Associate Editor Tim Esterdahl is a married father of three who enjoys being outdoors, riding his road bike, working out, and sports.
Last week, Ford and Chrysler invited Tim Esterdahl to check out their new products. During this time, he got the chance to talk to several representatives and drive several of their latest truck offerings. Here is what he found out.
Prior to the first aluminum F-150 hitting the dealer lots, Ford is planning on using the new metal alloy in the rest of the their truck lineup. Ford is going all in on the new alloy. Will consumers follow?
Ram’s solid sales growth seems to come at the price of quality, as we’re once again hearing about a major build issue with one of Ram’s products. This time, it’s that a limited number of V6 engines may have cracked heads. The question is, are problems like cracked heads (and various recall items over the last 3 years) caused by Ram’s rapid growth, or are they a continuation of Chrysler’s long history of reliability problems? What’s more, with Fiat-Chrylser’s ambitious plans for more rapid growth, is it reasonable to anticipate more problems just like this one?
GM has unveiled a photos and specs on their new 2500 “all terrain” pickup. Don’t be confused though, this isn’t an off-road pickup. When GM says “all terrain,” they mean pedestrian cruising on the highways with occasional trips to the hardware store.
Toyota is expanding their recall of faulty airbag sensors to include 2003-04 trucks as well. This recall also states they will replace them instead of conducting an inspection on a case by case instance as they other recall dictated. This is good news for consumers and cuts the red tape out of this issue.