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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Closure

June 22, 2010

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After my trip up to Truckee, I was able to squeeze one last use out of the Ram. It was time to put an end to that damn storage that's been a pain in my side for the last few months. Three pieces of furniture were all that remained in the once packed 10'x15' space. In two trips we closed the account and I gave up my garage for the foreseeable future.

It was suggested by a few readers comments that I'm not an enthusiast if I prefer the Ram over the GT-R and that I only like the Ram because I had something to move. Am I going to deny that I used the Ram to do a lot of dirty work? Obviously no. It has been immensely helpful to me in the last year. But in all honesty, I loved driving this thing empty. It came with the added bonus of being able to haul my stuff around.

Don't get me wrong, I like the GT-R. It was a blast to drive, but I prefer trucks. I don't think that makes me less of an enthusiast. Just makes me a truck guy. Why don't I buy it? Believe me, if I could buy this thing, I would. It just aint' gonna fit into my life at this moment with a mortgage, an engagement ring and car payments. I've only so much money to go around, but it does make me look to about two years down the road when I can plunk money down on a truck of my own. A year in the Ram has really shown me that I should have bought a used pick-up as I had planned instead of my Mazda 3. The deal I got on the 3 was so smoking good at the time that I went for it.

In the mean time, I'll definitely be looking forward to the next truck that comes into the office. And yes canadaphant, I think the Ram might miss me. (That comment made me laugh for half the afternoon).

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer @ 33,287 miles

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2009 Dodge Ram & Mini E: Our Favorite Caption

June 18, 2010

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Thanks to anonimo for this week's favorite caption.

Here are the others that had us ROTFLing:

Trust me, it works better than "The Club"! (ergsum)
Mini E shown with the new range-extending option and potential future fuel supply (9krpm)
Here you go Rex, you'll get a charge out of this bite sized snack (technetium99)
T-Rex arms and the Mini-E; both have limited range of reach (ergsum)
Objects that appear in mirror are ABOUT TO EAT YOU OM NOM NOM (sherief)
Every picture tells a story, this one is Al-E-Gorical (ergsum)
Road Ptrip (sherief)
Honey, I meant for you to pick up Trex, not T-Rex! (miraa)
I hear this will offset my carbon footprint (punkr0cksux)
Dyno tested. Dino approved. (benya_p)
Dan creates a Mini Dino RAMa (ergsum)
Towannisaurus Rex (thegraduate)

And, in the musical category, to the theme of Ghostbusters:
When your Mini-E
Runs out of Juice
Who you gonna call!
Tow-Truckers (punkr0cksux)

What was your favorite?

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing, with font assistance by James Riswick

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2009 Dodge Ram and Mini E: A Towing Twofer

June 15, 2010

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For the first time, Ihad two at once last night. My initials appeared next to two vehicles on the sign out sheet, and now my driveway is filled with2009 Dodge Ram 1500, towing a rented U-haul trailer, which iscarryingthe 2009 Mini E.

The idea was to get the Mini E to the test track with a full charge, because thetime has come to conduct its wrap-up test. The Dodge's days are numbered, too. Using one to tow the other is a classic case of killing two birds with one stone.

If we have enough time, we may use this pair for another special test we've wanted to do for a long time. Stay tuned.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 31,520 miles and 7,455 miles

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2009 Dodge Ram: Ram Box is Cooler

June 14, 2010

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It took me a full year, but I finally figured out a practical use for the Ram's Ram Box. Yes, we had a good party. By the way, that's nine bags of ice. Please don't drink and drive.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: The Big Three-O

June 01, 2010

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Our long-term Ram hit 30,000 miles over the holiday weekend on highway 68 just east of Carmel California. Follow along later this week for more on this little adventure.

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor @ 30,5XX miles

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2009 Dodge Ram: When a Big Truck Isn't Cool

May 27, 2010

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Kelly Toepke, Trapped News Editor @ 29,497 miles

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2009 Dodge Ram: Puddles Are Meant To Be Driven Through

April 23, 2010

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It rained yesterday. There were some big mud puddles. Since I was driving the Ram, it seemed necessary to splash around a little. Trucks look better with dirt on them.

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: How Many Rams?

April 05, 2010

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Here's a Dodge Ram trivia question for you. How many rams appear on the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500? This one is on the tailgate. But there are others.

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Yeah, I'm Dead!

