I love or hate my new ride at home edition and Brad from Idaho submitted an old versus new yep it's. One video he's got to dodge and ram trucks, and he's gon na show us exactly what he loves and hates about each truck. The first truck is in 1996 Ram 1500 half ton, and the new truck is a 2016 Ram heavy duty with a giant 6.4 liter, Hemi v8. So Brad take it away and show us your trucks, two trucks today, forty FL trucks, mornings, 1896 Dodge Ram 1500 and the one on the right is a 2016 Dodge Ram. 2500 I'm gon na do a comparison between the two of them to see, compare them from the old, the old Rams to the new Rams. So we'll start the 96. This was actually my high school car. My high school truck first truck. I ever owned this truck it's been all over. I love this truck to death. The only thing I don't like is having the famous 90s rust that you get with any of them this trucks. Well, other than that, you know this truck has gone through surviving a high school student and then going to my brother in law for about two years, and then I getting it back from the interior on here on. This truck is actually extremely basic. I actually have manual locking doors which everyone's got ta love, because sometimes you get your electronics. They get all messed up manual, wind, those a lot of manual windows.
I prefer them and actually then automatics, but at the same time automatic windows work better for what you're doing, if you get pulled over by the police, makes it easier then, but the star of the show is it is a manual 5 speed transmission which, oh, if You have a truck, you must have a manual in my opinion, because a manual you can control it. It'S very basic in here. Just like most of the trucks from the 90s, the seat has ripped. You can see that even with the seat cover on it, I have ripped it it's, a good press since it's my first vehicle I'm, actually gon na hold on to this one for a long time and I'm gon na actually do a full restoration on it. I'M. Gon na completely I'm try and find parts trucks for it now to get what I need for it and I'm gon na repaint it into proper white color, because I love this truck, and on top of that, I probably will not rebuild this engine, because this engine Has never let me down it has two hundred and five thousand miles still running on the factory engine, all factory parts, except for a couple things that did die on me, things that I've had to replace on there. This under the hood I've had to replace the alternator, which is very common with any vehicle battery, is normal. I still am running the old style air, cleaner, I've thought about switching it, but not fully sure I'm, one of those one of those people that love to keep it a factory and it's a very bare bones truck one thing: I would what, if that changed, if I had bought this truck back in 96 is, I would have had probably tried to get the CD and cassette player, but when we bought this truck they already had the aftermarket radio in it and I've been trying to find one harder.
The finding you think moving on to modern this is actually my tow vehicle. I use it. I use it to tell when I need to mostly I'm gon na be telling I told like a trailer. That range is from when loaded. I get it to up to about seven thousand pounds. I know many people say well. Why do you need a twenty five hundred I'd like to have that too? If I need to tell something even heavier, this truck can take it. This truck is rated up to thirteen thousand pounds. It is a true heavy duty truck used to belong to my father, I traded. I had a 2010 GMC that I actually traded ham for so that way he could go get his new truck, because I did not like what was going on with that GMC that I had he when he bought this brand. He bought this truck very brand new. He chose the top of the line. Actually he had asked me to build him. This truck, specifically the only difference between the one I had built, and this one was the color I had chose blue because I love blue, but this is what they had. So he got, we did do the he did. Do the add ons for the running boards which I do like, but I do have to say that in a winner, especially during like Mountain locations, and then you love to use salt, these will burn out on you and that's.
One thing I don't like that. The motors will burn out, but other than that they're really great. It makes it easier. You can simply just step, you know you're in the truck, because everyone knows the new 2500 and 3500 are all really tall. If you don't have those in there, it makes it a little harder to get in it, but I'm, a six foot tall guy, so it's pretty simple for me to get in the only thing I would have probably changed this basically paint other than that, and this Is the truck that I built specifically as if I was going to buy it and it and that's what my dad wanted? My dad and I have about the same taste in how trucks are my interior is the top of the line for 2016. I do you drive this mostly every day and well. Every other day I Drive this one and then I'll go back and I'll drive that 96 for good reasons, because as old as it is I do want, I don't want it sitting for so long. I don't want it sitting for a week and then driving on the weekends, because I did used to do constructions and that's what the Box on the back of that truck is for is because I would have, because I was working construction as I was doing concrete. I needed something: the story, because beforehand everything was in that cab, but I do switch them each day for good reasons.
As you can see in this interior it's very top of the line interior. I love a lot of these small screens. I prefer to have this than over that new 12 drop foot screen cups holders on this trucker amazing, the storage to this truck. You got the first one right here. Is your center console it's got all the storage on top and then on top of that, you've got your glove compartment and then a bottom glove compartment. And then you even have your side here and what Dodge? What Ram did? Was they built these trucks specifically to do for people who work all the time these trucks are built for everyone? The other thing I love about this truck is when you go to fold up these seats, you can put these down and you'll have an actual flat layer and, and that actually helps a lot. This truck has been all the way up to smithers bc, and when we were going up there, it was really good gas mileage was about. I think we were averaging 16 miles to the gallon and that's with a 6.4 Hemi. A lot of people always tell me why didn't you get to do what why didn't your dad get to diesel. We don't tow enough to justify that diesel, and on top of that, we will actually use these trucks to go off road, and if you honestly think about it, a diesel is heavy off road.
