Friday, June 16, 2017

New Truck

2000 Red GMC Sonoma
Well, it finally has happened. My red Sonoma has reached the end of its trail at 179,990 miles traveled. 

It still starts and moves, but needs some likely expensive work. No fluids are leaking and even after the mechanical catastrophe happened almost two weeks ago, the faithful spirit of the Sonoma deposited me safely in my driveway after a sometimes harrowing and extremely slow 20 mile ride home. 

Ram 1500 Big Horn and Me
Enter the new truck!

Chris and I shopped around and decided to get a new truck to replace the Sonoma. A trucks the size of the Sonoma are not produced anymore, it was clear that we were going to get a larger truck. It turns out, I didn't fully realize how much larger until i actually saw both trucks together. 

Imperfect Size Comparison
The new truck is a Ram 1500 Big Horn. It is not really new, as it is a 2016, but it is new to me. I'm still getting used to the size and creature comforts. 

The Sonoma was power nothing--that's correct I had to manually roll down the windows and the door locks were manual as well.

The new truck is power everything with more options than I could imagine. Even the tailgate has an electronic lock. Who knew?

I am anxious to take it on a longish trip and see how it feels for hours on the road. It certainly rides more like a car than a truck!

My hope is that some 16 years and 180,000 miles from now that this truck is still serving faithfully like its predecessor! 

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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