• May 29, 2010
2004 Dodge Ram 1500

America's greatest truck isn't sitting in some showroom. It's not the one that wins the latest Big Time Magazine comparo, either. Nor is it the one that ranks highest in some tailor-made-for-PR survey results. The best truck in America is the one you see above. Okay, not this one specifically. Think of this 108,000-mile 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 as an archetype: the friend's truck, or more plainly, the truck you can always borrow.

I borrowed this one earlier today for a messy trip to the dump. Sure, all the filth-ridden junk would have fit in the family SUV, but cleanup would have been a nightmare, and my truck-owning buddy lives just around the corner. "Sure thing. Come on by," he says every time I ask to borrow it. And every time I use that truck, I desperately want one of my own. But the truth is, another ride's just not in the cards right now, so The Borrowed Truck is king. It is beloved. Long may it run.

And now, it's reader participation time. Do you have a strong relationship with a borrowed truck yourself? Let's hear about it.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Borrowed my friend's 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 whilst moving a couple months ago and I fell in love with it. Of course later I realized that owning the truck for myself wouldn't be the wisest move because I just don't have the need for a truck often enough to justify the purchase. None the less I couldn't help but find myself wanting to take care of it and hoping that it always stayed safe so that I could borrow it when I needed it. Trucks are awesome like that.
      sgtrdeal
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a 1998 ram 1500 with 60,000 miles and it is the best truck I have ever owned, and owned all makes. If I have to buy another truck it will be another dodge. The only thing is that drivers seatbelt won't release so you can put it on but then the next time you get in it is ok. Anyone have this kind of problem with there Ram,
      • 4 Years Ago
      I solved the same problem by buying a small trailer that fits in my garage in front of my car. I can pull it with the family crossover / SUV whenever I need to haul something, it is larger a short box pickup bed. It is also much cheaper than a 3rd vehicle and almost as useful... I love the solution.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh all right throw Dodge a bone once and awhile, we all know Chevrolet Pickups have always really trounced them and Ford as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the best truck in America? Tell me this is a joke. Have you ever driven any other truck in your life?

      You know why this is the truck that you can "always" borrow? It's because everyone who owns one is hoping you'll total it on accident while you're borrowing it so you can take the owner out of their misery.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, they weren't saying the Ram is the best truck, they're jusst merely using it as an example of a borrowed truck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Reminds me of the ventriloquist Jeff Dunham when Peanut does the "went over his head" thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        *woosh*

        Someone missed the point...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I believe this is where the word "fail" originated... comments from this guy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ironfist2

        If an acorn falls on your head do you yell the sky is falling?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Duuurrrrrrrr.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ IRONFIST2:

        My sister in law has a half ton Dodge of that same generation. No complaints from her or my brother. Plenty of power, reliable, and while some of the interior may be a bit chinzy, it's comfortable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        *wooosh* indeed. Right over his head.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So I am to believe that the greatest pick up is one that is borrowed? If that is so then is the opposite also true? The worst pick up is one that can't be borrowed? If so then I must have the worst pick up truck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My buddy's 2001 F-150. I've not actually borrowed it per se, but he's used it for helping me with stuff I could not do with my Fusion. And for that, to me its the Best Truck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You cheap azz son of a bitch. Go buy yourself a junker if you have to! If you borrow a tool more than twice you NEED to buy your own period. I have a tonneau cover on mine to stop free loaders like you.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool stories.
      • 4 Years Ago
      From 1994 to 2005, my employer assigned to me a long wheel base Chevrolet 4X4. 6 cylinder, automatic, crank windows. It was red which made it the only company truck in the Tampa fleet that wasn't white so she became Big Red. Unlike the others with assigned vehicles, I kept Big Red immaculate. Whenever anyone needed a truck for a chore at home, it was always the one everyone wanted 'cause it was well taken care of. Big Red was probably the only truck in the fleet that made it past the 5 year turn it date that was company policy. My boss kept her below the radar and in our fleet until 2005 when corporate forced us to turn her over to them and sent her to auction. She was replaced with a 2006 white Ford F150 and then a 2007 Ford Escape.

      Big Red was special.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Use my brothers 2000 Chevy S10 all the time. Single cab, no AC, 5 speed, 2WD. Runs like a champ.

      He only uses it to transport our dirtbikes. Funny to show up in the desert with two bikes in the little S10 with everyone else hauling one bike in their massive jacked up full size truck, as if they need that huge thing to haul a dirtbike. Very obvious to know what is important to who out there. People unloading their whimpy 250 from their monster truck as they lower their head in shame as my brother rolls off his 500.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's almost as good as having a good friend with a great fishing boat.
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