care about the outside and what other people see. I care about how comfortable I am inside the truck on my 1600km trip to my work location. When I get to work, that’s where the 4x4 comes into play daily.
To sum it up, buy whatever fits your lifestyle. You want an HD truck to get groceries, pull a small TT, or be able to park really close to the front doors in any parking lot, and not get shaken baby syndrome driving down rundown roads, get a GM. Nobodies judging.
You want a decent truck that will give you subpar times on a racetrack but has the best engine on the market and the best thought out interior, get the Ram. Jeez, you even get to put the Id rather be cummin than stroking decal on your back window.
You want a truck that will do everything for you but wipe your arse, get the ford. You will have to suffer through weird electrical issues which make you scratch your head and you’ll have to do simple fixes on plastic parts on your weekend. No big deal. We all like tinkering.
All these trucks go after a certain demographic. With my experience with all these brands, my next truck will be.............. whatever truck suits my needs the best when I buy one in 4yrs. (Will have Limited slip rear end for sure)
To the diehard brand loyal people, I neither have the time or the crayons to explain why brand loyal people are suckers. Lol