Driving our pricey, diesel-powered Dodge Ram 1500

May 29, 2014 Off By administrator

Driving our pricey, diesel-powered Dodge Ram 1500
Article from ConsumerReports.org:

I bought a new test truck, and there was much rejoicing. Celebration for the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, the first half-ton diesel truck in more than 25 years, goes far beyond the yard work needs of the Consumer Reports auto test staff.

Evidence of this came from very strong initial orders from dealers, with customers practically lining up to buy. We saw this firsthand as we tried to buy our diesel Ram. Getting our hands on a truck took several weeks, and it was a challenge to find one that wasn’t super-loaded with options.

Even taking that into account, our Ram wasn’t cheap. Not even close. We opted for a midevel Big Horn Crew Cab 4×4 with the shorter of the two bed length choices. Adding the diesel ramps upped the price by a cool $ 4,000.

After that, our truck is packed with many nice options—$ 6,000 of them. A $ 410 integrated trailer brake controller and towing mirrors seem to be a natural match for the diesel’s talents. We’re also big fans of the $ 505 Uconnect 8.4 touch-screen infotainment system. Once you have experienced heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, it’s hard living without them here in New England. There goes another $ 395. We regretted not getting a $ 595 backup camera with park assist on our last R…………………continues on ConsumerReports.org
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First look: Asus PadFone X “phablet” is fun but weighs a ton
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The new Asus PadFone X is an unremarkable-looking smart phone with an interesting accessory: a docking station with a 9-inch touch-screen. Slide the phone into a cradle on the back of the docking station and you have a tablet computer. The phone does all the work; the PadFone Station dock is little more than a display with a large, 4990mAh battery.

This smart-phone/dumb-dock combo offers several advantages, though it has a few shortcomings, including its weight and dated design. First, the pluses:  

Bargain price

The PadFone X and PadFone Station, an AT&T exclusive, costs only $ 199 with a two-year contract, or $ 549 at full retail price—about $ 100 less than you’d pay for a top-shelf smart phone alone. You can also purchase it interest-free at $ 22.92 per month with the AT&T Next 18 plan, or $ 29.80 per month with the AT&T Next 12 plan. (The devices are sold only as a bundle.) Also, since only the smart phone is actually connecting to the service, AT&T won’t sock you with the extra $ 20 a month charge for bringing a tablet or laptop to your data trough.

Easy phone/tablet switching

You can switch from smart phone to tablet without losing your place in an app, such as e-mail or the calendar and even the camera. What’s more, the apps automatically…………………continues on ConsumerReports.org

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