• The Fast Lane Truck

    2013-Ram-3500

    Email: ask@tfltruck.com
    Location: Boulder, Colorado USA

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    “From the very first second we boot up the computer our goal is to bring you the latest truck news, views and reviews with unflinching honestly, transparency, and credibility.”

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    We welcome all comments good or bad, however any comments with profanity and/or swear words will be immediately deleted. If you can’t be civil and respectful…we have zero interest in your opinion.

    Reviews

    We love cars and everything automotive. When we publish reviews we critique cars in several different ways:

    1. Ike Gauntlet” – we take heavy duty trucks, a 17,000 lbs horse trailer, and test them on the Dillion to Eisenhower I-70 run.  7% grade and over 10,000 feet of elevation are all part of Ike Gauntlet.
    2. Tow Tests” – we test all trucks to the limit with trailers and 0-60 MPH runs at high altitude.
    3. Often first impressions are the most honest. Our “Mashup Reviews” are just that mashups that compare two (or more) similar or especially different trucks.
    4. “Driven/First Drive video reviews” are a more comprehensive look at the car and represent the driving impressions gathered over a week or several hours spent driving it.
    5. “Video Challenge” is just that; a challenge that is a comparison that pits two of more trucks against each other, or against something fun, unique or unusual and that helps us critique a vehicle in a true and unbiased fashion.
    6. And of course we also “review” trucks using the tried and true method of putting electronic type on our blog for your reading pleasure.

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    1. Does anyone from your youtube team speaks Russian. I’m interested in discussing launch of a youtube channel dedicated to the Russian viewers/market.

      1. Yes, I speak Russian. However, I am very busy this month. What information are you looking for?

        Andre – TFLtruck.com

    2. Hi Andre,
      when I started viewing TFL some one called Roman seemed to be in charge , now Andre does all the info, blogs videos and news posts, I havn’t seen him for ages, have you been promoted or just taken over ? It’s a shame we in England can’t get all the full size trucks you have, I thing the Ram 1500 with the eco diesel engine would find a market here. Keep up the good work.

      1. HI Ian,

        Thanks for contacting us and thank you for your support. Roman is still the CEO and the Executive Producer at TFLcar and TFLtruck. I am the Managing Editor, Video Producer, and Host at TFLtruck.com. You will continue to see all of us: Roman, Nathan, Mr Truck, Brian, and I throughout all TFL videos and written pieces.

        Thanks,
        Andre – TFLtruck.com

        1. Andre can yall give us more updates on the new HD silverados sierras due to be built October 16th and the duallies October 24th. We know that the scoop is a definate per gm but everything else us hush hush. Also the 2017 silverado 1500 will be coming with new goodies and a new color as well as gm is integrating the teen technology into its entire line up by next two years. But any more information yall get will help me decide what options I’m wanting to get by September when I can preorder my duramax silverado hd. Thanks

          1. We will try to get more information ASAP. You will know as soon as we know. We will publish new information to our website.

            Andre – TFLtruck.com

    3. Just wanted to say quick that I enjoy your videos, the hosts are great the editing of the videos is very slick and improving constantly.Alway enjoy the off road ones the most. One thing I would like to see more of is when comparing awd vs 4×4 or just showing different terrain management systems that the vehicles were both on the same rubber. In a lot of videos the poor performance of some is directly attributed to wrong tires it would be nice for certain videos if there was one standard rubber you guys ran on all the trucks. Anyway keep up the good work.

      Cheers from a fan in canada

      1. Thank you Kris! Yes, we will focus on matching the tires in future reviews. This is not easy for us to do, as most of these vehicles are from manufacturer fleets.

        Andre – TFLtruck.com

    4. Hey hows it going guys, I just ran into your guys TFL youtube videos and I love them. I just recently bought a 2016 GMC Canyon V6 SLE and I wanted to see what you guys thought of it. I know you did the review on the Chevy Colorado which almost virtually the same truck. I just wanted to see what you guys thought of the GMC being more luxury or Off road cable.

    5. Hey Guys love the TFL video reviews. Need some expert advice. I really like the Ram 2500, not fond of the 3500 Duallies. I’m looking to buy a Tesla 3970 Toyhauler that weighs 15,080 dry. Will a 2500 tow this safely?

    6. Hey guys, I love your reviews I would appreciate if you have tested the system and 4×4 without rear differential lock. With the rear diff lock and little skills It can handle everyone. thank you

    7. The four corner run in you Ford 2.7 vs 3.5 comparison is not familiar to me. What is the elevation and grade and how far did you make the run?

