Ask Nathan: The future Ram Power Wagon, leaving Tesla for Ford and getting fucked by a used car dealership?


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In this week’s Ask Nathan:

  • Will the future Ram Power Wagon be electric?
  • Should I wait for a Tesla Cybertruck?
  • I got fooled by a used car dealership.

The first question concerns the future Ram Power Wagon. These are actually many questions / statements from different sources.

Q: (An article on a Ram Power Wagon fan site): Do you think Stellantis will make the future Ram Power Wagon fully electric?

“The future Ram Power Wagon is the last truck that I would consider electrifying. It’s been around for 75 years and the recipe remains the same. Robust, capable, unstoppable. – E. Berr

“Will Stellantis ditch the Ram Power Wagon or make it some kind of hybrid?” “- C. Costa

“We will have electrified versions of each vehicle they’ll get us to the US by 2030. – Stellantis

An image of the upcoming Ram EV pickup (Image: Stellantis)

A: The future Ram Power Wagon?

I’m a little worried about Stellantis’ plans in general, to be honest. I don’t mind the idea of ​​future electrification for many brands, but they have bluntly said that they will have electric versions of all of their vehicles. It’s a bit questionable for all of their heavy pickups, to be honest.

The Ram Power Wagon is one of my favorite off-road pickups. It’s not just because it’s remarkably capable off-road, it just exudes awesomeness. He’s a bully, a basher, an asphalt thug – and it’s comfortable too. Of course, it laps unleaded like a thirsty dog ​​- it’s more frugal than previous models. I got around 12 mpg combined with the 2020 model… which is an improvement!

A hybrid powertrain in the Ram Power Wagon could be anything …

If you think about the gains Ford and Toyota have made in building a proper hybrid powertrain for their half-ton pickups, that makes me wonder about the Power Wagon. At present, Ram’s e-Torque system is not very efficient. Sure, there are slight gains, but it’s not exactly stellar.

The Power Wagon’s current 6.4-liter Hemi V8 produces 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. He moves the 7,000 lb heavy truck with great enthusiasm. Now, just for the sake of comparison, the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid produces a combined output of 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque.

Stay with me here.

What IF Ram did something comparable to Ford’s hybrid – but built for heavy trucks? Of course, there are a ton of reasons people would be resistant to this. Not the least of these issues are complexity and reliability issues. Yet there are many examples of civil and industrial hybrid systems that last for a long time.

It’s just food for thought. I wonder what people think of Stellantis.


The next question comes from a Tesla fan who is considering turning to Ford.

T1: (Via: Twitter @ NathanAdlen) Waiting for Tesla to fix his Cybertruck is boring.

I’m seriously considering swapping my wife’s Model 3 for a Mach E and giving in to get a (Ford) Lightning instead of a Cybertruck. Tired of (Elon) Musk and his antics. So tired of stupid politics and gambling. I love our Model 3 and have done over 50,000 miles in 3 years. I just hate customer service. A little done.

– @ OzStevensLover66

A: I hear you, and I hope it works.

Still, there is real evidence that the Cybertruck is getting closer to production. We recently posted a story about some intriguing images and video from Cybertruck testing. It showed many clues on the truck close to production (mirrors, wipers, lights, etc.).

Since I haven’t driven the Cybertruck or the Ford F-150 Lightning yet, I have no idea to share with you. On the other hand, I have driven both the Model 3 and the Mach-E, and both of them are fantastic performances. Yes, I would choose the Ford because it is a bit more intuitive and I found all models to be comfortable for the driver. I think the Model Y is a better competitor with the Mach-E.

In any case I hope it will be okay. Keep us posted!


2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT.

The last question comes from a friend in California who wants to know what he can do to get fucked at a used car dealership.

Labor Day Sale Is Probably the Best Time to Buy a Car

Q: I just bought a 2017 Honda Pilot for $ 29,000. He had 70,000 miles on it.

I paid cash and got a warranty from the dealer last week. Now it’s dead and the “warranty” company won’t cover the problem. The dealership will not return my calls and I have found a mountain of bad reviews on the site. Can you expose them!?

– Kana

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A: Good news my Amigo!

Not only do you have legal avenues, but you must comply with the requirements of the California Lemon Law for used cars. Provided you have owned the vehicle for less than a month and have driven less than 1,000 miles, the Lemon Law should apply.

I have noted the information below on Lemon Law from Douglas D. Law Esq.

Qualify under the lemon law

Beginning in 2013, California laws were changed to require that even “buy here, pay here” used car dealers must offer at least a 30-day or 1,000-mile warranty that covers essential components. of the car. However, most dealerships that do not offer “buy here, pay here” will offer a better warranty, especially if the vehicle is a certified pre-owned vehicle. In any case, the Lemon law gives you the right to compensation if you bought a used car and the following conditions are met:

  • You bought the car from a dealer and not from a private individual. Private sales of used cars are not covered by the law.
  • There is an active warranty on the car, whether it is the original manufacturer warranty or an extended warranty given by the retailer.
  • The used vehicle has a significant defect.
  • The used vehicle spent excessive time in the workshop being repaired.
  • Despite a “reasonable number” of repair attempts, the car is still not repaired and the problem persists.

Now respond quickly and be ready to show up at the dealership with all of your paperwork – AND a Lemon Law printout. Don’t be afraid to seek legal advice, many Lemon Law specialists do free consultations.

Finally: for all of you, make this concession famous. There are several websites you can report them to, including the Better Business Bureau and various forums like Yelp, among others. Also, consider visiting the various dealer associations in the state, such as IADAC.

Also check local news sources. You would be surprised how many journalists collect data for a slam dunk on this company. Also, if there is any news on this dealership before, contact the reporter and their editor. They are probably looking for additional material for updates and so on.

Good luck!


ps Update: Kana retained the services of a lawyer and was reimbursed, along with additional money for the expenses. Good game!

Here is a reminder of how things can turn out.


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