December 29, 2009

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The Ram seems even more portly when driving around densely populated areas. I'm especially nervous when driving in parking lots/garages.

Here in Santa Monica, they have large parking garages for the shoppers. I was pulling out of one garage to the street, but it's the kind of garage where you can't see the pedestrians on the sidewalks. I approached with great caution, looking into the convex mirrors for signs of people outside.

Just as I got my nose out onto the sidewalk a group of young guys walks right out in front of me. I nearly crush one guy and his saucer wide eyes reflect his similarly felt sentiments. He looks up at me, I can read his lips as he says: "Nice truck, dude." He gives me an enthusiastic thumbs up, then walks off down the street.

I wish I could be so enthusiastic after a near death experience.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer @ 16,194 miles

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2009 Dodge Ram: Our Favorite Caption

December 11, 2009

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Thanks to ergsum once again for this week's favorite caption.

Here are the other jokers:

Let me fix this. How is anyone supposed to take you seriously? (lowmilelude)
Batgirl trades in her Utility Belt for a RamBox. (ergsum)
"So you have room for a grappling gun on that thing, but not a hairpin?" (lowmilelude)
Action shot: IL staffer handles a sharp hairpin! (ergsum)
Zlott! Biff! Zowee! Ram! (ergsum)
Bailout Girl and Greenback Lady saves the Ram! (And taxpayers weep) (e90_m3)
Holy girls in tights, Ramman! (ergsum)
I live. I ride. I am. Batman. (robert4380)
"Insert funny comment from ergsum here". (vt8919)
"We'll blend in perfectly at the upcoming White House dinner! They won't suspect a thing!" (vt8919)

What was your favorite?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Dodge Ram: You Write the Caption

December 11, 2009

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Deputy Managing Editor Caroline Pardilla took this photo at the 24 Hours of LeMons.

We suggest: Same Ram Time, Same Ram Channel

What's your caption?

We'll post our favorite this afternoon.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 (Dodge) Ram 1500

December 03, 2009

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With the recent news that the "Dodge" branding would soon be disappearing (becoming simply "Ram"), I took a census of exactly how many alterations would be forthcoming for the 2010-model year. It turns out, not too many. Also, I noticed that our Ram has "Sync." I thought that was a Ford thing. Jump with me...

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Open Thread

December 01, 2009

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What do you want to know about the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500?

Have you driven one or been a passenger in one? Have you seen any on the road? Where they covered in chrome like ours?

Write your questions and reviews in the comments section. And let us know if there are any details you want us to photographorvideo?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Chromey Goodness

November 29, 2009

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Is chromey a word? Well, that's how I like to describe our Dodge Ram truck.

It's covered in chrome details: grille, wheels, interior trim.

Besides being bedazzled, it also does duty as a real honest-to-goodness pickup. We've towed, we've hauled (stuff and arse), we've bumped into things, we've been bumped.

Yup, it's car of the week.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Dodge Ram: Our Favorite Caption

November 20, 2009

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Thanks to vwthing1 for this week's favorite caption.

Here are the others that made us roar:

Damn, Ford Raptors! (ergsum)
I don't trust these valets at Jurassic Parking. (ergsum)
So this is what it's like to be a standalone brand. (lowmilelude)
My name is Ram, and I could really use some help please. (lowmilelude)
I think I just oiled myself! (ergsum)
Do you think they saurus? (aleclance)
Hemisaurus-rex (ddoouugg)
La Brea Mopar Pits (ddoouugg)
Watch out, they can smell red ink! (ergsum)
Damn, they over grilled my meal again! (ergsum)
Hey, they left the keys! Lets take it! (ergsum)
I'll pass. I'll grab a Prius later. The doc says I need to eat more greens. (ergsum)
Ram Box Lunch (ergsum)
Gone in 60 seconds with one foot of rollout (like on a drag strip) (subaru123)
Obama Administration Thugs Corner Edmund's Staffer Over Clunkers Flap (rick8365)

What was your favorite?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: You Write the Caption

November 20, 2009

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Vehicle Testing Director Dan Edmunds took this picture of our Dodge Ram in a minor predicament.

We suggest: Spy Shots: Ram Caught Dino Testing

What is your caption?

We'll post our favorite this afternoon.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup: A Trip to Remember

November 16, 2009

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A handful of friends got together this past weekend to remember Howard Rayon, a good friend who lost his battle with cancer a couple of weeks ago.

