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2019 Ram 1500 Long-Term Report 2 of 6

Let’s Talk About Tires

Feb 19, 2020
More on this 2019 Ram 1500 Report!
Long-Term: 2019 Ram 1500 Report 1
It feels like just yesterday we took delivery of our 2019 Pickup Truck of the Year award winning Ram 1500 for our long-term test. So far we've had zero issues with the truck. It hasn't required a dealer visit other than for a recall that required an ECU reflash. The truck hasn't requested an oil change yet (Ram says to obey the oil life monitor and provides no formal interval). And aside from refilling the washer fluid a time or two (that's more an us problem than a Ram one) it's remained maintenance free. Now, that's not to say we haven't had a complaint or two along the way.
One of the annoyances that surfaced during this reporting period came at the expense of a tire a very expensive tire. While the 22-inch wheels are nice to look at, they do require a bit of a gentle touch when handling, which can be difficult when the road gets rough. Case in point we hit what we can only assume was a crumbling piece of California infrastructure (aka broken concrete), which in turn munched a rather large hole in the sidewall of our passenger front Goodyear.
Photo 2/6   |   We've taken the Ram off-road once. And we were scared almost the entire time fearing for the safety of our tires.
Photo 3/6   |   We have gotten so many compliments on the look of the truck it's almost unbelievable. It happened again when we were loading up a bed full of tires at a warehouse. The dock worker loved the truck and said his next purchase was going to be a Rebel.
Once the initial shock wore off we set to work swapping the spare in its place. Which then brought on the next annoyance: The Ram doesn't come with a matching spare tire. Don't get us wrong, we're OK with the spare tire not matching. However, in this case the spare tire that came with the truck was just a temporary, "Do Not Use Over 50 mph," junk tire on a basic steel wheel. We feel trucks, and truck buyers spending nearly $70K, deserve at least a full-speed spare, if not a matching unit.
Queue up annoyance number three our local Ram dealer couldn't get a matching tire to replace our blown-out one with. And to make matters worse, the service advisor tried very hard to sell us on a non-matching tire. Fortunately, the local America's Tire (Discount Tire for those of you outside California) was able to get us the right tire the next day and for less money than the dealer wanted to charge for the wrong tire.
Photo 4/6   |   These are the tires in question. They are a 265/45R22 Goodyear Eagle Touring and have been a great tire on perfectly smooth roads. Oh, and they cost north of $300 each to replace.
Because the tires are so delicate, we've also been hesitant to take the truck very far off-road, despite it being four-wheel drive. This period we did venture about 10 miles down a graded dirt road, and 2 miles down a desert trail. The truck did fine, naturally, but we were quite worried about each and every rock and branch along the way.
Lastly, and only partially tire related, we haven't been totally fond of the less-than-average bed size. Because we optioned the truck with RamBoxes we lost a bit of width in the box. Even still, on a recent cargo run we were able to fit nine Toyo tires in the bed comfortably. So, we'll count that as a win for the Ram.
For the next report, we've lined up a rather large trailer to tow to really test the truck right at its max. Stay tuned for that!
Photo 5/6   |   If you live in an area with rougher roads than Southern California you might want to consider opting for the 20-inch wheels instead. This was the result of broken concrete roadwork making contact with what little bit of sidewall the 22s had. Needless to say, we're a bit more mindful of potholes and the like now.
Photo 6/6   |   They may not be huge, but we did manage to shoehorn nine new tires in the bed of our Ram. It was a tight fit, but it worked!

Report: 2 of 6

Previous reports:
Long-Term: 2019 Ram 1500 Report 1
Base price: $46,140
Price as tested: $67,020
Long-Term Numbers
Miles to date: 7,022.80
Miles since last report: 2,864.00
Average mpg (this report): 14.44
Test best tank (mpg): 17.05
Test worst tank (mpg): 10.88
This period: None
Problem areas: None
Logbook Quotes
"We've never gotten as many comments about a color as we have with this truck people love it!"
"Steps still won't retract in a timely fashion I wonder what other drivers think seeing them down while driving "
"This truck sure rides rough when the air suspension gets stuck in entry/exit mode again."