You want something light and I'd rather have the light off road truck. If I was telling, if I told about twice a month, I could justify having the diesel, but as and now I I don't – I don't tow enough so I'm using this, basically as a car, but I still will tell with it. I will tell my car my car around that I worked that I I have a classic car that I take to car shows that are far away from here. I'Ll go down the jackpot Nevada woods with that car and I'll tell it with this truck. So let's compare and contrast to the bodies, the bodies the front ends. If you honestly look at it, they're not too much different from what they actually were back, then then a little more well rounded, off more aerodynamic compared to the more boxed off. But no honestly there's not too much difference between the 96 and 2016. The only difference now you'll see on the newer ones, is on the grille they're no longer doing that cross, which what they're doing I understand why they're doing it gets more airflow into those trucks. More cooling ability with it and more horsepower can be pulled from, but at the same time, you're losing the rigidity that you had with these crosses the that's. One thing I don't like about the new ones is you're gon na see these are not as strong as they are. Those those grilles are just as bad as the new ones.
They will break if you hit them right, one. The other good thing about this truck. It actually has recovery hooks Brad. I really like you're in 1996 Ram 1500 with the Magnum v8 engine under the hood, and this is your first truck and you still have it. It has over 200000 miles and you're planning to fully recondition it rebuild it repaint it. I love that and of course your new crew cab is way bigger. It has a giant Hemi engine under the hood, and I want to see more about it, so let's check it out and I do have the tow mirrors. I preferred these over them. What for what for didn't see you're using with my GMC, I always had a hard time seeing out right side. I was always blind on this side and I didn't like that tailgate I actually prefer. I would actually prefer that I had those RAM boxes and, right after we bought right after my dad, bought this truck. We he decided that he wanted a tonneau cover, and this actually does this time to cover is actually really good for gas mileage, because it's it's a actually make sure air flow slimmer makes it a more flat, so you're getting better gas mileage with this. So in town I can get about 15 and on highway I get about 16 17 miles a gallon. Depending on how fast I Drive I we have took in this truck off road a couple times.
I it is a three quarter ton, so yeah the ride is not as good, and this actually does have the leaf springs. That'S. How come it can tow the thirteen thousand pounds without squatting coming to this truck? This is actually is the truck that I use to help. I killed my first deer with this truck and in a it goes everywhere, hello, 318, that this truck has is bulletproof. The only thing I did I wish I could do some stuff to its get. The more power out of it, but at the same time then you're losing, I feel, like I'd, lose the stoutness of the 318. I mean I could probably do things to make it work better. The fuel efficiency on the 318 is okay. If I can keep my foot out of it, because it is a manual and I like to go through the gears and it's, not a race race, car whatsoever, 318 was not a powerhouse truck. It wasn't meant to go fast, even when they had them even back. In the old la blocks, because there is a difference between 318 Magnum and the 318 la blocks, these actually have hydraulic lifters, which, with a roller cam so and the old 318 le blocks, were all tap it cams. So you actually are getting more reliability out of a Magnum 318 with their hydraulic, rollers and lifters. Because of that the other thing every I don't care. What anyone says: everyone every 90s dodge will do this where they'll run.
I don't know why it's, just probably because of just how cheaply made these grilles were, and as you can see, I saw that the paint is peeling on this truck. Almost every 90s truck. You see any 90s cars are going to be doing the same thing because they were using cheap paint, cheap bases on these cars and when I do go to restore it and redo everything, I'm gon na put the I'll do all the hard work I'll make sure It'S, all straight and everything that mere a good story is don't. Let your dad drive on the inside of a mountain, because he'll hit a tree with it. So, comparing and contrasting this truck is actually a lot more quieter than this truck, but because this actually has more sound, deadener and that's why that truck is actually even heavier than this truck, but comparing contrasting they're pretty close into what they can do towing wise. This will always tell them more, but this one can tow up to 6500. If I had the 360, I could go up to 8000. I don't want. I wouldn't tell with this truck because of the mileage on it I'm, not afraid that I'll throw the abroad or anything. I just want to make this truck last as long as I can, because in the future I want to be able to give this to my kids, so that way they can take as many people with them and because this truck does not have the crumple zones That these modern trucks have with this one, if you hit something it's less likely to actually bend the fenders back in or any of that, these trucks can take a beating.
The proof of that is that when we were hunting in the same day that we destroyed that mirror my dad bounced a rock the right here on the rocker arms we Bop, we were going up and he bounced a rock. With this truck, I got out to check to make sure there was no dent. That is solid. That did not get any damage that is that's. Why I want this truck and for what it, what we paid for it and for what it's been through this truck is a champ it it just never quits running only time I ever quit running is because battery went dead on it and the battery that we Had in there that when we got it had it it wasn't the best it it was a, it was a Walmart battery battery gon na happen to it now is an actual. It is a all Riley's all Riley's battery in it and it works. It works for what it is. I mean it is still. It is a true four wheel, drive truck you get to grab the shifter and you get to pull it and the disc brakes front disc, rear drum. So stopping is you got to work to stop it, but it stops when you need to stop it and if you can't, stop you just downshift that's one of the major advantage that I love about this truck, because I can downshift this thing to slow me down.
