I'm going to start looking for a new truck this summer for a late fall purchase. I've always had Chevy trucks (full-size Blazer, Tahoe & Suburban) and have had excellent luck with them. I take very good care of my vehicles and although they use a lot of salt on the roads in Wisconsin, I must say that my Chevy's have always held up excellent against corrosion.
I have nothing against GM but the new Ram's IMO are the best looking trucks out right now (including the 2014 Chevy/GMC's) and the new 3 liter diesel that will be available in the fall has me very interested in considering a Ram for my next truck. My only hangup with the Ram is the way the two pieces of sheet metal come together and are spot welded under the rocker panel area. It seems salt accumulates between the two pieces and corrodes prematurely. I've seen several Dodge trucks (and Ford F250's) that appear to be fairly new with rust already present in the rocker panel area. The current GM's have the rocker panels rolled under the truck and has a smoother look as opposed to the visible spot welds on the Ram.
I'm very anxious to see more details and drive the Ram 1500 3 liter diesel. My question to the Ram/Dodge truck owners is this: How happy are you with the corrosion protection, 5.7 Hemi and overall quality of your truck and would you buy the brand again?
Thanks for any information you can provide. This will be a big purchase for me as I keep my vehicles for several years and want to get as much information as I can.