Howard was an amazing guy who could not sit still: he was a firefighter who rose to the level of Deputy Chief of the Santee, California fire department, a lawyer who practiced labor law, he sat on the board of his local credit union, he was part of an arson investigationstrike force andhe played a key role on atravelling management team that coordinated the response to large-scale brush fires and other disasters all over the country.

I knew him as an SCCA member whoraced a Formula Veeand worked as a volunteer course marshall at small club events and large professional races alike.That eventually grew into a 9-year stintas atravelling member of the CART/Champ Car/Indy Car safety team, the on-track rescue squad that helped get driverswith names you'd recognize safely out of their wrecked racecars at tracks around the globe.

Borrego Springs was one ofthe quiet places he liked to visit on those rare occasions when heallowed himself somedowntime, so atight-knit groupof his racing friends piled into off-road vehicles and headed for a remote overlook in the Borrego Badlands to watch the sun set and tell Howard stories.

Five of us climbed into the 2009 Dodge Ram truck for the trip. Everyone had plenty of spacein the new Crew Cab andthe RamBox storage compartments proved a handy place to keep the coats and jackets we'd need after sunset dust free. Out back, the RamBox's bed divider kept the all-important cooler and folding chairs from slamming about on the dusty track.

The route wasn't particularly challenging, but the coil spring rear suspension proved its worth once more by providing an admirable combination of good ride and good articulation over the bumps and dips. My passengers did grumble about the lack of roof-mounted grab handles a time or two as we lurched along the rougher sections, however.

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Badger

September 30, 2009

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Without these seven badges, all located in plain sight from the driver's seat, I would have had no idea I was driving a Dodge Ram. Don't forget the one on the driver's seat too.

Incidentally, the Mechanic is rumored to have had the Ram's head logo branded into his back after he got into our Ram without his shirt on, again, after it had been parked out in the sun all day.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 7,950 miles

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Things That Make You Go Hmmm

September 23, 2009

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These are the keys to our 2009 Dodge Ram. What's wrong with this picture?

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Ridin' High

September 11, 2009

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In celebration of the fourth day of Fourth Grade, I drove my daughter to school in our long-term 2009 Dodge Ram pickup.

"It's fun up here," she said. "I like to look down at all the little people."

At which point I tried to point out the safety benefits of a large vehicle witha high seating position and wide visibility, even introduced the phrase, "commanding view of the road."

"Look at the little VW Beetle," she replied. "It's soooo cute from up here."

She won. Again.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 6,880 miles

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: It's All Ball Bearings Nowadays...

September 03, 2009

I was posed the question late yesterday: "MINI-E, or Dodge Ram?"

My inner dude immediately answered for me, "I'll take the Ram." A little surprised at my snap answer, I realized I had started pretty early that morning so I could run a few errands before I headed home for the day. Yeah, I headed to the Home Depot.

I've got a few weekend projects I'm juggling at the moment. I was thinking of going 220... 221, whatever it takes. I got lost in the maze of aisles for a while and ended up walking out with a variety pack of emery cloth for a reason I couldn't recall. On the way back to my truck I witnessed this crass display:

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I guess I could tip my hat to the fella for not getting the truly vulgar plastic/rubber variety available in a rainbow of colors that I've seen dangling from other hitches. These home-made variety, IMHO, maintained some shred of creativity and humor.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: E Ticket Ride

September 02, 2009

OK, maybe C.

When I was a kid my parents used to take us to Wildwood, NJ's boardwalk in the summer. One of my favorite rides was the Golden Nugget Mine. It was an indoor roller coaster surrounded by the ghosts of gold-mining prospectors and skeletons and such.

Driving the tall Dodge Ram through our parking garage reminds me of this ride. I know the Ram fits under the roof, but it still makes me duck when I pass under signs and sprinklers. It just looks so close.

So, I made a little video of my adventures in the parking garage.

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Fuel Fillers and Chrome Interior Bling

September 01, 2009

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The more time I spend in the Ram the more I like it. It's got the refinement and on-road solitude of the F-150 with the grunt of the Tundra and Silverado. Two things I've noticed may bother future owners. It's often tough to find a position for the fuel filler nozzle that lets the pump fill the tank while unattended. I may have just been having bad luck with swift filling pumps (this shot here at a slow filling Mobil pump did not make the nozzle constantly click off during the fill -- a first for me), but when you've 20-plus gallons to pump, being able to leave the nozzle unattended is pretty convenient.

