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2019 Ram 1500: Monthly Update for October 2018

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations

2019 Ram 1500

Where Did We Drive It?
I ended September's update with an apology to our 2019 Ram 1500. We accumulated just 714 miles on it that month, subjecting the truck to 30 days in the dregs of city driving. This month I made it my mission to put some miles on the truck.

So I drove the Ram on a multi-county tour of California. We passed through 15 counties in all and covered 2,345 miles. As a result, I wound up at the helm for more than 90 percent of the miles added to the Ram in October. It made for a good bonding experience, enough I think to earn the truck's forgiveness for a subpar September.

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2019 Ram 1500: Monthly Update for September 2018

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations

2019 Ram 1500

Where Did We Drive It?
See Ram stop. See Ram go. See Ram stop.

That about sums up September for our 2019 Ram 1500 as the truck was mostly confined to West Los Angeles school shuttle duty. Here we learned that big trucks get special drop-off privileges when they don't fit through the typical driveway. We also drove to the office, back home, and so on, day in and day out.

For the first time since we bought it, the Ram key landed in my pocket for a few days. With September nearing an end, I had grand plans to break the 1500 out of its monotonous city funk. Sadly for the truck, those plans dissolved. They were replaced by yet another wave of the rugrat army, pawing, kicking and soiling its way to and from school. I owe you one, Ram.

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2019 Ram 1500: Monthly Update for August 2018

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations

2019 Ram 1500

Where Did We Drive It?
We purchased our 2019 Ram 1500 in July, so August marked our first full month with the truck. Dan Edmunds picked it up from Cowboy Dodge in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and drove it back to California. Once home, we unraveled the registration process of officially weighing and smog testing the Ram, then waiting in line at the DMV to pay state taxes. That was amazing. The stickers still had the new-registration smell when the truck joined a three-way comparison versus the Chevrolet Silverado and the Ford F-150.

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2019 Ram 1500: Introduction

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2019 Ram 1500

This purchase was inevitable. We mentally reserved a spot for the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 pickup on our long-term "buy" list the moment we hopped inside one during its debut at the Detroit Auto Show this past January. Weeks later we got our first opportunity to drive the new Ram in Texas, and the serious business of budget-planning and calendar-watching got underway soon after they pried the keys from our reluctant hands.

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