    8. Hey TFL. Keep the great trucknewz coming. I was wondering if you you could cross categories of full and mid size trucks to compare v6 efficiency in tacoma, and the ram 3.6. To hash out whether or not I should go for a mid-size, with a healthy v6, or a full size with one of the newer effiecient v6 engines, particularly the pentastar. Trying to keep a few extra dollars in my pocket at the gas tank, but want the comfort of full size truck to fit in the kids, dogs, and camping gear etc.

      Thanks!

    9. Here’s and idea for you to look into since you guys do allot with 4runners. Iv got a 2012 4Runner limited 4.0v6 with 80k miles and a 2015 Trd pro 4Runner 4.0v6 with 20k… exact same motors. The problem is the 2012 will blow the doors off the 2015 and I don’t know why. Did Toyota de-tune them? Maybe it’s just one motor is more broke in? The 2012 felt like it all of a sudden came to life at 50k miles.

    10. When are you going to do the Ike Gauntlet with the 2016 Ford F-350 Dually? I saw the video for the Ram and Chevy, but am looking forward to the Ford and how it performs against the other two.

    11. my email address has changed will I need to subscribe again or is there a way for you all to change email on the site and the forum

    12. Hello,
      Love watching the cliffhanger videos. I am an native of Colorado and am interested in the trails that you guys have run on. Can you please lost the trail names or locations so I can explore the trails in real life.
      Thanks, Ben Frommelt

    13. My compliments on your “2016 FORD F-150 W/ 3.5L ECOBOOST V6 TAKES ON THE TOWING MPG TEST WITH 7,000 LBS”
      video and article. I’ve always appreciated adding MPG to your Ike gauntlets and the dedicated 100 mile towing loop. It would seem to me that a MPG review without towing anything would be very valuable given that most trucks are not towing anything the majority of the time. Would this be possible? Thanks again for a great site.

      1. Thanks Frank! We did not do an empty 100-mile MPG test this time because our previous results are remarkably close to EPA highway MPG estimates. However, we will do empty MPG tests for HD trucks and other trucks whenever we have extra resources.

        Andre.

      1. Thanks! How do you envision it being used?

        We already have an OBD-II reader device that we are planning on using.

        Thanks,
        Andre.

    14. thanks Andre was hoping that would not be the case but was what I expected. will be re subscribe soon I am very busy at this time

      1. Hello Michael,
        One way is – you can submit a writing sample to us. How about you review your own truck “owner’s perspective”? Take a few good pictures of your truck to add to the story. If we like your writing style and pictures, we can publish it. Perhaps, it can go somewhere.
        Thanks,
        Andre

    15. I’ve caught this test mule truck with a “Foton” badge, as well as a “Cummins” badge, operating in Indianapolis, IN. There are multiple Cummins Facilities in Indianapolis, if you email myself back @ – flsavage92@gmail.com I can send pictures.
      Thx – Danny

    16. Hey guys love your YouTube channels I watch every video uou upload and I got some ideas for future episodes like. Top 20 trucks of all time. Or top 10 rarest models of trucks. And maybe some videos on budget ways to make your truck more off road worthy. I would love to see more vids on budget stuff like parts and accesseries

    17. I just saw your video on the Metris, Marco Polo and the caption said you were in Dunton Springs, CO. How did you get a Marco Polo into the U.S.?

    18. Hi. I’ve looked all around and haven’t seen this and think you’d do an amazing job on a video mash up of the same truck but their gas and diesel version, doing towing, off roading, Ike and sharing with us when it’s worth getting diesel and when it’s better to stay with gas. Keeping in mind cost of acquisition and ownership.

      I’m looking at getting a wrangler or f150 and want to know if diesel is worth waiting for.

      Thanks guys, you do an awesome job and love the fair and honest reviews.

    19. Love the Ike Gauntlet but would it be possible to try and add a different real world downscale test? Lets take the 3/4 and 1 ton diesels and test them with the max 1/2 ton and the max 3/4 ton gas test, and see how they perform. I’ll bet most people are going to tow down rather than up. For example it would be nice to see how a 2500 HD Ram Cummins tows a 7000 lb trailer in comparison to any of the 1/2 tons. Likewise look at comparing the HD 3/4 ton gas max tow with a Diesel.