As best as I can, the only thing that I had to actually redo on this truck right now and I didn't want to, but the syncro actually went out in this car in this truck. Because of how many my how much mileage it has synchros don't last as long as we liked him in depending on how you drive and when I was in high school, I did do the old drive it like a rental and it they killed. My it hurt. My synchros, but other than that that the major majority of this truck is it's perfect to support me for what I want to do and for everything it needs to do it does it. This truck is never left me stranded anywhere it climbs a brick wall, and I know a lot of guys will say the same thing about the 90 Chevy's in the 90 Ford's. But in all honesty, if you look at what is on the road nowadays from the 90s, you see more of these now, then you see the 90 Chevy's in the 90s Fords, because these trucks just run you see there. You have the 360 of the 318 and if you got those two engines they run, they run for the longest time and they're just perfect. They they're bulletproof. The 318 is the most bulletproof engine. I would say that no party ever produced, except for the slant six last six, is just even more stout than that engine, but for the v8 I'll take a 318 in a truck and I'll go off road with that truck, because I know it can climb coming Into the modern day, Hemis I've had three dodges in my lifetime that I've had the 96 and I've had a 2006, and now I have this 2016 ram that six I had actually had the 5 7 in it.
It was a good engine. It was a really good edge until you blow them up, then you have an issue but other than that and if you don't suck water through them, but that was my own fault. This 6.4 hammie mmm. I love this engine. I would say it's one step down than the 318 in reliability. We'Ve never had an issue with this truck. One thing I do have to say that RAM needs to really figure out is from factory their tires. Those factory tires are not the best, especially if you're trying to do off roading. The only ones that have the good tires for off roading we'd have to be the Power Wagon, and I and I feel that if you're gon na do it's good off roading tire, the Wranglers are not actually the best. They don't clear as well as what these BF goodrich tkl twos can do, or the keo twos these coyotes. Actually, I found that they grip better and they clear out better than what those defenders can, and on top of that, these these tires have a three ply sidewall, instead of a two and to contest that my um, I had it when I went out hunting this Year my uncle's Jeep, he had these exact tires on his Jeep and we were going through obsidian and the Obsidian was rubbing the sided wall on that tire and it did not cut that sidewall whatsoever. So if you got a and that's what I think Ram needs to step up to is these tires or something even more aggressive on all their trucks? I understand that they're doing hi y tires for good reasons.
They get there less. They don't produce as much sound as these, but they don't offer the grip that you can get with these um. I wouldn't I'm not saying that that if you're towing that's fine to have a highway tire, but you need to make sure you have the right grade from well until you could see that even even now, even back in 96, I would say one important thing about Both of these structures, your visibility and ninety six, actually here I'll show you look at the visibility that I have with this truck, even with the extended class, the cabs in the club cabs. Look at my visibility through this truck, I ain't you can see way over there and then even way over here and then even behind I ain't. I have loads of visibility and then stepping what's step two, the 2500 fine, just like the 96. I I have visibility is so much you can see. Even then at the back. My visibility is great and in RAM. Actually, I believe that Ram. If you really look at it, the cab designs even from back then the cab design is just about the same. Maybe a little more upgrades to make it quieter and a little more, even more visibility out of it, because there's and on top of that, the height of the trucks help no higher up. You sit the better you can see. So, yes, I love both my trucks, but if I had to choose between this one in that one and also depending on what I'm doing, if I comes to towing I'm taking that to toe, because that sucker can tell like no tomorrow.
But if I use to really come to off roading I'm going to take this one for two major regions, one it's, a short wheelbase truck it's, a hundred and nineteen inches. So even compared to a border for a four door. Jeep that's my sister's Jeep a four door Jeep. This thing can go just about anywhere: they go it's even shorter than the Rubicon, the Jeep, the gladiator Rubicon. This truck is shorter than that and it's a manual. This manual transmission has always done what I needed to do and it works for me, so comparing contrasting them we'll go back to that quickly. I don't see too much of a major difference. Besides one being a half ton in one being a 34 ton, styling is about the same. This one is a little more, that one's more rounded and that one is more squared off. If you really look at that other than that, they they actually look pretty close to what they were from 96, the 90s too, to 2010. Thank you all right, Brad. That was a really detailed review of both your trucks. Thank you for sending that in. I can see exactly some of the issues you did have with your older truck, although the original powertrain is holding up nicely and, of course, really appreciate some of your comments, especially about the tires and some other features of your new truck. Your big rig heavy duty and guys we have a lot more submissions with Ram trucks, dodge trucks, so stay tuned for much more.