Originally Posted by robkelly
When I was looking my first choice was GM, primarily because I didn't like how the Ford drove and didn't know anything about the Ram. Walked out of the GMC dealer because he didn't seem interested in the sale and wasn't willing to work with me. Stopped at the Ram dealership on a whim, and very happy so far. I agree about the cosmetics and wheels, but for the price I paid that can be overlooked. I recommend steps on either one, but especially the Ram as it is tall - DW had a hard time getting in and out until the steps were added.
My experience was similar. Except after I got shut down at the GM dealer, I started researching the RAM. I got shut down at 2 RAM dealerships too. I eventually bought mine from an out of town dealer after I had researched for about 6-months and test drove a few models. I started the process with a slight preference to GM since that's what I had at the time, and have always liked, but I quickly abandoned that and began comparing all 3 manufacturers evenly.
Originally Posted by spoon059
Either truck will be fine for you. Personally in the Ram I would look at the 6.4 over the 5.7, simply because the 5.7 has a much lower GVWR than the 6.4.
Any of those engines makes a ton of power and are relatively fuel efficient. Buy the one that YOU like, who cares what anyone else likes?
+1. The 6.4 option in the RAM is worth the price of admission IMO (it was a $1600 option IIRC?). Also, the RAM has 10,000 GVWR compared to the GM's 9,XXX. I got the "Tradesman" package (almost all the available options) and it's nicer than my '12 GMC SLE was. It is pretty stripped down though, so I have 3,000+ payload capacity after adding step rails and a tonneau cover. The GMs might get a nod in the Transmission department, but I don't know enough details about that to speak intelligently about it. My RAM's transmission is fine, but my GMC's transmission was a little funky.
One thing I thought about was that GM's 6.0 has been around FOREVER. It's a tried, tested and proven power plant all around. The 6.4 had only been around in truck applications for 2 years when I bought. That gave me a bit of pause, but then the 6.4 has been used in cars for a while and has done fine. On the same note, the 5.7 in the RAM HD line has been around for a long time too and is a well tested and proven power plant as well.
I will say that in my experience, the GMs tend to be more comfortable, and in the higher trim packages better appointed. But like you said, the comfort is fine, and I bought it for towing and hauling, so I can overlook some of the cheap plastic stuff, and my rear has already conformed to the factory 2-way manual adjustable seat in my RAM just fine. Those "chrome" wheel covers are pretty silly though, aren't they?
If you go with the RAM in 6.4, I would get the 4.10; I also got the 3.73, and it's about the only thing I would change about my truck.
This is a tough decision. Both are good trucks IMO. Good luck with whatever you choose, and update when you pull the trigger!