Thanks for the input on suspension differences in Ram 2500 vs 3500. I really appreciate your earlier thoughtful replies as well. It's not something I know much about. I drove both but given the short in town test drive, couldn't tell much difference.
The SRW 3500 with Cummins in very attractive indeed. The 2016 Laramie Limited styling really caught my eye, the unique front grill in particular. Also, 900 ft/lbs in the CTD/AISIN is attractive. If buying, I would opt for ordering with AISIN as well, although I can't say that I need it. Just gives me a warm fuzzy so I will spring for it anyway.
The more I read, the more I'm leaning back towards diesel. Seems some of the issues I read when my search began last month were perhaps overstated. The changes in emissions equipment the last few years adds a variable that I understood poorly.
And lots of the diesel woes I ran across were on forums with younger guys hopping up and tuning trucks. Any time you start tinkering with stuff, reliability, warranty, and such is compromised. I lacked the insight initially to factor this in.
After reading some post on this thread last week, I went back and did an informal comparison. This time I sought out Dodge and Ford related forums and specifically looked at sub forums where folks (younger) were customizing and tuning newer trucks with gas engines.
I saw a very similar pattern to the diesel issues. While varying, the pattern of reliability and function issues was comparable. I initially put judgement on Diesel engines that belonged to shade tree mechanics altering factory performance. Thanks for all the patience and insights here.
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