Months in Fleet: Four
Mileage to Date: 17,297
Mere days after our last update on the Dodge Ram, a minor tragedy struck when the passenger side of the truck suffered a major scrape, necessitating a trip to the body shop. We took the opportunity to also repair hail damage that the Ram suffered a few months ago. After three weeks, the grand total came to a substantial $5712.54: 78 hours of body and refinishing labor came to $3276, paint was $898.35, parts were $1404.71, and other miscellaneous expenses made up the remaining $133.48.
Despite its time in the shop, we've continued to pile miles on the Ram, using it for a variety of truck-y tasks. Copy editor Rusty Blackwell has spent lots of time in the Dodge this summer doing everything from helping his brother-in-law move to towing a camper to northern Michigan. Blackwell reported a lot of positive attention from Ford and Chevy truck owners during the move. The RamBox seemed to be the main draw, but the bed extender and cargo management system also came in for praise. On the way home, Blackwell was stopped for speeding, although he swears the speedometer read lower than the speed at which the officer had clocked him. We're going to have the accuracy of the speedometer checked out to make sure no unsuspecting staffers accidentally break the law.... Read full article