    20. With regard to Growth Rates of the five mid-size pickup trucks, I plotted those data, and the established RMS lines through their sales history in 2016.
      To date, those slopes (units per month ) are:
      Ridgeline……………….292
      Colorado……………….190
      Frontier…………………146
      Tacoma…………………140
      Canyon…………………..90

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    21. Have you guys been having problems with your website? I haven’t been able to see the current page for the past two weeks unless I’m looking on my iPad or iPhone. My mac and 2 computers at work keep loading the page w/ the Raptor/Ram drag race.

        1. Hi, I’ve had the same problem since I upgraded 2 computers to Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. No new stories show up since then using either Chrome or Edge. A non-updated Windows 10, Windows 7, and 2 Androids work fine. I blamed Microsoft but since Shrekviper1 has an issue on a MAC maybe there’s a setting or flag in your site that’s preventing some refreshes? I’m not a web guy. I need my daily TFL fix!

            1. Hi Brian,

              We think there is also a caching problem on the server side. Thank for you letting us know. We are fixing it.

              Thanks,
              Andre

    22. I know you guys are busy but would it be possible to do towing/off road reviews of base engine mid-size trucks? Instead of the biggest and baddest maybe some of the 4 cylinder trucks which are a little cheaper.

    23. Just wondering? Do you ever do a follow up on the off road tests, to see which trucks get say, wheel alignment out of true, bent??, etc? What trucks survive with no damage to anything, vs– After doing some of those one tire on the ground articulation tests, seems like time at the shop would be the order of the day. Thank you for your time,
      C.R.

    24. Since you guys are checking out the Ridgeline, have you noticed or heard about how the vehicle hesitates when you try to give it gas when you are turning. I haven’t heard about it in the AWD systems, but I’ve heard from a couple of places that this is a problem in the Front Wheel Drive ones. I didn’t know if y’all have tested the front wheel drive so I was curious. Y’all have a good one!!

    25. Hey guys, enjoy to work you are doing here. I’m a current owner of a 2001 One-Ton Duramax. Love it, but don’t use it like I use too.

      I would like to know if you could do a progressive diesel Mash-Up: Colorado Baby Duramax, RAM EcoDiesel, Nissan Cummins XD, Ford F-250 6.7L PowerStroke.

      I remember the launch of the Colorado, it was towing a Corvette so I trust it can do everything I need my truck to do now a days, but how does the MPG, handeling, and speed compare to the other diesels in this mixed group?

      Thanks for the videos, keep em roll’n.
      -Gary

    26. I currently own a 2012 Ram Powerwagon with around 40000 miles and I’m curious why my trucks towing numbers are so much lower than a similarly equipped Ram 2500 SLT. I have studied the specs on both trucks and I can only see justification for part of this. Both trucks have the same engine and transmission but the SLT has 4.10 gears where my truck has 4.56. The powerwagon is 312 pounds heavier (6653 vs 6341) and the front axle is Rated for 700 lbs less than the SLT (4500 vs 5200) but the max tow rating is 3300 lbs less (10200 vs 13500). Max Payload is also 600 lbs less (1860 vs 2460) but that can partially be explained by the extra weight and the lighter front GAWR. I know payload also factors into max towing but even with the required extra 330lbs of tongue weight the Powerwagon still has 510lbs of payload available which exceeds the combined weight of my family of 4.

      This is mostly just out of curiosity, as I am not looking to tow at the limit by any means, in fact I never want to exceed 75% of the recommended max so I don’t over work the truck. With that in mind, theoretically if from a towing perspective they are mechanically the same, then running at max capacity for the Powerwagon is still only running at approximately 75% of what the drivetrain can handle. Basically, do you think the Powerwagon already has my 25% safety margin built in? I have been looking at some trailers with gvwr pushing 10000lbs and I’m wondering if it’s too much for my truck.

    27. I have noticed you have switched the type of weight distributing hitch you use. I was seriously considering purchasing the Andersen system you used since Kent spoke highly of it. This hitch system seems to be simple but effective and appears to be more manageable for someone with back problems to setup. Was there a problem with the system? Was it a sponsorship deal?

      1. Hello Don,

        The Andersen WDH system is a good one and it worked very well for us. However, we got a sponsorship/partnership with GenY Hitch, and switched to using their hitches.

        Thanks,
        Andre

    28. I want to see the 2017 Ram 2500 PowerWagon against the 2017 Ford Raptor in an all battle for the most capable off road truck challange. It doesnt matter if the size or power are off. Off road is Off road, and it doesn’t matter how much power or size it has.