And about that chrome trim.

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Over 5,000 miles

August 13, 2009


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We broke through the 5,000-mile barrier in the 2009 Dodge Ram yesterday. So far she's still in one piece after across-country drive and a few weeks in California.Let's hope we can say the same in another 5,000 miles.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager@ 5,191 miles

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Our Favorite Caption

August 07, 2009

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Thanks to eidolways for this week's favorite caption.

Here are the others that made us cheer:

The Mopar Wave (gjupp)
Later they regretted posing for "Mopars Gone Wild!" (ergsum)
Who'd guess a UHaul would have the best wheels? (oldchap)
I want my clunker back (hybris)
We who are about to do a burnout, salute you! (eidolways)
Im in ur desert Overheatin ur Mopars (wrinklebump)
So, do two Hemis make an entire sphere? (actualsize)
This is a great place to build "Mopar Ranch" (mnorm1)
F the GTX, Kill the Ram, Marry the trailer (at least it's reliable) (subaru123)
Damn, now we'll never make it the Pahrump Concours d'Elegance! (ergsum)
Driving with Pac Man (oldchap)
I'd rather push two Mopars than drive a Chevy (mustang5507)

What was your favorite?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: You Write the Caption

August 07, 2009

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Karl sent me this photo of his 1970 Plymouth GTX and our 2009 Dodge Ram taking a breather on the highway.

We offer you: I'll Gladly Pay You Tuesday for a Hemi Today

I'm sure you can beat that.

We'll post our favorite at 4PM Santa Monica time.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: The Chrome Has Got To Go

August 06, 2009


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Chrome wheels are fine for some trucks.

But not trucks with four-wheel drive. And not trucks with Hemi V8s either. Not to mention trucks with giant Ram badges on their noses or dual exhaust pipes sticking out their rear bumpers.

Nope. I'll give them polished aluminum maybe, but the shiny stuff is just wrong. Other than that, I really like this truck so far. We'll see how it holds up.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Inside Line @ 3, 467 miles

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Open Thread

August 04, 2009

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What do you want to know about the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie Crew 4x4?

Have you seen any on the road? Have you driven one? Write a review or ask questions in the comments section.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: X Games Warrior

August 03, 2009


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Last year, I rolled up over to the X Games in our long-term Benz C300. That was completely out of whack as all the surrounding vehicles were tall-boy pickup trucks as shown below.

This year, I showed up in our long-term Ram 1500 pickup.

And guess what? I was out of place again...

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Comfort Food

August 02, 2009


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We got us some Mopar truck.

It's big. It's red. It has a heated steering wheel.

It carries stuff. It's comfy. And it's car of the week.

Yeehaw.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Large and In Charge

July 31, 2009

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Just look at that picture. Driving down my narrow neighborhood streets is like piloting a 747 through the Grand Canyon.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 3,937 miles

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: 3 Things

July 27, 2009

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Here are three things I like about this new Dodge Ram. 1) The aftermarket looking exhaust pipes that run straight out the back. 2) The sound of the Hemi through those pipes. 3) Theautomatic transmission. Itsometimes is too eager to kick down but during normaldrivingupshifts are smooth and downshifts almost imperceptible when slowing to a stop.

Brian Moody, Automotive Editor @ 5,402 miles.

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: The Boss

July 22, 2009

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There's too much chrome on this version of the Ram. It looks like a truck that would be driven by the bad guy/construction foreman in a bronco bustin' buddy film.

Brian Moody, Automotive Editor

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: You Loook Marvelous, Absolutely Marvelous

July 09, 2009

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Pound-for-pound our new long-term Dodge Ram Laramie Crew Cab might have more chrome on it than any other vehicle currently on sale. That's not a dig. We like chrome. It looks good. We like shiny things. Some of us even like Las Vegas.

But recently my nearly 4-year-old daughter took a rare break from her tricycle laps around the back yard to demonstrate another use for the shiny stuff: coif checking. Once the hair-clip was returned to its rightful place, she hopped back aboard her red machine and continued the race.

Dodge has not yet figured out how to make customers pay extra for this dual-function chrome bumper.

Daniel Pund, Senior Editor, Detroit @ 664 miles

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