Fiat-Chrysler, Ram Trucks Recent Quality Concerns Onslaught

Chrysler and Ram Trucks are currently facing an onslaught of negative news surrounding quality and recall concerns. If you haven’t been following along, here is a quick recap.

Fiat-Chrysler, Ram Trucks Recent Quality Concerns Onslaught

This has been a week to forget at Fiat-Chrysler.

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Consumer Reports Reliability Rankings – Fiat-Chrysler Can’t Catch A Break

Admittedly, I’m not a Chrysler fan. The worst vehicle I ever owned was a Dodge Dakota, and that single vehicle turned me from a Dodge fan to a giant critic of the Chrysler product…but it isn’t really my personal experience with a Dodge Dakota that’s made me a Chrysler critic.

I’m a believer in facts and hard data, and the hard data on Chrysler (now Fiat-Chrylser) reliability has been consistently bad. Yesterday, Consumer Reports came out with their rankings and guess what: the Chrysler family (Ram, Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, and Fiat) did very poorly. Read more…

Toyota Promotes Baja Race Trucks, Directly Challenges Raptor?

Toyota seems to be finally getting pretty serious about promoting their off-road legacy, Ivan Stewart and the TRD Pro. With a Baja race team established and a large booth at the upcoming 2014 SEMA show, Toyota is directly challenging the Ford Raptor’s dominance in the segment. It is about time.

Toyota Promotes Baja Race Trucks, Directly Challenges Raptor?

Toyota held an event in LA to promote their Baja race trucks and upcoming 2014 SEMA show booth. Pictured is Baja team captain and mentor Ivan Stewart. Photo Courtesy of Pickuptrucks.com

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2015 Toyota Tundra Pro Desert Race Truck – What You Need to Know

Toyota is serious about showing off the reliability and looks of its Tundra Pro with a big booth at the 2014 SEMA show and an entry into one of the most grueling off-road races in the world. Here is what we know.

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Desert Race Truck

While Ford snuck in a new F-150 into the race, Toyota is making a big deal about their entry.

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VIDEO: Tug A Truck Is Just A Traction Contest

Tug a truck is nothing more than a traction contest.

Tug a truck is nothing more than a traction contest.

I’ve written in years past that Tug-A-Truck is stupid. I believe that only a fool would risk destroying a trucks’ powertrain just to “tug” another truck across some line.

But Tug A Truck is also stupid because the winner of a tug-a-truck contest is always the vehicle with the best traction.

Need proof? Here’s a Dodge diesel (with some pretty good weight in the back, it looks like, as it’s sagging) beating an unloaded semi, because the semi couldn’t find traction. Read more…

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