    29. Gentlemen. I really enjoy your work there at The Fast Lane Truck. Best info on the Internet. Hope you can help me.
      Any word on when Nissan is going to introduce us to the new Frontier? Will it be a 2018 model? Or is it coming even later than that? I love the current Nissan Frontier…debating whether to buy the current model, or wait for the new one. Any insight of info that you might have would be appreciated. Thanks.

    30. Gents … as a Texan, I wanted to tell you that the King Ranch brand (that’s actually what it is … the cattle on the King Ranch all carry that brand) is called a RUNNING W. You guys all call it a FLYING W. Just wanted to set the record straight. BTW … love what you do with HD trucks.

    31. Love the vids. Favorites are the towing and MPG runs. You guys are all over it. Great Job! I need you HELP,HELP,HELP. Love everything about the 2014 6.4 Hemi 2500. I want to buy one but cannot/won’t based on the way it did those 2 runs up the IKE with the 2014 2500. The 2016 Power Wagon flew up the IKE like I expected the 2014 to do? Same motor and trans. So what gives? You think it is a tuning issue or possibly a PCM re-flash issue? Anyway you can ask your Dodge contacts? Or send me a contact name. I would VERY MUCH like to know the answer. If I could get the 2014 2500 model to pull like 2016 Power Wagon did up the IKE I would for sure buy one! Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank You.

    32. Just an FYI, I live in Breckenridge and in the skier parking lot by the gondola is a Ford f150 that sure sounds like a diesel engine. It has the entire front end and the rear corner/taillights masked. They are doing testing of some sort and as soon as I pulled into the lot they drove to the opposite end to continue doing whatever they are doing.

    33. Can you guys do a mashup with the ram 2500 like you did with the Titan XD, HD gas vs diesel? Same trailer same distance. That was awesome and really compared apples to apples on the same truck. The ike gauntlet always puts a MUCH heavier trailer on the diesel 2500. I am interested to see what sort of MPG the RAM 2500 gas would get compared to the diesel.

    34. Hello Andre:
      I was wondering if TFL got my email about my research paper. Today I started my bibliography and listed your site and Mr. Truck’s site as my first two sources. It is a paper that is well within TFL’s scope of topics, and I would appreciate any tips for research, reviews, and sources. Thanks, John P.S. I also have another email that will work if my school email doesn’t work for replies. john.rieke@gmail.com

    35. Is the automatic transmission rpm hold feature on the Ram 6.4 also on the 5.7 2500? I also would like TFL truck to tell what the lowest gear you or in at the top of the Ike gauntlet.

    36. What your thoughts on the Ford 5.7 and the Ram 6.4? I’m taking your advice and not getting the diesel because I don’t need to pull 16,000 lbs + of weight. I do need the payload for the F350 or Ram 3500 SRW. What are the pros and cons of each? I’m currently looking at the 2017’s. F350 and Ram Mage Cab 3500.

    37. hello my name is Ian Wilson and I am wanting to know when you will take the 2017 ford f 250 power stroke and the 2017 f 350 power stroke up the IKE gauntlet. And if you will do the super ike on both of those trucks.

    38. Andre here is a rather puzzling question which for the life of me do not understand the delay.Why at the Texas State fair the people from GM stated “we will have the revised bed payload and towing limits for the 2500/3500 HD in the fall of this year.Here we are in November and have seem any information from GM.Do you know anything about the delay,I mean ordering has to have already started.

    39. Hey guys,

      Big fan of your show. I am on the market for a Ram 3500 Tradesman srw 4×4. I prefer an 8-cylinder gas engine, the 5.7 Hemi is standard, a 6.4 Hemi is optional. The engines make pretty similar power, the 6.4 is bit more expensive, $1300 or so. The truck will be driven about 10k miles a year, but it will be used hard and I like to keep a vehicle for 10-12 years. What do you think of this option? Any experience with this engine? Will it be a more durable/trouble-free?

      Thanks,
      Dan in Huntington Beach

    40. Hi! I am a big fan of yours, I think your reviews are based on a day by day life of a truck and the people who are looking for a truck it gets a big push on their decision by yours show on you tube.!

    41. I am currently in the market for a pickup. My issue is, with all the past problems lingering on things like the Ram’s transmissions, Chevy’s safety lawsuit, etc., and with new changes in so many vehicles like Ford’s Electronic Assisted Power Steering, what can I trust to be reliable beyond the warrantee? Please help. Everyone else I ask is extremely biased on this matter. Every half-ton suits my needs, but I feel like I need to go with a heavy duty for some semblance of reliability, which is more truck than I need.

