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Associate Editor Tim Esterdahl is a married father of three who enjoys being outdoors, riding his road bike, working out, and sports.

Ford, Chrysler Events Showcase New Cars, Trucks – Toyota Tundra Perceptions

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.

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This Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was one of many trucks I drove at a recent media event at Chrysler’s proving grounds. It has plenty of low-end torque and sounds like a diesel. With a smooth ride, it is a good competitor in the full-size market. Does it make sense for every customer? Nope. The return on investment is going to be a tough sell.

Ford Goes All in On Aluminum – Gamble Grows

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?

Ford Goes All in On Aluminum - Gamble Grows

Ford is planning on using aluminum not just in their F-150. They will use it throughout their F-series lineup including their large SUV.

Some V6 Ram 1500s May Have Cracked Heads – Growth, Quality Concerns Arise Again

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?

Some V6 Ram 1500s May Have Cracked Heads - Growth, Quality Concerns Arise Again

Certain Chrysler Pentastar engines may have a left cylinder head flaw.

2015 GMC 2500 All Terrain Unveiled – Not an Off-Road Pickup

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.

2015 GMC 2500 All Terrain Unveiled - Not an Off-Road Pickup

This “All Terrain” GMC truck is ready to utilize your technology in style. Off-roading? Not really.

Toyota Expands Airbag Sensor Recall to include 2003-04 Vehicles

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.

Toyota Expands 2003-04 Airbag Sensor Recall

Toyota has expanded their airbag sensor recall to include 2003-04 models and made it easier for the customer.

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