    42. Is there any way you can test the gmc sierra with 5.3 3.42 rear vs 3.73 would love to see the real world difference axle ratio makes. Also the engine makes alot more hp on e85 was wondering how hard this impacts mpg performance etc.

    43. Gday Guys,
      I have watched your program from OZ over the last few years. Trucks (utes) and cars have always been an interest of mine ever since I was a kid.
      Would you be interested in an Aussies point of view now that I have moved to Denver with my American wife and young son?
      If there is an opportunity to join the team I’d love to hear from you.

    44. As a recent buyer of a brand new pickup; something really got my attention that is a real issue in the market, because I ended up not being able to get the truck I wanted; it has to do with pricing and limiting of power train strategies by the manufacturers, most especially General Motors, and so I’d like to see you guys point out this issue whenever reviewing trucks. GM especially should be called out for coming out with power trains that are severely limiting to only very high-end trims and largest, most expensive configurations.

      When the Colorado/Canyon came out in 2015 and announced that there would be a four cylinder diesel the next model year, I waited another year for a pickup, because that’s the truck I wanted. Keep in mind, this truck was listed starting at just under $21K MSRP. I’m a huge diesel fanatic, and so I’m well aware of the cost hurdles to design and market a clean diesel in the U.S.; so I would not have been surprised if the cheapest Duramax 2.8 had come in at or about $27K-28K, but the General not only holds this power train out of the hands of many due to the starting price at or about $36K, but they also hold it out to those who will accept a certain configuration and appointed as a dedicated towing vehicle. Did anyone else notice besides me that it cost $14K extra to get a Colorado/Canyon diesel as compared to the base price of that truck? I also found near the same dilemma in a Ram 1500 where the cheapest I can configure an Ecodiesel online is at or about $38000 after applying an average incentive versus a Ram 1500 starting price just under $27K. But it goes beyond diesel power trains with respect to General Motors. GM advertises a 6.2 liter V8 with it’s Silverado/Sierra 1500 line that starts just over $27K, but the cheapest 6.2 Liter, according to their own build and price webpages is around $42,700 after the current $2500 cash back. Now compare this to what Ford and Ram offer in their most capable power trains. The new 2017 Ford F150 with the 3.5 Liter 10 speed, which can be configured online, adding only an 8′ box to the base truck comes up to at or about $29,670 currently. That’s a $13,070 difference between F150s cheapest 470 peak torque truck and GMs cheapest most capable truck. Ram also offers their Hemi in any trim and any configuration at just under $29K at least according to their website.

      What sense is their comparing these top-performing power trains when one manufacturer holds theirs out to only the rich and famous and so few pickup truck drivers actually own GMs top-billed, bragged-about power train!

      I gave up, went over to Ford’s website, because I was now considering the new, little 2.7 Liter in an F150. I was plesantly surprised to find that Ford would let me build and price any truck and add that engine for $800. I went to my local dealer and found the same thing. I got almost exactly what I wanted from Ford in an F150; an std cab, 2wd, short bed,

    45. First I really enjoy all of your videos I have a 2015 Chevy Colorado Z71 crew myself and I think that I have watched every video you ever made on it have any of you had issues of the transmission not shifting correctly I have returned it to the service dept 5 times they have tried to reprogram it and it still does the same thing and sad to say GM has said they have nothing else that they can do to it it’s still under three-year 36,000 mile warranty and I do not know what else to do besides trading it all sad thing is I really really like this truck except for the transmission any ideas what I could do to fix it !
      And also how long until you will be testing ZR2
      I’m really looking forward to it I even looked daily to see if you got a new Videos out well thanks for listening and once again I love your show and agree with you about the air dam in the Colorados .

    46. I am thirsting for information on the 2017 F-150 w/ Gen 2 3.5 EcoBoost engine and 10 speed transmission. Is there production for other than the Raptor? What was the production problem for which 15,000 were held back at the factory for retrofit? Are there reliability problems with the engine or the transmission?

    47. Why have we not seen a hd offroad shootout you tested a powerwagon Andre’s 02 duramax but no F250’s,. Its closer to powerwagon with solid front axles and E-locking rear diff than duramax but would make good test put same tires on all trucks and let the trucks do the work

    48. Hey guys, if you would like to do a bit on my restored 1978 Toyota FJ40 LandCruiser you should consider contacting me. I live nearby in Cheyenne Wyoming. My father recently passed away and gave it to me. Would like to share with others.

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